Non-League round-up: Vase joy as Tadcaster reach last eight

Action from Harrogate Town v Leamington. PIC: James Hardisty
Action from Harrogate Town v Leamington. PIC: James Hardisty
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TADCASTER Albion stormed into the quarter-finals of the FA Vase for the first time in their history with Saturday’s 3-0 success at AFC Mansfield.

Albion took a travelling contingent of around 250 spectators who were celebrating after 17 minutes when Josh Barrett gave the Brewers the lead.

Josh Greening then netted Albion’s second on the stroke of half-time and progression was guaranteed when George Bissett struck four minutes after the interval.

The NCE Premier leaders held onto victory despite ending the match with only nine men.

Paddy Miller saw red late on and captain Nick Thompson was forced off through injury, after boss Paul Marshall had used up all three substitutes.

Albion will now await news of today’s quarter-final draw knowing they are just two rounds away from Wembley.

Tadcaster remain clear at the top of the NCE League Premier Division though second-placed Cleethorpes Town are now just five points adrift after a 2-0 success at Parkgate.

And at the other end of the table there was a notable victory for Nostell Miners Welfare who moved off the foot of the division with a 1-0 success at home to Athersley Recreation.

Rob Boardman’s 60th-minute winner took Nostell above Glasshoughton Welfare who are now bottom on goal difference after a 4-1 reverse at home to 11th-placed Pickering Town.

Joe Danby, Ryan Cooper, Billy Logan and Andrew Simpson all netted for the visitors with Adam Walsh’s strike proving only a consolation for Welfare.

Twelth-placed Garforth Town followed their West Riding County Cup quarter-final win against Harrogate Town with a 1-1 draw at home to fourth-bottom Armthorpe Welfare.

Mark Simpson gave Garforth a 61st-minute lead but Joe Lumsden levelled 10 minutes from time. Thackley sit 14th after a 2-1 reverse at home to fifth-placed Staveley Miners Welfare.

Mike Garrod’s 65th-minute spot kick failed to save the hosts.

Fifth-bottom Liversedge were felled 3-1 at eighth-placed Heanor Town with Joel Farrar’s away strike proving only a consolation.

Division One leaders AFC Emley moved four points clear as a Steve Kenworthy hat-trick ensured a 3-0 success at home to 12th-placed Knaresborough Town. Second-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare were not in action.

Thirteenth-placed Selby Town and 11th-placed visiting Eccleshill United shared a 2-2 draw.

Selby led twice through Dane Mortimer and Jamie Forrester, only to be pegged back by Eccleshill goals from Cory Novotny and Marcus Edwards.

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Harrogate Town missed a chance to climb the Vanarama North table when they were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Leamington on Saturday.

Fourteenth-placed Town almost took an early lead when Louis Swain powered through the visiting defence but Ross Atkins blocked from close range.

Leamington’s Lee Chilton then forced Peter Crook into a fingertip save, while Town’s Jack Emmett went close with an header.

Just before the break, Andy Gascoigne gave Town the lead when his free-kick from the right whistled into the top corner. But early second half pressure from fifth-bottom Leamington paid off when Dan Newton hammered in an angled drive from the edge of the area.

Town are back in action next Saturday at second-placed AFC Fylde whose trip to Hednesford Town was postponed on Saturday. Fifth-placed Guiseley’s trip to seventh-placed Chorley was also postponed and the Lions are due to return to action tomorrow at home to Fylde.

The weather frustrated second-bottom Bradford Park Avenue whose home clash with sixth-bottom Gainsborough Trinity was also postponed. Avenue are back in action on Saturday at sixth-placed Boston United.

FC Halifax Town were on FA Trophy duty and sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 success at home to Dartford at the Shaymen’s replacement home for the afternoon – The Butcher’s Arms – the home of Droylsden FC.

Goals in the first-half from captain Marc Roberts and Scott Boden, followed by a second-half goal from Steve Williams were enough to seal the victory.

Visiting Wrexham await in the last eight tomorrow evening. North Ferriby United are already through to the semi-finals for the first time in their history after Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Ebbsfleet United, achieved thanks to a late Liam King penalty.

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HARROGATE Railway were dealt a blow in their EvoStik League First Division North play-off bid as they were held to 1-1 draw at basement side Padiham on Saturday.

A Jerry Yates strike after 18 minutes put Rail’ ahead but Brett Ormerod bagged only the home side’s 13th point of the season with a penalty 18 minutes from time.

Play-off chasing Farsley AFC were held to a 2-2 draw at home to 15th-placed Burscough.

Farsley led twice through two Lewis Nightingale penalties but Edward Toner and William Jones both bagged equalisers.

At the other end of the table, Ossett Albion kicked further clear of the dropzone with a 1-0 success at home to fourth-bottom Radcliffe Borough.

Connor Bower settled the tie with his spot kick on the stroke of half-time.

Ossett Town though were felled 5-0 at second-placed Darlington 1883.

Seventh-bottom Brighouse Town were defeated 3-2 at home to eighth-placed Bamber Bridge.

Brighouse goals from Tyrone Gay and Ryan Hall who struck in the 90th-minute proved in vain.

Fourth-placed Scarborough Athletic saw off mid-table visitors Clitheroe 2-1 with a Gary Bradshaw strike and Thomas Corner penalty.

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FRICKLEY Athletic kicked further clear of the EvoStik League Premier Division dropzone with Saturday’s 1-0 success at home to mid-table Stourbridge.

The only goal of the game arrived after 31 minutes through a Matthew Bloor spot kick.

Elsewhere, Whitby Town’s trip to Nantwich Town was postponed.

In First Division South, 14th-placed Goole AFC slipped to a 2-1 loss at home to new leaders Newcastle Town.

Joshua Gordon gave Town a 21st-minute lead before David Taylor levelled 14 minutes later. Timothy Sanders hit the away side’s winner 11 minutes after the break.

Town moved top as Sutton Coldfield Town were beaten 2-0 at Kidsgrove Athletic.

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