Paul Marshall returns to the scene of his greatest moment in football tonight, but his biggest concern is Tadcaster Albion’s scoring problems.
Marshall heads back to Harrogate Railway for a crucial West Riding County Cup quarter-final clash, nearly ten years to the day since he managed Railway in their historic FA Cup tie with Bristol City.
But although he is pleased to be going back to Station View, Marshall wants to see his Northern Counties East League Premier Division side return to winning ways.
A 2-0 home defeat to Heanor Town was their second consecutive defeat which knocked their title aspirations on Saturday and Marshall’s message to his players is to bring their shooting boots.
“We need a win having lost two on the bounce,” he said.
“We’re struggling to score goals, but hopefully our fortunes will change tonight.
“We’re just not taking our chances and also not creating them which is a worry.
“We have changed the system which has not really worked so we may need to revert back to 4-3-3. We are having loads of possession, but we are not hurting teams.
“I said on Saturday that against anyone that if we can get an early goal then we may be able to fill our boots.
“I can’t knock the effort of the players because everyone is giving 100 per cent.”
Tadcaster face a Railway team battling against relegation in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.
But Marshall says Railway have picked up in the last couple of weeks and also admits that there is a big prize for both sides.
Marshall said: “They are struggling a bit at the minute.
“They lost on Saturday, but they did draw last week with Wakefield and they did beat Goole.
“It is a big game for both clubs because of the calibre of some of the sides still in the competition like Guiseley, Harrogate Town and Halifax.
“We all would like to play teams like Halifax and Guiseley.
“It should be a good game and they won’t want me to go and spoil the party.”
Although he will be seeing some familiar faces tomorrow night, Marshall admits he is disappointed that there has not been a get-together of the 2002 team which played Bristol City.
“It will be nice to go back since it is almost 10 years since the Bristol City match,” he said.
“We haven’t had a reunion to celebrate the anniversary which is a shame because it would have been nice to see the lads again as it was a history-making team.”
Midfielder Nick Thompson (ankle) is likely not to be risked by Marshall who will be keeping a close eye on the result at Guiseley’s quarter-final tie with Harrogate Town.
In the Evo-Stik League Doodson Sports Cup, Vernol Blair’s struggling Garforth Town visit Sheffield FC.
The tie was due to be played at Garforth until hot water problems at their stadium meant the fixture was reversed.
Elsewhere, Farsley AFC entertain Ossett Albion and Wakefield host Goole.