Paul Marshall has hailed his present day Tadcaster Albion side as the best team he’s ever managed as the Brewers aim to pull 12 points clear at the top of the NCE Premier.
First plays third as Albion visit title-rivals Worksop Town tomorrow – just three days after a dramatic penalty shootout success against Selby Town in the County Cup quarter-finals.
Taddy are also into the last 64 of the FA Vase with a trip to St Helens Town on the cards and Marshall says his 2014 Brewers team is superior even to his Harrogate Railway class of 2002-03 which made the FA Cup second round.
“Throughout football this is probably the best squad of players I’ve had and that’s in 17 years of a manager,” beamed Marshall.
“The Railway squad was an excellent squad of players but this squad has just got more quality throughout it really.
“We had a great team spirit at Railway which dragged us through many games but I think this has just got a bit more quality than that Railway team.
“They’ve got quality all over them and they’ve got a desire to win most games so it’s a great cocktail for success really.
“They get on well together on and off the field and, on the field, even when they are not playing well, they show some tremendous spirit and character.”
That was the case yet again on Wednesday evening as Albion’s success on penalties booked a County Cup semi-final against Bradford Park Avenue or Farsley AFC.
Marshall will now have Denny Ingram back from suspension for tomorrow’s trip to Worksop with Peter Lawrie deputising for the suspended Tom Morgan in goal.
Victory could put Albion 12 points clear but the chasing pack below Tadcaster have games in hand and Marshall is refusing to get carried away. Worksop are ten points behind Albion but with a game in hand.
“We’ve still got all the big teams to play as well and it’s still early days really,” said Marshall.
“We’re 18 games in so there’s over half a season to get in the can. Worksop are going very well and this weekend will determine a lot really in terms of how far we’ve come when. We went to watch them last Sunday, they are a good team and it’s very tight at the top anyway with Worksop, Shaw Lane, Heanor and us really. There’s four teams who all doing extremely well.”
At the other end of the table, bottom club Glasshoughton Welfare host second-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce while Liversedge welcome Athersley Recreation.
Thackley go to Bridlington Town with Garforth Town at Armthorpe Welfare and Pickering Town at Albion Sports.
In Division One, leaders AFC Emley travel to second-bottom Hallam with third-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare at home to fourth-bottom Winterton Rangers.
Eccleshill United host Lincoln Moorlands Railway with Pontefract Collieries welcoming Penistone Church and Selby Town entertaining Bottesford Town.
Yorkshire Amateur go to Teversal while Knaresborough Town travel to Hall Road Rangers.
In the Evo-Stik League, Brighouse Town stage a First Division North derby against Ossett Town while Ossett Albion welcome Warrington Town.
Farsley FC are at Kendal Town with Harrogate Railway welcoming second-placed Northwich Victoria.
In the Premier, Frickley Athletic host Trafford while Goole AFC go to Stafford Rangers in First Division South.