Tadcaster making great progress

Simon Russell celebrates scoring for Tadcaster Albion. Photo: Matthew Appleby

Tadcaster Albion might well be dealing with yet another flooding of The Global Stadium, but while the weather has been dire, the recent performances on the field have been much more promising.

The North Yorkshire outfit released a statement regarding the situation at their ground after the River Wharfe again burst its banks following the prolonged rainfall across the county.

Work is ongoing to get the playing surface back ready for action after the latest lockdown situation, after which Tadcaster will look to pick up where they left off on the field following a promising spell.

The Brewers had gone through a tough run with four defeats on the bounce in all competitions before their fortunes changed with a 3-1 victory over Prescot Cables. Tadcaster made it back-to-back wins before the lockdown with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Kendal Town, with Ify Ofoegbu, Bailey Thompson and Simon Russell all getting their names on the scoresheet at the ST & B Accountants Stadium.

The two impressive victories have seen Taddy leap up the Northern Premier League North/West division table, with manager Paul Quinn’s side now up to eighth place in the standings. Tadcaster have been boosted by some new arrivals to the squad of late, with Harry Sheppard and Romario Vieria joining the club. Defender Sheppeard was released by Premier League outfit Sheffield United at the end of last season and has now returned to The Brewers where he previously played for the U21s.

Former Leeds United academy product Vieira has also returned to Taddy and provides extra quality in the midfield. The 22-year-old made his debut against Ramsbottom United, before helping the club to those wins over Prescot and Kendal. Vieira, whose brother Ronaldo is currently on loan at Hellas Verona from Sampdoria in Serie A, has had his frustrating injury problems in the past but the Guinea-Bissau born player looks to be a strong acquisition for Quinn following his education at Leeds, who are 9/1 in the betting to finish in the Premier League’s top six this season.

Just eight points now stand between Tadcaster and frontrunners Ramsbottom, who themselves have made a strong start to the season, with just one defeat to their name after the first eight games of the league campaign. It was a 2-1 defeat to Ramsbottom back in October that preceded the two wins that have brought about some momentum for Tadcaster.

Now it will be up to Quinn and his players to try and keep that positivity going in their own individual training before their next outing in the league is confirmed.

It’s not yet certain when Taddy will next take the field. Tadcaster will hope that after the delays are completed and the waters of the River Wharfe subside, the goals will continue to flood in on the field as they look to climb further up the table.

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