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Tadcaster Albion
Marske United
Sat 23 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 288

Tadcaster Albion 2-1 Marske United


Marske fans faced the trip home feeling the team deserved more after defeat to Tadcaster.

Tadcaster: Ingham, Howarth, Barkworth, Roper, Coates, Miller, Stewart (Rose),
Davidson, Lumsden, Savory, Porritt
Subs (not used): Mycoe, Buckle, Burn

Marske: Dean, Rowbotham (Fairley), O’Sullivan, Butterworth, May, Wheatley,
Martin, Gott, Waters, Backford (Liddle), Round
Subs (not used): Hillerby, Brockbank, Watson

Marske manager Carl Jarrett made three changes for the relatively short journey to
Tadcaster. Liam O’Sullivan returned from holiday to take up his usual left back
role which meant that Josh Rowbotham switched to right back allowing Callum
Martin to play further forward in the attacking three behind lone striker Matty
Waters. Craig Gott returned to the centre of midfield alongside Glen Butterworth
with Jack Blackford given a full debut following an impressive cameo against
Pontefract. David Hillerby, Chay Liddle and James Fairley were the unfortunate
three to drop to the bench. There was no place in the squad for Jamie Owens, who
was still suffering from an ankle injury.

The game got off to the worst possible start from a Marske point of view with the
hosts taking the lead after just 50 seconds. A free kick from just inside the
Tadcaster half was only partially cleared by Rowbotham; the loose ball was picked
up by Joe Lumsden, in acres of space, and the striker curled a delightful shot from
20 yards over the head of Robert Dean and into the top corner. It took Marske time
to recover from the dreadful start, with their first sight of goal arriving on 11
minutes. A deep corner was flapped at by Albion keeper Michael Ingham with the
loose ball retrieved by Butterworth who crossed to Waters at the back post, who
failed to hit the target with his header. It probably should have been 2-0 moments
later when Dean made a superb save from Lumsden, who was played in by Pete
Davidson, who had a fine match for the home side. The rebound fell to recent loan
signing from Hyde United, Luke Porritt, but O’Sullivan was on hand to clear his
shot off the line. Play quickly switched to the other end when Corey Roper snuffed
out a potential shooting chance for Blackford, though referee Andy Smith appeared
to miss a clear foul on Gott in the build-up. It was very nearly 1-1 on 15 minutes,
when only a quite superb block from Harry Coates prevented a Butterworth shot
hitting the back of the net. The first resulting corner was cleared for another
corner which was only cleared as far as Gott, who saw his 25-yard shot well saved
by Ingham. Ingham was the busier of the two keepers, saving well from Waters
following a neat pass from Gott. However, both keepers were impressing, with
Dean next to be called into action, saving well from a Coates header from a Casey
Stewart free kick. On 26 minutes, Marske were level and the goal was the epitome
of a route one goal when a huge kick from Dean was missed by the Tadcaster
defence, which allowed Martin to race clear and plant an unstoppable half-volley
past Ingham, who had no chance. The remainder of the half was mainly played in
the centre of the pitch with both teams trying to gain the upper hand. As half time
approached, Gott and Blackford combined on the edge of the box with former’s
shot well tipped over by Ingham. From the ensuing corner, the keeper missed the
ball but Adam Wheatley’s header landed on the roof of the net.

Half Time: Tadcaster 1-1 Marske

Marske reshuffled at half time with Rowbotham replaced by Fairley. The change
meant that Martin dropped in at right back with Fairley in the attacking midfield
three alongside Round and Blackford. Fairley was straight into the action on 51
minutes picking up a flick from Waters and racing into the box but his shot was
fired into the near post side netting. It was very nearly 2-1 to the home side on 53
minutes when Aiden Savory was given too much space just outside the box and
crashed a shot off the top of the bar, with Dean beaten. However, Tadcaster
weren’t to be denied and led 2-1 on 56 minutes. A corner from Stewart was
partially cleared but Davidson and Savory combined to set up Lumsden who made
mistake from 12 yards. It was nearly 3-1 on the hour mark when a Tadcaster corner
flashed across the face of goal with no-one able to get the final touch. With 20
minutes left, Marske made their second change with Liddle replacing Blackford as
Marske switched from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3. On 73 minutes, a rare mistake from
Wheatley saw Porritt go clear but Dean saved well at the second attempt. The
home side were grateful to the woodwork on 75 minutes as Marske came within
inches of equalising. Gott and Fairley combined neatly to set up Liddle, who from
15 yards, saw his shot smash off the post; the rebound fell to Fairley who sliced
wide. The influential Davidson fired over the bar before Marske made a tactical
change with 13 minutes remaining sending Wheatley up front as Marske switched
to 3-5-2 with May, O’Sullivan and Liddle as centre backs, Martin and Round as wing
backs with Wheatley partnering Waters up front. Marske were pressing for an
equaliser and, with 10 minutes left, a fierce shot from Waters was well saved by
Ingham with the rebound just evading Fairley. On 85 minutes, a shot from Round
was routinely saved by Ingham. With Tadcaster slowing the game down at every
opportunity and the referee failing to clamp down, the closing minutes saw the
only two bookings of the game. First, Roper was booked for dragging back Fairley
who was breaking from his own half. After Fairley shot wide from a Wheatley
header, Paddy Miller was very fortunate to only see yellow for a very poor studs up
challenge on Waters, which was arguably deserving of a red card. Incredibly, the
referee only indicated 3 minutes of additional time, when 5 or 6 would have been
a truer reflection, however the home side held out with no difficulty at all to
secure a narrow win, to keep up their play-off ambitions.

Full time: Tadcaster 2-1 Marske

Team selection

Dean, Robert Dean, Robert
Rowbotham, Josh Rowbotham, Josh
O'Sullivan, Liam O'Sullivan, Liam
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Wheatley (C), Adam Wheatley (C), Adam
Martin, Callum Martin, Callum
Round, Curtis Round, Curtis
Butterworth, Glen Butterworth, Glen
Gott, Craig Gott, Craig
Backford, Jack Backford, Jack
Waters, Matty Waters, Matty

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