Opposition in focus: tonight’s visitors to Worksop Town are league leaders Tadcaster Albion

Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Tom Elliott scores Worksop's second goal
Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Tom Elliott scores Worksop's second goal

The two form sides in the NCEL Premier go head-to-head tonight at Sandy Lane, as league leaders Tadcaster Albion visit second placed Worksop Town.

A win for Tigers would put them in first place by a point, with two games in hand.

But their visitors, who fought back to draw 2-2 with 10 men in the corresponding fixture at Sandy Lane last season, have lost just one of their last 13 league outings.

Tad’s media man Jay Taylor gives an insight into the players in form, and who is new to the Albion squad since the final day of the 2014/15 campaign when Tigers beat them 2-1.

He writes...

Jimmy Beadle is a midfielder who joined from Scarborough Athletic in the summer and he is currently Tadcaster Albion’s top goal scorer with 10 goals.

Beadle started his Taddy career playing as part of a two in central midfield however with the emerging and blossoming partnership of Jason Mycoe and Liam Ormsby, Beadle has been pushed forward to a number 10 position behind the striker.

He is known for his goals from distance, only three of his goals this season have been inside the box, and two of those were penalties.

Andy Milne is a name I’m sure Worksop fans remember, from last season’s 96th minute equaliser.

The central defender is another Brewer man who is in fine vein of form.

Jason Mycoe joined on a dual registration from Harrogate Railway in mid-September.

The defender and midfielder has worked his way into the starting 11 and with the way he’s playing, he will be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Mycoe’s role is to basically hunt the ball and he has been doing this tremendously in the recent weeks however, tonight will be a much more difficult match with no disrespect to the teams we have faced but the pace and total football of The Tigers is an intriguing duel.

New players since the last meeting include Gary Stevens, a vastly experienced and competent goalkeeper, who came to Tadcaster’s attention when he played against the club for Highworth Town in the FA Vase.

Stevens, who previously played for Cardiff City Academy, Radstock Town and Purton FC, kept an impressive 23 clean sheets last season.

Right-back Jordan Amstrong started his football career with Preston North End Academy before going on to play for Shrewsbury Town and Cadiz CF in Spain’s Segunda Division B.

Most recently, he played for Harrogate Railway before opting to follow his former manager Billy Miller to Tadcaster.

Matt Heath played in the Premier League with Leicester City before signing for Leeds in 2006 – where he went on to make 52 appearances, scoring four goals.

Heath has also played for Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United, and spent the 2014-15 season playing under Billy Miller at Evo-Stik Division One North side Harrogate Railway.

Ryan Woodheadis a full-back by trade who is tenacious defending and clever going forward. He is part of the i2i academy setup and recently joined from Pickering Town.

Dan Clayton is a goal scoring left winger/left back who can also play as a striker. He is a fast and powerful player who is at his best when running at defenders.

He has previously played for Hartlepool United, North Ferriby United and Gainsborough Trinity.

George Conway , a former Huddersfield Town professional, is an outright traditional speedy winger.

He is a former Scotland Youth International who has also played for Workington Town and Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Adam Baker was a Leeds United youngster who moved to Bradford City where he stayed for eight years – signing as a professional at 18.

Baker was in the 2013 Bradford City squad that reached Wembley twice and is hoping to replicate that success with Tadcaster Albion in the FA Vase.

Most recently, he has played at Harrogate Railway where he scored 12 goals in the last four months of the season.

Alfie Beestin, nicknamed ‘Bergkamp,’ is a young promising striker who has raw pace and certainly knows where the goal is.

He is also part of the i2i academy and has recently broken into the first team squad.

Nick Black is a strong-running forward with close control skills and an eye for goal.

At more than 6ft tall, Black is a major presence in the air and isn’t afraid to battle with the back line.

Previous clubs include Selby Town and Garforth Town where he scored 12 goals last season from the right wing.