Shaymen firm favourites to go through in FA Cup

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Town might have found a bit of form in the last two matches at Guiseley and Harrogate, but tomorrow’s FA Cup opponents at the Shay, Tadcaster Albion, are bidding to extend their own unbeaten run to nine games.

Of course, that has come against teams at NCE League Premier Division level and lower, but a run of any sort at any level breeds confidence.

And the visitors will have nothing to lose which makes them tough opponents.

Neil Aspin’s side have performed well in the FA Cup over the past couple of seasons, winning tricky ties in the north east, easing past higher ranked opposition in Droyslden and Harrogate Town and only losing by 1-0 scorelines to Conference Premier sides Wrexham and Mansfield.

That will count for little tomorrow, but it shows that Aspin takes this competition - and no doubt its prize money - seriously

Tomorrow’s game will be Tadcaster’s fourth in this season’s competition as they began their run in the extra preliminary round at Hemsworth Miners Welfare where they won 2-1.

They followed that up with a 3-2 victory at Pontefract Collieries in the preliminary round before knocking out Scarborough Athletic 3-0 in the first qualifying round.

Carl Stewart has enjoyed a particularly good run in the competition, scoring in each of Albion’s three ties so far.

Already in the league this season Tadcaster have drawn 2-2 at Retford, where the Shaymen clinched the Evo Stik Premier Division title last April.

Four points from the last six on offer have been a timely boost for the Shaymen after a stuttering start to the campaign and a clean sheet at Harrogate was an added bonus.

And tomorrow they get the chance to exorcise the memory of the home defeat to Vauxhall Motors which had threatened to derail the season completely.

There is little doubt in many people’s minds that they will take it and be in the hat for Monday’s second qualifying round draw.