Tulips Well-Beaten At Taddy
By Non-League Webmeister
A second consecutive 3-0 defeat, coupled with results elsewhere, sees spectre of relegation loom large once again for the Tulips...
After yet another goalless first-half, in the second period the Tulips were well & truly put to the sword by promotion-seeking Tadcaster Albion at the i2i Stadium in Yorkshire on Saturday 16th March.
Two weeks earlier, that time a tad farther North-East, the Tulips had shared equal footing with top of the NPL Evo-Stik League East Division Morpeth Town until the hour mark, but ultimately suffered the same fate: much promising endeavour and commitment but no goals to show for their efforts and three conceded.
In blustery and stormy conditions, the Tulips - significantly without the guidance of manager Matt Easton, who was recovering in hospital after a sudden illness (our best wishes to Matt for a full & speedy recovery) - were up against it from the start, not least from their big and strong opponents who played fluent football and were dominant from the outset. That said, the Tulips dug in deep and held out until the 56th minute before conceding. A second goal ten minutes later virtually sealed their fate but they continued to battle with every ounce of energy they could muster to try and deny their hosts a third goal, which didn't occur until added time.
Neal Spafford and Jenk Acar returned to the side following injury and featured strongly, supporting Taron Hare, Isaac Cooper and Kegan Everington.
At the heart of the action was goalkeeper Michael Duggan who pulled off many impressive/ important saves. However it was he who presented league top scorer Joe Lumsden with The Brewers final goal, when he spilled the ball in a crowded area, a half-chance which was quickly exploited.
It was however, not all one way traffic with Cooper firing inches over Michael Ingham’s goal and Everington’s clever lobbed shot from 20 yards also narrowly off target in an action-packed opening period.
Bradley Wells forced an excellent save from Ingham ten minutes into the second-half , but the Tulips resolve was broken in the 56th minute by Aiden Savory netting from close range. The same player added to his tally shortly afterwards following an assist by Will Annan.
Still the Tulips battled but it was a backs to the wall experience with The Brewers calling the shots and looking every inch serious promotion contenders.
On a note aside from the footballing action on Saturday, the club was sickened to hear news on Sunday morning that major flood water in Tadcaster had once again engulfed the i21 Stadium. Photos on social media revealed water more than halfway up the goalposts and one can only imagine the nightmare clean-up operation our Yorkshire hosts face to get their wonderful ground & facilities back up to normal standard. Our best wishes to all connected with Taddy, a wonderful club run by some fantastic people, in the hope that the weekend's dreadful news in no way contributes to derailing their promotion push: all in Tulipsville wish you the very best of luck going forward...
Team: Michael Duggan, Archie Moyses, Liam Marshall (Scott Floyd, 46 mins), Isaac Cooper, Neal Spafford, Taron Hare, Jenk Acar (Jack Brownell, 88 mins), Kegan Everington, Bradley Wells, Leon Mettam, James Hugo (Charlie Hart, 77 mins). Subs (not used): Luke White, Jack Fixter
Tulips Man-of-the-Match: Michael Duggan
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