Pikes plan Tadcaster raid

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PICKERING Town are planning to continue their fine form when they play host to Tadcaster Albion tomorrow.

The Pikes have won eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions to keep them in touch with the NCEL Premier’s leading few.

Tadcaster are also up there in the table though, so Pickering’s North Yorkshire rivals will provide a stiff test.

Boss Mitch Cook will be without Billy Logan, who serves his second of a three-match ban, but apart from him, Pickering have a clean bill of health. He may welcome Steve Baxter back to the club afetr he returned from Australia.

Cook said: “We are in a good run of form, apart from the blip against Maltby.

“We had an excellent win against Parkgate in midweek, which has boosted our confidence further.

“To beat a team, who are second in the table by a 4-0 scoreline is excellent.

“Consistency is the key now. We have to keep going, keep picking up the results and avoiding the blips.”

Former Scarborough Athletic striker Craig Hogg will be searching to maintain his amazing strike-rate for Bridlington Town when they host Maltby.

Hogg has struck 11 goals in his last four league outing, a run that has helped push Brid to three wins in that time.

Whitby Town manager Tommy Cassidy admitted he got his tactics wrong at FC United last weekend as his side prepare to battle relegation rivals Mickleover Sports tomorrow.

Only one point and a single place separate the teams on either side of the relegation line, with last season’s First Division South champions leading the way.

Dick Pratley’s men enjoyed a vital win at Ashton United last weekend, while Town delivered a poor performance at Bury’s Gigg Lane, to slump 4-0 against FC United of Manchester.

Cassidy said United looked very good but admitted he played it too defensively, telling his side to sit back and hit on the break after watching FC draw 0-0 at Frickley in midweek.

He said: “I will take my big share of the blame as I set up a bit of a shape that didn’t work out.”

Cassidy confirmed winger Dave McTiernan was sacrificed just before half-time for striker Ash Davis in a purely tactical move and that, given a second chance, he would have begun the game with two strikers instead.

The former Workington manager has brought in Alex White on loan from his old club for a month, but there’ll be no return for another left-footed defender as Mark Robinson has joined Boston United.