Ossett are pegged back in battle of the Albions

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AS their EVO-STIK North season comes to a close, Ossett Albion managed to put a large dent in the play-off hopes of Tadcaster Albion.

Fans at Dimple Wells saw them fight out a 2-2 draw on Tuesday, with Ossett leading twice against good opposition.

The result would have felt far sweeter considering the 7-1 drubbing they received in the away fixture at Tadcaster in August.

Tadcaster now find themselves seven points away from Trafford at the base of the play-off places with three games left.

Both sides had chances before Chris Howarth squandered a golden opportunity for Tadcaster on the hour-mark. Aiden Savory found the defender two yards from goal but Howarth’s effort somehow cleared the bar.

Ossett managed to get ahead thanks to a stunning strike from captain Scott Metcalfe.

The ball fell to the captain 25 yards out after being cleared, and he found the net in fine style.

Savory’s continual involvement for Tadcaster paid dividends. His nice pass found Casey Stewart, who made no mistake with a bottom-corner finish.

A lovely dribble and shot from Ellis Barkworth, who found the corner with aplomb, gave Ossett the lead again with only seven minutes remaining.

But Stewart struck again for Tadcaster in injury time to steal a point for the visitors. A dangerous free-kick into the area was happily converted by the Tadcaster frontman.

Ossett still have four games left this season. Their next comes against bottom of the table Goole.

With their opponents already relegated, Ossett will be expecting a positive result.

Showdowns against play-off chasing Bamber Bridge and Colne follow before a final day trip Scarborough Athletic.

Scarborough are still chasing South Shields in the title race and will at least be holding out for automatic promotion. The game promises to be a tricky challenge for Ossett, who will be looking for an upset.