Emley secured an additional three points and notched up five more goals in an eventful match at Tadcaster. The game took a serious turn when Emley striker James Walshaw sustained a significant injury, leading to the Yorkshire air ambulance’s arrival.

For the second consecutive Saturday, Emley hit five goals. Last weekend, they dominated league leaders Campion, and now it was The Brewers’ turn to face defeat.

Despite conceding an early goal due to a defensive lapse, Emley quickly regrouped. By the hour mark, the game was already a one-sided affair.

Emley displayed early promise, but the crucial final pass eluded them, despite Iyrwah Gooden’s determined efforts. Gooden had already begun tormenting his marker within the opening minutes.

Tadcaster struck almost immediately upon entering Emley’s half. A loose ball following a defensive mix-up was collected on the left and sent into the danger zone, catching Lambton off guard as the ball found the net.

Emley rallied and a dangerous free kick was cleared. Gooden then found himself with some space, attempting to chip the keeper, but the Tadcaster goalkeeper deftly tipped it over for a corner.

The hosts also created a couple of opportunities. A well-executed cutback went wide, and Gooden subsequently sent a shot soaring over the bar after a superb run and pass from Pashley.

Emley began to assert control and was duly rewarded with an impressive equalizer. Gooden outplayed the defence, the ball was played back to him from Kenny, and a deflection fell to Pashley, who fired a shot towards goal. Though it was stopped on the line, Ruben Jerome was on hand to net it from close range.

Tad tried to counter, but their attempt veered off target. Emley had another chance, this time orchestrated by the centre-backs. From a free kick that wasn’t properly cleared, Knowles set up Cowgill, whose strike sailed over.

Emley then had a handball appeal inside the area dismissed as Albion struggled to break out of their half. Yet, just a minute later, another handball was spotted, and a penalty was awarded. Joe Clegg stepped up, leaving Romero no chance in the home net, securing a lead Emley would not relinquish.

Despite several half chances, Emley maintained complete control as halftime approached. Gooden narrowly missed connecting with a Lawrence flick, Pashley’s shot from a corner veered wide, and Walker was thwarted by a superb challenge just as he was about to shoot.

Tadcaster had the final say of the half, finally finding some respite to launch an attack, but the shot again went wide, aided by a deflection. From the ensuing corner, Emley eventually cleared, despite fervent handball claims from the home side. The referee waved them off and signalled halftime.

Halftime Score: Tadcaster 1-2 Emley

The second half proved to be long and eventful. In terms of football, it was largely dominated by Emley. Playing towards their loyal fans, who made up a significant portion of the 284-strong crowd, Emley displayed confidence, moving the ball with precision. Within minutes, Walker fired wide after another excellent move by Gooden, pressuring the defence, which, not for the first or last time, faltered when trying to play out from their own goal line.

Just two minutes later, the two combined to devastating effect. Gooden outpaced his marker down the left, delivering a perfect cross onto the head of Paul Walker, who only needed to direct it into the net, leaving the keeper helpless for the third goal.

Tadcaster then had a free kick, but the resulting header posed no threat to the Emley defence.

Within a minute, Tad contributed to their own misfortune with a calamitous goal from their perspective. Once again, they attempted to play from the back, but Emley’s pressing prevented them from moving the ball far. When the ball was played across the face of their goal, it confused the defender and keeper, allowing a bemused Iyrwah Gooden to simply tap it into an empty net, sending the Emley fans into cheers.

Emley was in full control, and it appeared to be curtains for Tad. Another free kick saw Pashley booked for what looked like a fair challenge, and Lambton had to make a save. Pashley was then substituted for Jake Kelly.

Having already conceded from trying to play out from their own area, Tadcaster almost repeated the mistake, but this time they just managed to clear it with Walker closing in. Jerome then had a half chance for Emley, but the keeper managed to make the save.

Emley made further substitutions as they aimed to close out the game. Nathan Curtis replaced the impressive Joe Kenny, Shiraz Khan came on for the equally notable Walker, and top scorer Walshaw took Jerome’s place.

Regrettably, after Walshaw’s first and only touch of the ball, he remained down in obvious pain, and play was promptly halted. After extensive attention from medics from both clubs, Walshaw was stretchered off, receiving warm applause. Play resumed with Charlie Barks taking the field.

While most thoughts were with the injured Emley striker, within a couple of minutes, Emley struck for the fifth time. It was a splendid goal. Following a superb challenge in midfield by Clegg, he released Gooden, who surged halfway before finding Nathan Curtis on the right. Curtis took a touch and fired past the keeper to seal the victory.

A lengthy stoppage followed as the pitch was cleared to allow the air ambulance to land. News emerged that Walshaw had been taken to the hospital by road ambulance, prompting the air ambulance to depart. The final ten minutes or so were played out as darkness fell over Tadcaster.

The victory was undoubtedly overshadowed by Walshaw’s injury, and we all extend our best wishes to him. His teammates and their dedicated fans did him proud.

This win propels us to fourth place, with games in hand on the top three. As the matches come thick and fast, we now aim for a fifth consecutive league win when Handsworth visit Emley on Tuesday.

Final Score: Tadcaster 1-5 Emley