Hat-trick of awards for Ashington’s James Taylor

Ashington CFC's James Taylor, centre, with his hat-trick of awards, Marc Walton, left, holding the goal of the season trophy and golden boot winner Glen Taylor. Picture by Ian Appleby ' www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CFC's James Taylor, centre, with his hat-trick of awards, Marc Walton, left, holding the goal of the season trophy and golden boot winner Glen Taylor. Picture by Ian Appleby ' www.ianapplebyimages.com

James Taylor swept the board at Ashington CFC’s presentation night held in the Woodhorn Lane clubhouse on Saturday.

The 23 year old – who has just completed his fourth campaign with the Colliers after being released by Newcastle United – scooped the players’ player; manager’s player and supporters’ player of the season awards in front of a packed audience.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win all three trophies,” he said.

“To get the award from manager Gary Middleton and his assistant Perry Briggs as well as the supporters’ accolade is something special, but to get the vote from your team-mates as players’ player is one of the best.

“You experience cold nights training at the Hirst Welfare spending time with the lads in the changing room and out on the pitch, and for them to recognise me as player of the season was a massive compliment and I appreciate it.”

Taylor, who operated at full back, centre half and in midfield, added: “My intention from the outset last term was to really knuckle down and work hard for the team – I really wanted to give a good account of myself.

“I had a chat with Gary and Perry and the aim was for me to become one of the top players and to push on.

“It has taken me a couple of seasons to adjust from the professional game to non league, but I have worked hard and committed myself and I think last year I did myself justice – I did alright.”

Ashington born Taylor, a community football coach for the Newcastle United Foundation, added: “I want to be involved on the pitch all of the time and would ideally like to cement a place in midfield.

“That is my preferred role, but due to personnel last season, I had to shuffle around but have been willing to do that for the team.”

Taylor, who lives in Wansbeck, believes without question that the Woodhorn Lane outfit can move on next term.

“To finish sixth in the Ebac Northern League is a phenomenal achievement,” he said.

“We deserved it too for the amount of hard work we put in, and although we were all disappointed after losing out in two cup semi-finals, it should be recognised as a good season for us.

“On the pitch we can definitely push on, of that I am certain, whilst the redevelopment of the ground will be massive for the club and be a good step forward.”

Boss Middleton said: “James really stepped forward to the plate last season after team-mates had left the club and he turned in lots of man of the match performances.

“His character, displays, attitude and work ethic just came to the boil and he also stepped forward as a leader for the team.

“Over the season he was by far the most consistent player for us and put in nine out of ten performances week in, week out to help guide us to sixth place and two semi-finals.

“He fully deserved to win all three awards.”

Striker Glen Taylor’s haul of 35 goals saw him lift the award for top goal scorer whilst Marc Walton’s right foot screamer in the dying minutes which clinched the Colliers victory at Hebburn earned him the ‘goal of the season’ trophy.