Taylor determined for Ashington to end season on a high

Ashington's Glen Taylor celebrates his equaliser in the game against Newton Aycliffe. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington's Glen Taylor celebrates his equaliser in the game against Newton Aycliffe. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC’s Glen Taylor has vowed that the playing squad will be trying to ensure that they end the campaign on a high when they visit Durham City’s artificial playing surface on Saturday.

The 24-year-old striker’s vow came after the Colliers’ run of seven consecutive victories came to an end when Newton Aycliffe completed a season’s double over them at a windswept Woodhorn Lane.

“It was just one of those games and we cannot allow it to deflate us too much because we have won ten out of 14,” he said.

“Obviously we want to try and end the season at Durham on a high and I think we have a fair record against them.

“From a personal angle, I like the all-weather pitches because you know you will get a fair bounce, but all the lads are looking forward to it.”

Although he took his own personal scoring tally for the campaign to 25, Taylor thought the Wansbeck side were worthy of a share of the spoils.

He added: “We normally play well with the wind, but we just didn’t get hold of the ball. It was difficult.

“For some reason we started differently, but Lee Anderson gave us a rallying call at the interval and I thought we were the better team in the second half against the wind.

“In my eyes, a draw would have been a fair result.”

The striker struck a double in a midweek 4-0 win over Sunderland RCA – Tony Stephenson and Dylan Williamson got the others – and netted again on Saturday albeit with the help of a deflection.

“Dylan Armstrong put great pass through and I was on the shoulder of the last man,” he said.

“The pitch was hard work and bobbly and I was trying to concentrate with players bearing down on me, and to be fair the centre half has made a good tackle. I went to strike it and side-foot it and Stephenson has hit it at the same time. The ball has gone up and done all sorts in the air before bouncing then spinning into the roof of the net.

“I thought the tide would turn for us but in a split second following a flick on, they have got in and been awarded a penalty from which they scored the winner.”