Taylor still believes Ashington have chance in FA Cup

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Ashington FC’s James Taylor was distraught after Scarborough had salvaged an FA Cup replay with a 93rd minute penalty in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

But the Colliers’ vice-captain remained upbeat ahead of Tuesday night’s replay.

He said: “Don’t rule us out of the reckoning.”

In an absorbing second period, the Colliers twice led with a brace from Glen Taylor before Jimmy Beadle similarly struck his second of the afternoon from the spot.

However, James Taylor, who has taken over the captain’s armband with Andrew Johnson sidelined through injury, thought the Wansbeck side would have been worthy winners had they held on.

“Conceding a goal in the last minute isn’t ideal,” he said.

“It was a bit of a sucker punch when they got that one in the end because all in all, we probably deserved to nick a win, to be honest.

“I thought we were very well organised and worked for each other, as we had done in the last round at Albion Sports.

“First half we came out on top and should have been ahead with the couple of chances we had, then second half we have hit the post and the bar.

“I know they also hit the woodwork and we were under the cosh a little bit towards the end with them piling people forward, but I still thought we deserved to win it.”

And 23-year-old Taylor, a community coach at the Newcastle United Foundation, reckons that underneath the disappointment of not going through on Saturday, his team-mates will be full of confidence ahead of Tuesday’s 7.45pm kick-off.

“We are still in with a shout without a doubt,” he said.

“Our performance has given us a lot of confidence and we have taken a lot of pluses away.

“It will be a different game down there with Scarborough being at home – but don’t rule us out of the reckoning. If we go with the same attitude then why should we not get a result?”