Vice-captain praises Ashington team’s togetherness

Captain for the day James Taylor led Ashington into the next round of the FA Cup. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Captain for the day James Taylor led Ashington into the next round of the FA Cup. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC vice-captain James Taylor is hoping Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Albion Sports in the preliminary round of the FA Cup will act as a springboard and signal the start of their season after an indifferent opening.

Taylor, a full-time community coach for the Newcastle United Foundation, took over the captain’s armband when Andrew Johnson failed a late test on a foot injury.

And the stand-in skipper also praised the togetherness of the squad.

After two quick fire goals from sub Marc Walton had clinched the win in Bradford, the 23-year-old said: “The togetherness of the squad was a massive thing to take out of today’s performance.

“We worked well as a team and more as a unit than previous games in the season and I just hope that we can take it on from here and use it as a springboard to kick start our campaign.

“We were working for each other as mates - that was the big aspect today.

“It was one person pressing the ball and the next one backing up.

“It worked well and we got the win.”

Taylor acknowledged that Ashington had ‘switched off’ prior to the interval.

“I didn’t think they caused us that many problems during the first half,” he said.

“But we just switched off for a split second and the winger has floated the ball across for the big lad who headed down for Facey to score.

“It was a bit of a sucker punch before half-time but we didn’t let that get into our heads.

“When we came back out for the second half, our heads were high; we gave it another go and thankfully it paid off.

“Only Wally (Marc Walton) can do what he did today by scoring two fantastic goals – now we are hoping that the win today will be the start of our season.”