Absent strikers have opposite hopes on game being played

Ashington's Glen Taylor, left, in action. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington's Glen Taylor, left, in action. Picture by Ian Appleby

Rival strikers Glen Taylor and Gareth Bainbridge will be keeping a close check on the weather forecast this week with each hoping for contrasting outcomes.

Ashington’s Taylor and North Shields’ Bainbridge have their own personal reasons ahead of Saturday’s scheduled local derby at Woodhorn Lane.

One is hoping the game will go ahead and the other that it will fall foul of the elements.

Both played for their respective outfits when the two sides were involved in a titanic tussle only a fortnight ago on a night which saw the Robins come back from a two-goal deficit to win a thrilling encounter 3-2 at the Daren Persson Stadium.

Taylor was later singled out by Shields boss Graham Fenton as being ‘outstanding’ for the Colliers in the first half, whilst ex-Woodhorn Lane servant Bainbridge tucked away a penalty in the first minute of the second period which sparked the comeback.

However, after sitting out Ashington’s game at Guisborough last Saturday, Taylor has now served the first of a two-match ban following his sending off at Dunston and would be happy for the game against the high fliers to go ahead so he can complete the suspension, which would make him available for the next game – another derby against Bedlington Terriers.

Bainbridge on the other hand is ruled out on Saturday after being helped off the field with a torn hamstring in Shields’ 4-2 win over Whitley Bay last week – an injury which is likely to keep him on the sidelines for a month.

Taylor said: “I hate being out and this situation will not happen again.

“I hope the game goes ahead on Saturday as I’ll be gutted if it is off because the suspension would them be carried over and that would mean I miss out against Bedlington.

“I’ll be monitoring the forecast this week and will just keep my fingers crossed that the weather does not force a postponement.”

Bainbridge said: “Ten minutes after I had been led off at Hillheads, it dawned on me that I would be ruled out of the Ashington contest and I am devastated.

“I knew immediately that my hamstring had gone and it was a bad injury.

“From a personal point of view, my only hope is that the game is called off – so that I should be back in action when a new date would be set.”