Ashington’s former Spennymoor Town, Blyth Spartans and Whitley Bay striker Glen Taylor would like nothing better than to have cause for a double celebration this weekend.
The 23-year-old – who pre-season set himself a target of 30 goals – took his tally to 28 on Saturday when he netted with a majestic header which put the seal on his side’s 3-1 win over Billingham Synthonia at Woodhorn Lane.
The Colliers were due to travel to face Celtic Nation on Tuesday followed by the derby with Morpeth Town on Saturday, and Taylor would be more than happy if he could reach the magic figure this week.
However, after donning the black and white of Ashington, Taylor will be changing his colours to red and white on Sunday as Sunderland bid to topple Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at a Wembley.
“I cannot think of a better double than if I were to hit my target and the Black Cats win the cup,” said Taylor, who will travel down to North London to watch the team he has supported since being a boy.
“I was born in Ashington but live in Sunderland, so I’d love to be celebrating big style come tea time on Sunday.”
Of his strike against Synners on Saturday, Taylor said: “I had not scored for a few games and as a forward you wonder when you are going to find the net again, but it was a dream goal to be honest.
“Kyle Oliver did well to find David Carson and his floated cross was just perfect for me.
“I thought ‘here’s my moment’ and just tried to get as much power behind the ball rather than place it.
“I was delighted because with five minutes remaining I thought we needed a third goal to secure the win and to relax us.”
Taylor was pleased Ashington bounced back on home turf after successive league defeats at Woodhorn Lane.
“It was important that we tasted victory again,” he said.
“I’m always devastated when we lose and that feeling is nothing compared to winning.”
Taylor is hoping the Colliers can push on in the closing months of the campaign.
He added: “We have still got some tough games left at home including Shildon and Consett, but we can compete with anyone in the league on our day.
“Apart from the recent defeats against Spennymoor and Bedlington, our form at Woodhorn Lane is good and we will be hoping that it continues as we look to finish the season in the top four or five.”
Taylor is delighted that he returned to the Wansbeck club during last season.
“Ashington are my home town club and I just love scoring goals for them,” he said.