GLEN Taylor will send Spennymoor a good luck message for the FA Vase final at Wembley on May 4 – but Ashington’s former Moors striker said on Sunday that he has no regrets about his decision to leave Brewery Field and rejoin the Colliers at the turn of the year.
The Durham-based outfit will play under the arch at Wembley after recording a 4-1 aggregate victory over Guernsey in the Vase semi-final on Saturday.
Sadly they will be the sole representatives from the Ebac Northern League after Shildon experienced heartache at Dean Street, going out 4-3 against Tunbridge Wells.
But whilst the sheer thought of playing at the home of football remains the dream of every footballer, 22-year-old Taylor has no regrets and remained unrepentant over his switch in early January having spent two months on loan at Woodhorn Lane earlier in the campaign.
“They have got a great pool of players at Spennymoor and I knew it would be only a matter of time before they would get through to the final of the Vase,” he said.
“I could have been part of the squad but in truth I still wouldn’t sacrifice playing week in week out just to play in the Vase final.
“I think it is more important to play regularly and enjoy your football.”
Taylor, a community health coach with the Newcastle United Foundation, has already graced the hallowed turf in the 2010-11 season.
He was a member of the Whitley Bay outfit who lifted the trophy for a third successive season with a 3-2 victory over Coalville – only the 6ft 3ins striker was cup-tied having played earlier in the competition for Ashington.
“I did do the warm-up on the turf with Whitley Bay – but it wasn’t the same as if I had been playing,” he said.
“In a few weeks time, I want Spennymoor to win the competition as I’d like to see a Northern League team come out on top and also because I’m still good mates with Moors midfielder Wayne Phillips.”
Overall, Taylor has netted 17 goals for the Colliers – six in his loan period and 11 to date since his transfer.
“I’m more than happy,” he said.
“I’m delighted that I am both playing and scoring and I’m also pleased with my form.
“I reckon my time at Blyth Spartans last season improved my game with fellow centre forward Graeme Armstrong, who was also at the Croft Park club at the time, helping me enormously.”
Taylor has also set himself a personal goals target.
“When I first signed for Ashington I didn’t have a particular figure in mind, but I’m scoring most weeks and I’d be well chuffed if I can reach 25 by the end of the season,” he said.