Ashington striker Glen Taylor has resisted the temptation to raise the bar to a new level with the new football season just around the corner.
The 24-year-old Wansbeck born forward exceeded his goals target by more than 15 per cent when he bagged a highly impressive haul of 35 after originally setting his sights on 30.
But ahead of his side’s opening game against Jarrow Roofing in the Ebac Northern League first division at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday week (August 9), a cautious Taylor, who is a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It would have been so tempting to have upped the target - but this is a tough league and I don’t want to put pressure on myself.
“As far as I am concerned, it is a status quo situation where my expectation of scoring 30 goals will remain the same for next term.”
Taylor, who completed his first full campaign with the club after joining from Spennymoor during the close season last year, added: “I was happy with the way the campaign went and I finished it well by scoring a hat-trick against Crook in the final league game to take my tally to 35.
“I couldn’t be happier. I love playing for Ashington week in week out and to be fair I couldn’t have made a better decision – I knew all along that it was the right move.”
“Sunderland-based Taylor is also delighted that two of his best mates - Andrew Johnson and James Taylor – have rejected offers from other clubs to pledge their immediate futures to the Wansbeck club.
“I’m thrilled they have decided to stay,” he said.
Meanwhile Taylor is looking for a dip in the temperature amid the current heat wave.
“I don’t mind playing when the sun is shining – but with a milder temperature,” he said.
“The ball sticks dead when the pitches are dry and I’d rather they were a bit damp with a touch of moisture to make the surface slick.”
Two goals from Marc Walton, including one from the penalty spot, gave Ashington a 2-0 victory against Seaham Red Star last weekend in another warm-up match.
Gary Middleton’s side conclude their programme on Saturday, August 2, with a home clash against Hebburn Town (3pm).