Ashington CFC’s former Whitley Bay striker Glen Taylor is hoping lightning will not strike twice when the Colliers meet the Seahorses in Wednesday’s Northumberland Senior Cup final at St James’ Park.
Taylor was a member of the Ashington side which lost 2-1 against the Hillheads club when the showpiece was staged three years ago.
How he is anxious to redress the balance.
Twenty-two year old Taylor, who later joined the coast club, was cup tied for the FA Vase but was still involved as Ian Chandler’s side triumphed for a third successive season at Wembley to lift the trophy with a 3-2 win over Coalville Town.
And for all he enjoyed one season at Whitley Bay, Taylor had pledged that there will be no sentiment when the two sides come face to face on Wednesday.
“I had a good time at Whitley Bay and the season culminated in the club going to Wembley, which I enjoyed because I got onto the pitch,” he said.
“I was delighted they won the Vase but it wasn’t the same for me because I couldn’t play.”
Now Taylor has declared that he is playing the best football of his career and cannot wait for Wednesday’s 7pm kick-off.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I was desperate to get to the final again and I want to erase the memory of the 2-1 defeat three years ago.
“I’ll be trying to make sure we are not runners-up again and although I’d love to score, I would rather have a winners’ medal.
“I’m playing the best football I’ve ever played in my life and I’m enjoying being back at Ashington – and I’m not leaving the club again, that’s for sure.” And despite being a Sunderland fan, Taylor will be delighted to take to the St James’ Park turf.
He added: “I work for Newcastle United and am based at the stadium so I’m used to being there.
“It will just be fantastic to play on a Premiership ground which has been graced by so many top class players including Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Taylor, who has netted 18 goals this season for the Colliers, still keeps in touch with his ex-mates at Whitley Bay – Paul Robinson, Paul Chow, Chris Fawcett and Craig McFarlane – but has sympathy for Bay schemer Lee Kerr who will miss the final through suspension.
“I remember Ashington full back Alex Houlsby was ruled out of the final three years ago with a ban, and I know he was devastated,” said Taylor.
“So I feel for Lee because not only is it a final but it is also being staged at the home of Newcastle United.”