SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Returning Taylor targets Marine promotion
MIDFIELDER Chris Taylor has his mind firmly fixed on promotion following his return to Swindon Supermarine.
In the aftermarth of the South Marston side’s play-off defeat at the hands of Merthyr at the end of last season Taylor joined an exodus to Hungerford which also included Josh Parsons and Ash Edenborough, but now, like Edenborough, he has opted to link up with Dave Webb’s side once again.
Taylor made his return in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at Mangotsfield, and after having his first look at manager Dave Webb’s reshaped squad the midfielder believes they have a chance of going one better this season and sealing a return to the Southern Premier.
“We were unlucky really but played very well, and if we play like that for the rest of the season we will have a really good chance,” he said.
“Things are quite similar to when I left really although there are one or two new lads in there who looked really good, although I’m just getting to know them, but there’s no reason why we can’t go one better and get promoted.
“The squad looks really good and the atmosphere is pretty good, and so it’s all very positive and think we have a good chance of getting promoted.”
Taylor enjoyed his short spell at Hungerford after making himself an early fixture in their midfield, but admitted a possible return to ‘family club’ Marine was always at the back of his mind.
“Marine is where I’ve most enjoyed playing my football because it’s a nice family club, and it was a pretty easy decision really because it’s important to be happy,” he said.
“We started quite badly at Hungerford but things got better recently and I played every game, and although the manager was good to me I just enjoy my football more at Supermarine.
“I know everyone behind the scenes like Jez Webb the chairman and everyone else on the committee, and I like playing under Webby as well because of the style of football he plays.
“Hungerford made it easy for me to come back which was good, and I’m just glad to be back because coming back was always at the back of my mind.”
Marine went down at Mangotsfield after Jake Johns’ misplaced pass was seized upon by the Mangos’ former Chippenham striker Lewis Powell who finished well, but Taylor insisted there were plenty of positives to take.
“We played well and it was an enjoyable game to play in because we dominated, but then the young lad made a bad mistake and put them in and they scored,” he said.
“If we play like that we will win more than we lose for sure, because there was some really good stuff in there and plenty of positives.
“The striker (Kayden Jackson) on loan from Swindon Town looks good and he’s agreed to stay for another month, so that’s a positive.”
- STEVE Winter’s reign as the permanent manager of Chippenham Town got off to the worst possible start as his Bluebirds side crashed 4-1 at the hands of Bedford Town.
Winter was handed the job full-time on Thursday after initially replacing Nathan Rudge in a caretaker capacity, but an Andrew Phillips hat-trick and one from Jordan Patrick cancelled out Tom Knighton’s opener to ensure his permanent spell began with defeat.
The Bluebirds dominated the opening stages of the Southern Premier clash but couldn’t take their chances, and after home keeper Ben John let a tame effort through his legs for Bedford’s equaliser Winter knew it wasn’t going to be his side’s day as the Bluebirds conceded two more in quick succession.
“We could have been two or three up easily and I said to them at half-time 'you just need to keep doing what you're doing and you don't need to change anything',” he said.
“The boys were confident and we all had a smile on our face but then Johnsy (John) has come out and the ball's gone through his legs - he didn't mean to do it and he was gutted.
“I think that little things like that change games of football. Then for the second goal, it was a big boot up field, our centre-half has headed it against our other centre-half and it's fallen straight to their lad, who's clean through on goal.
“Then for the third goal, it's ricocheted everywhere and then fell to their lad whose shot was deflected in. All of a sudden we're chasing the game.
“In all my years of football I've never seen a 15 minute spell of complete mayhem like that. “It's hard but we've just got to get things right in training on Tuesday and Thursday and be ready for another game at home next Saturday (against Redditch United).”
In Division One South and West, an Aidan Bennett goal was the difference as Cirencester claimed a 1-0 victory at Fleet Town.
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