WHITLEY Bay FC striker Glen Taylor admitted he is devastated to be missing out on Sunday’s FA Vase final at Wembley.
The 20-year-old student signed for the Seahorses in September, just days after he played in a Vase tie for his former club Ashington.
But his appearance as a substitute in the last 30 minutes of the win against Morpeth meant that he would be cup tied for the rest of Whitley Bay’s FA Vase adventure.
He said: “I’m absolutely gutted and devastated.
“I’ve really fallen for the club at Whitley Bay – the fans, players and staff are brilliant and it will be a magnificent achievement if they lift the Vase for a third time.
“I’ll get my suit for the occasion and I’ll take part in the warm up on the Wembley turf, but it will not be the same.”
And even the elation of his club reaching Wembley was hard to take for the youngster during the celebrations at Hillheads after the semi-final.
He said: “After we beat Poole in the two legged semi-final, I didn’t feel part of it because I haven’t helped to get us there.
“The management and the lads are keeping me involved but it is not the same as pulling the Whitley shirt on.
“I’m very disappointed because I’m desperate for a winners medal.”
Taylor was part of a deal which saw Phill Bell link up with the Woodhorn Lane outfit, but at such an early stage in the season, know one would have predicted Whitley Bay would be preparing for another trip to the home of English football.
Bay manager Ian Chandler said: “When we signed Glen, he wouldn’t have dreamt that the club would go on to reach the final for a third time and with it the fantastic feeling of playing at Wembley, but every round we got through, he must have felt worse as the reality became more apparent.
“I appreciate his thoughts but we are keeping him involved.
“He will get the trimmings and experience the occasion like the other lads and hopefully he can enjoy it.
“It’s unfortunate he can’t participate but what we are doing is providing him with the next best thing.
“It’s a shame because he is raring to go.”