King's Lynn teenager honoured to play for boyhood club in the National League
Joe Taylor says he is honoured to play for his hometown club after making his National League debut for King’s Lynn Town at the weekend.
Taylor, 18, has had to remain patient before being handed his chance with the Linnets, but his goalscoring exploits with Wroxham couldn’t be ignored.
The youngster, on dual registration with The Yachtsmen, plundered 21 goals in 13 appearances for the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit.
After playing the final 25 minutes of Lynn’s encounter against Solihull Moors on Saturday, Taylor said: “It felt really good, I was honoured to get out there – the feeling of playing for your boyhood club is brilliant.
“It is a massive step, but I back my ability.
“I wasn’t that nervous – obviously there were butterflies because I am a boy and I was playing for my home town, but I wasn’t nervous because I back my ability and back myself if I get on the ball and I can face people up – that’s where I get my joy.”
The first Taylor knew about a possible return to Lynn came on Tuesday night - and three days later he was training with his new team-mates for the first time.
“To be fair it all came round really quickly,” he said.
“I heard Tuesday night that maybe I could be getting a recall and then on Wednesday it had happened – that did take me by surprise.
“I haven’t had a chance to do much work with them, but they are always talking to me, telling me what I should or shouldn’t do and they are always helping me out and giving me advice.
“It felt quite easy to settle in playing alongside them.
“Although it is an honour to be called back here I am a little bit saddened to be leaving Wroxham.”
The only blemish on Taylor’s debut was the free-kick awarded against him which led to Solihull’s late winner.
It was harsh on the youngster, who has also been finding the back of the net for the club’s Under-19 Academy side.
“I felt really hard done by, to be fair, because I pressed him, I pressed him really hard, It took a slight deflection off my foot and hit my hand, which was not been that far away from my body,” he said.
Taylor will have to wait for his next appearance in a Lynn shirt because the teenager is cup-tied for Saturday’s visit of Peterborough Sports after playing 10 minutes of Wroxham’s extra preliminary round game against Mildenhall back in August.