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Taylor and Till take on Walsall Wood’s title push

By Nick Elwell | Football | Published:

Kris Taylor and Peter Till are setting their sights high after taking their first steps into management.

Taylor and Till take on Wood’s title push

The duo have been appointed joint bosses at Midland League Premier Division outfit Walsall Wood.

Taylor and Till had been in temporary charge for Wood’s last two matches – a 5-1 Staffs Cup success over Heath Hayes and 3-1 FA Vase triumph at home to Uttoxeter Town – following Mark Swan’s decision to step down last month.

And now the pair, who will both continue playing, have been handed the task of leading Wood’s promotion push – and it’s one former Walsall and Port Vale midfielder Taylor is relishing.

“Myself and Peter been assistants and had various roles, but this is the first step into management for either of us,” he said.

“We have inherited a very good squad and that is down to the work that Swanny did here previously.

“You don’t normally go into a club who are in this position, top of the table, and with the strength of squad we have.

“We have some very good players and they are also a good bunch of lads, which is important because we want a good atmosphere around the place.

“And the goal is the same as it was at the start of the season. We have a group of players who were brought in to try to win promotion. That hasn’t changed.”

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Both Taylor and Till have have plenty of experience to call upon following impressive playing careers both in the professional and semi-pro ranks.

And they will continue to lead on the pitch and from the sidelines.

“We are both still playing,” said Taylor, ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with fifth-placed Newark Flowserve. “I have started the last two games and Peter has been on the sidelines making decisions from there.

“The dynamic has been good. We are seeing things from two different angles and then talk things through after the games.

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“We have worked and played under numerous managers and we can take bits and pieces from all of them. But we also want to put our own stamp on things.”

Third-placed Sporting Khalsa are two points behind leaders Wood as they prepare for tomorrow’s home date with Boldmere.

Khalsa will go into the clash on the back of five straight wins in all competitions – a run that has seen them hit the net 23 times.

Lye Town, who are 17trh, welcome a Coventry Sphinx side sitting one place above them.

Tividale head to RC Warwick while AFC Wulfrunians go to Selston.

“Both of us had good youth careers and then went in the professional game and then into non-league. The amount of players we know is very high.

And Taylor is keen to build on the fine start to the season the club

Taylor came in the summer Pete Till six weeks ago.

Steve Cook is also involved. He is very experienced.

“As a group we all have the same goal.

We have a strong squad and we have players on our bench who woyuld get in the majority of teams in this division.

“If you want to compete for the league and in other competitions, you need a strong squad.

“We know how tough this league is.

“Any side can beat anyone else and you have to be on your game very week.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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