Ports boss Taylor is playing a waiting game

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Gary Taylor says he is plaing a ‘waiting game’ to see if he will stay on as manager of Portstewart.

The Seahawks will be one of five teams relegated this season due to a restructuring of Championship Two.

They travelled to Dollingstown on Saturday and were hammered 3-0.

“I am just waiting to see,” Taylor told Times Sport on Monday. “I keep changing my mind, I just don’t know if it’s worth my while staying on. I will have a chat with the players later this week and then I will make my mind up.”

Taylor confirmed that the Seahawks will be playing in the North West Intermediate League next season.

“We have two tough games this week, Sport and Leisure on Tuesday night, and then we have Dundela at home on Saturday. It could be a case that Dundela need to win to stay up, so it will be a very interesting week for teams,” he said.

Portstewart went into Saturday’s tie at Planters Park without a handful of key players. Keeper Joel Maddison was missing due to illness, Paul Milligan, David McClements and Craig Moore were also missing.

“That was a big chunk out of team to be missing, Dollingstown came out and went for it,” said Taylor.

“It was a case that they had everything to play for, and we had nothing.

“We looked tired, and to be honest I know that the players are disheartened, we all are,” said the dejected Ports boss.

Looking back on the season, and the fact that his side failed to stay out of the drop zone, Taylor pinpointed a ‘number of things’.

“If we didn’t have bad luck, we would have no luck - and that’s just the way things have been all season. Luck has gone against us.

“We have just not been good enough, we are not scoring enough goals, and at the other end we are giving away sloppy goals. We lost players like Nigel Turner and James Peden, who both are capable of hammering in ten goals each a season. I can’t just blame the defence either - the whole team has played their part in this. We got into a spiral, and we just found it very difficult to get out of it.”

Taylor blamed a run in the Intermediate Cup for some of his side’s bad luck in the League.

“We had a great run in the Intermediate Cup, we beat many of the teams in our league - Moyola and Wakehurst, I just feel if these points had been league points then we might not be in this position right now. It’s very disheartening for us all - but we are down now, and all we can do is fight to finish out of the bottom two.”

Meanwhile, fellow Championship Two stugglers Glebe Rangers will know their future this weekend, they need to beat Dollingtown and hope that Newington lose their remainign two games to secure a place in Championship Two for next season.