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The Peacocks recorded their 31st consecutive Evo-Stik League game unbeaten when they romped to a 5-0 victory at Winchester City yesterday evening (17th April). It was an excellent display from Town who were close to scoring even more as the hosts hardly had a look in. Craig Veal got the ball rolling after three minutes, picking his spot with a lovely finish after a neat lay-off from Joel Randall. Matt Wright doubled the lead on 16 minutes with another superb goal, smashing home a left foot volley after Ollie Chamberlain had headed down Veal's cross before Ryan Brett saw his goal chalked out just before the break. City keeper Ryan Pryce made a hash of controlling a back pass and Veal pounced to make it 3-0 after 51 minutes before Wright scored twice in five minutes to complete his hat trick. He converted the rebound inside the right-hand post on 57 minutes after his header had come back off the crossbar from a Nuno Felix cross and then sidefooted home on 62 minutes, Veal unselfishly setting him up after robbing a defender. Wright's header looked to have crossed the line but wasn't given as Winchester ended the game with ten men after Josh Hadfield was sent off for a last man challenge on Veal. Match highlights can be seen on Peacocks TV HERE and match report can be viewed HERE. Unfortunately neither of our club photographers were able to attend the game.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" A quite brilliant performance tonight and nice to get some goals on the board. These lads never cease to amaze. Ben Adelsbury unfortunately had to drop out during the day meaning we had three big players missing, we had poor preparation due to some players arriving late, everyone had a really heavy night out on Saturday celebrating the title, and they come out in a midweek away game and put in a performance like that. Incredible desire shown to perform game in, game out."


The Peacocks play their penultimate away game of the Evo-Stik League season when they travel to Winchester City for a rearranged fixture tomorrow evening (17th April), kick-off 7.45pm. The match was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Since then Town have gone on to clinch promotion and also win the title, Saturday’s draw at Wimborne marking their 30th league game without defeat and maintaining their brilliant unbeaten record away from home this season. The Citizens meanwhile who sit in 11th spot have been hovering around the play-off zone for much of the season and although they are still mathematically in the reckoning, they will realistically have to hope results for the sides above them go in their favour. They come into tomorrow’s game after three successive away trips which yielded a point from Salisbury and Swindon Supermarine and a single goal defeat to AFC Totton. Their home form is decent though with 11 wins from 18 starts, being undefeated at the Simplyhealth City Ground since Bideford were victorious in late November. The Peacocks will be seeking another double tomorrow, having come out on top by a 4-1 margin at the Viridor Stadium in October thanks to goals from Ben Adelsbury, Ollie Chamberlain, Ross Staley and Matt Wright.

Team news sees Pierce Mitchell and Matt Buse remain on the injured list while Dan Sullivan is unavailable due to work commitments. However centre half Keith Emmerson comes back into the reckoning after missing the Wimborne game through work.       


A peach of a strike from Nuno Felix earnt the Peacocks a 1-1 Evo-Stik League draw at Wimborne Town yesterday afternoon (14th April). The result extended Town's undefeated league run to a superb 30 games whilst also maintaining their unbeaten record away from home in all competitions this season. A header from Josh Nelmes was the closest Town came to scoring early on until they took the lead after 20 minutes, Felix drilling home a 25 yarder past Gerard Benfield following good work from Dan Sullivan on the right. Felix saw another shot saved before the hosts equalised on 29 minutes when Matty Oldring headed in Luke Burbidge's free kick. There were few opportunities for either side for the remainder of the half and this trend continued after the break with neither keeper seriously troubled despite spells of pressure from both the hosts and the Peacocks. Match highlights can be seen on Peacocks TV HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE while match report can be viewed HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" It was a good result in the end and I was most pleased with the fact that our levels of work rate and concentration didn't dip despite the title already being won. We made a few changes and went with a slightly experimental 'little' front two as opposed to our usual 'little and large'. Joel did really well at right wingback in only his second start in men's football which was good to see and Shane deputised for Keith in the middle of the back three fantastically well, keeping the recently prolific Toby Holmes very quiet."



The Peacocks commence the final fortnight of their terrific Evo-Stik League season with a trip to Wimborne Town tomorrow (14th April), kick-off 3.00pm. With the title already guaranteed, the pressure is off for Town in their final five games but that will not lessen the desire to extend their 29 game unbeaten run and cap off a memorable campaign with only one league defeat to their name. The third placed Magpies though will be doing their utmost to end Town’s unbeaten record on the road to keep their own promotion hopes burning as they are still in a position to overhaul Salisbury for the second automatic promotion slot, and with only five points separating seven sides in the top ten, every point will be precious in order to secure a play-off berth.  The two teams of course only met recently at the Viridor Stadium when they fought out a 3-3 draw, Dan Sullivan appearing to have won the game for the Peacocks with a goal in the final minute, only for the visitors to grab a point with virtually the last kick of the evening deep in stoppage time. Following that match Wimborne lost at Bristol Manor Farm before bouncing back with wins over Salisbury and Mangotsfield and then a resounding 7-0 midweek triumph against Shaftesbury in the final of the Dorset Senior Cup so they will go into the game tomorrow in confident mood.

 Town will be missing the injured Pierce Mitchell tomorrow while Keith Emmerson is away with work commitments. Matt Buse who damaged his knee in the promotion clincher against Kidlington two weeks ago remains very doubtful. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We’re expecting a really tough game tomorrow. Wimborne were excellent at our place a couple of weeks ago, have clearly got goals in them and still have a chance of automatic promotion so will be highly motivated. For us the pressure is now off and we can enjoy some freedom but I know the lads are still keen to accumulate as many points as possible.”


The club are delighted to announce the reappointment of manager Leigh Robinson for the 2018-19 season. It will be the seventh year that Robinson is in charge after taking over the hot seat in June 2012, since when he has been at the helm for 323 matches of which 177 have been won, 64 drawn and 82 lost. The Peacocks have made progress each season under his leadership; after a difficult first campaign, his side captured the Somerset Premier Cup in 2013-14 which was retained in the following season as well as reaching the Evo-Stik League Play-Offs, the first of three successive appearances which saw Town miss out on each occasion. The 2016-17 season was particularly memorable for, apart from getting to the Play-Offs, the Town boss steered the Peacocks to an FA Cup 1st Round Proper meeting with Barrow and also won the Somerset Premier Cup for the third time in four years. 2017-18 has again proved unforgettable, with Town having won their first ever Southern League championship to secure promotion to the Southern Premier for the first time in their history, the result of a fabulous 29 game unbeaten run.

Speaking about his reappointment, Robinson commented:” Obviously I'm really pleased to still be managing this great club next season. It's been a sensational last two seasons with the FA Cup First Round, Playoffs, FA Trophy First Round and now a comprehensive title win and as a club we are in brilliant shape both on and off the pitch. As I have said already this week, the Southern Premier is certainly not the Holy Grail for this club and my job therefore is to keep improving the team and work towards future success.” 

Chairman Kevin Sturmey continued:” Again it has been a no brainer to reappoint Leigh as Manager. To gain promotion with seven games to go in March and then win the title was a phenomenal achievement and no more than he deserves. This success has been the result of six years hard work through some really good times and some tough times. Our working relationship is built on respect and an understanding that all we do every season has to be sustainable but with a vision of where we both know this great club could reach.”

The Chairman also recognised the support Robinson receives, saying:” The management team Leigh has around him is such a great mix of different characters that they all complement each other and all strive to bring success to the Viridor Stadium. Leigh is a great leader and is never afraid to make the tough decisions which epitomises his inner strength and his desire to take this club to the level which is achievable. He also continually adds players to the squad who have the right attitude for success and I hope we continue to realise our ambitions together.”


The Evo-Stik League home fixture with Slimbridge which was washed out last night has been rearranged for Tuesday 24th April at the Viridor Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.


Town lost out to the weather yet again when the Evo-Stik League game with Slimbridge at the Viridor Stadium scheduled for this evening (10th April) was postponed following a pitch inspection this morning. The wet weather of yesterday had already began to leave some standing water on the playing surface and after more rain overnight and this morning, an inspection was called which confirmed that the pitch was unplayable. A rescheduled date for the fixture will be announced shortly. The Peacocks now focus on Saturday's trip to play-off hopefuls Wimborne Town. 


After securing their first ever Southern League title on Saturday, the Peacocks will look to keep their mammoth unbeaten run going until the end of the season starting with the visit of Slimbridge to the Viridor Stadium tomorrow evening (10th April), kick-off 7.45pm. The weekend win over Evesham United was Town’s 29th successive league game without defeat and with five more fixtures to play they will be also be eyeing up the possibility of reaching both the 100 point milestone and 100 goals scored as they seek to end their remarkable campaign with a flourish. The Swans have had a difficult season, at present lying in 21st place seven points above bottom side Bishops Cleeve but still not safe from the threat of relegation. They have won just once in their last dozen games, a home win over Kidlington, and have also conceded the highest number of goals in the division. Their current plight is in contrast to their top ten position when Town visited Thornhill Park in October, a late Pierce Mitchell equaliser salvaging a point for his side.

Mitchell misses out on the return after retiring with a hamstring pull he suffered against Evesham while Keith Emmerson is very doubtful with the after-effects of his dislocated shoulder from Saturday. Exeter City loanee Joel Randall is set to come back into contention and start. After the euphoria of the weekend, coach Rob Dray remarked:” It isn’t easy putting words to the emotion that came with Saturday and it still feels a bit surreal on Monday afternoon, but I’m sure when things settle down in the next few weeks after several nights out we will realise as a club what we have achieved and the accolades that come with it. However we are now focused on tomorrow night’s game. Even though we have won the title, the mentality of this group when they cross the white line is such that they will want to win, to get to 100 points, go the rest of season unbeaten or whatever the next target is. The next five games will enable us to rest a few weary bones and allow some to get game time so for us there will be no foot off the accelerator as Leigh, Meaks and I want to win every game!!”

After more rain today and with more forecast tomorrow, the pitch will be assessed in the morning.


GET IN!  A week after securing Evo-Stik League promotion, the Peacocks made it another memorable day at the Viridor Stadium as they won the West Division championship following a 1-0 victory over Evesham United yesterday afternoon (7th April). It marks the club's first ever Southern League title which was confirmed by Salisbury losing at home to Cinderford, meaning Town cannot now be caught at the top. The only goal of the contest arrived after eight minutes with the first effort by either side, Josh Nelmes on hand to tuck in at the far post from a Shane White corner. Dan Sullivan and Nuno Felix came close to extending Town's lead while Lloyd Irish pulled off a couple of routine saves at the other end. Play-off chasing Evesham pressed forward after the break but despite some decent build-up play were unable to breach a resolute Town defence. Carl Brown fired into the side netting and then saw a shot deflect to Irish before the Peacocks nearly scored again at the end, Matt Wright's centre finding Les Afful whose chip was cleared off the line by Andy Lewis and then Craig Veal turning to plant his effort against the post. The final whistle sounded to bring a replica of last week's celebrations as the Peacocks sealed the title and made it a superb 29 successive league games unbeaten. Match highlights can be seen on Peacocks TV HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE while match report can be viewed HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" A truly wonderful day and fantastic scenes at the end. I'm over the moon for the players who have been on another level this year, the people who run the club who put in an insane amount of hours and live Taunton Town FC 24/7 and also the fans who have been awesome this year, taking over so many clubhouses on away days. For me now as a manager I can enjoy the moment of course, however I view it that we've got the club to a level that it certainly belongs at but I have to make sure that this isn't as good as it gets and we keep improving."

Reaction - captain Matt Wright said:" What a day! One that I personally will never forget. I hope it's made up for last season's disappointment. What we've done this season as a squad is unbelievable. A habit of winning games. A group of players that hates dropping points. 20 points clear. 29 unbeaten. A season that none of us will forget. Fans have been fantastic since the first kick away at Cirencester. Can all enjoy the remaining games now. Going to be a few sore heads in Taunton today. See you all Tuesday. Up the Peacocks!"


With promotion already in the bag, the Peacocks have their sights set on securing the Evo-Stik League South, West Division championship which they will hope to do over the next five days with two home matches starting with the visit of Evesham United to the Viridor Stadium tomorrow afternoon (7th April), kick-off 3.00pm. Town require just five more points to be mathematically certain of winning their first ever Southern League title and could even guarantee the top prize tomorrow if they beat Evesham, and Salisbury, the only side who can potentially catch them, fail to beat Cinderford. Town will be looking for more of the same from the previous meeting between the sides this season in November when they returned from Worcestershire with a fine 3-0 victory thanks to a brace from Dan Sullivan and a Pierce Mitchell strike. However the Robins are likely to prove a hard nut to crack, successive wins over Winchester and Bideford lifting them into sixth spot, and with a batch of play-off hopefuls only separated by a few points they will be intent on maintaining their challenge with a positive result at the Viridor.

The Peacocks welcome back Craig Veal into the squad for tomorrow after he missed the Bideford game while there will be a fitness check on Matt Buse who injured his knee in last weekend’s promotion-clinching match with Kidlington. Loanee Joel Randall meanwhile is playing an Academy game for his parent club Exeter City. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked: “After Monday at Bideford the picture is very clear for us now in terms of wins required. Tomorrow will be a tough game as Evesham will also be desperate for the points in their play-off push and have the experience and ability to cause us problems. Hopefully the fans will turn up in their numbers though and help us get a step closer to the title.”

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