The Peacocks went five points clear in second place after a 3-0 Evo-Stik League victory over Shortwood United at the Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (14th March). The win was fully deserved for Town who dominated the game although they had to wait until the final twenty minutes to make the breakthrough. A goalless first half saw Town untroubled but finding chances limited, with Pierce Mitchell and Jordan Rogers having the most noteworthy attempts on goal. It was a much different story after the break when a more vibrant Town began to create a host of opportunities. Mitchell's strike brushed the crossbar while Rogers and Craig Veal also came close before Brett Trowbridge was on hand to clear off the line from Hayden Turner following a Shortwood breakaway. Town's pressure paid off on 70 minutes when Rogers headed on Shane White's corner, Owen Irish forced the ball goalwards and Alex Hoyle got it over the line at the far post (as pictured) for the Peacocks' 100th League goal of the season. Veal added a second only a minute later, superbly controlling an Owen Irish cross to turn and blast a shot into the roof of the net from the left side of the box. Staley then wrapped up the scoring nine minutes from time, steering home a half volley from a Rogers cross, to conclude an impressive second half and secure another League double. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" A good win in the end and much improved second half performance. In the first half we didn't play with enough quality, tempo or urgency but to the players' credit they raised this straight after half time and built sustained pressure which told in the end. Tonight sees the end of our lengthy list of Tuesday night League fixtures which started way back on November 29th at Barnstaple. It's been a hectic schedule of Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, but we've only lost one out of 24 games during that time which is one hell of an effort from everyone, especially coming off the back of the cup runs. Hopefully we can keep pushing on until the end of the season."