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News Item: Sunday 16 April 2017

TOWN HIT BACK TO CLAIM DERBY HONOURS

The Peacocks recovered from going a goal behind to race to a 5-1 Evo-Stik League victory at Bridgwater Town yesterday afternoon (15th April). Town had the points in the bag by half time as they led 4-1 against their already relegated neighbours and added another in the second half to claim the double over the Robins. Bridgwater threatened an upset when they took the lead after 11 minutes, Elliot Ripley's header from Tyne Govier's free kick looping over Lloyd Irish. Josh Searle nearly responded immediately but hit the post, however the Peacocks were back on level terms after 19 minutes when Kurt Robinson handled a Pierce Mitchell cross and Craig Duff converted the spot kick. Town went on to boss the remainder of the opening period, coming close on several occasions, before three quick goals put paid to home hopes. Ollie Chamberlain put Duff away down the right and he squared to Searle who fired into an empty net (as pictured) for a 2-1 lead on 38 minutes. Matt Wright then headed in a Shane White cross on 42 minutes before Duff added his second of the afternoon a minute from the break, steering home from close range after Wright had flicked on an Owen Irish cross. Matt Buse saw his curling effort touched onto a post by young Bridgwater keeper Ashton Granter as Town looked to add more in the second half and they were eventually successful on 68 minutes when Wright headed home another from Chamberlain's centre. Duff was unlucky not to claim his hat trick when his strike hit the woodwork as Town eased to victory against a spirited Robins team. The win keeps Town in second place, with no ground gained as both Salisbury and Tiverton both won, and the focus now turns to the Easter Monday game against Bideford at the Viridor Stadium. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" Very much a case of job done on a very poor playing surface which made putting three passes together pretty difficult. We made a few changes and the lads who came in did really well which bodes well as we head towards the play-offs as it gives us options. There are harder tests to come and we now move on to Monday."

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