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24/05/2017

Presentation Evening tickets up for grabs

Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Peacocks Presentation Evening at The Cooper Associates County Ground on Thursday 1st June.

Email your answers to: admin@tauntontown.com. Closing date: 10pm on Sunday 28th May. The winner will be notified on Tuesday 30th May.


20/05/2017

WRIGHT IS NEW SKIPPER

We are pleased to report that striker Matt Wright and midfielder Shane White have both agreed terms to stay at the club for next season. Wright signed for the Peacocks last summer from Truro City and scored 28 goals in a successful first campaign at the Viridor Stadium while White joined from Truro in October and proved a reliable and versatile addition to the team after also filling the centre back berth on several occasions. Wright has subsequently been appointed captain for 2017-18 and White vice-captain.

Speaking about his appointment, Wright remarked: “I’m over the moon to have signed again for next year and honoured to have been given the opportunity to captain such a great bunch of lads. I learnt a lot from Brett last year when I stepped in in his absence and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the challenge and hopefully we can go one better than last year. See you all next season.”

Manager Leigh Robinson added: “It’s fantastic for us to have secured Wrighty for another season. He was phenomenal last season and gives us so much both on and off the pitch. I like to change the captaincy every year to keep it fresh and having captained the team on a few occasions last year in Brett's absence, I am a million percent sure that Wrighty will do a great job along with Shane White as vice-captain.” 

Centre half Ed Palmer though has decided to leave the club and is set to join Truro City. We thank Ed for his efforts last season and wish him the best of luck for the future.


20/05/2017

PITCH MAINTENANCE BEGINS

After having more than 40 games played on it over the course of the season, the Viridor Stadium pitch is now taking a well-earned rest before the action kicks off again in July. Straight after Yeovil Town Ladies game against Reading Ladies on Wednesday evening concluded activity for 2016-17, the goalposts were removed in readiness for the maintenance programme beginning the next day. On Thursday the playing surface was cut completely and verti-drained and then yesterday (19 May) the pitch was scarified and reseeded, all before the deluge of rain appeared in the afternoon which flooded the bottom corner of the ground. Plenty more work is planned for the pitch before the Peacocks’ first scheduled home pre-season friendly against League One side Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 18th July.


14/05/2017

LEAGUE LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The Evo-Stik League Southern South and West Division for 2017-18 will have a familiar look for the Peacocks after the club allocations were issued by the FA today (14th May). Although the constitution shows four changes from last season, Town have met three of the new sides on numerous occasions over the years. Cinderford Town and Cirencester Town were both relegated from the Southern Premier while the only club stepping up via promotion is Bristol Manor Farm who won the Western League Premier Division title by ten points. The only new opponents for the Peacocks will be Kidlington who were League newcomers last season and who have been switched from the Central Division. Last season’s South and West champions Hereford and play-off winners Tiverton Town are promoted to the Premier Division, and moving in the opposite direction are relegated clubs Wantage Town and Bridgwater Town. The club allocations are subject to appeal within the next 14 days and will be ratified at the Southern League AGM on June 17th before the new season kicks off on Saturday 12th August.

The full line-up is as follows:

AFC Totton
Barnstaple Town
Bideford
Bishops Cleeve
Bristol Manor Farm (promoted as champions of the Western League)
Cinderford Town (relegated from Southern League Premier Division)
Cirencester Town (relegated from Southern League Premier Division)
Didcot Town
Evesham United
Kidlington (transferred from Southern League Central Division)
Larkhall Athletic
Mangotsfield United
North Leigh
Paulton Rovers
Salisbury
Shortwood United
Slimbridge
Swindon Supermarine
TAUNTON TOWN
Wimborne Town
Winchester City
Yate Town

The full allocation for Steps 1 to 4 can be viewed HERE.


12/05/2017

PEACOCKS FREEZE SEASON TICKET PRICES

Following the Peacocks most successful season in its history, we are pleased to announce that the cost of a season ticket for the upcoming 2017/18 season has been frozen.

The cost remains at £128 (Adults), £96 (Concessions) and £48 (14-18 year olds) and includes all 21 home league fixtures and free admission to all home pre-season friendlies.

Associate Director Giuseppe Fraschini commented, "The club continues in its aim to provide entertaining and affordable football for our supporters to enjoy. Our fans have been magnificent this season and have really got behind the team. We have seen our attendances continue to rise and we hope many will take advantage of our season ticket offering and help push us on in our bid for promotion."

Season tickets go on sale from 19th June and are available to purchase from the club office.


07/05/2017

PEACOCKS WIN PREMIER CUP!

Town ended their long season on a high with a well-deserved 4-2 victory over Weston-super-Mare in the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Bridgwater Town yesterday evening (5th May). The Peacocks scored all their goals in a one-sided first half and although the National League South side pulled two back after the break it was not enough to prevent Town from lifting the trophy. Owen Irish put the Peacocks in front on 13 minutes when he headed home a Shane White corner and the same combination doubled the lead six minutes later, another trademark Irish header beating Weston keeper Liam Kingston. Town kept up the pressure to make it 3-0 after 25 minutes when White's curling cross was cleared by Jordan Morris straight to Matt Buse who clinically slotted into the net from ten yards before Brad Ash headed a good chance over the top for Weston. Josh Searle came close for the Peacocks who struck number four two minutes from half time, Buse scoring his second of the night after a free kick hit his leg and allowed him to run clear, round Kingston and slide his finish into the opposite corner. An unmarked Owen Irish volleyed wide to pass up the opportunity of his hat trick before the Seagulls got on the scoresheet through Morris on 74 minutes, his angled shot squirming through the hands of Lloyd Irish to roll over the line. The goal pepped Weston up and after Rollin Menayese's close range effort had hit the bar, Jamie Laird notched a second with a header over Irish after he couldn't hold Danny Greenslade's free kick. Town though withstood further Weston pressure to claim the Somerset Premier Cup for the third time in four years. Match report can be viewed HERE while match photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE with more from Colin Andrews to follow.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" A good win and a nice way to finish off a memorable season with a trophy. The first half performance was excellent on a tricky pitch and meant we could sit back a bit in the second half. I was disappointed not to be able to get the young lads on for a run out at the end but Weston scored two quick goals and were throwing everything at us so I felt we needed all our experience, height and physicality on the pitch at that point but they contributed massively to winning this trophy in the previous rounds so all credit to them. Good to see the fans with smiles on faces after the game as we know they really like this cup. Thanks to everyone for all your support during this long and fantastic season and we look forward to seeing you in pre-season."


04/05/2017

A FINAL FOR THE FINALE

After 60 competitive matches, the Peacocks bring the curtain down on their impressive season with the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Bridgwater Town FC tomorrow evening (5th May), kick-off 7.45pm. The game against Weston-super-Mare gives Town the opportunity to end the season with some silverware and claim the trophy for the third time in four years but they face a tough task against the National League South side which completed the campaign in 15th spot after gaining four victories from their final six fixtures. Town though have risen to the occasion against Weston’s divisional rivals this season, beating both Hampton and Richmond Borough and Hemel Hempstead Town in the FA Cup and only losing out to Chelmsford City with a last minute goal in the FA Trophy, so they will again hope to bridge the gap at Fairfax Park tomorrow evening. After having a bye in the first round, the Peacocks have progressed to the Final with wins over Western League sides Odd Down (on penalties), Clevedon Town and Keynsham Town while the Seagulls have disposed of Shepton Mallet, Larkhall Athletic, Bath City and Brislington.

The Peacocks will not be at full strength for tomorrow’s meeting though with several players absent for various reasons. Ed Palmer has been given a two game suspension for his dismissal at Tiverton in last week’s Play-Off Final, meaning he will also miss the first match of next season, and Craig Veal has a hip injury whilst Ben Palmer is cup tied having played for Bridgwater in an earlier round and Jordan Rogers, Ross Staley and Craig Duff are all away. As in previous rounds, the squad will include development players Tom Stone, Billy Greene, Charlie Melvin-Sparks, Kye Toogood and Rhys Ford. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We’re hopeful of ending the season with a trophy but of course will start as big underdogs against Weston. I was always going to include all the young lads who have got us this far in the competition as it’s certainly the right thing to do and they have deserved it. The pitch at Bridgwater wasn’t the greatest to say the least on Easter Saturday so hopefully that will be a leveller but we’ll give everything and hope to give the fans a reward for their support in this very long but memorable season.”


30/04/2017

Youth Development Partnership Confirmed

The club is delighted to announce our official youth development partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College. This exciting partnership reaffirms our commitment to youth development and will allow for greater opportunities and pathways right through to the Peacocks first team.

Trial dates for U13 & U14’s are Friday 19th May and the U15 & U16’s on Friday 26th May, both being held at Bishops Fox’s School Taunton, between 7-8.30pm and are free to attend.

Peacocks Chairman Kevin Sturmey commented:

“I am delighted that Paul West in his role as Development Coach has recommended to the Board that we run JPL teams at 13-16 age groups and this will further complement and link to the exciting partnerships we will be officially announcing shortly with Bridgwater & Taunton College and University Centre Somerset. It is also fantastic to have current 1st team player Ben Palmer working within this exciting development for young players with a clear pathway and achievable goals”.

Town's Development Coach Paul West remarked:

"It's a massive step in the right direction for the development of young footballers. I'm so pleased the club trusted my judgment on the direction for us to take with youth policy. The partnership with BTC will soon allow us to give the youngsters a pathway all the way to university football and beyond."

Sam Reilly, Head of Sports, Outdoor Education and Public Services at Bridgwater & Taunton College said:

"We are delighted to announce our partnership with Taunton Town FC to help support the development of talented footballers across the South-West of England.  It is our aim at Bridgwater and Taunton College to provide outstanding opportunities to students in the local community and this partnership will ensure the highest-quality coaching, guidance and support is available for all players. The JPL programme will link directly to Bridgwater and Taunton College and give students within the JPL setup the opportunity to make a smooth transition into our Sports Performance programmes, where they will be able to compete within the U18 South West Counties Youth League, whilst receiving an outstanding academic offer to support their long-term career ambitions. This pathway will provide a unique opportunity to provide Higher-Education football to students, representing the University Centre Somerset within the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues which no other college across the South-West of England currently offers. Providing an opportunity that transcends through Secondary, Further and Higher education provides a best practice model to creating home-grown talent that will be pivotal to supporting Taunton Town with their footballing vision"

For further details about studying Sport at Bridgwater and Taunton College please contact Sam Reilly at reillys@bridgwater.ac.uk.


29/04/2017

PROMOTION DREAM OVER

The Peacocks' hopes of success in the Play-Offs ended in major disappointment as they lost 3-1 at Tiverton Town in the Semi-Final yesterday evening (26th April). It was still all to play for at the interval after a goalless first 45 minutes but a quick breakthrough by the hosts set them on their way to victory against a Town side that failed to do themselves justice with their second half performance. Town had a great opportunity to take the lead after just seven minutes when a throw-in found Jordan Rogers unmarked but Tiverton keeper Joe Perry made a fine point-blank stop. Lloyd Irish then made super saves from Tom Bath and a 25 yard drive from Scott Rogers but was finally beaten four minutes into the second half when Levi Landricombe latched onto Tom Gardner's long pass and after his first effort was blocked by Irish, the ball fell kindly for him to net the rebound. Town's chances diminished in an increasingly scrappy game when Ed Palmer was sent off on 79 minutes for bringing down Levi Landricombe before Bath headed in at the near post for a 2-0 lead on 81 minutes. It was game over when Landricombe scored his second of the night three minutes from time with an excellent free kick from 20 yards but Town did manage to pull a goal back in stoppage time when Brett Trowbridge was tripped and Rogers fired home the penalty. It was far too little too late for Town though who missed out in the Play-Offs for the third year running. Tiverton meanwhile will travel to Salisbury for the Final on Bank Holiday Monday. 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 commented:" You always felt tonight, particularly with it being goalless at half time, that the first goal was going to be more than pivotal. In a close game of very few chances, Tiverton got the break in the box when it mattered with the ball rebounding straight back to the lad after Lloyd's save and of course after that we were chasing it and got caught on the counter. We were on top in the first half but didn't score when it mattered and got punished for it. I think in the last week we have put in three pretty tired performances which is understandable with our workload over the last few months and we needed to score first which would have re-energised us but as the saying goes, goals change games and no better example of that than tonight. Whilst of course we're disappointed, the season should not be remembered for tonight. What we achieved before Christmas did far more for the club than winning tonight could have done and the bigger picture is that it's been a great season where we've created a lot of great memories and entertained plenty of people. The players have given everything over a gruelling 60 game season which perhaps looks like it caught up with us in the last week but personally I'm really proud of them all. Whatever happened tonight we know that this club is in magnificent shape on and off the pitch for the future with what the players have done this year and we'll be back stronger next season."


25/04/2017

BIG NIGHT AHEAD IN PLAY-OFFS

It’s another massive game for the Peacocks when they take on Tiverton Town at Ladysmead in the Evo-Stik League South and West Division Play-Off Semi-Final tomorrow evening (26th April), kick-off 7.45pm. In a season full of key matches for Town, tomorrow’s encounter ranks up there as one of the biggest for the right to determine who will play either Salisbury or Evesham United in the Play-Off Final on Monday 1st May. Tiverton will go into the game as favourites, their weekend win over Paulton elevating them above the Peacocks into third and in the process giving them home advantage for the game. They also go into the match in a better run of form, being unbeaten in their last five games and having won five of their last seven. Town conversely have gone through their leanest spell of the season, with just two victories from seven games and without a goal from their final two fixtures, at odds with their huge haul of 114 league goals amassed during the campaign.

The Peacocks however have the edge based on the games between the sides in 2016-17. They have met four times and Town remain unbeaten against the Devonians. A memorable Preliminary Round FA Cup tie at the Viridor Stadium ended in a 4-4 draw back in August before Town deservedly won the replay 2-0 thanks to goals from Ollie Chamberlain and Josh Searle. The league fixture followed a week later at Ladysmead where a Pierce Mitchell header earnt a 1-1 draw but in the return at Christmas, two goals from Jordan Rogers steered the Peacocks to three points at the Viridor. Previous results and form will count for nothing tomorrow though in what boils down to a straight knock-out.   

The Peacocks who are making their third successive appearance in the Play-Offs have a couple of doubts ahead of the game, with Owen Irish facing a fitness test after picking up a toe injury at North Leigh on Saturday whilst Ross Staley has been ill with flu so will also have a test beforehand. Alex Hoyle though is fit to return following a hamstring niggle and Ed Palmer is back in contention after not being selected for the last three games due to the risk of another booking. Manager Leigh Robinson said:” We’ve known for a long time that the season would come down to tomorrow night and the league season will be judged upon it. I’m no more or less confident playing away compared to at home as whoever and wherever we’d played it would be a 50/50 game as you are always going to play a similarly good team on a one-off occasion. Admittedly we’ve not performed well in the last two games but we’ve had to change the team around a bit and I always think you cannot recreate the feeling of when it really matters like tomorrow night, so hopefully we’ll find another gear on the big occasion as we’ve done so many times this season.”

A large number of Peacock fans are expected to travel and their support will be crucial as Chairman Kevin Sturmey acknowledges. “I am really looking forward to tomorrow and I am sure the whole town will be behind us”, he said.” It's been an incredible season and just to make the play-offs was a dream in November with so many games to catch up on. The players have to take a huge amount of credit for just churning out result after result; to play 59 games so far plus six in pre-season takes its toll but I know we are all behind them at Tiverton and we need the fans to create a carnival atmosphere with as many drums and horns as possible. There will be plenty of noise created and I am sure our 12th man will be in fine voice. If we can re-create the atmosphere we had at Hemel Hempstead it will give the players the adrenaline they will need as we will be the underdogs going in to the match as we have had a bit of a wobble recently but not surprising considering a few injuries and protecting players. If everyone is fit then it promises to be a great game as all the derbies with Tiverton have been this season. Win or lose I am so proud of the players and management this season as it's been a journey none of us will ever forget and they are already history makers but of course I hope we are the ones celebrating at the final whistle.“


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