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The games are coming thick and fast for the Peacocks now with their latest Evo-Stik League outing coming tomorrow evening (13th December) when they travel to AFC Totton for a rearranged fixture, kick-off 7.45pm. The match was originally scheduled for a Saturday in September but had to be rescheduled due to Town’s FA Cup run. The Hampshire side have not enjoyed the best of campaigns so far, lying in 20th spot and without a win in their last seven league games since beating Bridgwater Town in early November. Their last two matches have both ended in draws, the latest being a goalless affair at Bideford on Saturday. Town meanwhile will be seeking to extend their winning sequence to five matches to take full advantage of one of their games in hand on the sides above them. Ed Palmer misses the trip as he begins a two game suspension for accruing ten bookings this season whilst Craig Duff is unavailable through work due to the early departure time. On the plus side Ollie Chamberlain returns to the squad after a three game absence caused by a groin niggle. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We had a good win on Saturday and need to follow it up as best we can this week. Totton had a good result at the weekend which will have given them a boost and of course it’s a long midweek trip for us so we will need to be at our best.”



The Peacocks made it four wins in a row when they romped to a 4-0 victory at Mangotsfield United in the Evo-Stik League yesterday afternoon (10th December). Two goals in each half steered Town to a deserved success in dismal conditions and had it not been for home keeper Shaun Semmens and some off-target finishing the outcome would have been far worse for the hosts. Ross Staley had already seen two efforts saved before Town opened their account after 14 minutes when Ed Palmer headed in a Staley free kick (as pictured). Jordan Rogers fired a decent opening over the bar before Mangotsfield came into the game, former Peacock Lewis Powell missing the target with two chances. Rogers blasted home a superb strike from the edge of the box two minutes into first half stoppage time to put Town two up and after Semmens had made a wonder save to keep out Rogers, the game was settled by a quickfire double on 61 and 62 minutes. Shane White netted from Pierce Mitchell's ball inside and Matt Wright flicked on to release Rogers who rounded Semmens and steered into an empty net to put Town out of sight. Rogers, Staley and Craig Veal all had further opportunities to boost the goal difference as the dominant Peacocks rose a place to 11th. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews and supporter Martin Bamforth can be viewed HERE and HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" It was a really good team performance and an important three points. Going forward I thought we were brilliantly incisive, particularly in the second half and in better conditions would probably have scored more goals. Credit to Jordan who has been a bit off the boil recently but after a few games out looked refreshed and put in a great performance, his goal just before half time probably being the key moment in the match. A good day but we must follow up with more points this week and not take our foot off the gas."



Town go for their fourth Evo-Stik League win in a row when they travel to Mangotsfield United tomorrow afternoon (10th December), kick-off 3.00pm. Since exiting the FA Trophy a fortnight ago, the Peacocks have resumed their League campaign with victories over Barnstaple Town, Evesham United and Paulton Rovers to lift themselves up to 12th with games in hand to climb much further up the table. The trip to Cossham Street though will be a hard challenge with the Field well placed in fourth spot, having won their last four fixtures and claiming maximum points in seven of their eight home matches this season, their only setback being a 5-1 reverse to Shortwood United in October. Town name an unchanged squad from Tuesday, meaning Ollie Chamberlain is still not fit to return from a groin niggle. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” It’s a tough game tomorrow but it’s a ground that we’ve done well at over the last few years. Despite winning on Tuesday we know we can play a million times better and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”    



Town maintained their ascent up the Evo-Stik League South & West Division table with a comfortable 4-1 win over Paulton Rovers at the Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (6th December). Had the Peacocks been more ruthless in front of goal then the defeat would have been far more severe for Rovers who found themselves trailing after just 30 seconds when Ben Palmer rifled home from the edge of the box (as pictured). Opportunities came and went for Matt Wright, Ross Staley and Pierce Mitchell before a defensive clanger enabled Craig Duff to set up Wright to add a second on 20 minutes. Town continued to dominate with the visitors failing to get a shot on target in the first half, with Wright finishing clinically from a Duff pass one minute into first half stoppage time to leave Town totally in command at the break. Wright and Veal were close to adding more after the break but some sloppy play allowed Ryan Radford to pull a goal back on 69 minutes as he clipped in a rebound from Elliott Gibbons' angled shot. Mitchell weaved into the area but hit the post before Jordan Rogers drove home a penalty to conclude the scoring three minutes into injury time after Craig Veal had been pushed. The three points raised Town up a place to 12th as they now prepare for Saturday's trip to Mangotsfield United. 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 said:" It was a strange game. On the face of it you'd say great, a 4-1 win, but we were all pretty disappointed with our performance tonight. We were a long way from our best, didn't show the same energy as Saturday and generally made too many poor decisions in the final third. On the plus side though we'd have happily have taken nine points this week before the Barnstaple match but we need to up our game on Saturday and for the bigger tests to come."



Town continue their Evo-Stik league catch-up when they entertain old rivals Paulton Rovers at the Viridor Stadium tomorrow evening (6th December), kick-off 7.45pm.  With at least four games in hand on every side above them apart from North Leigh, the Peacocks will hope to keep their momentum going following two league wins in the past week which has seen them rise to 13th. Rovers who were relegated from the Southern Premier at the end of last season currently find themselves in 18th spot as they try to readapt to life in the South and West Division, having notched two victories from eight league games away from home so far in 2016-17. Town’s squad is unchanged from Saturday’s meeting with Evesham United, meaning Ollie Chamberlain is still not involved due to a slight groin niggle but he is likely to return for this weekend’s visit to Mangotsfield United.    



Following the penalty shoot-out win at Odd Down in the previous round, the Peacocks have been drawn at home to Western League side Clevedon Town in the quarter finals of the Somerset Premier Cup. The tie against our former Evo-Stik League rivals will be played at the Viridor Stadium on Tuesday 21st February. Meanwhile dates have been fixed for Town’s two outstanding Evo-Stik League fixtures. We will travel to Bishops Cleeve on Tuesday 7th February and then host Wimborne Town a week later on Tuesday 14th February.



Town returned to the Viridor Stadium after a month's absence with a fine 2-1 win over Evesham United yesterday afternoon (3rd December). The victory ended the visitors' 12 game unbeaten run and came courtesy of Matt Wright's double strike. After Lance Smith had rifled an early shot just wide, Town responded with the opening goal after 13 minutes when Wright headed in a Ross Staley free kick. Wright forced Robins' keeper Kevin Sawyer to tip over an inswinging cross and Shane White's drive missed the target as Town bossed the match into the second half and eventually added a second goal on 53 minutes when Pierce Mitchell's centre found Craig Veal who set up Wright to curl a neat finish inside Sawyer's right hand post. Ed Palmer and Wright again came close before Lloyd Irish denied Adam Mann. Paul Fahy reduced the arrears against the run of play with a snapshot from 20 yards after 75 minutes which was the catalyst for late Evesham pressure but Town stood firm to secure the points. 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:" It was a good result and an excellent team performance. We were pretty dominant for 75 minutes but 2-0 is such a tricky scoreline as showed again when Evesham got a goal out of nowhere and we're left soaking up pressure for the remainder of the game but we deserved the win I thought. Plenty of positives today including Ben Palmer who was excellent on his full debut, Alex Hoyle who probably had his best game so far for the club and Wrighty's finishes were clinical too. We've done really well this week to pick up two wins after the cup exits and hopefully we can keep this momentum going on Tuesday and beyond."  



The Peacocks end a run of six successive away games when they host Evesham United in the Evo-Stik League this afternoon (3rd December), kick-off 3.00pm. The Viridor Stadium hasn’t hosted a match since the memorable FA Cup tie against Barrow nearly a month ago and Town could hardly have chosen a more difficult fixture with which to resume home action. Evesham are currently on an 11 game winning streak in the league and will set a new club record should they emerge with the three points today. This form has seen them rise to second place in the table and with the Robins also possessing the division’s leading scorer in Lance Smith it will undoubtedly be a stiff task for Town who returned to winning ways in midweek when they secured a 1-0 win at Barnstaple. Manager Leigh Robinson said:” Evesham are undoubtedly one of the better sides in the division so we know it’s a really tough game today. They are on a terrific run and will be full of confidence so we’ll need to be at our absolute best. We had a good win in the week but hoping for better footballing conditions today, the first home game since Barrow which seems like an eternity ago.” Pierce Mitchell is back in the squad for the first time since suffering a hamstring pull at Bishops Cleeve three weeks ago whilst Craig Duff who missed the Barnstaple game due to a knock and Ed Palmer who has now finished his course both also return. Ollie Chamberlain however is absent through injury and Adam Kelly has been released. We thank him for his efforts whilst at the club and wish him well for the future.



If you were one of the 2,297 people who attended our FA Cup 1st Round Proper tie with Barrow at the Viridor Stadium last month and you still possess the ticket, then you have a chance to win a prize in a free draw! Just bring along your ticket to either this Saturday's game with Evesham United or next Tuesday's match against Paulton Rovers and hand it in at the turnstile. Please make sure your name is written on the ticket which can be returned to the holder if required once the draw has taken place.



The Peacocks got back on track in the Evo-Stik League when they gained a 1-0 victory at Barnstaple Town yesterday evening (29th November). Despite not being at their best, Town did more than enough to win at a freezing Mill Road and thereby gain revenge for the home defeat to the North Devon side in August. Adam Kelly missed a good chance to score early on when he lobbed wide of the target while Lloyd Irish touched a shot from ex-Peacock James Blake wide but opportunities were limited for both teams during a rather stop-start first half. Good work from Ross Staley saw Craig Veal's attempt cleared off the line as the second half got underway before Town grabbed the only goal of the contest after 55 minutes. Kelly's corner found Owen Irish on the far post and his header back into the centre was nodded home by Veal from close range (as pictured). Kelly curled a shot against the post and Veal headed just wide as Town looked to stretch their lead, with the hosts rarely threatening apart from a Liam Gregory run. Veal put another header wide with time nearly up while Lloyd Irish made his most telling contribution of the evening on the whistle when he clutched a Kyle Paine strike on his line, ensuring Town returned with maximum points which saw them climb four places up the table. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" It was an important win in very tricky conditions. The pitch was rapidly frosting over which made it very bobbly and difficult for both teams to play any decent football. It was by no means a slick performance but we showed plenty of grit and desire to battle through after a tough game on Saturday and in what is not an easy place to go to in Barnstaple."

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