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Make sure you buy a copy of the Somerset County Gazette this week to be in with a chance of winning some great Taunton Town prizes. In tomorrow's edition (8th September), there will be a feature on our new Joma kit suppliers Tony Pryce Sports and a competition to win some fantastic prizes including family tickets to a game and match sponsorship. The Tony Pryce Sports Taunton store on East Street now has both the Peacocks’ home and away kit on display in their shop window (as pictured) so please go in and enquire how to go about ordering your own shirt! Meanwhile for full details on the competition and your opportunity to enter, don't forget to buy your Somerset County Gazette tomorrow!



The Peacocks landed a home FA Cup tie for the sixth successive occasion when the draw for the 2nd Round Qualifying was made at lunchtime today (5th September). Town will host either Fleet Town or Slimbridge at the Viridor Stadium on Saturday 17th September, the winners to be decided by Wednesday's replay at Slimbridge after the two sides fought out a 1-1 draw at the weekend. Either side are not unfamiliar, with Slimbridge being fellow members of the South and West Division alongside the Peacocks whilst Fleet were also divisional rivals for two years until their switch to the Central Division for last season. The tie on Saturday week which is worth £4500 to the victors means that Town's scheduled trip to AFC Totton in the Evo-Stik League will have to be rearranged. 



The Peacocks are in the hat for Monday's draw after beating Cinderford Town 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying at a saturated Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (3rd September). The result constitutes something of a cup surprise with the visitors now plying their trade a level higher than Town in the Southern Premier after winning the South and West Division title last season. Jordan Rogers had already come close before Town took the lead on the quarter hour mark when Pierce Mitchell got free down the right before driving home an angled shot past Ben Fletcher into the far corner. Cinderford had a quick chance to restore parity when Ollie Chamberlain was penalised for a push on Jack Camm but Gethyn Hill's penalty crashed off the cross bar. This signalled a spell of pressure from the Foresters without unduly troubling Lloyd Irish but Town hit back when Jordan Rogers drilled a left footer against the post. The woodwork denied the hosts again in the second half when Chamberlain skimmed the bar, following up on a Rogers' effort which Fletcher had blocked. Town were nearly left to rue missed opportunities when Blaine Waugh rounded Lloyd Irish late on but Matt Villis came to the rescue with a goalline block to preserve the Peacocks' lead which they extended four minutes into stoppage time, Rogers firing home a penalty after a challenge on Matt Wright to secure their passage and £3000 prize money. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE.

Reaction - Team Captain Brett Trowbridge said:" A great shift from the boys yet again today after a tough couple of weeks of successful results in the local derbies. It is a great feeling to be in the hat for the next round and we're all buzzing to see who we draw. Whoever it is we will give it our all to try and progress to the next round. Up the Peacocks!"

Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" The aim was to be in the hat for Monday and that’s exactly what we’ve done.It probably wasn’t the best performance today, in what was a scrappy game with the conditions, but cup games are just about winning so we’re really pleased.They’ve missed two really good chances and these games are often decided on these moments.You’ve got to take your luck and we had a little bit of that today – but that’s cup football."



It’s FA Cup day at the Viridor Stadium when the Peacocks entertain Cinderford Town in the 1st Round Qualifying tomorrow afternoon (3rd September), kick-off 3.00pm. After the victory over Tiverton Town in the previous round, Town will face another hard task against the Gloucestershire side who won the South and West Division title last season. Their refusal of promotion to the Premier on financial grounds and the subsequent decision by the FA to enforce the move upwards has been well documented, and has seen the Forest of Dean club have to rebuild their side after many of their championship-winning squad and management team moved on over the summer. Although Cinderford have lost four of their opening six fixtures at the higher level, their two wins include a 3-2 success against Merthyr Town on Bank Holiday Monday so the Peacocks will have to be at their best to advance tomorrow and pocket the £3000 prize money on offer. Manager Leigh Robinson names an unchanged squad from Monday’s game at Tiverton. Assistant manager Michael Meaker remarked:" We're all looking forward to tomorrow's game with Cinderford and are pleased with the start to the season, hoping we can get another good cup run like last year and push on in the league as well. We're still only 80% up to how we know we can play and the lads are getting better and better every week, getting to know the shape of the team and each other's games. It's been quick but decent progress in a handful of games. Again the support has been great so far and I hope the fans stay positive and are patient after what we achieved last season."



A Pierce Mitchell goal twelve minutes from time earned the Peacocks a 1-1 Evo-Stik League draw at Tiverton Town this afternoon (29th August). The equaliser was no more than Town deserved on the balance of play after they had fallen behind to a penalty earlier in the second half. Town were well on top for the opening half hour, enjoying good spells of pressure as Matt Wright headed wide from a Matt Buse corner and a Matt Villis header was hacked clear by Jamie Short before Joe Perry spilled a 25 yard free kick from Ed Palmer at the expense of a corner. Tiverton emerged in the latter stages of the half, with Levi Landricombe screwing a shot wide and a Ben Mammola header being cleared off the line. Jamie Price then fired wide of the woodwork following a diagonal run but it remained goalless at the break. Town continued to look relatively untroubled until 64 minutes when the hosts went 1-0 up, Lloyd Irish being penalised for pushing over Mammola and Levi Landricombe confidently steering the spot kick home. However Town were back on level terms on 78 minutes, a Brett Trowbridge pass released Josh Searle on the right and from his cross, Mitchell buried a fine header back across Perry and into the far corner. The game might have gone either way at that stage but despite a few half chances, it was even stevens at 90 minutes. Match report can be viewed HERE and photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" We played well today and a draw was the very least we deserved I thought. On a seriously hot day for football our fitness stood up to the test which was pleasing as these Saturday/Monday games can be hard to handle physically. A tricky one to sum up as we may have accepted a point before the game but can't help but be a bit frustrated that we didn't win in the way the game went. We can put August to bed now though and say it's been a success. There have been ups and downs admittedly but with league points on the board plus FA Cup progress with such a new team and with numerous unavailabilities we have to be pretty satisfied."



The Peacocks lock horns with Tiverton Town for the third time in ten days when they travel to Devon for an Evo-Stik League game this afternoon (29th August), kick-off 3.00pm. Town of course were at Ladysmead as recently as last Tuesday when they successfully battled through an FA Cup replay following the 4-4 draw at the Viridor Stadium the previous Saturday. Tiverton’s cup defeat was their first in a competitive match this season but they responded with a convincing 4-0 victory at Winchester City at the weekend whilst Town crawled over the line against Bridgwater, leaving only a two point gap currently separating the teams. The Peacocks name the same squad from Saturday with the addition of Callum Martindale who was rested for the weekend game.



Town returned to winning ways in the Evo-Stik League as they scraped a 1-0 victory over Bridgwater Town at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (27th August). It was a lacklustre display from the Peacocks who can thank Ollie Chamberlain (pictured) for nicking a last minute goal to finally overcome their visitors. Bridgwater had the clearer opportunities during a dire first half, George Sinnott firing a free kick just wide and George Kellow weaving in from the right but shooting straight at Lloyd Irish. Town meanwhile barely mustered an effort apart from a Pierce Mitchell shot. The Peacocks picked up to a degree after the break, with a Jordan Rogers header and an Adam Kelly shot both forcing Robins’ keeper Josh Hayward into saves. With both teams creating little though, it seemed as if the game would dwindle out to a stalemate. However with time up, Owen Irish headed a Ryan Batley cross back into the box for Chamberlain to tuck the ball past Hayward from eight yards to claim the three 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:" We were well under par today but managed to win ugly. The players did well to keep going and show persistence when it looked like it wasn't going to be our day. Bridgwater defended really well and made it hard for us along with some very questionable refereeing for both teams. I knew after Tuesday that we hadn't cracked it and today would be a very different challenge and whilst I'm happy with the way the week has gone we clearly still have a lot of work to do."



Following the past week’s excitement in the FA Cup, Taunton return to Evo-Stik League duty when they welcome Bridgwater Town to the Viridor Stadium tomorrow afternoon (27th August), kick-off 3.00pm. The Peacocks will be eager to pick up maximum points from the local derby after losing their last game at Wimborne Town, a mixed bag of two wins and two defeats from their opening four fixtures seeing them lying eighth in the early table. Bridgwater however have endured a difficult start to their campaign, their haul of one point from the quartet of matches putting them bottom of the pile. New manager Craig Laird has also seen his side concede 16 goals in their last three outings, heavy league defeats to Hereford and Bideford followed last weekend by a 6-0 FA Cup exit at home to Plymouth Parkway. Town will have the luxury for the first time this season of virtually being able to name a full strength squad. Adam Kelly and Craig Veal are both back after missing the midweek replay at Tiverton whilst summer signing from Aberystwyth Town Ryan Batley is also involved after being away on holiday for the opening two weeks of the season. The only doubt is full back Callum Martindale who may be rested for Monday’s league game at Tiverton as he is still carrying a slight hip injury sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup tie.



The Peacocks advanced to a meeting with Cinderford Town on Saturday week with a terrific 2-0 victory at Tiverton Town yesterday evening (23rd August). It was an accomplished performance from Town as they safely negotiated their Preliminary Round replay, having the first opportunity when Pierce Mitchell's shot was blocked before taking the lead on 19 minutes when Ollie Chamberlain got the better of his man on the left side of the box and saw his goalward shot take a deflection off the back of Steve Kingdon to beat Joe Perry at his near post. Town continued to boss the first 45 minutes without adding to their lead but weren't far off at the start of the second half when Matt Wright's audacious lob from the touchline was caught by the backpedalling Perry. Tiverton came more into the game and enjoyed a decent spell, with Owen Howe and Jamie Price coming close but it was the Peacocks who wrapped the tie up on 86 minutes when Ed Palmer broke from his own area on a great run to find Josh Searle who calmly fired home past Perry. Owen Irish then made a goalline clearance to preserve the clean sheet in stoppage time as Town now prepare to renew acquaintances with last season's South and West Division champions. Match report can be viewed HERE and photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" A really good result and in many ways a classic away performance, nicking a goal in the first half, defending resolutely and scoring on the counter attack late on to seal the tie. We knew that a lot of people had written us off after Saturday and thought our chance to win had gone and we used this as motivation. Massive credit to the players as they showed fantastic resolve tonight and we can now look forward to the next round."



After Saturday’s epic 4-4 draw, the Peacocks have another chance to make FA Cup progress when they travel to Tiverton Town for the Preliminary Round replay tomorrow evening (23rd August), kick-off 7.30pm. The first game was one of the most eventful seen at the Viridor Stadium in recent years, Town surrendering the lead three times before the ten man visitors earned a replay with a stunning strike twenty minutes from time.  However the Peacocks are minus several players for the trip to Ladysmead. In addition to the continued absence of Ryan Batley and Christian Boateng, both Adam Kelly and Craig Veal are away whilst Callum Martindale is suspended for one game following his dismissal at Wimborne Town last week. Centre half Matt Villis though is available again after serving his three game suspension and James Regan also returns to the squad. The tie will be settled by extra time and penalties if required, with the winners hosting Cinderford Town in the 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday 3rd September.

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