A much changed Town side progressed to the Semi-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup with a 3-1 victory over Clevedon Town at the Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (21st February). Six players who started Saturday's game at Slimbridge were rested, giving the opportunity for several youth players to step up into the squad. Nonetheless Town were on top in the opening 45 minutes, with Ed Palmer's close range header nearest to breaking the deadlock in the early stages. Both sides hit the woodwork within three minutes of each other, James Fisher's free kick hitting the outside of the post for the visitors before Josh Searle hammered a strike against the upright at the other end after Brett Trowbridge's shot had been parried by keeper Alex White. Town finally took the lead on 28 minutes when Michael Meaker scored his first ever Peacocks goal, nodding home from inside the six yard box (as pictured) after Ross Staley's corner had reached him. The score soon became 2-0 six minutes later thanks to great commitment from Owen Irish on the right who chased what seemed a lost cause to get a centre in and Craig Veal blocked off Owen Barry's clearance to see the ball ricochet into the net. Despite the deficit Clevedon remained lively after the interval and Searle had to head Barry's header off the line. The Peacocks also had chances before they were pegged back on 69 minutes when Tom Stone fouled Fisher and Isaac Reid fired home the penalty. Staley though restored Town's two goal advantage four minutes later, bending a brilliant free kick inside the post after Searle had been felled. The tie then began to peter out as Town won through where they will face either Brislington, Weston-super-Mare or Keynsham Town. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE.
Reaction - coach Rob Dray commented:" We're pleased that we have progressed into a semi final of a cup competition this year, following on from our strong showing in other cups. The quarter finals in any competition have to be taken seriously especialy our county cup which holds a lot of kudos for us and the supporters. We had a good number of the first team squad available and it's a credit to several of the players who insisted on playing last night even though they had to travel! As in previous rounds we kept faith with several of our development squad and all showed well. Mixing them with the first team squad has given them great experience and we can see the difference game on game. Our attitude and work rate were first class against a good Clevedon side who made it difficult for 20 minutes. Final word goes to Meaks who scored one of his more simple goals in his career and has now scored for every club he has played for professionally and non-league - his attitude to playing is still second to none and rubs off on everybody in the changing room!"
The Peacocks take a break from League duty for the first time in nearly three months when they welcome Clevedon Town to the Viridor Stadium in the Quarter Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow evening (21st February), kick-off 7.45pm. The two sides have met on many occasions over the years in both the Western League and Southern League, most recently in January 2015 when Town beat the Seasiders 3-1 at the Viridor. That season was Clevedon’s last in the Southern League, a failure to meet the floodlight criteria resulting in demotion back to the Western League where they currently sit in 15th spot. They have secured four league wins from 14 games on the road, most recently at the weekend when they beat Sherborne Town 2-1. Town meanwhile will hope to transfer their league form into the cup, four wins on the bounce elevating them to third, as they seek to win the trophy for the third time in four seasons.
Clevedon have beaten Yeovil Town and Chard Town to reach this stage while the Peacocks have only played one game to get there. A bye in the first round was followed by an eventful passage at Western League Odd Down, Town eventually prevailing 5-4 on penalties after a 4-4 draw at the end of extra time. That tie saw the involvement of Kye Toogood, Billy Greene, Rhys Ford, Tom Stone and Charlie Melvin-Sparks who were all part of the club’s former Under 18 side and they will again be in the squad for tomorrow’s game. Several players are rested, namely Matt Wright, Ollie Chamberlain, Alex Hoyle, Jordan Rogers, Shane White, Matt Villis and Matt Buse while Craig Duff whose comeback from his hamstring injury was earmarked for this match is still not fit to return. Admission for the game has been reduced to £5 for adults, £3 concessions and £1 for Under 19’s, with Under 14’s free as normal.
Town are up to third in the Evo-Stik League South and West Division after their 7-0 rout of Slimbridge at Thornhill Park this afternoon (18th February). There were seven different scorers including two own goals for a dominant Peacocks side which frighteningly didn't even get near to hitting top gear. Ross Staley was close to giving Town the lead with a header before Jordan Rogers broke the ice on 15 minutes, firing home from close range (as pictured) after Matt Wright's header from an Ed Palmer free kick had come back off the bar. The lead was doubled five minutes later when Wright rose to nod in a Palmer throw into the box and a replica virtually sealed the points on 34 minutes when Palmer launched another long throw and Swans centre half Rich Thwaite notched an own goal after heading past Pete Davies. Town kept up the pressure with Rogers not far off on a couple of occasions before another Slimbridge assist made it 4-0 after 57 minutes, a driven Pierce Mitchell centre being run into his own net by Sam Turl. The last quarter of the game was overshadowed by a farcical decision which resulted in the Peacocks' Shane White being sent off on 68 minutes after receiving a second yellow card for taking a free kick too quickly. Slimbridge were then reduced to ten men themselves eleven minutes later when Dean Turner got a straight red for elbowing Wright and Ed Palmer took the honours when he steered home the penalty. Matt Buse scored his third goal in four games to make it 6-0 on 83 minutes, curling in a 20 yarder after his corner had been cleared back out to him and sub Craig Veal scored the pick of the goals to round off the scoring a minute from time, latching on to an Owen Irish clearance to lob Davies from 25 yards. The handsome win now means Town are the division's leading scorers with an impressive 86 goals but cup action is next on the agenda with the visit of Clevedon Town to the Viridor Stadium on Tuesday evening in the Quarter Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup. 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 observed:" It was a good performance on a heavy pitch and nice to get seven goals on the board too. The application was very good and finishing fairly clinical all afternoon. I guess the only minor setback was Shane's red card but the referee has put his hand up and admitted he made a mistake which I've got a lot of time for as more often than not they try to justify themselves. We can only hope common sense prevails and he doesn't have to serve a ban. It's been a decent week, three wins and two clean sheets is a good return so we just need to keep plugging away."
The Peacocks continue their Evo-Stik League play-off pursuit when they make the trip to Slimbridge tomorrow (18th February), kick-off 3.00pm. Town have bounced back with three successive wins since their defeat at Paulton two weeks ago and now sit in fourth spot with games in hand on the sides above them. With leaders Hereford 19 points clear of 2nd placed Tiverton and odds-on to win the title, the race is hotting up to finish as high in the play-offs as possible to guarantee home advantage so Town will be eyeing another three points towards that objective in Gloucestershire tomorrow. However they will need to be more lethal in front of goal than they were in the corresponding fixture in early November when the Swans escaped with a point from a 0-0 draw in one of the most one-sided games seen at the Viridor Stadium in a long time, Town missing a penalty and hitting the woodwork on six occasions. After that fortunate draw, Slimbridge went on to win two of their next three fixtures but have since hit a real downturn and failed to win in their last dozen League matches including defeats in their last six to leave them sitting in 19th position. The clubs have also met in this season’s FA Cup, Town winning through in the 2nd Qualifying Round by a 2-0 margin at the Viridor which was Alex Hoyle’s penultimate game for the Swans before joining Town. Ross Staley returns to tomorrow’s squad after missing the midweek game with Wimborne due to a family funeral while there is better news regarding skipper Brett Trowbridge who was named unexpectedly as a substitute on Tuesday after being given the all clear by a specialist following a heel injury. Craig Duff though is still not fit to be included. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” We’ve had a typically great reaction after losing at Paulton a fortnight ago and hopefully we can carry this on tomorrow. I’m told we’re taking an excellent away support which has been great since the FA Cup run so all being well we can give them something to shout about.”
Admission prices for next Tuesday's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final with Clevedon Town at the Viridor Stadium have been reduced. Adult prices will be £5 rather than the usual £8 while concessions have been reduced from £6 to £3 and U19's from £3 to just £1. Under 14's will be admitted for free as normal. Spread the word and hope to see a big crowd!
After being named as the Team of the Month for January for the Evo-Stik League South and West Division, the award was officially presented before last Saturday's home game against Didcot Town along with the accolade for December which the Peacocks also won. The double success in consecutive months comes on top of Town's achievement in winning the October award, and on each occasion the club received a cut glass trophy and a 4.5 litre bottle of whisky. The photo shows our Director Brian Rose handing out the awards in his capacity as a member of the Southern League Board to players Ed Palmer (left) and Brett Trowbridge.
Town recorded their third successive Evo-Stik League win when they defeated Wimborne Town 2-1 at a murky Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (14th February). It was a close run thing at times though as the Peacocks, leading 2-0 at the break and in total control, saw the visitors reduce the arrears in the second half before Lloyd Irish saved a penalty to keep the lead intact. Pressure from Town had already seen a Jordan Rogers strike turned wide by Gerard Benfield and Pierce Mitchell have a 25 yarder deflected wide before they deservedly went ahead on 21 minutes courtesy of Matt Wright who headed in Shane White's corner at the far post for his 24th goal of the campaign. Rogers unluckily saw two more efforts deflect off target before Matt Buse (as pictured) rifled home a cracking drive from around 20 yards that flew into the corner via the inside of the post on 41 minutes, leaving Town in the driving seat at the break. Several near misses as the second half got underway were punished when Wimborne scored out of the blue after 58 minutes, Toby Holmes getting clear on the left side of the area to slot his finish into the far corner. Ten minutes later Matt Villis was adjudged to have handled but Toby Holmes' penalty was straight at Lloyd Irish who managed to cling onto it. Irish also made a great save to deny Jamie Davidson from a free kick as the visitors pressed for the equaliser as Town looked decidedly less assured. However they began to restore normality in the final stages, with Ollie Chamberlain twice coming close to extending the lead. 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: "Tonight was an example of exactly why people talk about 2-0 being a difficult lead to defend. We were 2-0 up at half time, created numerous chances at the start of the second half to seal it but then conceded a goal out of nowhere which changed the momentum a bit. We were thankful to Lloyd for the penalty save but for my mind it was justified as it was never a penalty and on the balance of chances created would have been a travesty if we hadn't won. Credit to their keeper also who made numerous really good saves. At this time of year it's all about winning at all costs, particularly games in hand like tonight, so we can be pleased with our efforts."
We are excited to announce that the Viridor Stadium will be hosting three of Yeovil Town Ladies’ fixtures in the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series. Bristol City Ladies are the first club to visit on Wednesday 3rd May while current Women’s FA Cup holders Arsenal come to the Viridor on Sunday 7th May. Reading Ladies conclude the trio of matches on Wednesday 17th May. For more details please click HERE.
We are delighted to announce that a sponsorship deal has been agreed which will see one end of the Viridor Stadium renamed. The Hamilton Park End will now be known as the Invest Southwest End with immediate effect after an agreement was negotiated to cover the next two and a half seasons. Invest Southwest are an award winning and experienced team of Financial Advisers who have their Head Office situated in Taunton town centre and they are the current shirt sponsors for the back of the Peacocks’ away kit.
Managing Director of Invest Southwest David Penny remarked:” Invest Southwest are delighted to support a local team full of talent and performing so well. The players and management team are working their socks off and are committed to showing Taunton Town in the best possible light. Invest Southwest share the same values and are delighted to support this wonderful club. Up The Peacocks!”
Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Sturmey commented:” I am delighted that Invest Southwest has become our new End sponsor and it has been a pleasure dealing with David Penny, their MD, who I have known for many years. As a new sponsor in the summer and one of the winners in our popular Shirt Sponsors draw, David has followed us in what has been an incredible season so far and we have been continually discussing more sponsorship options. This has now been finalised with a 2.5 season long deal which will take us to the end of 2018-19. I hope this will be the start of a long and rewarding relationship where both of us continue to grow and be winners.”
Our fabulous season so far including the journey to the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup, a good Buildbase FA Trophy run and vying for a play-off spot in the Evo-Stik League has made Taunton Town a very attractive proposition for sponsorship. The Chairman concluded:” The media spotlight this season due to the Emirates FA Cup run has been incredible with so much exposure for our existing sponsors which has resulted in unprecedented levels of interest from new sponsors and we are still adding new ones even in February.”
Town will seek to gain further ground on the leading quartet when they host Wimborne Town in a rearranged game at the Viridor Stadium tomorrow evening (14th February), kick-off 7.45pm. The Evo-Stik League fixture was originally scheduled for November but fell victim to a waterlogged pitch and the Peacocks will be aware that victory tomorrow will see them go above Salisbury into fourth spot and still have games in hand on the sides around them. Following Saturday’s win over Didcot, Town will be aiming to keep the momentum going against the Dorset side who lie in 11th position but who won the corresponding game 2-1 back in August at the Cuthbury against an evolving Town side who had Callum Martindale controversially sent off on the night. After a mediocre January in which Wimborne won only one of their six matches, they have bounced back in their last two games by recording a comfortable home win over AFC Totton followed by an impressive draw at leaders Hereford at the weekend, becoming one of only three sides to escape Edgar Street with something this season. Manager Leigh Robinson wants his team to raise their game tomorrow, commenting:” Wimborne had a great result at the weekend so will come to us high on confidence. On Saturday we won largely playing within ourselves so need to step it up as these Tuesday matches are invariably our games in hand and we must try and take full advantage of them.” Ed Palmer returns to the squad after serving his one game suspension but Brett Trowbridge and Craig Duff remain on the injured list. Ross Staley is attending a family funeral in the afternoon so may also not be involved.