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12/04/2017

DONATIONS MADE TO FOUR CHARITIES

The proceeds of our FA Cup Charity Dinner and Christmas Charity Collection were presented before our recent Evo-Stik League home game with Mangotsfield United. The Charity Dinner was held in January to celebrate the Peacocks’ terrific FA Cup campaign this season and a raffle and auction on the evening generated over £1,600. That amount was combined with the money raised by the Christmas Charity Collection via a ground collection and donations from players, management and directors, giving a total of £2,000 which was split equally between four local charities. Chairman Kevin Sturmey is pictured presenting the cheques to all four charities who were:

Reminiscence Learning who specialise in dementia care, activity and reminiscence. Fiona Mahoney aka Archie who is the figurehead of a dementia awareness project linking all areas of the community commented:” We would like to thank the club for choosing Reminiscence Learning to receive a donation. As a small local charity this will really help us to make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia in our community. Archie would like to thank the team for being part of the photo shoot – he would have loved to have had a kick around on the pitch.” For more information on Reminiscence Learning please click HERE.


Escape Support Group provides opportunities for families with a child with additional needs to spend time together on trips and short breaks, as well as providing peer group support to their members. Rosemary Cowin, secretary of Escape, remarked:” On behalf of the Committee and family members of ESCAPE, I would like to say thank you very much for the kind donation which will certainly be put to good use for the benefit of our families. Having a child with an additional need can put a lot of strain on a family and so they often do not have the confidence to go on days out. By having an opportunity to go on a trip with other families who know what it is like can really make a difference. I would also like to say thank you to the club for inviting us to the game. It was a lovely opportunity for our young children to see a football match.” For more information on Escape please click HERE.


Taunton Foodbank supports local people in crisis by providing emergency food and support. Melvyn Roberts, Chair of the Trustees, said:” Thank you to all those who contributed so generously for the donation of £500.00 to the Taunton Foodbank. Over the last four months Taunton Foodbank has seen a large rise in the number of those coming to us in financial crisis. In fact, in comparison to the same period last year, there has been a 62% increase in the amount of food we have distributed and on an average monthly basis we have seen a 51% increase in the number of parcels given out and a 67% increase in the number of people for whom we provide food. Over the last year we have distributed over 40 tonnes of food to those in need. Therefore, your gift is all the more important to us and we are grateful for your support. Of course, statistics do not tell the whole story. People come to us feeling desperate, hopeless and overwhelmed. Equally these same people often leave feeling relieved, encouraged and with a sense that someone cares. Your gift goes some way to change the lives of these people.” For more information on Taunton Foodbank please click HERE.


Taunton East Development Trust is an organisation which supports the community of East Taunton by providing opportunities to develop self-esteem, confidence and skills through information, training, motivation and enterprise. The Trust works to promote general charitable purposes for the benefit of the community of Taunton East (the Lane, Lambrook and Halcon Estates) and to provide relief from financial hardship and social and/or economic disadvantage. The trust provides a Link Centre, a drop-in centre for local residents, whose manager Denise Chidgey commented: ” We would like to say a big thank you to the club for the donation, it is very much appreciated. It will be used towards activities for the children over the next few holidays.” For more information on the Taunton East Development Trust please click HERE and HERE.


09/04/2017

POINT ENOUGH TO GUARANTEE PLAY-OFFS

Town recovered from conceding early to earn a 1-1 Evo-Stik League draw with champions Hereford at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (8th April). A point apiece was a fair outcome from a game of limited chances but given results elsewhere, the one point proved sufficient to confirm the Peacocks' play-off place for the third year in succession. The Bulls struck the first blow after just two minutes when a John Mills shot was blocked but not cleared and Mike Symons took advantage to fire into the net at the back post. Town eventually settled and equalised after 29 minutes when Ross Staley was fouled on the edge of the box and Ed Palmer swept his free kick past the wall and the dive of Alex Harris in the Hereford goal into the far corner. Staley volleyed Ben Palmer's cross straight at Harris and then saw another shot parried by the Bulls keeper early in the second half while Mark Preece headed Mike McGrath's corner wide at the other end. Lloyd Irish kept the scores level with the best save of the afternoon, turning Tristan Plummer's shot wide after he had latched onto a defensive slip but neither team could conjure up a decisive opportunity to snatch a winner as the game ended all square in front of 1,073, Town's highest home crowd in the League this season. Match report can be viewed HERE and photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE. Goal highlights can also be viewed on Peacocks TV HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" A good game between two good sides and certainly a fair result with both defences on top. There were very few clear cut chances in the game and whilst we did a lot of attacking in the second half we didn't get the breaks in the box but I'm very proud of the effort and performance today against a strong side. Part of our job here that is never forgotten is our obligation to give the people of Taunton a team to be proud of and I think today we did that. It's a good result but we move on and need to keep our focus as we have three tough games to come in order to secure second place."


07/04/2017

CAN TOWN TOPPLE CHAMPIONS AGAIN?

The Peacocks are preparing to play their highest profile Evo-Stik League game of the season when they entertain Hereford tomorrow afternoon (8th April), kick-off 3.00pm. It’s another vital day in the South and West Division with six of the eight teams who can still mathematically qualify for a place in the play-offs up against each other, with Tiverton travelling to Swindon Supermarine and Evesham hosting Mangotsfield. However the biggest clash of the day is at the Viridor Stadium where second plays first as Town look to secure victory against the new champions and the two points that will rubber stamp their participation in a Play-Off Semi-Final in two and a half weeks’ time.

The Peacocks are the only side this season to defeat the Bulls in League action following a 2-1 win at Edgar Street in January courtesy of goals from Matt Wright and Pierce Mitchell. However it will be a very tough ask to repeat that feat tomorrow against a side that have failed to win only four of their 18 away league fixtures this season and who will no doubt want to redress the balance from the earlier meeting. Since drawing at Bideford last month, Hereford who are managed by former Town boss Peter Beadle, have won their last three games including a 4-0 win at play-off challengers Salisbury and backed by a large travelling contingent, the Peacocks will certainly have a big job on their hands.

Manager Leigh Robinson has a full squad to select from, with Matt Wright and Matt Villis both back in contention following injury and Owen Irish having completed his three game suspension. The newly reappointed Town boss commented:” Undoubtedly tomorrow is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season for everyone and with this in mind it’s nice to have a full squad to pick from. Good weather, a good crowd and two good teams should make it a really good occasion and hopefully we can get a good result to top it off.” As previously advised on numerous occasions, the game is all-ticket, with no tickets on sale tomorrow. Hereford fans will also be segregated at the Invest Southwest End of the ground.


07/04/2017

ROBINSON REAPPOINTED FOR SIXTH SEASON

We are delighted to announce the reappointment of first team manager Leigh Robinson for the 2017-18 season. Leigh was appointed to the Viridor Stadium hot seat in June 2012 and is now approaching the end of his fifth season in charge of the Peacocks, having overseen a year on year improvement in the club’s playing fortunes since his arrival. A testing first term in charge saw the club finish in 18th place but this was massively improved on in 2013-14 when he led Town to an 8th place finish in the League as well as winning the Somerset Premier Cup. Further progress was made in 2014-15 with Town reaching the Evo-Stik League Play-Offs and retaining the Somerset Premier Cup with victory over Yeovil Town, and this trend continued last season with the Peacocks reaching the Play-Off Final after finishing in third place, their highest ever Southern League finish.  This season is shaping up to be the most memorable yet, with the club set to appear in the Play-Offs for a third successive year as well as another Somerset Premier Cup Final appearance, all of which comes on top of a fantastic journey to the 1st Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup.

Commenting on his reappointment, Robinson said:” Naturally I’m really pleased to be given the chance to manage this great club for another year. Unquestionably we've moved the club on a long way again this year with the FA Cup run which was an amazing time for all concerned, a good League campaign, plenty of goals and a very strong playing squad so whatever happens in the next month promotion-wise, I'll be looking forward to and planning ways to push the club on even more next year. I and the management team are all aware that this is a great place to be at the moment. Crowds are up significantly, supporters are more engaged than ever, we've a few quid in the bank too and a tremendous set up off the pitch provided to us by the hard working people who run the club and for this we always feel very privileged.”

Chairman Kevin Sturmey added:” "I am delighted that the Board have unanimously re-appointed Leigh, an absolute no brainer as far as I am concerned. Leigh had a tough baptism in his first season but since then he has quietly gone about his business. He has always been one of the most focused people I have ever seen in football, being as ambitious as I am but never getting over excited with a win or a run or too down after a loss. He doesn't moan and make unrealistic demands as he understands how hard we all work behind the scenes to give him the tools so he can concentrate on what he does best. He is an out and out decision maker who has never shirked the decisions which sometimes may seem unpopular which is a true sign of a winner. I feel we have a great understanding and both have an intuition to see what is ahead of us which is quite rare in football. It is a pleasure working with Leigh and all of the management team have made a huge step forward this season. He will undoubtedly already be in the Peacocks Hall of Fame as the success he has achieved has been with sustainable budgets while we keep building our business model for success."


09/04/2017

CUP FINAL DATE CONFIRMED

The date and venue for this season's Somerset Premier Cup Final have been confirmed. The Peacocks will meet National League South side Weston-super-Mare at Fairfax Park, the home of Bridgwater Town FC, on Friday 5th May, kick-off 7.45pm. Admission prices will be advised in due course.


06/04/2017

TICKET OFFICE OPEN ON FRIDAY

Your last chance to buy tickets for this Saturday's game with Hereford at the Viridor Stadium will be tomorrow (Friday 7th April). The office will be open for an extra few hours from 1.00pm to 4.00pm selling tickets for the top of the table clash against the newly crowned champions. Please note that tickets will not be for sale on the day of the game and that admission is strictly by ticket only. Any further queries should be sent to finance@tauntontown.com. Meanwhile an information sheet for Saturday's match is available HERE.


02/04/2017

BACK ON TRACK

The Peacocks returned to form in the Evo-Stik League with a vengeance after a 6-1 rout of Mangotsfield United at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (1st April). The visitors who themselves are chasing a play-off spot were blown away by a dominant first half Town performance which saw them lead 4-0 at half time. After several near misses, Town broke the ice on 24 minutes when Ross Staley's free kick from the right was headed into his own net by Lewis Hogg, and the lead was doubled just a minute later when Ed Palmer met a Staley corner at the near post and his glanced header was bundled home by Pierce Mitchell. With Town looking threatening with every attack, two more goals just before the interval effectively settled the game, Ben Palmer (pictured after scoring) drilling home Jordan Rogers' low cross on 42 minutes and Hogg notching a second own goal after heading in from a Staley corner. Staley created another goal for the Peacocks on 55 minutes when he beat his man on the left to centre and Ollie Chamberlain connected to net the fifth before Mangotsfield pulled one back after 69 minutes when Hogg volleyed a Matt Groves corner back into the area and former Town striker Lewis Powell headed in. This signalled the visitors' best spell of the game as Town eased off, Lloyd Irish making a couple of good saves and George Lloyd firing against the crossbar. However Town had the last word a minute from time when Staley found Ben Palmer out on the left and his driven cross was turned in by Craig Duff at the far post to seal a victory which maintains second position and means only two points are now required to mathematically guarantee a play-off place. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE. Goal highlights can also be viewed on Peacocks TV HERE.

Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" It was a very good afternoon's work. As well as three important points and six goals on the board, it was also a really good performance in which we played some excellent football, particularly in the first half. We were under pressure a bit coming into today after two defeats so it was a tricky fixture and the players did brillianlty to respond in the way that they did."


31/03/2017

TOWN CAN AFFORD NO APRIL FOOLS

The Evo-Stik League season enters its final month for the Peacocks who begin it with a home game against Mangotsfield United tomorrow afternoon (1st April), kick-off 3.00pm. Town have hit a sticky spell after suffering defeats in their most recent two league games and with four of their final five fixtures against sides in the top ten they know that the run-in will be far from easy. As it currently stands,eight points are required from these five games to ensure Town qualify for the play-offs in which eight clubs still retain an interest including tomorrow’s visitors Mangotsfield. 

The Peacocks were convincing 4-0 winners at Cossham Street in the reverse encounter in December courtesy of two goals from Jordan Rogers plus one each from Ed Palmer and Shane White. At the time Taunton were in 12th spot while the Field were occupying one of the play-off positions but since then Town have proved the more consistent, a long unbeaten run shooting them up to second while Mangotsfield have mustered 27 points from the 17 games played to slip out of the play-off zone into sixth. However they have lost only one of their last five matches and Town fans will know all about striker Lewis Powell who racked up 23 goals in 24 starts for the Peacocks last term.

After Tuesday’s thrilling win at Keynsham Town in the Somerset Premier Cup, the rested players all return to the squad but Owen Irish sits out the final game of his three match ban while Matt Villis who has been absent with a hamstring injury for three weeks faces a fitness test. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” It’s undoubtedly an important afternoon for us. We have been disappointing for the last two weeks and crucially lost the key moments in games so hopefully on home turf and with the crowd behind us we can turn this around tomorrow.”

It promises to be a busy afternoon at the Viridor Stadium tomorrow, with tickets for next weekend's game with Hereford going on sale before kick-off and with the four charities chosen all coming to receive the proceeds of our FA Cup Charity Dinner and Christmas Charity Collection.


30/03/2017

CHARITY PROCEEDS TO BE DISTRIBUTED

We are delighted to announce the four recipients of the proceeds from our FA Cup Charity Dinner and Christmas Charity Collection. The Charity Dinner held in January to celebrate the Peacocks’ terrific FA Cup campaign this season raised over £1,600 and this amount has been combined with the funds raised by a ground collection and donations from players, management and directors for the Christmas Collection. The four local charities who will all receive £500 each are Taunton Foodbank, Escape Support Group, Reminiscence Learning and Taunton East Development Trust. A presentation will be made to each of the four charities before Saturday’s game with Mangotsfield United at the Viridor Stadium.


30/03/2017

HEREFORD TICKETS ON SALE FROM SATURDAY

Tickets for the highly anticipated meeting with South and West Division champions Hereford a week on Saturday go on sale before this weekend’s home game with Mangotsfield United. The ticket office will be open between 12.45pm and 2.45pm and purchase of tickets is conditional on ground admission being paid – no person will be admitted into the ground solely to buy a ticket. Tickets will also be on sale from the office next week on Monday 3rd April and Tuesday 4th April between 1.30pm and 4.00pm and on Wednesday 5th April between 1.30pm and 7.00pm. A maximum of four tickets per purchase will be allowed and payment is by cash only. Taunton Town Season Ticket holders will still require a match ticket but no payment will be necessary. Hereford FC have been sent their allocation which will also go on sale this Saturday.    


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