A trio of headed goals guided the Peacocks to a comfortable 3-0 Evo-Stik League victory over Didcot Town at a very chilly Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (11th February). It proved a straightforward win for Town who, despite not firing on all cylinders, always had too much for the visitors who were tidy in possesion but rarely looked like scoring. After a somewhat nondescript opening to the game, Town quickly began to get on top but found clearcut chances at a premium, Ollie Chamberlain coming nearest with a snap volley deflected over. The breakthrough materialised after 29 minutes when Owen Irish headed home Shane White's corner at the back post (as pictured) for his 12th goal of the campaign to christen the newly named Invest Southwest End. A rapid double from Matt Wright then sealed the points for the Peacocks, his first being a virtual replica of the opening goal when he got on the end of White's corner to nod home at the back stick on 64 minutes. Four minutes later Jordan Rogers launched a great crossfield pass to release Ross Staley out wide on the left and from his lovely curling cross Wright was on hand to net a header inside Harry Whitehead's right hand post for Town's third. Owen Irish and White both came close while Whitehead saved strikes from Wright and Ben Palmer before Lloyd Irish made his only save of the afternoon as the game entered stoppage time, holding a deflected shot from Callum McNish. The victory keeps Town cemented in fifth spot as they turn their attentions to Tuesday evening's meeting with Wimborne Town. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE while goal highlights can be viewed on Peacocks TV HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" It was a good win and a job well done. Defensively we were never really threatened today but also going forward we weren't at our best apart from set pieces which yielded two of the three goals. We couldn't relax until after the second goal but I thought we controlled the entire afternoon. Matt Wright was simply unplayable today I thought and fully deserved his goals. In an ideal world we want two more wins this week and this was a good start but there's still more work to be done."
The Peacocks will hope to take advantage of two Evo-Stik League home games in the next four days beginning with the visit of Didcot Town to the Viridor Stadium tomorrow afternoon (11th February), kick-off 3.00pm. Last weekend’s setback at Paulton was Town’s first defeat in thirteen league games but they responded in style with the midweek thumping of Bishops Cleeve and as a result climbed back into the play-off places. Undoubtedly Town will be looking for more of the same tomorrow to ensure they keep right in the promotion mix against a 12th placed Didcot side that have drawn more games than any other team in the division. Last Saturday’s single goal defeat to Salisbury was the Railwaymen’s first loss in seven matches although that sequence only included one victory, while their record on the road has seen them win just twice this season with a further eight draws.
Town, who have yet to meet Didcot this term, can therefore afford no complacency as manager Leigh Robinson recognises, remarking:” Any team on their day is capable of beating any other team in this league so we must keep the impetus going from Tuesday and stay focused to give us every chance of getting a result. Last Saturday proved that nothing can be taken for granted but the midweek win has boosted confidence so hopefully we can take that into the two home games this week.” Captain Brett Trowbridge (foot) and Craig Duff (hamstring) are both still on the injured list while Ed Palmer is suspended for one game after being sent off at Paulton.
No pitch problems are envisaged, Chairman and Head Groundsman Kevin Sturmey commenting:” I am really pleased with the pitch as Simon (Best, Assistant Groundsman) and I have worked on it for the last two days, having kept off it during the bad weather recently which has helped it enormously. The pitch is in fabulous condition for this time of the year and with no frost last night and none forecast tonight we don't anticipate any problems and no inspection is planned. While it's very cold the cloud cover has kept the frost away and we hope it will be a dry day tomorrow to encourage another large crowd. We also have extra catering outlets in place as our previous single arrangement was struggling to cope with demand as crowds have increased so well, so we need to make sure we can serve quicker, mainly during the half time interval and from different outlets."
Tomorrow's game will be the first played in front of the newly named Invest SouthWest End. A full news release will be issued in due course.
Taunton Town have been named the Division One South & West Team of the Month for January, the third occasion this season that we have won the award! It follows another successful month in which the Peacocks secured four wins and a draw from their five games, netting 21 goals in the process and conceding three, and including a victory at previously unbeaten leaders Hereford. The club will again receive a cut glass trophy and a 4.5 litre bottle of Bell’s Whisky, the third such prize of the season after winning the accolade for October and December.
Town responded to Saturday's defeat at Paulton in the best possible way with a terrific 5-1 Evo-Stik League victory at Bishops Cleeve yesterday evening (7th February). Given the conditions and the form of the opposition, Town turned in a top team performance and had the best of the opening exchanges. They eventually made the breakthrough on 17 minutes when Matt Wright's flick fell to Matt Buse who ran through to slot into the corner. Skipper for the night Wright (pictured celebrating) added a second goal nine minutes later when he rifled home Craig Veal's pass after a quickly taken free kick. Josh Searle and Buse came close while Lloyd Irish saved Jack Horrell's shot as the Peacocks retired to the dry two up at the break. Jack Watts got free to put the hosts on the scoreboard two minutes into the second half. However Ross Staley fired in off the post for a 3-1 advantage on 68 minutes after a break involving Pierce Mitchell and Veal to put Town well in control. Owen Irish headed home a Shane White corner on 80 minutes and Jordan Rogers rounded off an emphatic win at a very wet and muddy Kayte Lane with a minute remaining, converting the loose ball after Mitchell's angled shot had rebounded off the woodwork. The win sees the Peacocks rise two places to 5th as they now look forward to a return to the Viridor Stadium on Saturday and the visit of Didcot Town. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from a rather soaked club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" In the circumstances that was a really good win. To come away midweek to a slippery team in Bishops Cleeve who can cause lots of problems with their athleticism and work rate, on a borderline playable pitch and off the back of a bad result on Saturday we couldn't ask anymore than a win and five goals on the board. We made a few changes to freshen it up and the lads who came in, Matt Buse, Josh Searle, Craig Veal and Ross Staley were fantastic and just injected that bit of zip that we've lacked in the previous two games. A good night's work but focus now turns to the next two home games."
After suffering their first Evo-Stik League reversal in 13 games at the weekend, the Peacocks will aim to bounce straight back when they travel to Bishops Cleeve in a rearranged fixture tomorrow evening (7th February), kick-off 7.45pm. Although Town remain in seventh spot despite Saturday’s defeat at Paulton, they will want to take advantage of one of their games in hand on the sides above them to keep themselves well in the hunt for a play-off place. However they will need to up their performance level from Saturday to come away from Kayte Lane with any reward, the Gloucestershire side’s position of 14th not truly reflecting their current run of form in which they are undefeated in their last five league matches culminating in Saturday’s impressive 4-2 victory at Swindon Supermarine. The Peacocks have not yet met Cleeve in the league this season but came out on top in the FA Trophy back in November, an Owen Irish goal being sufficient to steer Town to a 1-0 away success. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” It’s always a tough game at Bishops Cleeve. They had a great result at the weekend and will be full of confidence no doubt. The pitch will undoubtedly be heavy after the recent weather and this means we need to apply ourselves better than Saturday if we are to get a result.” Skipper Brett Trowbridge again misses the game due to an ongoing foot problem whilst Craig Duff is also absent due to a hamstring injury. Ross Staley though returns after missing the Paulton game for family reasons. We have not received any notification of a pitch inspection but please check TauntonTown.com and Twitter for any updates tomorrow in the event of any more bad weather.
After going twelve games unbeaten, the Peacocks slid to a disappointing 2-1 Evo-Stik League defeat at Paulton Rovers yesterday afternoon (4th February). Town were well below par for the majority of the 90 minutes as they struggled to find much cohesion on a sticky surface. Despite this they looked the likelier side to score in a goalless first half, Matt Wright lobbing just over and Craig Duff having both a goal chalked off (as pictured) and seeing a header saved by Andrew Hannah. Nathan Legge and Ryan Radford had opportunities for Paulton who took the lead five minutes into the second half when Lloyd Irish miscued a clearance to Radford who lifted the ball back over him from 20 yards into an empty net. Town were up against it even more after 58 minutes when Ed Palmer was adjudged to have denied a goal-scoring opportunity when bringing down Kailan Gould and received a straight red card. Gould added a second for the hosts on 78 minutes, linking with Radford before sweeping home a decent finish into the left-hand corner. Paulton had a chance to heap further punishment on Town when Lloyd Irish was deemed to have fouled Reeko Best three minutes later but the Peacocks' keeper made amends by easily holding Jordan Ricketts' soft penalty. Wright pulled a goal back one minute into stoppage time when he slotted past Hannah from a Josh Searle cross but it was too little, too late for Town who must now dust themselves down and prepare for Tuesday's game at Bishops Cleeve. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" We weren't good enough today and lost to the better team on the day. Their players seemed to deal better with the heavy pitch and were more effective adapting to the conditions. It was a day where nothing went right really - we lost Ross to a family bereavement this morning, missed crucial chances and had a goal disallowed in the first half. The red card then came at the worst possible time after we'd made an attacking substitution. It's a bad day at the office but certainly no need to panic after losing for the first time in 13 games. We've got a boat load of games still to play and plenty of character to overcome minor blips like today."
Weather permitting, the Peacocks will be aiming to secure their second Evo-Stik League double of the season when they travel to old rivals Paulton Rovers tomorrow afternoon (4th February), kick-off 3.00pm. A 4-1 midweek win over Rovers at the Viridor Stadium in early December made up one of Town’s record 11 successive Southern League victories which came to an end with last weekend’s goalless draw against Swindon Supermarine, so regaining that winning feeling will be very much on the agenda tomorrow. Paulton lie in 16th spot and have won only three of their 12 home fixtures to date but have picked up notable results in two of their three most recent games, a 3-1 win at Shortwood United and an impressive 2-2 draw at promotion-chasing Evesham United last Saturday. Although the stalemate with Supermarine saw Town slip two places to seventh, they still have the games in hand to take prime position in the play-offs although there is a chance that the downpours of today may thwart any hopes of action tomorrow. The Athletic Ground pitch is currently very wet so a pitch inspection is planned for 9.30am tomorrow morning, the news of which will be posted on TauntonTown.com and the club’s Twitter as soon as known. If the game gets the go-ahead, Town will have a full complement available apart from skipper Brett Trowbridge who has a foot injury, with Matt Buse returning to the squad in his place.
UPDATE - The game is ON following the pitch inspection.
As the Peacocks were without a game this week, boss Leigh Robinson took some time out to speak to TauntonTown.com about his thoughts on the terrific season so far and his hopes for the remainder of the campaign. You can read Leigh's verdict HERE.
We are delighted to announce that over £1,600 was raised for local charities at our Cup Celebration Dinner held at the Cooper Associates County Ground, home of Somerset CCC, on Monday evening (30th January). The event which was hosted by BBC Somerset’s Claire Carter and Jack Murley was a fantastic success, with just under 120 attending including Mayor of Taunton Deane Vivienne Stock-Williams plus Town players, management, sponsors, supporters and directors who all reflected on the Peacocks’ superb journey in this season’s FA Cup and FA Trophy.
After the obligatory Heads and Tails to kick off the proceedings, everyone settled down to an excellent three course meal whilst enjoying a specially prepared video of our cup season courtesy of the club’s Social Media Manager Giuseppe Fraschini. There was also a Question and Answer session as Claire and Jack wandered amongst the tables to get views from a selection of guests. The evening was rounded off by a raffle and an auction which was compered by Chairman Kevin Sturmey, with a number of attractive lots on offer including a signed FA Cup ball and shirt, Somerset CCC Platinum memberships and a quartet of football player paintings by club sponsor and Director of Way Ahead Care Richard Smith. The total funds raised on the evening amounted to just over £1,600 which will be donated to local charities, the identities of which will be revealed very soon. We also have the proceeds from our Christmas Charity Collection to give to one lucky local charity which again will be publicised shortly.
We have received great feedback from the evening including the following tweet from the Taunton Mayor: Wonderful celebration of Taunton Town's recent cup runs. Well done management, players, fans & sponsors. Support the Peacocks @TauntonTownFC. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” It was a great night and brilliant to be able to get everyone together to celebrate what the club achieved in the FA Cup this season. Hats off to the Chairman and Giuseppe for organising and thanks to Claire and Jack from BBC Somerset for hosting. For the players and management it truly was an unforgettable period of our lives and this was a perfect way to remember it. It was also brilliant to see so many supporters and people from the community including the Taunton Deane Mayor in attendance. To me this shows exactly how much the FA Cup struck a chord with the town this year and also how much it has raised the profile of the club which can only be a great thing.”
We would like to extend our grateful thanks to all those attended, to Claire and Jack for being top notch hosts and to Somerset CCC for looking after us so well. Chairman Kevin Sturmey concluded: “What a great night, not only to celebrate the magnificent FA Cup and Trophy runs, but to raise such a large sum of money for local Charities. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the event and especially Claire and Jack from BBC Somerset and Zeppi for the amazing audio visual which will now start the launch of Peacock TV.” (more news to follow!) The film can be viewed HERE while photos from the evening taken by club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.
Calling all Peacock fans and the public of Taunton! We need your help in our quest to win a prize worth £50,000 in an initiative by national builders merchants Buildbase who are sponsoring the FA Trophy and FA Vase for the next three seasons. Teams taking part in either competition are eligible to win £50,000 worth of building materials to improve their ground but to ensure Taunton Town are one of the finalists we are calling on you to support our application by voting for us on the Buildbase website HERE. All you need to do is enter your name, email address and select us from the list of clubs, there's nothing more to it! More information on the Buildbase Renovation Programme and how the process works can be read HERE. Thanks for your support!