The Peacocks' brilliant run of 11 successive victories came to an end when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Evo-Stik League promotion rivals Swindon Supermarine at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (28th January). Town can have no complaints following an uncharacteristically flat display in which they never got into gear, their recent momentum seemingly disrupted due to the lack of action in the past eleven days. After kick-off had been preceded with a minutes' silence (as pictured) in memory of Gordon Hucker, a club supporter of 60 years, who passed away recently, the visitors emerged the better side in the first half, threatening early on through Connor Waldon, with Town responding through Ollie Chamberlain and Jordan Rogers who dragged a shot wide when well placed. Supermarine ended the half on top, a Callum Parsons shot deflected wide and Lloyd Irish tipping a Brad Hooper half volley round the post. Town improved after the break and Ben Palmer wasn't far off with an angled shot early on. Rogers forced Connor Johns to parry his drive and then found the post with a close range attempt but all too often the cutting edge was frustratingly lacking. Lloyd Irish saved from Josh Parsons before Johns clutched Chamberlain's strike as both sides cancelled each other out in front of the 505 present, the second highest home League crowd of the season. 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: " A draw was undoubtedly a fair result today. We didn't do enough to win it but deserved a point. I thought we lacked physically a bit today and didn't hit the levels on the ball that we have done. That can be put down to a number of things - the 10 day break which disrupted our rhythm a bit, the law of averages in the way that when you're on a run like ours, eventually you'll have a day where it doesn't click and also the standard of the opposition who were good today and we must give them credit. So a slightly frustrating day but the players have been amazing so it's hard to be too critical. Biggest positive today was the crowd. To get 500+ to a normal league game in January like this with not a huge away support is amazing and shows how much the local community is now engaging with the club and this can only be a good thing moving forwards."
The Peacocks will be hoping to get back to Evo-Stik League action when they entertain Swindon Supermarine at the Viridor Stadium tomorrow afternoon (28th January). Two successive postponements caused by frozen pitches have seen Town inactive since the trouncing of Larkhall Athletic ten days ago so they will be eager to resume where they left off as they go in pursuit of their 12th successive victory. It promises to be a very tough game though with Supermarine lying one place above Town in fourth and chasing a league double after beating us 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in September. Since a rocky spell in November they have embarked on an eleven game unbeaten run, ten of which have been in the league including wins in their last four matches, the most recent being a 3-2 success at play-off rivals Tiverton Town a fortnight ago. Town have seen off the Supermarine challenge this season though after they knocked the Swindon side out of the FA Trophy with a superb performance in October, a Craig Veal hat trick plus goals from Pierce Mitchell and Ollie Chamberlain sealing a 5-0 passage. The Peacocks have a full strength squad available for the game which will see them climb above their opponents if they win. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” It’s going to be an interesting game tomorrow as Swindon are always a good side. They caught us at a good time in the league up there when we hadn’t quite found our rhythm yet and they caught us at a bad time for them in the FA Trophy when we were flying and probably played our best game of the season so both sides will look at it positively based upon what has gone before. With us on 11 straight wins and Swindon undefeated in 11 games both teams couldn’t be much more in form so hopefully this will lead to a good game and the right result for us.”
Our matchday catering will expand into something a little bit different starting with tomorrow’s home game against Swindon Supermarine when we will have a pizza wagon (pictured) at the ground selling delicious home-made pizzas. With crowds at the Viridor Stadium on the up which will hopefully continue for the remainder of the season, the club wanted to complement their existing catering with another outlet selling some more diverse food. Tomorrow the Little Grey Pizza Box will be serving a choice of Sweet Chilli Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Chilli or Margherita, and supporters have the option of pre-ordering their pizza before the game to collect at half time. Please give it a try!
It’s a great time to be supporting the Peacocks and we have just the ticket to make matchdays even more exciting for the younger football player. We’d love to hear from teams in the Tony Pryce Mini and Youth League who would like to be mascots for a home game which includes walking out with the sides at kick-off and photos with the Peacocks team at the end of the game. We have several opportunities remaining for this season so if your youth team want to get even closer to the match atmosphere at the Viridor Stadium please click HERE for more details!
New dates have been announced for three of Town’s Evo-Stik League fixtures. The home game against Wantage Town which was postponed due to a frozen pitch last Saturday will now be played on Tuesday 28th February while the away match at Didcot Town, called off for the same reason on Tuesday night, will take place on Tuesday 7th March. Meanwhile the home fixture with Shortwood United which had to be postponed from next Tuesday due to a rearranged cup tie for the opposition has been rescheduled for Tuesday 14th March. All the games kick off at 7.45pm.
The Peacocks suffered their second postponement in four days when their Evo-Stik League match at Didcot Town scheduled for this evening (24th January) was called off due to a frozen pitch. Part of the Loop Meadow Stadium playing surface was still frozen and with no prospect of it thawing, the planned pitch inspection was brought forward to 1.00pm which confirmed the inevitable. A rescheduled date for the fixture will be announced in due course. Meanwhile Town's rearranged home game with Shortwood United scheduled for next Tuesday 31st January will also require a new date. Shortwood's match against Salisbury in the League Cup has been postponed tonight and as the cup tie takes precedence over league fixtures, it will now have to be played next Tuesday instead. The Peacocks now prepare for the visit of play-off rivals Swindon Supermarine to the Viridor Stadium this Saturday.
The Peacocks are on their travels for a rearranged Evo-Stik League fixture tomorrow evening (24th January) with a journey to Didcot Town, kick-off 7.45pm. However with Didcot’s home game against Shortwood United falling victim to a frozen pitch on Saturday and with continuing low temperatures forecast, there will be a pitch inspection tomorrow at 3.00pm to confirm the game can go ahead. All being well, with Town having a minimum of four games in hand on all the sides above them in the table, they will hope to cash in on one of them at the Loop Meadow Stadium and claim their 12th successive League victory against a Didcot side that are unbeaten in their last five matches. Four of those games have ended in draws and along with Larkhall they are the division’s draw specialists with nine in total, giving them a current position of 13th. Town have not yet met Didcot this season but have fared well in this fixture in recent years, having returned from Oxfordshire with maximum points in the last three seasons. The Peacocks have a full strength squad available for the trip.
The Peacocks' pursuit of their 12th consecutive Evo-Stik League victory was put on temporary hold when the game with Wantage Town was postponed today (21st January) due to a frozen pitch. After the problem area of the pitch had been covered overnight, the early signs this morning were encouraging as the surface began to thaw. However the temperature began to drop in the late morning and with cloud moving in, the sun disappeared along with hopes of the game going ahead which was confirmed by a local referee inspecting the pitch at around noon. A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course, leaving Town to focus now on their next assignment on Tuesday evening (24th January) when they travel to Didcot Town, kick-off 7.45pm.
Five weeks after recording the biggest ever away win in their Evo-Stik League history, the Peacocks play the return fixture when Wantage Town come to the Viridor Stadium tomorrow afternoon (21st January), kick-off 3.00pm. Since that 9-0 victory in the week before Christmas, the two clubs have continued to experience differing fortunes.
Wantage, who lie one place off the bottom of the table, have picked up just one point from their four games played since, having only managed one league win all season which came against fellow strugglers Bridgwater Town in mid-November. Town meanwhile have continued their excellent form, their number of consecutive victories now standing at eleven following Tuesday’s demolition of Larkhall Athletic which elevated the Peacocks to fifth. Hopes will therefore be high that the dozen can be achieved tomorrow although with Wantage only losing to a single injury time goal to play-off rivals Salisbury last weekend, there can be no room for complacency.
Striker Jordan Rogers who left the action early on Tuesday with a thigh injury is doubtful for tomorrow but Matt Wright who was away and Pierce Mitchell who was delayed getting to the ground in midweek both return. Manager Leigh Robinson said:” Hopefully tomorrow we can pick up another three points and finish off a really good week. We’ve got two tough fixtures in the coming week including a long midweek trip so it’s important to go into this maintaining the momentum that we’ve done so well to build.”
Frost covers have been laid on part of the Viridor Stadium pitch which is still hard in places in front of the stand where the sun has failed to reach. A preliminary assessment will be made first thing tomorrow morning to confirm there are no problems or whether a formal inspection is necessary. Any news will be posted here once known.
The Peacocks powered to their 11th successive Evo-Stik League victory with a 10-2 blitzing of Larkhall Athletic at the Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (17th January). Four players each scored twice as Town recovered from the shock of conceding early to come within one goal of equalling their highest ever haul in a Southern League match. Sloppy defending gifted the Larks a breakthrough after just four minutes when Ben Brooks headed in but Town got into their stride and after Jordan Rogers had hit the post, Shane White drew the sides level on 18 minutes with a strike from just outside the box which took a slight deflection on its way in. Owen Irish gathered a Craig Veal flick to turn and drive home Town's second on 24 minutes which soon became three four minutes later when Ross Staley flashed home a fine finish following good work by Ollie Chamberlain. Jordan Rogers then got in on the act, drilling home across Larkhall keeper Chris Humphries from the right side of the box on 32 minutes and then slotting a sublime finish past the shellshocked keeper a minute later from Staley's superb pass, rounding off a devastating burst of four goals in nine minutes. Craig Duff replaced Rogers early in the second half and made it 6-1 after 58 minutes, latching onto White's shot to turn and fire in. Duff hit the post soon after but Larkhall's misery continued on 67 minutes when Staley notched his second, a brilliant run across the edge of the box ending with a clinical finish. Ben Palmer headed in White's corner on 71 minutes for number eight and added his second only three minutes later with another header from White's cross from the right. The visitors pulled a goal back on 79 minutes when a Brooks shot hit Lloyd Irish and the crossbar before sneaking in but the Peacocks delighted the home support as they racked up double figures three minutes from time, Owen Irish heading home another White corner (as pictured), to lift his side up to fifth. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson enthused:" A good evening's work from the players and a professional job after a massive effort on Saturday. The danger tonight would have been in taking our foot off the gas or being complacent after Saturday and barring the first ten minutes, we showed a great attitude and intensity. We made a few enforced changes tonight and the lads who came in did fantastically well. It's brilliant for me as a manager to have such strength in depth and we'll need to use this to the full in the next few weeks when we play twice a week."