A double strike from Jordan Rogers propelled the Peacocks to their seventh successive Evo-Stik League win after they beat Tiverton Town 2-0 at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (26th December). The first half was a somewhat cagey affair with minimal chances, the visitors' having the best opportunity early on following a defensive mistake but Levi Landricombe saw his shot cleared off the line. Rogers lashed home a shot from the left side of the box two minutes after the break to hand Town the advantage after Matt Wright had flicked on a free kick before Rogers fired home another on 72 minutes following a centre from Pierce Mitchell. Owen Howe and Levi Landricombe were both dismissed for the visitors in the final few minutes as the Peacocks ended 2016 on a high note. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:" A good win for us in what was a typically scrappy Boxing Day game really. Whilst chances were at a premium I thought we showed more intent throughout and on the day had the quality in front of goal with two good finishes from Jordan which were probably both half chances. Whilst we can enjoy our day today I think we all know that should the teams meet again in April then that will be the more important game to win, FA Cup aside."
The scene is set for a Boxing Day treat at the Viridor Stadium when the Peacocks take on local rivals Tiverton Town in the Evo-Stik League, kick-off 1.00pm. The Devon side, which includes a sizeable number of former Town players in their ranks, are enjoying a fine league season, having lost only twice in 22 matches to sit ten points behind leaders Hereford in second spot. Since suffering their only home defeat to Shortwood in early November, Tiverton have embarked on an unbeaten seven game run, winning six including notable victories at Salisbury and Evesham United. During that sequence, striker Levi Landricombe has hit the net eleven times but Town are already well aware of his threat after he scored a first half hat trick in the memorable FA Cup tie at the Viridor in August which finished 4-4. The Peacocks went on to gain a deserved 2-0 win in the replay before returning to Ladysmead less than a week later to fight out a 1-1 draw in the league fixture thanks to a Pierce Mitchell equaliser. Meanwhile, since their FA Trophy reverse at Chelmsford City in late November, Town have reeled off six league victories on the trot and rattled in 23 goals to sit in 7th spot with games in hand to climb higher into the play-off zone. Town will have a full squad to select from, with Ed Palmer available after serving his two game suspension and both Ben Palmer and Brett Trowbridge fit to return after knocks.
The Peacocks racked up their sixth successive Evo-Stik League victory with a 9-0 drubbing of Wantage Town this afternoon (17th December). Town were dominant from start to finish at a gloomy Alfredian Park, going ahead as early as the 4th minute when Craig Duff got free in the box to shoot wide of home keeper Eddie Cavanagh (as pictured). Owen Irish headed home from Shane White's corner on 13 minutes to double the lead and when a ricochet hit Irish to find the net after 20 minutes the points were secure for the visitors. Ross Staley then scored twice in two minutes, steering home a Duff centre on 22 minutes and rifling home from a Pierce Mitchell cross soon after. Owen Irish bagged his hat trick via a close range header from a White corner as a rampant Town rattled in six inside the first half hour. The game quietened up to half time but Town were back on the offensive after the break. However missed chances and a rare Lloyd Irish save from Sean McKeown kept the scoreboard from altering until the 67th minute when Matt Wright headed in from Staley's corner for number seven. As the fog thickened Craig Veal had a goal disallowed before another quality cross from White was nodded in by Duff for his second and the Peacocks' eighth of the afternoon. Wright's header was blocked on the line but there was still time for a final goal, Staley notching a deserved hat trick of his own when his free kick evaded everyone and went under Cavanagh a minute from time. Victory lifts Town up to 7th, allowing them to celebrate Christmas in good spirits ahead of the Boxing Day derby with Tiverton Town at the Viridor Stadium. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews and supporter Martin Bamforth can be viewed HERE and HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:"It was a good win on a heavy and sticky pitch. Delighted with the attitude of the players as it's days like today that if you don't apply yourself it's easy to get turned over. I know plenty of people around the league were saying that we'd struggle after the cup runs for motivation but that's six straight wins since Chelmsford, four of which were away so the players have showed great desire to get straight back in the groove in the league. We're in the playoff hunt at Christmas which would have been the aim in August so adding in the cup run into it we can say the first half of the season has been an enormous success and hopefully we can kick on after Christmas."
Town will hope to sign off for Christmas with another three Evo-Stik League points when they travel to Wantage Town tomorrow afternoon (17th December), kick-off 3.00pm. Five wins in a row have propelled the Peacocks up to ninth place in the table and another victory tomorrow will leave them in good shape ahead of the Boxing Day clash with high flying Tiverton Town. The trip to Oxfordshire though throws up a potential banana skin, with Wantage languishing one place off the bottom of the table with only one league victory all season which came against fellow strugglers Bridgwater Town last month. Since that success the Alfredians have picked up a solitary point from five games, although last weekend they only went down to a single goal defeat to runaway leaders Hereford. Following that game manager Stuart Cattell stood down so a caretaker boss will be in charge for Town’s visit tomorrow. Centre half Ed Palmer misses out as he completes his two game suspension while Ben Palmer and captain Brett Trowbridge both have injury niggles so are also absent. Craig Duff though who missed the midweek match at Totton returns to the squad. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” Wantage were only narrowly beaten by Hereford last week so clearly there’s some spirit there. We’ve heard it’s not the greatest pitch in the world so we need to adapt tomorrow and show good application in what might not be ideal conditions.”
Another double strike from Matt Wright helped the Peacocks to a 3-1 Evo-Stik League victory at AFC Totton yesterday evening (13th December). Town made an ideal start after just two minutes when Ben Palmer's corner was flicked on by Matt Villis and Wright fired home from close range. A Jordan Rogers free kick beat the wall and the dive of keeper Charlie Searle to put Town two up and in the driving seat on 25 minutes, with Wright and Rogers both close to adding to the tally before the interval. Town went off the boil in the second half and Totton enjoyed more possession, reducing the arrears on 73 minutes when Dave Allen headed in a Mike Gosney corner. However the Peacocks sealed the points and their fifth consecutive win when Wright powered home a header from Shane White's free kick six minutes later (as pictured). The victory saw Town rise two places to ninth as they now prepare for another away day this Saturday at Wantage Town. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews and supporter Martin Bamforth can be viewed HERE and HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" A long midweek trip which is never easy but a good job done by the players. We continued our recent habit of starting games well and scoring early goals and long may this continue. The second half went a bit flat as we missed chances to seal it at 2-0 and tired a little due to recent workload but happy to have got over the line again and continue on our winning run."
The games are coming thick and fast for the Peacocks now with their latest Evo-Stik League outing coming tomorrow evening (13th December) when they travel to AFC Totton for a rearranged fixture, kick-off 7.45pm. The match was originally scheduled for a Saturday in September but had to be rescheduled due to Town’s FA Cup run. The Hampshire side have not enjoyed the best of campaigns so far, lying in 20th spot and without a win in their last seven league games since beating Bridgwater Town in early November. Their last two matches have both ended in draws, the latest being a goalless affair at Bideford on Saturday. Town meanwhile will be seeking to extend their winning sequence to five matches to take full advantage of one of their games in hand on the sides above them. Ed Palmer misses the trip as he begins a two game suspension for accruing ten bookings this season whilst Craig Duff is unavailable through work due to the early departure time. On the plus side Ollie Chamberlain returns to the squad after a three game absence caused by a groin niggle. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We had a good win on Saturday and need to follow it up as best we can this week. Totton had a good result at the weekend which will have given them a boost and of course it’s a long midweek trip for us so we will need to be at our best.”
The Peacocks made it four wins in a row when they romped to a 4-0 victory at Mangotsfield United in the Evo-Stik League yesterday afternoon (10th December). Two goals in each half steered Town to a deserved success in dismal conditions and had it not been for home keeper Shaun Semmens and some off-target finishing the outcome would have been far worse for the hosts. Ross Staley had already seen two efforts saved before Town opened their account after 14 minutes when Ed Palmer headed in a Staley free kick (as pictured). Jordan Rogers fired a decent opening over the bar before Mangotsfield came into the game, former Peacock Lewis Powell missing the target with two chances. Rogers blasted home a superb strike from the edge of the box two minutes into first half stoppage time to put Town two up and after Semmens had made a wonder save to keep out Rogers, the game was settled by a quickfire double on 61 and 62 minutes. Shane White netted from Pierce Mitchell's ball inside and Matt Wright flicked on to release Rogers who rounded Semmens and steered into an empty net to put Town out of sight. Rogers, Staley and Craig Veal all had further opportunities to boost the goal difference as the dominant Peacocks rose a place to 11th. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Colin Andrews and supporter Martin Bamforth can be viewed HERE and HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" It was a really good team performance and an important three points. Going forward I thought we were brilliantly incisive, particularly in the second half and in better conditions would probably have scored more goals. Credit to Jordan who has been a bit off the boil recently but after a few games out looked refreshed and put in a great performance, his goal just before half time probably being the key moment in the match. A good day but we must follow up with more points this week and not take our foot off the gas."
Town go for their fourth Evo-Stik League win in a row when they travel to Mangotsfield United tomorrow afternoon (10th December), kick-off 3.00pm. Since exiting the FA Trophy a fortnight ago, the Peacocks have resumed their League campaign with victories over Barnstaple Town, Evesham United and Paulton Rovers to lift themselves up to 12th with games in hand to climb much further up the table. The trip to Cossham Street though will be a hard challenge with the Field well placed in fourth spot, having won their last four fixtures and claiming maximum points in seven of their eight home matches this season, their only setback being a 5-1 reverse to Shortwood United in October. Town name an unchanged squad from Tuesday, meaning Ollie Chamberlain is still not fit to return from a groin niggle. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” It’s a tough game tomorrow but it’s a ground that we’ve done well at over the last few years. Despite winning on Tuesday we know we can play a million times better and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”
Town maintained their ascent up the Evo-Stik League South & West Division table with a comfortable 4-1 win over Paulton Rovers at the Viridor Stadium yesterday evening (6th December). Had the Peacocks been more ruthless in front of goal then the defeat would have been far more severe for Rovers who found themselves trailing after just 30 seconds when Ben Palmer rifled home from the edge of the box (as pictured). Opportunities came and went for Matt Wright, Ross Staley and Pierce Mitchell before a defensive clanger enabled Craig Duff to set up Wright to add a second on 20 minutes. Town continued to dominate with the visitors failing to get a shot on target in the first half, with Wright finishing clinically from a Duff pass one minute into first half stoppage time to leave Town totally in command at the break. Wright and Veal were close to adding more after the break but some sloppy play allowed Ryan Radford to pull a goal back on 69 minutes as he clipped in a rebound from Elliott Gibbons' angled shot. Mitchell weaved into the area but hit the post before Jordan Rogers drove home a penalty to conclude the scoring three minutes into injury time after Craig Veal had been pushed. The three points raised Town up a place to 12th as they now prepare for Saturday's trip to Mangotsfield United. 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 said:" It was a strange game. On the face of it you'd say great, a 4-1 win, but we were all pretty disappointed with our performance tonight. We were a long way from our best, didn't show the same energy as Saturday and generally made too many poor decisions in the final third. On the plus side though we'd have happily have taken nine points this week before the Barnstaple match but we need to up our game on Saturday and for the bigger tests to come."
Town continue their Evo-Stik league catch-up when they entertain old rivals Paulton Rovers at the Viridor Stadium tomorrow evening (6th December), kick-off 7.45pm. With at least four games in hand on every side above them apart from North Leigh, the Peacocks will hope to keep their momentum going following two league wins in the past week which has seen them rise to 13th. Rovers who were relegated from the Southern Premier at the end of last season currently find themselves in 18th spot as they try to readapt to life in the South and West Division, having notched two victories from eight league games away from home so far in 2016-17. Town’s squad is unchanged from Saturday’s meeting with Evesham United, meaning Ollie Chamberlain is still not involved due to a slight groin niggle but he is likely to return for this weekend’s visit to Mangotsfield United.