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.
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.