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!
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.