A good crowd of 602 saw an entertaining game which was not decided until injury time. Taunton are now five points clear at the top of the table.
Salisbury had some good chances early on but it was the Peacocks who drew first blood after 20 minutes courtesy of a well placed shot by Lewis Hall. The lead only lasted a minute and it was Pablo Haysham who restored parity with another good shot.
Taunton had to reorganize shortly before the break when full back Pierce Mitchell was injured and replaced by Josh Nelmes, who went on to have an eventful game.
Taunton’s lead was restored four minutes into the second half when a dipping 25 yard shot by Lewis Hall proved too good for visiting keeper Jake Hallett.
Both sides continued to create chances and a Ben Adelsbury free kick after 73 minutes brought a fine save by Hallett. However it was Salisbury who equalized 10 minutes from time when a cross by sub Daniel Young was turned into his own net by Josh Nelmes. Just two minutes later Salisbury took the lead for the first time when a Nelmes foul on Tom Whelan enabled Luke Hopper to score from the penalty spot.
The visitors thought they had pulled off a victory but they reckoned without that man Nelmes who headed in a Ryan Brett free kick two minutes into stoppage time. Salisbury midfielder Aaron Dawson made a comment to the referee and was dismissed for a second yellow card.
It got better for the Peacocks just two minutes later when another Ryan Brett pass saw Matt Buse head what proved to be the winning goal to start wild celebrations among the Taunton supporters. Referee Stuart Kane managed to find another five minutes injury time but there were no further goals and the party could begin in earnest.
Match: Taunton Town v Salisbury
Date: November 28, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Match Sponsor: Carly Press
Match Ball Sponsor: Travis Perkins
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell (Josh Nelmes 39), Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Ed Palmer (Craig Veal 88), Shane White, Matt Buse, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain) (Ollie Chamberlain 63), Dan Sullivan, Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Harry Gardner, Keith Emmerson.
Salisbury: Jake Hallett, Bay Downing (Daniel Fitchett 77), Elliott Wheeler, Darren Mullins, Matt Partridge, Kane O’Keefe (captain), Lewis Benson, Aaron Dawson, Luke Hopper, Tom Whelan, Pablo Haysham (Daniel Young 77). Subs not used – Zack Kotwicka, Chris Shepherd, Josh Sommerton.
Referee: Stuart Kane (Saltash)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Carl Peters (Bridgwater)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Nicholas Eckland (Crewkerne)