A much changed Peacocks line up reached the semi finals of the Somerset Premier Cup with a narrow win at the Viridor.
The visitors had a good chance early in the game but captain Joe Garland’s attempt at a lob went straight to Taunton keeper Lloyd Irish, who was Taunton Town captain for the night.
Taunton’s first real chance fell to Les Afful after 26 minutes but his volley went just wide. Just four minutes later Craig Veal was in with just keeper Tom Drewitt to beat but Welton’s custodian made a block with his legs and the chance was gone.
The only goal of the game came six minutes before the break as a Lucas Tomlinson corner fell to Noah Coppin whose shot was blocked. Unfortunately for the visitors the clearance hit Tom Manley and ended up in the back of the net.
The visitors had an immediate chance to hit back but Lewis Coleman’s shot hit the bar just three minutes later.
Welton’s task was made harder ten minutes after the break when Joe Battrick, who was booked for a foul in the first half, made one comment too many to referee Scott Jackson and Battrick’s game was over.
Afful tried his best to mark his return with a goal but a shot from a narrow angle after an hour hit the angle of post and crossbar.
Welton hit the woodwork again just two minutes from time when a rasping shot by Shekiel Green rattled against the post but it was Taunton who emerged triumphant to earn a semi final away to Frome Town with Weston super Mare hosting Paulton Rovers in the other semi final.
Match: Taunton Town v Welton Rovers
Date: March 13, 2019
Competition: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Taunton: Lloyd Irish (captain), Ryan Sandford (Pat O’Halloran 56), Finlay Biggs (Harry Butler 56), Josh Nelmes, Luke Manley, Douglas Camilo, Shane White, Noah Coppin (Nathan Byrne (64), Lucas Tomlinson, Les Afful, Craig Veal. Subs not used – Ollie Chamberlain, Mario Franco.
Welton: Tom Drewitt, sam Stoppard, Alex Wych, Aaron Cockerill, Tom, Smith, Joe Battrick, Chris Pile, Shekiel Green, Lewis Coleman (William Hunter 84), Joe Garland (captain), Dave Cooper (Aaron Seviour 58). Subs not used – Dylan Hatt, Conor Ford, Harry McLachlan.
Referee: Scott Jackson (Bridgwater)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Brian Lee (Taunton)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Jordan Hickey (Taunton)