Town’s FA Trophy quest fell at the first hurdle as they were comfortably beaten by their league rivals. On a cold, wet afternoon recent exertions seemed to have caught up with the Peacocks who were second best to a slick Weymouth side living up to their standing as the Premier South leaders.
With Rocky Neal suspended, Dan Sullivan made a welcome return to the starting line-up, with the side otherwise being unchanged from the one which had narrowly lost to Billericay three days earlier. It was the Dorset team who took the initiative early on, Abdulai Baggie sending a 25 yard shot against the crossbar and Josh Wakefield driving the rebound wide. Brandon Goodship then fired well over but was more accurate after 12 minutes when he gave the Terras the lead, receiving Josh Carmichael’s through ball to drill past Lloyd Irish from just inside the box.
Goodship rifled a free kick over after he had been fouled before Town began to find their feet. Sullivan made space but dragged a shot wide before coming closer when Keith Emmerson’s long ball downfield was not cut out, allowing him to latch on and send an angled effort narrowly beyond the far post.
Weymouth continued to look the more dangerous going forward, playing with a tempo that Town could not match. Goodship cut in from the right before having a shot held by Irish who also pouched an Ashley Wells strike after Calvin Brooks’ cross had been cleared to him. Callum Buckley then threaded a pass to Goodship on the left side of the area but Irish again denied him with a good block.
Just before the break the Peacocks raised hopes of an improved second half when Ollie Chamberlain flicked on Shane White’s pass to Sullivan whose shot went past the post. However it was the visitors who extended their lead after 49 minutes when Wakefield’s corner wasn’t cleared, Jordan Ngalo’s drive was blocked and when Wakefield returned the ball into the mix Stephane Zubar lashed home from six yards.
Irish made a fine double save to prevent Weymouth from adding a quick third, blocking from Wakefield and then doing even better to foil Brooks from the follow-up before he held another Goodship effort moments later.
Town hauled themselves back into the tie after 62 minutes when Matt Wright glanced home Ryan Brett’s free kick from the left flank. Jordan Seabright made a comfortable gather from Sullivan’s 25 yard strike as the Peacocks began to make more of an impression but Weymouth gave little away and had another chance when Carmichael sent a header straight at Irish from a Brooks’ cross.
The tie was put beyond Town’s reach with twelve minutes left on the clock. Goodship found Baggie on the left and a rapid turn of pace inside his man set up Wakefield to convert from close range. The game fizzled out in the final ten minutes, leaving Town to concentrate on their league season.
Match: Taunton Town v Weymouth
Date: October 27, 2018
Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy | First Round Qualifying
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Match Sponsors: Terence Ball Kitchens, Viridor, Invest Southwest, Intersport Tony Pryce Sports, Berry Coaches
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell (Harry Gardner 90), Shane White, Ben Adelsbury, Keith Emmerson (Brett Trowbridge 66), Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain), Josh Nelmes (Craig Veal 76), Dan Sullivan. Unused subs: Nuno Felix, Douglas Camilo.
Weymouth: Jordan Seabright, Ashley Wells (Harry Baker 61), Callum Buckley (Sam Sherring 80), Josh Carmichael, Stephane Zubar, Jake McCarthy (captain), Josh Wakefield, Jordan Ngalo, Calvin Brooks, Brandon Goodship (Tiago Sa 80), Abdulai Baggie. Unused subs: Ben Thomson, Lloyd Thomas.
Referee: Scott Robertson (Barnstaple)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Alan Bassett (Plymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Adrian Clements (Launceston)