The Peacocks returned from Surrey with three points following a hard earned win on the 3G pitch.
Taunton made their customary good start and only 3 minutes had gone when top scorer Andrew Neal went clear but his shot was saved by home keeper Denzel Gerrar. Another good chance went begging after 11 minutes when Dan Sullivan’s cross gave Ollie Chamberlain a chance which went over the bar, similar to Andrew Neal’s miss at Wimborne two weeks ago.
Walton rarely threatened but a 15th minute free kick by Ryheem Sheckleford went across the face of goal.
The visitors were eventually rewarded after 21 minutes when a cross by skipper Matt Wright was turned in at the near post by Ryan Brett.
There was one more chance before half time when Brett’s free kick was deflected for a corner but the flag kick came to nothing.
Walton had the first real chance of the second half 8 minutes in but Taunton keeper Lloyd Irish made a comfortable save from Dan Bennett’s shot.
Ollie Chamberlain (60 minutes) and Andrew Neal (72 mins) had further chances but the visitors were unable to add to their tally.
A Walton free kick after 66 minutes was cleared by Matt Buse but the home side never looked like scoring and with other results being favourable the four point lead was restored at the top of the table.
Match: Walton Casuals v Taunton Town
Date: February 9, 2019
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Walton: Denzel Gerrar, Harry Mills, Ryheem Sheckleford, Alex Kelly, Gradie Milenge (Kyron Farrell 87), Max Hustwick (captain), Bradley Keetch, Jerome Beckles (Lartey Sarpong 81), James Ewington, Herson Alves (Cole Brown 81), Dan Bennett. Subs not used – Nathan Wood, Reece Robins.
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell, Lewis Hall, Shane White, Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain), (Craig Veal 86), Dan Sullivan (James Dodd 90+2), Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Josh Nelmes, Matt Villis.
Referee: Tristan Greaves (Godalming)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Garry Hodgkinson (Farnborough)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Andrew Connor (Fareham)