The Peacocks were knocked out of the Somerset Premier Cup after a weakened side lost on the 3G pitch at Keynsham.
Manager Rob Dray decided not to include any Plymouth based players but the visitors still produced a strong performance before losing out to two quick fire goals. Taunton were in fact unlucky not to open the scoring after 26 minutes when a shot by Jamie Short hit the crossbar and Weston keeper Luke Purnell kept the “hosts” in it with several good saves, denying both Ollie Chamberlain and then Dan Demkiv on a couple of occasions before Lloyd Irish made a fine stop at the other end just before the break to foil Sam Hendy.
Taunton continued to create chances and a Luke Spokes free kick ten minutes after the break went just over the bar while Purnell again thwarted Demkiv. Weston’s pressure eventually told and they took the lead after 72 minutes with a shot by prolific scorer James Waite after Irish had saved Tom Llewellyn’s initial effort. The same player repeated the feat just a minute later and the match was over.
Match: Weston-super-Mare vs Taunton Town
Date: February 25, 2020
Competition: Somerset Premier Cup Qtr Final
Venue: AJN Stadium, Keynsham Town FC
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Taunton: Lloyd Irish (captain), Jamie Short, Ross Staley, Callum Watts, Nick Grimes, Jamie Price, Ollie Chamberlain, Lewis Hall, Dan Demkiv, Noah Coppin, Luke Spokes. Unused subs: Matt Villis, Michael Meaker
Weston: Luke Purnell, Jack Goodall, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Humphries (Ben Griffith 45), Sam Avery (captain), Aaron Parsons, Tom Llewellyn, Sam Hendy, Jarrad Welch, James Waite (Bailey Kempster 81), Isaac Pearce. Unused subs: Chris Knowles, Greg Tindle, Mike Symons
Referee: Andrew Hobbs (Midsomer Norton)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Stephen Kay (Cheddar)
Referee’s Assistant 2: George Gross (Wellington)