The Peacocks play their first Evo-Stik League home game in over a month when they entertain Larkhall Athletic tomorrow afternoon (24th March), kick-off 3.00pm.
There has been no football at the Viridor Stadium since Town shared the spoils with Bideford on 20th February which was followed by a run of three away games interspersed with various postponements. After further draws at North Leigh and Salisbury, Town picked up maximum points at Barnstaple on Tuesday to elevate themselves eleven points clear at the top and stretch their unbeaten league run to 24 matches, the best in recent times after beating the 23 game mark set by Russell Musker’s side in the 1999-2000 season. However they still have some way to go to emulate the Peacocks side of 1974-75 which remained undefeated in the Western League until their penultimate match, a run of 38 games.
The Larks currently lie in 14th spot and have experienced mixed fortunes in recent games, bouncing back to win at Paulton on Tuesday following successive defeats to Yate and Bishops Cleeve. Town will be chasing the double over their opponents tomorrow after winning the earlier encounter 3-2 at Plain Ham in December whilst the sides also met back in August in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup with the Peacocks prevailing 3-0 at the Viridor Stadium courtesy of goals from Matt Wright, Pierce Mitchell and Ben Adelsbury. Mitchell is an injury doubt for tomorrow’s game while Keith Emmerson is away for the next two matches due to a pre-booked holiday before he joined the club. Josh Nelmes returns to the squad after missing midweek due to illness.
Manager Leigh Robinson said: “It’s been a good week so far and hopefully we can make it an excellent week with a win tomorrow. It seems so long since we’ve played at home so the players will certainly be keen to get out there and put a performance on in front of what we hope will be a good crowd.”