The Peacocks begin their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign with a visit to Wimborne Town in the 1st Qualifying Round tomorrow afternoon (26th October), kick-off 3.00pm.

Having departed the Emirates FA Cup at a fairly early stage, Town will be keen to do well in the other national cup competition they enter and embark on a run to the later rounds. Firstly, they must overcome the threat of league rivals the Magpies who currently lie in 14th place in the table, having ended a run of four defeats on the spin with a 2-1 victory over Dorchester Town in midweek. The Peacocks of course have already met the Dorset club this season, having won 3-0 at the Cuthbury in August thanks to two goals from Andrew Neal and one from Matt Wright, so a similar outcome tomorrow would be a perfect way to end the month. There is also £2,450 on offer for the winners of the tie, with the loser receiving £800. There should be no shortage of confidence from a Town side fresh from their win over Truro City on Wednesday and which has been beaten only twice in their last 16 competitive matches.

Head of Football Rob Dray has a full squad available to select from. He commented:” We want to go as far in the competition as we can, but we are aware it will be a difficult place to go, especially with Wimborne having won in midweek. However, we are in great spirits and look forward to the relatively short trip.”


On The Road – Wimborne Town

Ground: The Cuthbury, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4EL

Directions: Approaching town on A31, take B3078 at roundabout signposted Kingston Lacy. Continue until reaching roundabout by the Minster Arms. Take first exit and continue along Victoria Road for around a third of a mile before turning left into Cowgrove Road. Ground is on the left.

Admission: Adults £12, Concessions £7, Under 18’s £5, Under 13’s £2

Most recent meetings: Taunton won 3-0 in the league meeting at the Cuthbury earlier in the season, Matt Wright and Andrew Neal scoring before the break before a Neal penalty wrapped up the win in the second half. Last season the Peacocks battled to a 1-1 draw at the Cuthbury, Ollie Chamberlain’s header earning a point in January after Toby Holmes had opened the scoring for the hosts. Earlier in the campaign Town had won 4-2 at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium courtesy of goals from Ryan Brett, Dan Sullivan, Craig Veal and Matt Wright, with Curtis Young and Jack Lovell replying.