A Simon Ingram free kick two minutes from time saw Taunton snatch a 1-1 draw with Poole Town at Wordsworth Drive this evening (21 August). Playing their first home game of the campaign, Town fell behind on 9 minutes when Steve Devlin lashed home a shot from 25 yards. Further chances fell to the visitors, with Devlin again coming close, as Taunton struggled to create an opportunity. Marvin Brooks forced a fine save from Connor Sidley-Adams seconds after the interval but Town battled back and came more into the game after a trio of substitutions. They got their reward when Ingram curled a superb free kick over the wall and past a rooted Nick Hutchings. Match report now online.
Post-match comment: Town captain and goalscorer Simon Ingram said: "It wasn't a vintage performance but it was a good point after the disappointment of Saturday. The defence were superb and kept us in the game right till the end which was the game plan. I would take any goal but I did enjoy that one. Hopefully it will kickstart our season and maybe keep Rodney off free kicks for a few weeks!"
Town manager Leigh Robinson: "We were happy with a point as Poole are a fantastic side who narrowly missed out on promotion last year and have improved their squad since. We played defensively for an hour to make sure we were still in the game and then try and pinch something by bringing some impact players off the bench and pushing Rodney further forwards and that's exactly what happened. It was important to get off the mark too having lost on Saturday. With them being two tough fixtures, if you lose both you are under real pressure so this is a good starting point.
I was delighted with the players who showed such character on Tuesday night to stand up to a really stern test. Poole started incredibly well but seemed to run out of ideas as the game went on and we were able to dig in and take our chance when it came through a great strike by Simon.