Despite leading twice during the game, Taunton bowed out of the Red Insure Cup at the first hurdle when they were beaten 3-2 at Tiverton Town this afternoon (6 October). The Peacocks were considerably the better side in the first half, taking the lead after 8 minutes when Owen Irish headed home a swinging cross from Gary Saunders, and Jamie Short was also unlucky when he cracked a shot against the upright. The home side equalised five minutes after the break when Owen Howe glanced in a cross from Andy Taylor but Taunton regained the lead on 59 minutes through Craig Herrod who ran onto a long ball from Dave Hambly to slot past Chris Wright. Short was again denied, this time by Wright's fine save, before Tiverton luckily drew level via a bizarre goal on 75 minutes, Connor Sidley-Adams missing his kick on a Saunders back pass to allow Joe Bushin to run in and make sure the ball crossed the line. As the match appeared to be destined for extra time, a Taylor free kick from the left was headed in by Kevin Hill to hand Tiverton a fortunate passage in to round two. Match report now online.
Post-match comment: Town manager Leigh Robinson said:" I can only describe it as a real kick in the teeth as we looked so comfortable the two times we were in the lead. The turning point was when their keeper made a great save to deny us going 3-1 up and then two minutes later they scored the most freakish goal I've ever seen which shifted the momentum. Cup games are all about key moments and they all went Tiverton's way today."