Fielding four debutants, Taunton suffered a 2-1 defeat at Cirencester Town yesterday (20 October) and to make matters worse had Ben Mammola sent off for two bookings by a referee who did not endear himself to the visitors with his decision-making. Taunton played the better football for the first part of the opening half but found themselves behind on 29 minutes when Cirencester scored with their first real opportunity, Matt Sysum heading in a corner from Ben Wells. A header from Mammola was cleared off the line after the break as Town continued to press but hopes diminished with nine minutes remaining when Mammola received a harsh second booking. Scott Griffin converted Joe Shepherd's cross to extend the lead after 86 minutes but Town kept going and Simon Ingram pulled one back in stoppage time with a penalty after Jamie Short had been fouled. Match report now online.
Post-match comment: Town manager Leigh Robinson said:" I was really proud of the effort the players put in. We had four lads making their debuts, had to change the system due to the players we were missing and therefore fielded a team that had hardly played together. Whilst the effort was fantastic, we still come away frustrated because we were good value for a point again but conceded from another set piece at a key time. If we were getting beaten easily I'd be worried but we're not far away at all."