Taunton never recovered from a rocky first half in which they conceded three goals to eventually lose 5-1 at Chesham United in the FA Trophy 2nd Round Qualifying this afternoon (27 October). Town were settling into the game when they went behind after 10 minutes, Simon Thomas scoring a penalty after Dave Hambly was penalised for handball. James Potton made it 2-0 after 30 minutes when he latched onto a long ball and fired past Matthew Urwin, and Thomas then set up Toby Little to stroke the ball into an empty net for a third goal five minutes later after sloppy Town defending. James Blake revived Taunton hopes on 54 minutes when he headed in from Hambly's cross but Chesham scored number four on 67 minutes through Thomas who fired high into the net from a left wing cross. Thomas then completed his treble two minutes from time when Town failed to properly clear, allowing him to cut in from the right and drive the ball past Urwin. Match report now online.
Post-match comment: Town manager Leigh Robinson said:" Full credit to Chesham. They were a very good side and the league difference was clear for everyone to see. When you go away to a higher league team you need to keep things tight but the early penalty hurt us as it took the pressure off them , they were able to relax and we were always chasing it and got picked off on the counter. We can take heart from our second half performance though, as well as the fact that we won't come up against a team of that quality again this season."