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Taunton Town Results Match Review
Tuesday 03 October 2017
Bideford v Taunton Town
2 - 2, Taunton win 5-4 on pens

The Peacocks travelled to North Devon in a repeat of last season’s First Round tie in the Southern League Cup, now known as the Bigfreebet Cup. In the game last season a much weakened Taunton side were beaten 4-0 and the hosts were no doubt hoping for a repeat performance when they took the lead after just 8 minutes when a cross by Ben Seymour was turned in by former Peacock Craig Veal. Bideford could have doubled their lead five minutes later but Dan Western’s shot was well saved by Taunton keeper Lloyd Irish.

Taunton responded well and reaped the reward after 19 minutes when skipper Ben Adelsbury floated over a free kick which was turned in by Shaun Anthony, returning to the club after a few years away.

Seymour began to look dangerous for Bideford and he restored their lead after 29 minutes, latching on to a quickly taken throw in before shooting home.

The home side had the better of the first half but Taunton never gave up and created some good chances. After 62 minutes a cross by Matt Trump was headed just over by Anthony and four minutes later Ross Staley, who only arrived just before kick-off, shot wide after a solo run. The equaliser came after 69 minutes and it was after another solo run by Staley, who finished with a superb left foot shot.

There were no further goals so with no provision for extra time it went to penalties. Bideford’s Nick Barker took the first kick but it went over the bar to give Taunton an early advantage which they never lost. Ben Adelsbury, Les Afful, Ryan Brett and Ross Staley all scored comfortably and it was left to Shaun Anthony to win the tie and he made no mistake to send the visiting supporters home happy.

By Martin Dongworth

Taunton:  Lloyd Irish, Ross Staley, Ryan Brett, Tom Stone, Chris McGrath, Matt Villis, Ollie Chamberlain, Ben Adelsbury (captain), Shaun Anthony, Les Afful, Matt Trump. Subs Rob Dray, Giuseppe Fraschini

Bideford:  Steve Oliver, Ian Sampson, Ben Wood, Nick Barker, James Mayne, Dan Harrison, Craig Veal, Dan Western, Kevin Squire (captain), Ben Seymour, Louis Roberts, Subs Billy Tucker, Sean Downing, Ryan Turner

Referee: Tim Burley (Redruth)

 Assistants: Steven Annis (Penzance), Derek Hughes (Penzance)

Attendance: 137    


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