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Taunton Town Results Match Review
Friday 05 May 2017
Weston-super-Mare v Taunton Town
4 - 2 W

The Peacocks lifted the Somerset Premier Cup for the fifth time in their history with a surprisingly convincing victory over their National League South opponents.  Given the fact that the whole of Weston’s side bar one had been involved in their 5-0 triumph at Hemel Hempstead a week earlier, then a tougher test might have been envisaged for Town who virtually had the trophy engraved by half time after building a four goal lead.

Speculation prior to kick-off that the match may be called off due to the state of the pitch was finally put to rest by referee Scriven passing it fit for play and whether it was the Seagulls’ discontent about the surface that affected their first half performance is a matter of opinion as Town punished them at every opportunity. With a starting line-up strengthened by four players making their first appearance in the competition this season but still minus six regulars, Town looked the more penetrative side from the whistle but there were no chances of note until they forged ahead after 13 minutes, Shane White swinging a corner over from the left and Owen Irish getting on the end of it to head past Liam Kingston.

Good work by Josh Searle down the left then won another corner which saw the Peacocks double their tally on 19 minutes. White delivered the flag kick and Owen Irish buried the header for a replica of the evening’s opener. Great persistence from Ollie Chamberlain on the right flank then led to a third goal with only 25 minutes on the clock, his pass setting up White for a teasing cross which  Jordan Morris cleared but only as far as Matt Buse who swept home the finish from ten yards.

Town had been clinical in their finishing but a fourth goal was cancelled out after Matt Wright was deemed to have fouled young Weston keeper Kingston whilst heading in. At the other end, the Taunton defence coped efficiently with sporadic Weston attacks which were summed up by Jake Lee’s long range drive which was nowhere near the target. They could however have reduced the arrears ten minutes from the break but Brad Ash cushioned his header over the bar from Danny Greenslade’s cross.   

Fine play by Buse put Searle clear down the left but Aden Baldwin got in a vital block on the goalbound shot as Town continued to threaten before they added number four two minutes from the interval. Jacob Cane’s quick free kick cannoned off Buse’s leg, allowing him to advance on goal, round Kingston and steer home into the corner past a defender who had scurried back to cover.

With such a healthy margin, Town could relax a bit in the second half but showed they still wanted more goals. White fired just wide and Chamberlain robbed Rollin Menayese to break into the box but ran into a defensive cul-de-sac. Wright then guided a header wide from White’s corner before Owen Irish missed a golden chance to claim his hat trick, volleying wide from eight yards at the back post after White’s free kick had reached him unmarked.

 Man of the Match Chamberlain made ground to rifle another effort wide while Weston attempts on goal remained of little concern, Lloyd Irish making a routine save from Jake Reid’s ground shot and Greenslade’s awful free kick exiting the stadium. It was against the run of play then that the Seagulls got on the scoreboard after 74 minutes, Ash releasing Morris down the left and his cross-shot squeezing through Lloyd Irish’s grasp to breach the line.

This fortuitous goal galvanised Weston who began to up the pressure in hope of an unlikely comeback. Lloyd Irish punched away a Greenslade free kick and from the ensuing corner, there was a moment of panic as the ball pinged about, Menayese’s header smacked off the bar before the danger was cleared. A second goal for Weston nine minutes from time raised the tension another notch, Greenslade dinking in a free kick from the left which wasn’t dealt with and Jamie Laird capitalised by nodding a looping header over Irish.  Five minutes of stoppage time and three Weston corners in quick succession kept the Peacocks occupied as they snuffed out any further erosion of their lead to claim a third success in four seasons in the competition.  

By Andy Power

Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell, Josh Searle, Owen Irish, Matt Villis, Tom Stone, Shane White, Brett Trowbridge (captain), Matt Wright, Ollie Chamberlain, Matt Buse. Unused subs: Alex Hoyle, Charlie Melvin-Sparks, Rhys Ford, Billy Greene, Kye Toogood

Weston:  Liam Kingston, Jordan Morris, Danny Greenslade, Jamie Laird (captain), Aden Baldwin, Rollin Menayese, Tom Anderson, Jacob Cane, Brad Ash, Jake Reid, Jake Lee (Gethyn Hill 78). Unused subs: Theo Wharton, Ashley Kington, Jason Pope, Chris Barker

Referee: Craig Scriven (Wedmore)

Assistants: Joanna Stimpson (Street), William Payne (Bristol)

Attendance: 559

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