With other top teams not playing, Taunton had an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table but this did not happen on a cold and wet Hampshire day.
Chances were hard to come by in the first half but just three minutes before the break Lewis Hall’s cross was headed just wide by Peacocks top scorer Andrew Neal and just a minute later Neal had another chance but he shot over from 20 yards.
Although the hosts upped their game after the break Taunton continued to create chances and just five minutes into the second half a Ryan Brett shot went just wide from 20 yards.
After 55 minutes Dan Stewart had a good chance for Hartley Wintney but his shot went over, The home side were to take the lead four minutes later however when a Josh Nelmes clearance fell kindly for Jack French, who made no mistake.
Taunton continued to create chances and Ed Palmer’s 30 yard free kick when just over after 62 minutes but only two minutes later they drew level when a Ryan Brett corner deceived the home defence and went straight in.
The scores were only level for four minutes and Hartley Wintney regained the lead when a left wing cross was head in by Mickel Platt.
Hartley Wintney were able to hang on to their lead into injury time and in fact increased it with a curling shot by Josh Webb which secured them the points.
Match: Hartley Wintney v Taunton Town
Date: December 15, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Memorial Fields
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Hartley: Adam Desbois, Joe Felix, Louie Paget, Jack Ball, Nathan Smart (captain), Josh Webb, Steve Duff, Mickel Platt (George Frise 90+5), Mitchell Parker, Dan Stewart (Jayden Englefield 90+6), Jack French. Subs not used – Marc Vockins, Harry woodward, Steve Noakes.
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Shane White, Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain (Craig Veal 87), Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain), Josh Nelmes (Dan Sullivan 62), Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Pierce Mitchell, Douglas Camilo, Keith Emmerson.
Referee: Tristan Greaves (Godalming)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Darren Hill (Wantage)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Luke Peacock (Wantage)