The New Year did not start well for the Peacocks when a trip to Merthyr saw them leave empty handed.
Taunton’s first real chance came after 4 minutes when a free kick by Ben Adelsbury hit the wall and was cleared to safety and 10 minutes later a Matt Buse cross was headed wide by Taunton skipper Matt Wright.
Merthyr had a chance after 18 minutes but Shane White made a goal line clearance from a Tom Meechan shot.
Taunton then had two decent chances in quick succession – a 22nd minutes shot by Dan Sullivan went over the bar and two minutes later a long range effort from top scorer Andrew Neal went wide. The chances continued and a Lewis Hall free kick was headed wide by Adlesbury after 34 minutes.
Taunton paid the penalty for missing their chances two minutes later when visiting keeper Mike Davies fouled Meechan and prolific scorer Ian Traylor made no mistake from the spot.
It was important not to concede again before the break but in injury time a Ryan Prosser cross was turned in by substitute Owain Jones.
Taunton were certainly not out of it and a header by sub Josh Nelmes was cleared off the line by Kyle Patten after 60 minutes.
Once again not taking chances proved crucial as Jones netted another goal after 64 minutes with an angled shot.
Taunton never gave up and were rewarded after 82 minutes when Ed Palmer’s free kick went it despite the efforts of young Merthyr keeper Lewis Webb.
The visitors continued to press forward and enjoyed their best spell of the match but were unable to find a way past Merthyr’s well organized defence.
Match: Merthyr Town v Taunton Town
Date: January 1, 2019
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Penydarren Park
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Merthyr: Lewis Webb, Connor Young, Kieran Lewis, Ashley Evans (captain), Craig McDonnell (Owain Jones 31), Kyle Patten, Kerry Morgan (Craig Reddy 67), Lee Lucas, Ryan Prosser Tom Meechan (Cavan Williams 82), Ian Traylor. Subs not used – Gavin Williams, Reuben Mackay.
Taunton: Mike Davies, Shane White, Lewis Hall (Josh Nelmes 58), Ben Adelsbury (Craig Veal 58), Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Dan Sullivan, Matt Wright (captain), Keith Emmerson, Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Pierce Mitchell, Ryan Brett, Chandler Hallett.
Referee: Jack Bonnick (London)
Referee’s Assistant 1: James Hooper (Bristol)
Referee’s Assistant 2: William Payne (Bristol)