A fantastic Ben Adelsbury strike separated the sides on a grey blustery afternoon at the Webbswood Stadium. With Town coming into the game on the back of two consecutive exits from cup competitions and Supermarine having secured seven points from three successive home league fixtures, the visitors faced up to the challenge with a committed ‘win ugly’ display.
New acquisitions Lewis Hall and Ed Palmer were introduced into the starting line-up at the expense of Josh Nelmes who dropped to the bench and Keith Emmerson who was carrying a knock but also attending a family wedding. It soon became clear though that the conditions were going to play a major part in the game, with a strong swirling wind making it difficult for both teams.
The Peacocks made a promising start in the circumstances, applying early pressure which saw Hall have a volley blocked from Dan Sullivan’s cross and then the debutant left back saw an angled drive deflect into the side netting after Palmer’s long ball had picked him out.
Both sides struggled to create a cohesive move as the half progressed, although improved play involving Sullivan and Ryan Brett led to Matt Buse firing just wide from the edge of the box. An even better chance came when Sullivan benefitted from a miscued header to cross into the middle where the clearance fell to Ollie Chamberlain. His goalbound drive ricocheted to Buse who prodded wide of the inviting target.
The home side hit back with their first meaningful efforts, firstly when Joe Selman broke through but Lloyd Irish gathered comfortably and then Conor McDonagh fed Stuart Fleetwood to chip a curled attempt past the far post.
Play remained very scrappy as Town’s luck in front of goal continued to remain elusive, Sullivan’s header trickling wide from Brett’s cross while skipper Matt Wright saw his header rebound off a defender back onto him and over the byeline. Adelsbury took matters into his own hands after 40 minutes, collecting Shane White’s square pass on the right side of midfield before advancing and launching a 30 yard screamer into the back of the net past the flailing Sawyer to give Town the lead.
Chamberlain’s header proved an easy save for Sawyer when play resumed after the interval but it was the home side which began to have the better of it as they adapted to playing it more on the deck. Ryan Campbell missed the target with two efforts, firstly volleying the wrong side of the post from McDonagh’s cross and then hooking over the top after he had latched onto the loose ball emanating from Hall’s excellent tackle to foil Selman. McDonagh also cut in from the left after a defensive header was missed on the wind but saw his close range shot blocked.
Town rode out the pressure to begin causing problems for Marine at the other end. Adelsbury and Buse both saw strikes deflect for corners, the second of which saw Shane White miss an opportunity by planting a free header narrowly over the bar. White met Brett’s free kick with another header which was clutched by Sawyer as the Peacocks looked to close the game out. However it took a stoppage time save by Irish to preserve the three points as the hosts enjoyed a late flourish, tipping over Dan Williamson’s 20 yard drive. Not a great game by any stretch of the imagination but it was mission accomplished as far as a positive result was concerned, the victory lifting the Peacocks up to third in the table.
Match: Swindon Supermarine v Taunton Town
Date: November 3, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Webbswood Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Supermarine: Kevin Sawyer, Dan Williamson, Connor Thompson, Joe Shepherd (Brad Hooper 72), Matt Coupe, Matt Williams, Joe Selman, Luke Williams, Stuart Fleetwood (captain), Conor McDonagh, Ryan Campbell. Unused subs: Dave Bampton, Kieran Diaz-Benitez, Jon Else, Baboucarr Jarra
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell, Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain),Shane White, Dan Sullivan (Craig Veal 84). Unused subs: Josh Nelmes, Brett Trowbridge, Douglas Camilo, Harry Gardner.
Referee: Stacey Pearson (Bristol)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Simon Turner (Bristol)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Sam Williams (Bristol)