The Peacocks hit the goal trail for the second successive Saturday at the Viridor Stadium with a comfortable win over their visitors from Buckinghamshire. Rocky Neal’s first half hat trick had put Town well in command at the break before an early second half goal settled the outcome to continue Town’s impressive start to life in the higher tier.
Matt Buse and Ben Adelsbury both returned to the starting line-up after sitting out the previous weekend’s FA Cup tie, swapping places with Craig Veal and Keith Emmerson who was carrying a toe injury. Chesham arrived in Somerset with only one point to their name from six games but despite their basement position made a positive start to the game, Dejon Noel-Williams lifting a shot just over the bar from the right side of the box inside the first minute and Dave Pearce following suit with an effort from 18 yards.
Town soon got into their stride although their first attempt was well wide from Buse. Pierce Mitchell curled a strike past the far post before his side made an early breakthrough after 11 minutes. Matt Wright got his head onto a long pass from Josh Nelmes and Neal took advantage of a gaping hole in the middle of the Chesham defence to run through, take the ball around Alex Tokarczyk and skilfully roll home from an ever decreasing angle.
Attacking the Invest Southwest End, Town came close again when Dan Sullivan’s deft flick set up Buse for an angled volley which flew narrowly past the far post. The second goal soon arrived though after 17 minutes, Ollie Chamberlain breaking to feed Sullivan out on the right and when his cross found Neal, the Peacocks striker was quickest to react to a deflection off Lewis Rolfe and fire into the left-hand corner.
Lloyd Irish saved a Pearce free kick at the second attempt but the Generals’ raids were sporadic with momentum now very much the other way. Ben Adelsbury fired a 30 yard free kick high and wide before a classic route one goal made it 3-0 after half an hour. An Irish goal kick was flicked on by Wright and there was Neal again, taking the ball in his stride and slanting home into the far corner past the forlorn dive of Tokarczyk.
The margin could have become even more severe for the visitors as the half drew to a close. Tokarczyk’s miskick gave Buse an opportunity but unfortunately he replicated the Chesham keeper’s accuracy and sliced badly wide while Sullivan tested Tokarczyk with a crisp drive and latched onto the rebound to see his header cleared as it travelled goalwards. Buse then put the normally reliable Sullivan through on goal but on this occasion he snatched at the shot and it went wide.
Substitute striker Craig Veal donned the gloves for the second half after Irish did not reappear due to a vision problem but home fans need have had no concern. In fact he began the process of adding the fourth goal after 48 minutes, launching a kick to Wright on the left. He found Neal who fended off two defenders to pass to Shane White and when the cross came in Wright was on the back post to head home unchallenged from six yards.
With such a healthy buffer the Peacocks could relax which saw Chesham have a longer spell of possession, however the Town defence dealt with any threat effectively and when Veal was called upon he showed his pedigree as an all-rounder, safely holding a Pearce free kick and an awkward low cross from Noel-Williams while Pearce also fired into the side netting. Sullivan meanwhile continued to nag away at the Chesham backline at the other end, having a shot held moments after his cross was just too far ahead of the incoming Wright. White though had the best chance of the half for Town, another long goal kick falling to him but his lob didn’t have enough on it to beat Tokarczyk.
Veal ensured a clean sheet, denying Pearce after he had been played in by Bradley Clayton and then holding a free kick from the much- travelled Jefferson Louis. A mistake by Douglas Camilo then gave Max Holland an opening but Veal was again faultless and turned the shot wide. After two minutes of stoppage time the whistle blew to conclude a professional afternoon’s work for the Peacocks who rise to second place in the table on goal difference.
Match: Taunton Town v Chesham United
Date: September 15, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Match Sponsor: Kudos Homewares
Match Ball Sponsor: TTFC Travel Club
Taunton: Lloyd Irish (Craig Veal 45), Pierce Mitchell (Nuno Felix 65), Shane White, Ben Adelsbury, Josh Nelmes, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain), Dan Sullivan, Andrew Neal (Douglas Camilo 82). Unused subs: Brett Trowbridge, Keith Emmerson
Chesham: Alex Tokarczyk, Benji Crilley, Ben Walster, Matt Bevans (captain), Lewis Rolfe, Adam Martin (Connor Toomey 45), Jonjo Bates (Max Holland 65), Bradley Clayton, Ryan Blake (Jefferson Louis 56), Dejon Noel-Williams, Dave Pearce. Unused subs: Dean Swales, Richard Platt
Referee: Timothy Burley (Redruth)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Mark Hosking (Penzance)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Derek Hughes (Newquay)