Dorchester produced a dominant second half performance against the League leaders but neither side was able to conjure up a winning goal.
The home side had the first opportunity after 5 minutes when Dan Sullivan charged down a clearance but visiting keeper Kingsley Latham made a good save. Taunton took the lead after 10 minutes when good work by Ollie Chamberlain and Matt Wright led to Latham parrying a shot but top scorer Andrew Neal was on hand from close range.
Sullivan had another opportunity after 16 minutes but his 20 yard shot went over the bar and the same player had another shot blocked at point blank range by Latham.
Dorchester were level after 38 minutes when a foul by Pierce Mitchell on Antonio Diaz led to a Diaz free kick which was well finished by Brennan Camp. The visitors could have taken the lead a minute before the break but a Callum Rose header was cleared off the line by Lewis Hall.
The visitors made a strong start to the second half and after 60 minutes a Kyle Egan pass let in Sam Jackson but Taunton keeper Chandler Hallett marked his debut with a good block.
Taunton had a great chance after 78 minutes but Ed Palmer headed over from a Ryan Brett corner.
Dorchester’s bench were becoming increasingly frustrated with some of the decisions and manager Steve Thompson was sent to the stands with five minutes remaining for one comment too many.
Taunton had the best chance to win the game in injury time but Ollie Chamberlain’s shot was well saved by Latham.
Match: Taunton Town v Dorchester Town
Date: January 5, 2019
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Match Sponsor: The Galpin Family
Match Ball Sponsor: Brian Pollard
Taunton: Chandler Hallett, Pierce Mitchell, Lewis Hall, Josh Nelmes (Ryan Brett 56), Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Dan Sullivan (Craig Veal 76), Matt Wright (captain), Keith Emmerson, Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Ben Adelsbury, Douglas Camilo, Mike Davies.
Dorchester: Kingsley Latham, Kyle Egan, Neil Martin (captain), callum rose. Brennan Camp, Tom Blair, Cameron Murray, Billy Lowes, Ben Seymour, Antonio Diaz (Aaron Rodriguez 73), Sam Jackson. Subs not used – Ross Carmichael, Dom Panesar-Dower, Josh Williams, Nick Hutchings.
Referee: Lee Roberts (Plymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Adrian Clements (Launceston)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Ryan Cornelius (Plymouth)