Taunton secured their second double this week but were made to fight all the way by old rivals Tiverton Town.
Both sides started brightly and Taunton keeper Mike Davies, deputising for Lloyd Irish, was quickly called into action, palming away a cross by Josh Key. Levi Landricombe also had an early chance but the ball went over the bar and Tom Bath had the ball in the Taunton net but the effort was disallowed for offside.
The home side went ahead after 23 minutes when former Peacock Ben Mammola tripped skipper Matt Wright just inside the penalty area and Andrew Neal sent Tivvy keeper Liam Armstrong the wrong way with the resulting spot kick.
Taunton could have increased the lead after 26 minutes courtesy of Ollie Chamberlain but he was denied by Armstrong.
The second goal came after 32 minutes when a Matt Buse cross was headed onto his own crossbar by Michael Landricombe – the ball may have been over the line anyway but Wright was perfectly positioned to head home the rebound.
Buse was also involved at the other end, blocking a shot by Bath and Levi Landricombe shot over from the resulting corner.
Chamberlain had another chance to increase the lead on 60 minutes but his shot went over but the visitors always looked lively and they pulled a goal back after 69 minutes when Key’s cross was turned in by Steve Colwell.
Taunton could have restored their two goal cushion shortly after but Ben Adelsbury fired over following a corner by Ryan Brett.
Tiverton’s cause was not helped by a red card for substitute Harrison Davis for an alleged stamp on Brett after 76 minutes.
Another former Peacock Jamie Price saw his late header saved by Davies but Taunton held on for another three points to restore the 7 point cushion following Weynouth’s 1-0 win at Dorchester earlier in the day.
Match: Taunton Town v Tiverton Town
Date: December 26, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Match Sponsor: Kudo Housewares
Match Ball Sponsor: Dan Franklin
Taunton: Mike Davies, Pierce Mitchell, Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Keith Emmerson, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain) (Craig Veal 84), Shane White (Dan Sullivan 76), Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Josh Nelmes, Ed Palmer, Chandler Hallett.
Tiverton: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, Callum Hall, Jamie Price (captain), Ben Mammola, Stewart Yetton, Tom Gardner (Max Smallcombe 84), Steve Colwell, Tom Bath (Harrison Davis 49), Levi Landricombe, Michael Landricombe. Subs not used – Lewis Tasker, Isaac Furness, Scott Rogers.
Referee: Sean Rothwell (Plymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Kevin Williams (Radstock)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Darren Gay (Radstock)