With a recent run of hard fought Cup matches the Peacocks took the opportunity to rest some players and fielded a side featuring many development players – after a shaky start they deservedly progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Somerset Premier Cup.
Wincanton started strongly and the game was only two minutes old when a Toby Cole shot hit the crossbar with visiting keeper Lloyd Irish beaten. The home side continued to press forward and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 15 minutes with a long range effort by Brett Cotterill. The rain which started at kick off got heavier and this seemed to suit Taunton, who began to settle and play some good football.
Their first real chance came after 34 minutes when top scorer Andrew Neal shot just wide and the same player had another chance just three minutes later but his header went wide. Three minutes before the break Shane White had a shot blocked for a corner and just a minute later Andrew Neal had another chance but home keeper Liam Norris made a smart save.
The second half began with Taunton continuing to create chances and just two minutes into the second half Craig Veal fired over after another Neal shot had been save by Norris.
Wincanton relied on breakaways in the second half but a Cotterill shot after 53 minutes went just over.
The chances continued and Douglas Camilo fired just over after 59 minutes form a cross by Liam Gilbert, who had only just come on as a substitute. Four minutes later Neal shot wide after an error by Norris.
It was only a matter of time before Taunton’s pressure would lead to an equalizer and it duly arrived after 74 minutes when Neal shot home following another error by Norris. Five minutes later Neal scored what proved to be the winner, heading home a free kick by Camilo.
Another substitute Ollie Down had a shot saved by Norris three minutes from time but the final whistle was blown with Taunton deservedly progressing.
Match: Wincanton Town v Taunton Town
Date: November 6, 2018
Competition: Somerset Premier Cup | 2nd Round
Venue: Wincanton Sports Ground
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Wincanton: Liam Norris, Patrick Golden, Daniel Barber (Max Hinds 77), Kris Hastings, Tom Frampton, Gary Chapman, Brett Cotterill (Iwan Walters 88), Daniel Wise (captain), Connor Williams, Declan Cornish (Luke White 77), Toby Cole. Sub not used – Oakley Page
Taunton: Lloyd Irish (captain), Charlie Dodd (Ryan Sandford 58), Finlay Biggs, Mario Franco (Ollie Down 66), Luke Manley, Harry Mason (Liam Gilbert 58), Douglas Camilo, Harry Gardner, Shane White, Craig Veal, Andrew Neal. Sub not used – Dan Howell
Referee: Scott Jackson (Bridgwater)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Kevin Lewis (Yeovil)
Referee’s Assistant 2: David Lilly (Ilchester)