Soccer Shorts – Taunton Town & Bridgewater

Taunton Town Peacocks battling well on all fronts

Taunton Town have landed the Evo-Stik League South, West’s ‘Club of the Month’ accolade for October.

Driven on by their manager Leigh Robinson, Town scooped a second such prize for this season as they progressed in the BigFreeBet.Com Challenge Cup and Buildbase FA Trophy.

Slough Town and Moneyfields were the Premier and East winners respectively.

Taunton can strengthen their position at the top of Evo-Stik League South, West when they play at home to mid-table Wimborne Town on Tuesday (7.45 pm).

The Peacocks were five points clear of the field going into yesterday’s round of matches and so remain top today regardless of this weekend’s results.

They went into yesterday’s home game against Beaconsfield Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy on the back of an 11-game unbeaten run.

After Tuesday’s fixture, Taunton play away to Evesham United on Saturday who are looking to make the play-offs and are always a difficult side to beat at home.

The following Tuesday, Taunton continue the defence of the Somerset Premier Cup with a home tie in the second round against Weston-super-Mare in a repeat of last season’s final.

The Peacocks beat Ashton and Backwell United 1-0 in the opening round after fielding a side which included fringe players.


Bridgwater Town Consistency is key, says Pearse

Bridgwater Town are beginning to make an impact in the Toolstation Western League, Premier Division. Their 3-0 away victory over Cribbs last weekend was their third win in succession and they have now moved into the top half of the table.

Bridgwater’s co-manager Dave Pearse is now hoping his side can find the consistency which has been lacking so far.

“In July, if you had offered me this squad and where we are in the table, I would have bitten your hand off,” he said.

“Our quality is starting to shine through and we need to keep this run in the League going.”

Bridgwater were in action yesterday in the second round of the Buildbase FA Vase and faced a long journey to play Combined Counties League Premier Division outfit Farnham Town.

The trip to Surrey followed earlier visits to Gosport Borough, St Austell and Bashley in various competitions – and Bridgwater have been well supported.

“We are always grateful for the support we get on these trips – very often all you can hear are our supporters and hopefully we can keep rewarding them,” added Pearse.

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