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FOOTBALL: Peacocks look to turn up the gas
2:37pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
TAUNTON will be looking to get the disappointment of their midweek defeat behind them when they entertain North Leigh in the Calor league on Saturday (3pm).
But the Peacocks are sure to be faced with a tough test after winning just one of their first seven matches.
North Leigh, by contrast, have won five out of seven including a 5-0 crushing of Goldalming on Tuesday.
There will be little time for rest – let alone training – as Taunton are back in action at Mangotsfield next Tuesday.
Taunton were unable to recover from a half time deficit as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at Cirencester Town in the Calor League on Wednesday evening when they were again forced to name an understrength squad.
Rodney Marsh, Nat Pepperell and Shane Kingston were still suspended while Simon Ingram and goalkeeper Lee Matthews were injured. However Jamie Price returned to the squad following his absence at the weekend. The Peacocks trailed 2-0 at the break following an insipid performance in the opening 45 minutes but rallied for the second half to make a game of it.
After Craig Herrod missed an early chance for Town, the hosts began the scoring on five minutes – Lee Smith shooting into an open net after Kyle Moore had parried a shot from Steve Davies.
Cirencester bossed the rest of the half, extending their lead after 29 minutes through Leigh Henry who converted a corner from Davies at the near post.
Taunton came out a different side after the interval and quickly pulled a goal back when Josh Wadham’s swirling cross from the right was pushed away by Glyn Garner but only as far as Steve Murray who found the net from a narrow angle.
Chris Young and Murray had further chances before Cirencester clinched the points with their their third goal seven minutes from time through Smith who deflected a Chris Holland free kick past Moore.
On Saturday Taunton fought out a goal-less draw with Wimborne Town in front of a healthy crowd of 223.
Taunton’s best chance of the first half fell after 28 minutes to midfielder Rob Norrish whose shot was cleared of the line by Wimborne skipper Scott Arnold.
Just three minutes later the visitors could have taken the lead but Adam Costello's quickly taken free kick rebounded to safety via the post.
Town could have scored on the stroke of half time but Owen Irish’s header was saved by Wimborne stopper Jason Harvell who made several good saves during the game.
Irish was involved at the other end after 59 minutes clearing a Mark Gamble shot off the line.
Steve Kingdon nearly scored his first goal for the Peacocks after 67 minutes from Jamie Short's corner but his header hit the crossbar.
Wimborne full back Billy Maybury also hit the crossbar eight minutes from the end of the match.
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