FOOTBALL: Taunton Town waste two goal lead

This is The West Country: FOOTBALL: Taunton Town waste two goal lead FOOTBALL: Taunton Town waste two goal lead

TAUNTON threw away a two goal half time advantage to lose 3-2 at home to Guildford City in the Calor Southern League last night.

The victory was no more than the visitors deserved after being the better side after the break against a pedestrian Town who did not force a save out of opposition keeper Antony Hall.

Several half chances came and went for the home side in the first half whilst Joe Perry had to foil City's Nuno Pereira from close range before the Peacocks took the lead on 29 minutes when a move down the right involving Jamie Price and Chris Young ended with Price firing into the net off the far post.

On the stroke of half time it became 2-0 to the home side after Young's effort had been blocked by Hall but only as far as Ross MacNab who had the simple task of tapping the ball home.

Any hopes of this acting as a springboard for further second half goals against an outfit one place off the foot of the table were sadly misplaced.

Despite Perry saving Ben Walshe's penalty early on after Pereira had been brought down, the visitors belied their lowly position and came close again when Joel Greaves crashed a shot against the bar.

Apart from Young firing wide, Town did not come close to scoring another and were made to pay in the last ten minutes. Dom Ogun's snap shot beat Perry at his right post to pull one back on 83 minutes and a minute into stoppage time the home defence failed to clear their lines and Jamie Thoroughgood lifted the ball over Perry from twelve yards for the equaliser.

Town’s awful second half was then capped when Guildford grabbed the winner two minutes later when Pereira dived to head in a left wing cross from Greaves.

Taunton: Joe Perry, Jamie Price (captain), Lewis Tasker, Owen Irish, Ben Mammola, Rob Norrish, Jamie Short, Shane Kingston, Chris Young (Simon Ingram 66), Steve Murray (Nat Pepperell 78), Ross MacNab. Unused subs: Josh Wadham, Ben Carter.

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