FOOTBALL: Peacocks set new standards

FOOTBALL: Peacocks set new standards

FOOTBALL: Peacocks set new standards

First published in Sport

TAUNTON Town are now unbeaten in 16 matches following their victory over Clevedon Town in the FA Cup last Saturday.

A sequence which began with success at Bath City in the semi-final of the Somerset Premier Cup on April 1 is still going strong, the nine successive victories which finished the last campaign being topped up with five wins and two draws in the new season so far.

Town’s run of form is their best for 15 years since enjoying an undefeated 21 game flourish as a Western League club from October 1999 to February 2000, 20 of which were won.

Manager Leigh Robinson said: “It’s been a great run so far and let’s not forget that it includes a very high number of 14 wins in those 16 games.

“The players deserve a huge amount of credit because to perform so consistently over such a long period at this level really does take some doing.

“Inevitably the run will eventually come to an end because the longer it goes on the more you become someone’s cup final as teams try to be the one to end it, but lets hope it continues for a few more games yet.” The Peacocks’ terrific run will come under severe examination in the next ten days, beginning with this weekend’s league trip to Yate Town who lie in second position, one place above Taunton.

That is followed by a derby at Bridgwater Town next Tuesday and then a testing FA Cup tie at Southern Premier Paulton Rovers a week on Saturday.

However confidence in the camp will be high after such an achievement.

Chairman Kevin Sturmey said: “The current run is fantastic, not only for the club but also the town.

“I don't think that Leigh, Mo and the squad have got the recognition they deserve as it’s been bisected by the close season.

“To win nine on the trot to end last season was a tremendous effort and with a further seven games unbeaten so far this season makes it by far the best Southern League form in our history and everyone on the playing front deserves huge congratulations.

“Let’s hope the unbeaten run continues for many weeks to come and everyone associated with the club can enjoy it.”

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