SEVERAL Bridgwater & Taunton College youngsters grasped their chance to impress for Taunton Town last night by helping the Peacocks progress into the semi-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup.

Luke Manley, one of four Team BTC players in the starting XI with four more on the bench, scored the only goal of the game at the Viridor Stadium after fellow student Noah Coppin's shot was cleared off the line.

Manley, who recently represented England Schools, had a solid game at the heart of Town's back four and Coppin showed some neat touches in midfield.

The two full-backs, Ryan Sandford and Finlay Biggs, were impressive on the ball if being slightly overawed physically against the robust Western League First Division side - of course, time is on the youngsters' side on that front.

Pat O'Halloran, Harry Butler and Nathan Byrne were introduced from the bench and all three looked lively in their half-hour cameos.

Taunton head of football Rob Dray said: "I was really impressed. Some of the college lads did really well.

"They gain from playing against men, playing non-college football.

"They are in that transition period and some are at different levels, as you could see tonight, but there are some really good players there.

"It's massive [to give them an opportunity]. That's what we want to do.

"The sooner we get to producing our own players the better.

"It's a great link, the college are very good to us and long may it continue."

Watch Dray's full reaction below - for a full match report, click here