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FOOTBALL: Taunton stage rousing fightback
1:54pm Monday 3rd September 2012 in Sport
The Peacocks had a massive scare after just 28 seconds when Lee Smith beat keeper Connor Sidley-Adams to a deep free-kick, but headed again the crossbar.
The reprieve was short-lived, Scott Wilson firing Cinderford ahead from close range on ten minutes.
The home side responded immediately, Rodney Marsh curling a brilliant shot into the top left-hand corner at the Fire Station end.
His side then enjoyed the best of the remainder of the first half, and only a fine Ben John save from James Blake maintained parity.
A Blake shot on turn flashed just wide and, as Town continued to dominate, Marsh saw a pile-driving free-kick from 30 yards palmed behind.
Taunton’s deserved second came seven minutes after the interval. Marsh stepped over a free-kick and captain Simon Ingram curled it low round the wall.
Sprawling John got a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out of the bottom right-hand corner.
And, with his fifth goal in just three home games, Ingram secured the points on 77 minutes tucking home a penalty after John had been red-carded for aiming a head butt at Blake.
Craig Herrod iced the cake with a fine left-foot finish two minutes from time, handing Taunton a first league win of the season and extending their unbeaten run to four games.
Taunton: Connor Sidley-Adams, TJ Lang, Dave Hambly (Lee Smyth 45), Ben Mammola, Owen Irish, Rob Norrish (Tom Hopkins 90), Corey Lewis (Jamie Short 60), Simon Ingram (captain), James Blake, Rodney Marsh, Craig Herrod. Unused subs: Neil Peek, Andy Butler.
Cinderford: Ben Archer, Warren Archer, Matt Smith, Dan Harrison, Greg Lewis, Dave Bird (Nick Hancock 67), Matt Barnes (Sam O’Sullivan 60), Geraint Bater (captain), Scott Wilson, Dale Evans, Lee Smith (Dean Lee 67). Unused sub: Ashley Malcolm, Danny Haines.
Referee: Antony Cloak (Barnstaple).
Assistants: Colin Pink (Willand), Alastair Salter (Honiton).
Match Sponsor: Underhill Associates.
Matchball Sponsor: Gordon Nelson.
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