ROB Dray hailed the impact of Taunton Town’s super subs after the Peacocks came from behind to beat Farnborough 3-1 on Saturday.

Chris Flood gave the visitors and 18th-minute lead and Taunton went in to the break still trailing after a flat first half display, which saw Andrew Neal come closest for the hosts when his shot was well saved by Liam Beach at his near post.

Matt Wright was introduced off the bench at half-time and fellow striker Jack Rice joined the fray on the hour mark as Town threw caution to the wind.

It paid immediate dividends as Town turned the game on its head with two goals inside a minute, Ollie Chamberlain’s superb side-footed finish from 20 yards quickly followed by Dan Sullivan’s low strike into the corner.

Ben Adelsbury sealed the points with a towering back post header from a corner as Town put an end to a run of three straight league draws.

Dray said: “It was important to get that win.

“It didn’t matter how we got it, but I think our performance in the second half was really good.

“We were a bit unlucky with their goal, which stunk of offside a little bit, but we kept going.

“We were always going to score and we showed a great mentality.

“It was nice to be back at home today – we have played six of our last eight away – and we are pleased with the win.”

On the impact of the subsitutes, Dray said: “I think they changed the game, massively.

“They gave us real intent. Wrighty [Matt Wright] will always give everything he’s got and he gives us a slightly different dynamic.

“Ricey [Jack Rice] is raw, very quick and makes things that shouldn’t be his, his.”

Asked whether Wright feels he has a point to prove when introduced from the bench, Dray said: “I’m sure he does and that’s what we want.

“That’s why we’ve strengthened well this year.

“We have depth in options. We didn’t have Shane [White] or Grimesy [Nick Grimes] today, who are two top players in this club and this league.”

Rice, who impressed up front off the bench, is now firmly back in the Taunton fold having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bideford at the start of the season.

“We put him there for a month just to toughen him up a little bit and score some goals. That’s exactly what he did,” Dray said.

“Jack’s come in and done really well and I like what he’s got.

“He’s got an element of self confidence, a bit of je ne sais quoi.

“He was unlucky not to score today but he’s still in development, so we’ll look after him.

“Sometimes loan periods go well – another example is Luke Manley, who is playing every week down at Willand at the moment.

“That’s what you want for these lads who are coming out of youth and academy football, coming into teams who have got to win every game.”

Noah Coppin, an unused substitute on Saturday, is another Town prospect set for a loan move, which may come this week.

“He’s a great kid – the best attitude, a lovely lad, works hard,” Dray said.

“He was very good against Bideford in midweek and it’s about finding that balance between training and playing with better players here and getting game time.”

Town, of course, are benefiting from the loan system themselves, though Zac Smith – who they have borrowed from Bristol City - is set for a spell of three or four weeks on the sidelines.

The 18-year-old still attended Town’s win yesterday, picking up the September player of the month award in the process, and Dray continues to be highly impressed by the youngster’s attitude.

Nick Grimes, meanwhile, “should be OK” for next week’s clash with Hayes & Yeading.