Goals from Steve Kingdon and Jamie Short secured Town’s seventh away Calor League victory of the season with a 2-1 success at Wimborne Town yesterday afternoon (22 March). In windy conditions, the Peacocks bossed the first half and dominated territorially but only had one goal to show for it at the break. This came on 16 minutes when Lewis Tasker’s right wing free kick was headed skywards by Jon Blake, Jamie Price won an aerial challenge when the ball came down and Kingdon flicked his header past Jason Harvell from close range. Harvell then denied Steve Murray with Price striking the loose ball just over as Town were comfortable at half time. However they had to counter a spell of pressure at the start of the second half as Wimborne began playing with more purpose. Headers from Blake and Jamie Davidson came close before Taunton stretched their lead on 72 minutes, Shane Kingston’s pass releasing Short to run through and fire home off the post from the right side of the box. The hosts pulled one back with eight minutes remaining when George Webb’s run across the outside of the area ended with him cutting his shot back across Joe Perry into the left hand corner. Home hopes were dashed though when Blake was dismissed with five minutes left after picking up his second yellow card after fouling Kingston.
Manager Leigh Robinson said:” I was delighted with our reaction after the disappointment of Tuesday night. It was a real game of two halves with the strong wind but I thought we coped with that well in the second half and took the chance when it came our way. In fairness if someone had offered me two draws from Bridgwater and Wimborne away I probably would have taken that but we’ve bettered that so overall I’m pretty pleased.”