An early strike from Chris Young was enough for the Peacocks to register their seventh consecutive Calor League win with a 1-0 success at Godalming Town yesterday afternoon (26 April). The victory, coupled with Yate Town’s defeat to champions Cirencester Town, means Taunton end the season in a highly respectable eighth position in the South and West Division, the second highest finish in their history. Town got off to a flying start after seven minutes when a Jamie Short break down the right saw him feed Young inside the box who had time and space to lash his shot across Zaki Oualah into the far corner. Despite this early breakthrough, the promise of further goals failed to materialise with next to nothing in the way of chances falling to either side before the break. However the Peacocks nearly scored again at the start of the second half when Jamie Price drilled a shot against the post from a narrow angle after Young’s backheeled pass had put him clear, Short’s follow-up effort looping up to be pushed wide by Oualah. Joe Perry turned a Chris Wales shot past the post and then tipped a Darren Wheeler free kick wide as the Surrey outfit fought back but Steve Murray volleyed just wide from Short’s free kick and Price headed over from Simon Ingram’s cross as Town pressed at the other end. The scoreboard remained untroubled though as Town concluded their league campaign with another three points and having conceded only three goals in their eight game winning sequence.
Manager Leigh Robinson said:” It’s great to sign off the league season with a win and a clean sheet. It was a scrappy game with very few chances on a bobbly pitch but we put together some quality passages in the first half and Chris’ finish was spot on. In the short term we now look towards Tuesday night to try and win some silverware and in the long term it’s now my job to ensure we are 10+ points better off this time next year.”