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FOOTBALL: Taunton Town all set for league kick-off
2:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in Sport
THE waiting is over for Taunton Town who commence their Calor League campaign TODAY (Saturday, August 17) with a trip to Evesham United in a 3pm kick-off.
The Peacocks, buoyed by several new faces, have enjoyed a relatively successful set of results in friendlies, losing only once in six games and that being in their first outing to a full-strength Newport County side.
Whilst manager Leigh Robinson is cautiously optimistic for the new season, he is keen to keep expectations in check.
"I am really glad that we seem to have galvanised a lot of peoples' interest in the club during this pre-season and there is an awful lot more optimism around,” he said.
“This is fantastic and hopefully we can match everyone's hopes for the season but it is important to realise where we stand as a club and how we go about our business as a club.
“We work on a really low budget for this league and there are teams paying the sort of money that we can only dream of. What is important for everyone to realise and what I am proud of is that we are totally self-sustainable.
“Our budget comes from money that we generate ourselves through the bar and sponsorship. We have no one person or rich benefactor pumping money in like so many other clubs in our league and this makes us pretty unique and something that we should all be proud of." Town have recruited wisely over the summer, strengthening their defensive ranks with the addition of left back Lewis Tasker from Tiverton Town and new team captain Jamie Price from Conference South club Weston-super-Mare.
Winger Nat Pepperell and striker Chris Young have also joined from Weston whilst attacking options have been further boosted by the arrival of frontman Steve Murray from Street. Last season's problem position of goalkeeper has been solved by the return of former custodian Lee Matthews after a year's absence. For Saturday's journey to Worcestershire, defender Ben Mammola is unfortunately unavailable and there is also a doubt over Rob Norrish who has broken a bone in his wrist. Town boss Robinson continued:" We have built a good squad and the players are in very good spirits.”
The Peacocks play their first home league fixture next Tuesday evening when Yate Town visit Wordsworth Drive, kick-off 7.45pm. Season tickets are still available to purchase, costing £120 for adults, £70 for OAP's, students and the unemployed, and £25 for Under 16's. Under 12's accompanied by an adult will continue to be admitted for free.
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