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FOOTBALL: Taunton Town off the mark with 3-0 victory
2:05pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Sport
AT the seventh attempt, Taunton finally notched their first win of the campaign with a 3-0 win at home to Thatcham Town in the Calor Southern league yesterday, writes James Wright.
An impressive performance, that should have yielded more goals, saw them comfortably home despite the sending-off of Jamie Price.
Thatcham's Chris Paterson, apparently the last man, was lucky to escape with just a yellow card when he chopped down Nat Pepperell in the first minute.
Then Simon Ingram, who curled home a number of pearlers last season, fluffed the free-kick.
On his first start of the campaign, Ingram re-introduced the creativity that has been sadly lacking so far in midfield.
Lewis Tasker and Pepperell both went close as the Peacocks bossed the opening exchanges. Pepperell finally made the inevitable break-through on the quarter-hour, kneeing home a superb Tasker cross at the far post.
Craig Herrod and Rodney Marsh both got behind the Thatcham back line only to be denied by keeper Jamie Foster as the home side continued to dominate.
A brilliant turn and shot just over the bar by Yashwa Romeo was the only action at the other end.
The second goal finally arrived in the 65th minute when Marsh got clear down the inside right channel, drew Foster, and finished with a delightful chip.
And the points were sewn up by an own-goal, by Ben McCready, after an excellent link-up between Rob Norrish, Marsh and Pepperell.
However, the afternoon was soured for Taunton by the late dismissal of captain Price for a second booking.
Taunton: Kyle Moore, Jamie Price (captain), Lewis Tasker, Owen Irish, Steve Kingdon, Shane Kingston, Jamie Short (Steve Murray 75), Simon Ingram (Rob Norrish 54), Craig Herrod (Josh Wadham 66), Rodney Marsh, Nat Pepperell. Unused subs: Ben Mammola.
Thatcham: Jamie Foster, Ben McCready, Paul Taplin, Chris Paterson, Gareth Thomas (captain), Peter Raines (Tom Lockyer 45), Callum Willmoth, Charlie Hill, Yashwa Romeo, Adam Wallace (Alex Charlick 45), Sam Hamilton (Zak Kaiser 73). Unused subs: George Stirland, Jordan Seward.
Referee: Andrew Turner (Exeter).
Assistants: Kevin Bungay (Portland), Jonathan Blower (Sale).
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