TAUNTON Town manager Leigh Robinson praised his players for a ‘gutsy’ FA Trophy win at AFC Totton on Tuesday night.

Having gone to a replay, it took man of the match Ross Staley’s extra-time winner to decide the tie and send the Peacocks into the first qualifying round, where they host Merthyr Town on October 28.

Town’s 2-1 win came despite six central defenders being absent, meaning an unconventional back three of Shane White, Brett Trowbridge and Ben Adelsbury.

Robinson said: “It was a real gutsy win, with a patched-up defence and our backs against the wall, but we were determined to make the next round.

“Brett Trowbridge did very well for us in an unfamiliar sweeper position.

“Ross [Staley] was fantastic; we moved him out wide which freed him up, and his energy was incredible.”

He also hailed new striker Dan Sullivan, who hopped off a plane at 6am that morning after his holiday and was straight into the action.

“He did really well; exactly what we knew we were getting – fit, lively, tidy on the ball.

“There’s unquestionably more to come from him.”

The boss is hopeful that his players will be refreshed in time for Saturday’s tough trip away to unbeaten Swindon Supermarine (ko 3pm).

Defenders Chris McGrath and Mark Preece are in contention after missing the Totton win.

Robinson said: “[Swindon] are always one of the best teams in the league.

“We lost narrowly [2-1] there last season, but we have a decent record against them.

“They’re a side we respect, they’re well managed by Dave Webb, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”