TAUNTON Town have announced the signing of Olly Mehew from Forest Green Rovers, the striker joining the Peacocks on loan.

The loan deal runs through to January 3, 2018 and Mehew is available for selection for the Peacocks' next match, against Shortwood United.

The 19-year-old is the son of former Bristol Rovers player and Gloucester City manager, David Mehew, and he has previously trained with Blackburn Rovers and Bristol Rovers.

He has previously spent time out on loan at Mangotsfield United, Shortwood United, Salisbury, Cirencester Town and Dorchester Town.

For the Peacocks, Mehew's arrival means more cover for Lewis Powell and Matt Wright up front, with fellow forward Craig Duff having departed for Bideford.


TAUNTON travel to Shortwood United tomorrow (ko 3pm), looking for their third straight league win and fourth in all competitions to start the new season.

Last weekend saw the Peacocks defeat Larkhall Athletic in the FA Cup preliminary round, although the performance was far from perfect.

Manager Leigh Robinson said: “The results could not have been any better – we’re delighted to win three from three.

“It’s early in the season, so we’re learning lessons, but it’s good to have those results on the board.”

An issue has been teams coming to the Viridor Stadium, sitting back and looking to frustrate the hosts.

“We spoke [about that] at training [on Tuesday night],” Robinson added.

“We didn’t keep the ball well enough or make enough right decisions, so we need to be better on the ball, but we’re not quite up to speed yet.”

Defenders Chris McGrath and Ben Palmer remain sidelined for the weekend’s trip to Shortwood, who were beaten 3-0 home and away by the Peacocks last season.

On tomorrow’s opponents, Robinson said: “They’re a bit of an unknown.

“It’s a tough place to go, but usually we know most of their players – this year they have so many new ones.”

Following that match, Town host Paulton Rovers – who drew 2-2 at Salisbury last week – on Bank Holiday Monday (August 28, ko 3pm).

“Fortunately, we have a deep squad to cope with two games in 48 hours,” Robinson added.

“We’re hoping for two wins but it’s a hell of a challenge.”