Evo-Stik Southern League West
Taunton Town 3, Paulton Rovers 0

TAUNTON Town made it five wins on the bounce to start the season, as they overwhelmed Paulton Rovers with a fine display at the Viridor Stadium.

Despite them having played just 48 hours previously - winning 2-1 at Shortwood United - the Peacocks began brightly.

They maintained a good tempo and created several good chances, with Owen Irish heading over from a corner, Ryan Brett sending a half-volley inches wide and Matt Wright sending another effort from a corner just past the post.

So it was no surprise when they took the lead on 26 minutes, after Ollie Chamberlain was felled in the penalty area.

Les Afful stepped up to take the spot-kick, and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to claim his first goal for the Peacocks.

Chamberlain then made it 2-0 just before half time, to cap off an excellent first-half display from the hosts, in front of 401 fans.

It was almost 3-0 just after the interval, as Ben Adelsbury's free-kick hit the post, but Paulton survived.

The two-goal advantage allowed boss Leigh Robinson to give Afful, Wright and Pierce Mitchell a breather, with Ross Staley, Lewis Powell and Olly Mehew coming on.

And Mehew - a loan signing from Forest Green Rovers - sealed the points with a suptumous solo goal on his debut, with eight minutes remaining.

This was an impressive performance from the Peacocks, and a fine result given Paulton's ability to shock Salisbury and Evesham United already this season.

The Peacocks sit on top of the standings with a maximum 12 points, and they travel to Tavistock in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday (ko 3pm).