Evo-Stik Southern League West
Taunton Town 2, AFC Totton 1

TAUNTON Town scraped a home win against AFC Totton thanks to Ben Adelsbury's penalty, bringing a welcome three points given their patchy form and mounting injuries.

With Joe Charles, Owen Irish, Chris McGrath and Matt Villis all out, manager Leigh Robinson drafted Les Afful and new striker Omar Simpson into the team.

They began well, however, with Simpson firing just wide before Matt Wright gave them the lead on 14 minutes, as he headed in from Pierce Mitchell's long throw.

The hosts continued to create chances, though they were reliant on a last-ditch Adelsbury clearance and some smart saves from Lloyd Irish to deny Totton at the other end.

Simpson's long-range effort drew a fine save from Totton keeper Shane Murphy as the sides went into the break at 1-0.

The life seemed to drain out of the game until the hour mark, when Totton equalised through Craig Feeney, who ran clear and lobbed Irish.

But the Peacocks were granted a chance to go back in front within 10 minutes, as Wright was brought down by the goalkeeper.

Town had missed their two previous penalties, taken by Lewis Powell and Ross Staley, but Adelsbury made no mistake with his spot-kick.

Totton were unable to respond, meaning that the hosts collected three points to stay second in the table, level on 16 points with Bristol Manor Farm.