TAUNTON Town gifted their fans an early Christmas present with a 7-1 thrashing of Harrow Borough.

A total of 501 attended the Cygnet Health Care Stadium on what was a cold December evening, for this top end of the table clash.

It was the visitors who started strongest. Blink and you missed it as they went 1-0 up within the first 90 seconds. A shock start for Taunton, who had gone the past six games undefeated.

However, the Peacocks quickly bounced back, with Jared Lewington lobbing the keeper from long range to make it 1-1 in the 6th minute.

Tempers began to flare with high elbows and strong challenges. Harrow were sat 7th in the league table, two places ahead of Taunton, in what was a clash of two teams hoping to climb closer to the play off spots.

Former Southampton and Exeter City midfielder, and Taunton’s newest signing Lloyd James was showing a touch of class on debut and linked up well with Ross Stearn.

Stearn looked to be the best player on the pitch, and soon got his reward, putting the Peacocks ahead in the 23rd minute. Just one minute later, Stearn doubled his tally, and took the score to Taunton Town 3-1 Harrow Borough.

The dramatic turnaround continued, with Toby Holmes scoring on the brink of half time, leading us into the break with the score line 4-1.

Shortly after the restart, Holmes headed home for his second to take the score to 5-1, before completing his hattrick in the 68th minute tapping in the easiest goal of the night.

Harrow’s goalkeeper was having a poor game, much to the delight of the vocal Taunton fans, and another poor parry led to substitute Ross Staley tapping in to make it 7-1.


That’s how the game ended, with Taunton taking all 3 points.

The Peacocks manager Rob Dray was delighted with the result, he said: “Our goal scorers really took our chances. We were very good.

“In the second half we were irresistible, nobody could play against us like that, we were outstanding all over the park.

“Harrow are a very good team, and to score seven against them, there’s a lot of positives to take.”

Taunton travel to Truro on Boxing Day, and you can next catch the Peacocks at home, on January 3rd Bank Holiday Monday, in a big derby against neighbours Tiverton Town.