TAUNTON Town are geared up and ready for their historic first match in the National League South.

Kicking off at 3pm today (August 6) at home against Welling United, it is set to be a blockbuster match.

Earlier this week though, the Peacocks added even more names to their squad.

First they confirmed that Lee Lucas will be remaining with the club for 2022-23 following a successful spell during pre-season.

The experienced former Swansea City and Motherwell midfielder has said:” I’m delighted to be back. Pre-season has gone well mentally and physically coming off the back of a long-term injury.

"I’ve put a lot of hard work in to get myself back out there and I’m just fully focused now on enjoying my football again and helping the club to hopefully another successful season."

In other big news, Bristol City recalled loan goalkeeper Will Buse meaning Taunton had to find a replacement.

Young goalkeeper Jack Bycroft has signed on a season-long loan from Southampton.

The highly-rated 20 year old shotstopper has graduated from the Southampton Academy through to the Saints B team.

Head of Football Rob Dray remarked: ”Many thanks to Phil Wright and Southampton for getting this over the line. Jack’s experience with Weymouth and Dorchester is significant and we are very pleased to have him on board.”

The club has also confirmed that in-form striker Harry Warwick will remain at the club for the season ahead. 

Finally, Taunton added even more squad depth with two additional signings.

19-year-old attacking midfielder Dylan Morgan featured in the last six matches of pre-season and opened his account with two goals against Tavistock last weekend.

Dylan remarked: ”I’m excited to be here and to get going. It’s an exciting season ahead in a new league and all the lads are looking forward to the challenge. I will give my all to help the team and for me personally to prove myself at men’s level and progress with my game.”

Also Defender Luke Ward has put pen to paper and becomes the Peacocks’ 7th new face of the summer.

The 20-year-old whose favoured position is centre half trialled in the pre-season games against Frome, Swindon Supermarine and Tavistock.

Dray said: "Luke is another young lad with experience in the National League North who will add great competition to the squad. He has all the tools to be a top centre back.”