TAUNTON Town take their four-point cushion at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League table to Larkhall Athletic tomorrow (ko 3pm).

There’s certainly a positive mood around the club at the moment, with their promotion campaign on track and a place in the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Trophy in the bag.

Their reward for beating Concord Rangers 3-2 at the Viridor Stadium last Saturday is another home tie, against another National League South side.

Bognor Regis Town will visit Taunton on Saturday, December 16 after beating Hemel Hempstead Town – one of the Peacocks’ victims on their FA Cup run last season – in a replay.

The focus for the time being, though, is the league, with Town extending their unbeaten run in the division to seven games with a 1-1 draw away to Bristol Manor Farm on Tuesday.

Town manager Leigh Robinson said: “I’m happy with the performance [against Manor Farm], as we played really well.

“We just weren’t at our sharpest and perhaps didn’t get the breaks in their box.

“Beforehand, you’d take the point on a cold Tuesday night, but we came off disappointed because it was one-way traffic in the second half.”

The result leaves Town four points ahead of Manor Farm and Bideford, who have played three and two more games than the Peacocks, respectively.

Robinson added: “We’re very happy with the situation [in the league].”

“We’ve played away to Swindon Supermarine, Evesham United and Bristol Manor Farm already, so that’s some of our toughest games gone now.

“We just want to keep accumulating points and extend the unbeaten run.”

For the trip to Larkhall, Robinson expects to welcome back Brett Trowbridge, who missed Tuesday night’s game with a stiff back, but Ross Staley is rated as 50/50 after tweaking his knee in Bristol.

The Larks were odd opponents for the Peacocks last season; after losing 6-2 and 10-2 at Wordsworth Drive, they won 3-0 on their own patch.

Robinson said: “It will be a real tough game, as they’re a physical side and it’s not an easy pitch to play on.

“It may not be a pretty match, but we need to apply ourselves, show good attitude and dig in.

“[The 3-0 defeat] was a lesson we took from last season, and we’ve spoken about it a lot – to go from a 10-2 win to 3-0 loss, it’s all about what you do on the day.”

The Peacocks then host Barnstaple Town on Tuesday (December 5, ko 7.45pm), the first in a series of six straight home games in the space of 22 days.

“It helps to have the games at home,” Robinson added.

“But we’ve spoken about the need for the players to look after themselves between Saturday and Tuesday.

“We’ve upped our intensity in the last few weeks, and if it drops that could cost us.”

Saturday fixtures
Evo-Stik Southern League West - Larkhall Athletic v Taunton Town (ko 3pm)
Toolstation Western League Premier Division - Wellington v Willand Rovers (ko 3pm)
Toolstation Western League First Division - Keynsham Town v Bishops Lydeard (ko 3pm)
Somerset County League Premier Division - Watchet Town v Wells City Reserves (ko 2pm)
Somerset County League Division 1 West - Minehead AFC v Weston St John (ko 3pm)