Evo-Stik Southern League West
Taunton Town 1, Swindon Supermarine 0

MATT Buse scored the only goal of the game as Taunton Town extended their unbeaten league run to 20 games, while also maintaining their 12-point lead at the top of the standings.

In what was a game of few chances, Buse's second-half strike proved enough for the Peacocks, as playoff-chasing Swindon Supermarine had flashes of good play but no end product.

Exeter City loanee Joel Randall made his first Taunton start at left wing-back, with Ollie Chamberlain and captain Matt Wright also coming into the team.

The visitors started better, picking their passes while the home side failed to find their targets with long balls, but they created little of note.

The Peacocks looked sluggish, but did see Ben Adelsbury head Shane White's free-kick straight at Supermarine goalkeeper Josh Hill.

Then, on 15 minutes, they thought they had the lead when Randall raced down the left and cut the ball back, but as Chamberlain found the net, the flag went up - the linesman ruling that Randall has not kept the ball in.

Dan Sullivan half-volleyed over from Wright's knock-down, and Wright headed a Ryan Brett corner wide, but the best chance of the first half came three minutes before the break, as Callum Parson's got on the end of Michael Hopkins' ball in only to steer the ball just past Lloyd Irish's right-hand post.

They had another let-off just after the interval, Aaron Woodley drilling wide after some unconvincing defending from the hosts, but from there the Peacocks had their best spell of the game.

Ryan Brett picked out Chamberlain with a superb defence-splitting pass, and the crowd were ready to celebrate, but Chamberlain's fierce shot crashed against the underside of the bar and the visitors survived.

Chamberlain then went to right wing-back as Craig Veal came on for the injured Pierce Mitchell, just before Adelsbury's 35-yard free-kick - heading for the top corner - was clawed out by Hill.

The breakthrough finally came with 15 minutes left, as some smart thinking by Wright saw him take a throw-in quickly to Sullivan, who played in Buse, and he made no mistake with a near-post finish.

Supermarine, to their credit, piled on the pressure in a bid to equalise, but apart from hopeful crosses into the box and long-range shots, they had little to offer.

Home keeper Irish did well to back-pedal and tip over a dipping free-kick from Hopkins out wide, but that was the biggest moment of danger, as Taunton survived the siege to take the points.

The result - as well as extending their unbeaten league run to 20 matches - keeps them 12 points ahead of second-placed Salisbury, who were 5-1 winners over Slimbridge.

Taunton Town: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell (Craig Veal 58), Joel Randall (Toby Down 72), Ben Adelsbury, Keith Emmerson, Shane White, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (c) (Les Afful 88), Dan Sullivan, Matt Buse.
Substitutes not used: Josh Nelmes, Tom Stone.
Attendance: 513