TAUNTON Town stand at the edge of what boss Rob Dray calls “a crucial month” of Southern League action.

There are some tasty-looking fixtures coming up in December, and if they have some of the intensity and drama of last week’s Salisbury match, the fans are in for a treat.

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Between now and January 1, the Peacocks face three of their fellow top six sides ...and Tiverton Town.

In-form Harrow Borough should certainly provide a stern examination this weekend, ahead of away games against mid-table Hartley Wintney and basement club Staines Town.

Taunton thumped Staines 4-0 on their Premier Division South bow back in August, and the Surrey side have only nine points from 18 league matches.

After that, the big ones – Tiverton on Boxing Day, Weymouth on December 29 and Merthyr Town on New Year’s Day.

Tiverton are sliding down the table, to ninth, having not won since November 3 – and ex-Taunton striker Jordan Rogers has left the club, moving to Frome Town.

Rogers is looking to hit the refresh button on his career, having suffered a horrendous facial injury last year.

Don’t count your chickens yet, though, Peacocks; you can chuck the formbook away come derby day, and any team with Levi Landricombe in its line-up is one to take seriously.

Weymouth are five points behind Taunton in the table, with two games in hand, and they’ve won both meetings so far this campaign – ending the Peacocks’ 35-game unbeaten run with a last-gasp 2-1 victory at the Bob Lucas Stadium, and then triumphing 3-1 in the FA Trophy at the Viridor Stadium.

So a measure of revenge is certainly on the agenda, and what a statement that would send out to the rest of the league.

Merthyr are fifth, three points off Salisbury and Hendon with a game in hand on both, and they trounced Tiverton 5-1 a couple of weeks back.

Taunton are doing brilliantly to sit top of the table as it stands; if they’re still there come January 2, then that really would be something to shout about.