TAUNTON Town head of football Rob Dray criticised his side's defending after the Peacocks were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Dorchester Town on Saturday.

Brennan Camp's 38th-minute strike cancelled out Andrew Neal's early opener, cutting Taunton's lead at the top to four points, and Dray was honest about where he feels his side need to improve.

He said: "It feels like a loss. We had enough chances to win two games there.

"We have got to defend better - it's not good enough, simple as that.

"They've settled for their point as soon as they scored, and they worked very hard to be fair to them.

"I think with the chances we had, we should have won quite easily. We should have been 3-0 up in the first half but if you don't defend properly in this division somebody will hurt you.

"I keep saying it - the players are bored of hearing it and I'm bored of hearing it - but we have to defend better as a unit.

"We are there to be shot at. One or two looked under a bit of pressure in front of another big crowd and looked like they didn't fancy it today. That's not good enough for this club, me or the rest of the players.

"It feels like a loss but it isn't, the reality is we got another point. If you take four points from six off every team you won't be in bad nick."

Expanding on his team's defensive struggles, Dray said: "I think it's concentration, maybe a bit of fatigue.

"We had to shuffle the pack again today - that's not an excuse, we should have enough to beat Dorchester at home, with all due respect to them.

"Perhaps it is a bit of a hangover [from a busy festive spell] - we probably need a body or two in to freshen things up, which we are working on at the moment."

Dray was impressed with the performance of debutant goalkeeper Chandler Hallett, who hails from Cheddon Fitzpaine and is on loan from Colchester United.

"We wanted to have a look at Chandler," Dray said.

"Mike [Davies] isn't available on Wednesday and I didn't think it would be right to just throw him in for that, I wanted to give him a chance to get himself into it.

"I was thoroughly impressed. He's a great lad, an infectious personality with a good attitude, as you would expect from a pro club. He did everything right today and couldn't do anything about the goal."

Town welcome Beaconsfield Town on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) looking to end their three-match winless run.

"Midweek is a good time to bring teams from London down - they have had a tough couple of games," Dray said.

"We will have to pull our socks up and get on with it."