TAUNTON Town believe Lloyd Irish was "left exposed" after a supporter at yesterday's match at Salisbury threw a £1 coin at the goalkeeper.

Salisbury won the match 3-2, after two Taunton players were sent off, but one of the biggest talking points has been the incident involving Irish.

Peacocks boss Rob Dray spoke to the County Gazette earlier today about what had happened.

"Lloyd tried to give [the coin] to the referee but was booked for time-wasting," he said.

"I've never seen something like that happen before.

"I think the game should have been stopped and stewards brought over to protect the players."

He added: “There will be more to come from it; I know Kevin [Sturmey] and the board were disgusted with it.”

At 12.42pm, Salisbury released a club statement, which said: "Salisbury FC are aware that a coin was thrown onto the pitch in the vicinity of the Taunton goalkeeper.

"The offender has been identified and the appropriate action will be taken which will include a ban for a determined period.

"Salisbury FC would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Lloyd Irish for the actions of this individual."

This afternoon, Taunton chairman Kevin Sturmey confirmed that the club would report the incident.

He told the County Gazette: "We will report it as a club to the FA and refer them to Salisbury, who I believe have completed an incident report.

"I will speak to a few people, to check that protocol was followed.

"The game should have been stopped and stewards deployed, but Lloyd was left exposed.

"A £1 coin could have done serious damage."