THERE was nothing bent about the coppers who attended the scene of the crime on Saturday.

Instead it was Taunton Town’s 35-game unbeaten home league record which was killed in the line of duty, as Metropolitan Police made off with the loot (three points).

The Peacocks had revived their title ambitions – and made the Somerset Premier Cup final – with three wins, the most impressive of them a 1-0 win at Chesham United, but Weymouth look to be almost home and hosed now.

Favourites to win the league and possessing deadly goalscorer Brandon Goodship, Weymouth have showed their hand when it’s mattered most, keeping it tight at the back and swatting aside teams in the last few weeks.

Their form has been unpredictable for much of the season, dropping points when you would least expect it, but the arrival of spring seems to have coincided with a run to the finish as well-timed as Tiger Roll’s.

As for Taunton, they were probably at their best in October and November, and while they’ve done well to stay in contention at the top of the table, they’ve rarely shone in the last few months.

What’s got them over the line in games has been gritty determination and character, from a squad which has gelled well over the last couple of seasons and fights for each other.

In that time they’ve made the Viridor Stadium a fortress, with Met Police doing what the likes of Salisbury and Weymouth have failed to do in the previous 35 league games there, and grab a win.

Attendances at Wordsworth Drive had grown steadily, with that passionate home support clearly helping the Peacocks players.

It makes securing a home play-off all the more important, and so that has to be the primary objective for Rob Dray and his charges now.

Finishing second or third in the table would earn a play-off semi-final in Taunton, and the final too if they come second.

After that, who knows? THE play-off final would be against a team from Premier Central... but there’s a long way to go until we reach that point.