TAUNTON Town boss Rob Dray “expects a reaction” from tomorrow’s visitors Farnborough, who were stuffed 7-0 at home by Tiverton Town last weekend.

“I’d expect a reaction; there will be movement in their squad, and they’ve got good Southern League and National League South level players," said the Peacocks' head of football.

“We just have to go and do what we do to get a result.”

The Peacocks go into the fixture at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium (ko 3pm) off the back of four consecutive league draws, but Dray is not concerned by the nine-point gap between his side and Premier South leaders Poole Town.

“I think that if you get to the end of January and you’re in the top seven, eight or nine teams, you’re still in it – the league is so open.”

Taunton do have defensive concerns going into tomorrow’s match, with Nick Grimes unlikely to be fit and Shane White suspended.

Fellow defender Jamie Price was taken off as a precaution in Tuesday’s cup win at Bideford, while Dray admits that midfielder Zac Smith (on loan from Bristol City) is attracting attention from clubs higher up the food chain.

He said: “Zac has been drawing the attention of other sides in higher divisions, and obviously Bristol City want him playing at as high a level as possible."

Farnborough, who finished in a very respectable ninth spot in last season’s Premier South standings, began this 2019/20 campaign well enough.

Beaten 4-1 by high-fliers Poole Town on the opening day, they then reeled off three straight league wins, against Walton Casuals (2-0), Beaconsfield Town (3-1) and Merthyr Town (1-0).

But it’s all gone a bit wrong since then, losing 2-0 to each of Hayes & Yeading United, Truro City and Blackfield & Langley, before last weekend’s humbling at home to Tiverton.

Manager Spencer Day has responded to his side’s poor form by bringing in a couple of new players.

This week has seen defender Ed Cook, formerly of Hampton & Richmond Borough, join the club, and midfielder Brad Keetch has come in on loan from Maidenhead United.


WELLINGTON, who moved themselves off the bottom of the Western League Premier Division table with victory on Wednesday night, expect their biggest crowd for a number of seasons this Sunday.

The Tangerines picked up their first home win of the season, 3-1 over Tavistock, thanks to goals from Conor Bryant (2) and Josh Wadham.

Now, as part of the Western League’s ‘Groundhop Weekend’, their match at home to Exmouth Town has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, with a 2.30pm kick-off time at North Street.

‘Groundhoppers’ are football supporters whose hobby is visiting as many clubs as possible, and this year Wellington host the last of seven games, one after another from Friday night onwards.

Club secretary Jeff Brown said: “We’re expecting visitors from as far afield as Norway and Germany so it should be quite an occasion.

“Exmouth are also one of the best supported teams in the league, which means it will be all hands to the pumps.”

Admission to the game is £6 (all adults), with Under-16s free, and gates open at 1pm.