TAUNTON Town are looking to bounce back from their FA Trophy exit, as they host Blackfield & Langley tomorrow (ko 3pm).

Having had their fair share of giant-killings in recent years, it was the Peacocks’ turn to be knocked out by a lower-tier side, as Aveley won 2-1 in Monday night’s replay.

Head of football Rob Dray said: “The match being on a Monday does give us time to get bodies right, and we go again.

“We’ve got to get the negativity out of our system; we lost the club a few quid [in Trophy prize money], but we didn’t lose any league points.”

READ MORE: Peacocks dumped out of FA Trophy

Taunton sit sixth in Southern League Premier South, six points behind leaders Chesham United with a game in hand, and four behind Tiverton Town and Truro City.

Dray aims to “freshen up” his side with the inclusion of Ollie Chamberlain and Andrew Neal, who missed Monday’s defeat through injury and suspension, respectively.

Loanee Zac Smith, who played 20 minutes for Bristol City Under-23s on Monday, could also feature after an ankle injury.

The opposition

Blackfield & Langley, tomorrow’s visitors to the Cygnet Health Care Stadium, have been a little bit streaky this season.

The newly-promoted Watersiders sit in 15th place, with five wins and six defeats from 12 league games.

Four of those wins came in their first six matches, and four of the losses came in consecutive weeks between mid-September and mid-October.

They hit back by beating promotion hopefuls Weston-super-Mare 2-1, then drew 0-0 with Hartley Wintney, but their last four scheduled league matches – against Poole Town, Walton Casuals, Hayes & Yeading United and Tiverton Town – have been postponed.

Much of that is due to their FA Trophy tie with Truro City being called off twice due to the weather, and the teams then drawing 1-1 in Cornwall.

The tie was finally settled last Saturday, with goals from Hisham Kasimu, Lerone Plummer and Shaquille Gwengwe leading Blackfield to a 3-1 win.

That set up a second round qualifying tie with Kingstonian, which was played on Wednesday night and ended 3-0 to Kingstonian.

Plummer leads the scoring charts for the Watersiders with seven league goals so far this season, having scored 22 last term.

They won Division 1 South by seven points in 2018/19 to make it back-to-back titles under manager Glenn Howes, having won the Wessex Premier Division in 2017/18.

The club is based at the Gang Warily Recreation Ground, Hawley – 25 minutes out of Southampton.