THE next week will prove a real test of Taunton Town's promotion aspirations, with tough fixtures against Swindon Supermarine (tomorrow, 3pm), Merthyr Town (Tuesday) and Salisbury (next Saturday).

Aside from top scorer Andrew Neal, who remains a doubt after missing the last three games with a knee injury, Taunton's head of football Rob Dray expects to have a full squad available.

In Neal's absence, Jamie Short and Dan Sullivan have scored twice in the Peacocks' last two games.

Fourth-placed Supermarine are three points ahead of Taunton in the table, but have lost their last two league games - 3-1 at home to Truro City and 2-0 away to Poole Town.

The Peacocks, after an iffy run of form around the turn of the year, are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions.

Regarding Supermarine, who came away from the Cygnet Health Care Stadium with a 1-1 draw in September, Dray said: “They’ve signed well, they’ve had stability and not many injuries.

“They have a formula which works well, and it’s a well-run club.”

Conor Mcdonagh has six goals, and Harry Williams three, in Supermarine's seven league games so far in 2020.