National League South: Taunton Town 0-1 Weston-super-Mare

TAUNTON Town Football Club have been relegated from the Vanarama National League South.

The Peacocks’ fate was confirmed after defeat this evening (Thursday, April 18) at home against local rivals Weston-super-Mare AFC.

The match ended 0-1 in favour of the Seagulls and made certain Taunton will be the final of the four teams to be relegated from the division.

The football club said at full time: "With the result tonight our relegation from the Vanarama South has been confirmed.

"Taunton Town suffer the first relegation in their history. Thank you all for your support this season, we'll be back stronger, together."

It was a cagey affair, as local derbies are, but come the end of it, a Marlon Jackson late second-half goal was the difference.

Captain Nick Grimes was still unavailable to start the match after picking up a knock, the same for Zac Smith, the pair were on the bench however. Nat Jarvis was not in the matchday squad at all.

Club legend Lloyd Irish was in goal as well as Dan Lavercombe served his suspension meaning there was no reserve keeper on the bench.

In the first half Taunton forced saves through Lloyd James and Ben Acey shots but there were no real clear goal scoring opportunities.

It was a half though where Taunton had more of the possession, they were just unable to turn it into a goal.

Then in the second period, it was more of the same, as Weston tried to deal with Taunton's push forward.

On 71 minutes, Evander Grubb found himself one-on-one with Max Harris but his shot was straight at the Weston keeper and was saved.

Harris made more saves as Cam Evans and Ollie Chamberlain hit shots on target.

But on 83 minutes Marlon Jackson chipped the ball over the head of Lloyd Irish to make it 0-1.

From there, the Peacocks tried to find an equaliser, although they needed two goals to remain in the relegation fight.

They were unable to and as the referee blew his whistle for full time, a sombre mood made its way across the Wordsworth Drive crowd.