Taunton take honours in Somerset Derby

Two late goals saw City beaten by Taunton Town at a sunny Twerton Park this afternoon. The game had looked to be heading for a deserved goalless draw, with defences firmly on top for both sides, but with 14 minutes left the visitors got a break in front of goal, Max Harris’ great stop from Sims-Burgess’ shot dropped perfectly for Evans to stroke the ball into the net. And six minutes later the Peacocks secured a successful first ever league visit to Bath when Morgan’s low effort beat Harris’ despairing dive. Against the massed ranks of light blue shirts, City lacked a cutting edge during a low-key first half, with an early Jack Batten header and a blocked shot from Chris Lines just before the break a rare threat to Bycroft’s goal. Wannell headed Taunton’s only real sight over goal over the bar eight minutes before half-time, but the second half began in more lively fashion, as Scott Wilson forced a smart save from Bycroft before Harris had to turn Chamberlain’s deflected shot over the bar. The game soon fell back into its first half pattern though and it looked as if both sides would settle for a point apiece. However, Taunton had other ideas to more or less secure their National League South place for another season and put a real dent in City’s play-off hopes.