PRELIMINARY ROUND NEGOTIATED
Town are safely through to the 1st Round Qualifying of the FA Cup after a 5-1 victory over Odd Down at Wordsworth Drive this afternoon (29th August). Leading 2-1 at half time, the Peacocks knocked in three goals in a twelve minute spell soon after the break to destroy the hopes of their Western League visitors who had pushed a sluggish Town hard in the first 45 minutes. The home side had already come close through Jamie Price and Jordan Rogers before taking the lead on 23 minutes when a quick break down the left saw Ryan Broom's cross tucked in by Rogers from close range. A pacy Odd Down though continued to cause problems for Town's defence who sloppily conceded ten minutes later when Ashley McGrane laid the ball across from the right and Ben Wych got on the end of it to equalise. The Peacocks then regained the lead two minutes before half time when a move down the right led to Jamie Short playing a pass into Price's path who advanced before firing home across Odd Down keeper Ed Baldy and in off the far post. Dale Evans was fouled on the edge of the area which gave Ben Carter the chance to fire in a peach of a free kick for Town's third goal on 47 minutes and it was effectively game over when a header from the returning Owen Irish squeezed though Baldy's legs after 55 minutes for a 4-1 lead. Another Carter free kick from the edge of the box beat the diving Baldy who got a hand to it to conclude the scoring four minutes later with Town then coasting through the final 30 minutes, creating several more half chances and Aidan Chainey seeing his header hit the crossbar from Short's cross. To their credit Odd Down still continued to press forward at every opportunity to keep Town on their toes until the last whistle as the home side progressed to a meeting with Hellenic League outfit Tuffley Rovers at the Drive in a fortnight. Match report and photos to follow.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" Job done in terms of getting through to the next round and it was nice to get a few goals on the board as an added bonus. In the first half we were dreadful and the players knew it but they picked it up really well in the second half and made it a comfortable win in the end."