Despite holding an interval lead, and scoring twice, Wimborne returned home without reward.
Yet it all started so well. Curtis Young drilling the ball past Lloyd Irish from the edge of the box on 12 minutes after patient possession play through mid-field. Although the Peacocks peppered Gerard Benfield’s goal from distance, the closest they came in the first period was when Craig Veal’s shot hit the top of the bar on 44 minutes.
Wimborne dominated the first ten minutes of the second half with slick pass and move football. Following such a flowing move down the right, Franklyn Clarke’s goal-bound shot was blocked. And instead of the cushion of a two-goal lead, the Magpies found themselves back on level terms as the home side counter-attacked at pace and Ryan Brett scored after a strong run through mid-field on 56 minutes.
This was the start of a power-play by the athletic hosts. Two minutes later Benfield managed to turn another Brett rocket onto the bar before Dan Sullivan reacted quickest to score from the rebound. On 73 minutes Matt Wright crossed from the right by-line for Craig Veal to slide in and score, and five minutes later Wright drove the ball through Benfield for number four.
There was consolation for the visitors when returning substitute Jack Lovell was played through by Luke Burbidge to score with his first touch seven minutes before the end.
There was much to admire about Wimborne’s performance, but Taunton were too strong and quick during that devastating 22-minute period.
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