Winning the Southern Premier South title earned Taunton Town their first attempt at the National South and they passed with a tight defence. Goals were at a premium when the Peacocks played, keeping fourteen clean sheets as they finished with the sixth best defence in the division. At the other end of the pitch, they ended in the same position for fewest goals, meaning matches involving the Somerset club averaged the lowest goals per game. Yet it served Taunton Town well as they made themselves at home with a mid-table finish to secure another season in the National South. Although February was a sticky period for the Peacocks, they coped with the heavy April schedule by winning six of their last ten fixtures keeping them clear from a relegation scrap.
National South: 14th
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 4th Round
County Cup: 2nd Round
Top League Scorer: Ross Stearn (8 goals)
Manager – Rob Dray
A first ever season at National South level for the club, Dray continued his success as Taunton Town boss with a respectable campaign. He became part of the backroom team in the summer of 2016 and two years later was lifting the Southern Division One West title. Shortly after Dray was promoted to interim manager before being appointed Head of Football, guiding the Peacocks to second in their first ever campaign in the Southern Premier League South. He then went one better the following season winning the division, to secure promotion to the National South, and last term guided the Peacocks to mid-table.
After a solid first season in the National South, the Peacocks have concentrated on retaining most of the squad from last season. Austen Booth has made the step up from Plymouth Parkway, Dan Lavercombe arrives from FC United of Manchester and Phil Mendonca from Exeter City. One player they will miss is Jake Wannell who moved to Yeovil Town.
|Transfers In||Transfers Out|
|Austen Booth (Plymouth Parkway)||Jake Wannell (Yeovil Town)|
|Dan Lavercombe (FC United of Manchester)|
|Phil Mendonca (Exeter City)|
Head to Head
Dartford wins: 0 / Taunton Town wins: 2 / Draws: 0
Dartford 0 – 1 Taunton Town (13/04/2023 – National South)
Taunton Town 2 – 1 Dartford (20/08/2022 – National South)
Taunton Town v Dartford – Saturday 2nd September 2023
Dartford v Taunton Town – Saturday 24th February 2024
- Taunton Town were one of three teams to complete the league double over Dartford last season
- The Darts have yet to score at Princes Park against the Peacocks
- It took 346 minutes for Taunton Town to score for the first time in the National South and it came against Dartford at Wordsworth Drive
Match Highlights – 2022/2023