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Two-goal Neal puts Taunton up into second spot


TAUNTON Town have moved back into second place in Southern Premier South after gaining three crucial points in a 2-1 home success against Kings Langley.

With leaders Weymouth suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat away to Beaconsfield, Taunton are still in with a slim chance of winning the championship, although they are five points adrift with only three matches to play.
Salisbury were impressive 4-1 winners away to Dorchester Town and remain fourth while Poole Town have gone fifth after their 3-2 home success against Basingstoke.
Another of the shock results of the day was Swindon Supermarine's 1-0 win over Met Police who started the day in second place and now drop to third.
It was not all plain-sailing for Taunton against Kings before a crowd of 564. Taunton appeared to be well in control after an hour's play when leading 2-0.
But Kings pulled a goal back against the run of play - and it became a different ball game.
Taunton made the better start and it was no surprise when top scorer Rocky Neal charged into the box, skipped past two defenders before shooting home in the 31st minute.
He also scored a second only six minutes later with a rocket of a shot from 30 yards.
Taunton continued to run the show and went into the second half looking as though they would increase their lead.
But, on 63 minutes, Kings suddenly found themselves back in the game with a goal by Steve Ward.
Kings goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyt made a splendid save to deny Shane White from scoring in the 68th minute, having made an equally fine stop to deny Ollie Chamberlain early in the first half.
Neal was not far away from scoring his third in the 86th minute, putting the ball just wide.

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