Taunton manager Leigh Robinson has made his fifth signing of the summer with the recruitment of Lewis Tasker from Tiverton Town.
Left back Tasker, 22, signed for Tiverton from Weymouth at the beginning of last season, having started his career at Exeter City. He has also played on loan at Forest Green Rovers. Robinson commented:” I’m really pleased to have Lewis on board. He is a tremendously gifted left back, fantastic on the ball and delivers a wicked set piece.
Along with Jamie Price, this now gives us two attacking full backs which will help us sustain attacks better, adding to our threat and occupying the opposition for longer. Lewis will also give us more of a threat from set pieces which is an area we struggled with last year.” The Peacocks have also signed Nat Pepperell permanently.
The 25 year old winger played several games for Taunton on loan from Conference South side Weston-super-Mare last season but struggled to find form and took a break from the game. Apart from Weston, Pepperell has previously featured for Bridgwater Town, Swansea City, Bath City and Tiverton Town. Robinson continued:” Nat is another significant signing for us. We didn’t see the best of him during his one month loan with us last season but he was nowhere near full fitness.
He’s now had a physical and mental break and is raring to go which can only be a great thing for us. Nat also adds to our list of Taunton-based players.” The two new recruits join Chris Young, Lee Matthews, Steve Murray and Jamie Price as new faces at Wordsworth Drive. In addition Owen Irish, Rodney Marsh, Andy Robertson, Simon Ingram, Shane Kingston, Rob Norrish, Jamie Short, Ben Mammola, Craig Herrod and Josh Wadham have all resigned from last season’s squad.
The retaining of Players’ Player of the Year Mammola is another bonus for the Town boss. “Ben will now be available for midweek games which is like signing half a new player. He only featured in just over half our games last year due to midweek work commitments. Consequently we used umpteen centre backs to cover his absence which massively affected our defensive cohesion so his settled availability is another major improvement that we’ve made for the new season.” Further additions to the squad are planned before pre-season training starts in early July.