Mids' bid vanquished by Vale
Taunton Vale 5 Mid-Somerset 4
A late goal inflicted defeat on Mid-Somerset as they came off second best in a nine-goal thriller following their trip to Taunton.
The visitors started positively despite being a couple of players short, while the continuous rain led to a very skiddy pitch which forced both sides into several mistakes.
Mids could not find the final pass they needed when in goalscoring positions and therefore could not take advantage of their dominance in possession.
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The home side took the lead against the run of play when an attacker lifted a shot past Josh Middleton.
Mids rallied and equalised through Jake Connick. It took several attempts but he finally found the back of the net at the third time of asking following a short corner.
The visitors took the lead through Christian Oliver just before half-time. The ball was worked through the Taunton defence and Oliver slipped the ball past the keeper.
The second half started promisingly and Mids took a two-goal lead when Steve Dowden hit the backboards. James Oliver drove down the line and squared to Dowden to slot home.
This acted as a wake-up call for Vale and, with Mids' work-rate dropping, they got back into the game with two goals in quick succession to level the scores.
Connick then bagged his second of the game to restore the visitors' lead with a well- worked goal.
Taunton equalised immediately, though, hitting the backboards from the restart. The goal clearly affected the visitors and, with five minutes remaining, Vale bagged the winner, meaning Mids have now lost 5-4 three times this season.
On Saturday, Mids entertain Exeter University (1pm).