Frome Town 0 Bridgwater 2 Pepperel (22 pen) & (72) Crowd:159 Man of the Match: Luke Ballinger Somerset Premier Cup holders Frome Town surrendered their trophy as they were easily beaten by Bridgwater in a game that never really got going. On a cold, still night and on a good pitch, the match started quietly, with the only moment of note being in the 5th minute as a Peters 25 yard left foot shot just screamed over the bar. Bridgwater's first attack of the night happened in the 21st minute and was tidied up by Pass, but they bizarrely went ahead one minute later as a Bridgwater forward cut into the box, fell to the ground and the play was interrupted by the referee's whistle. As everyone in the ground (including all the players on both sides ) looked towards the referee with a puzzled look, they realised that he had awarded a penalty to Bridgwater for some infringement that will forever remain a mystery. The Frome management and players protested strongly, but Pepperrel stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past Pass to give Bridgwater the lead. The goal definitely sparked some much needed life into the game, the crowd woke up and the next ten minutes was pretty frantic with numerous free kicks being given. Bridgwater went close in the 26th minute as Ballinger hooked the ball of the danger area with an overhead kick, and then Pass brought off the save of the match in the 34th minute as Young latched onto a slick through ball to turn and shoot from 15 yards. The second half saw Bridgwater go close in the 46th minute as a corner was scrambled off the Frome line, but then the match settled into a scrappy encounter punctuated by numerous free kicks.  Frome managed their first shot on target in the 68th minute as Ballinger charged the ball down, played it to Allison, received the ball and brought a comfortable save from Buckingham with a 20 yard shot. Bridgwater went close in the 71st minute as a free kick caused problems, and they increased their lead one minute later as a right wing corner evaded everyone allowing Trowbridge to score with a left foot volley from the far post. Frome's only real bright spot of the night came in the 73rd minute with the return of the inspirational Jon Crowley to the pitch after a 12 month absence due to a broken leg sustained in a Somerset Premier Cup match against Bath City last year. After increasing their lead, Bridgwater just shut the game down, Frome failed to work out a way of causing them problems and the game never threatened to become a contest from that point. Bridgwater's captain Chris Young was sent off in the final minute as he kicked the ball away, received a second yellow for dissent and was shown the red card. Luke Ballinger was presented with the man of the match award by representatives of H&B Tyres who sponsored the match. Frome Town Players Tom Pass Stev Hunt Mike Reaney Callum Henry (73) Craig Fullam Matt Peters  (57) D. Thompson Luke Ballinger Mark Salter (73) Sim Allison Ben Osman Jon Crowley (73) Ben THomson (57) Simon Millard (73) Jamie Cheeseman Ricky Hulbert  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Bridgwater  Players Luke Buckingham Jamie Price Leigh Bailey Justin Porter Matt Villis Jamie Laird Steve Orchard Andy Robertson Chris Young Brett Trowbridge Natt Pepperel Matt Pitcher Lewis Tasker Graham Mercica Matt Beadle Marcus Duharty  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 Frome Town Management Darren Perrin Derek Graham Mike Clarke Shaun Baker Mike Kilgour   M A P K C Match Officials R Hulme B Mortimer R Carlisle   R A A Zamaretto League Match Reports Abingdon (H) AFC Totton (A) Mangotsfield Utd (A) Thatcham Town (H) VTFC (A) North Leigh (H) Andover (A) Bracknell (A) AFC Hayes (H) Bridgwater (A) Cirencester (H) Andover (H) Bishops Cleeve (H) Windsor & Eton (A) Uxbridge (A) Yate Town (H) Hungerford Town (A) Cinderford Town (H) Gosport Borough (A) Bedfont Green (A) Paulton Rovers (H) AFC Hayes (A) Bracknell Town (H) Uxbridge (H) Cirencester (A) Taunton Town (A) Bridgwater (H) Windsor&Eton (H) Abingdon (A) AFC Totton (H) North Leigh (A) Thatcham Town (A) VTFC (H) Mangotsfield (H) Bedfont Green (H) Bishops Cleeve (A) Paulton Rovers (A) Cinderford (A) Hungerford Town (H) Taunton Town (H) Yate Town (A) Gosport Borough (H) FA Cup  Hamworthy (A) FA Trophy Chippenham (A) Red Insure Cup Clevedon Town (A) Som Prem Cup Weston s Mare (H) Bridgwater (H)