Wednesday  October 12th 2011 Paulton Rovers Home Wed 12th October 2011 Somerset Premier Cup 1st Round Frome Town 1 Paulton Rovers 0 Frome Scorers: Matt Smith (73) Paulton Scorers: None Crowd: 196 Entertainment Value: 3 Star Man: Alex Lapham Frome Town progressed to the next round of the Somerset Premier Cup after beating  Paulton Rovers 1-0 thanks to a well taken goal by Matt Smith that decided a match that was full of good football, but with both sides tending to cancel each other out, strangely lacking in attempts on goal. Frome changed their side round considerably, with Tom Evans moving from left back to centre back and Lee Davidson coming in at left back for his first start of the season. Alex Lapham and Matt Smith started together in midfield and with Ricky Hulbert still unfit due to an ankle injury, Shaun Benison and Twain Plummer started together for the first time as twin strikers. The first half showed how evenly matched the two sides were, with good football being played, but few incidents of note. Kyle Tooze and Luke Ballinger were attempting to make things happen on the wings, and the 18th minute saw Tooze cut inside from the left but his shot cleared the bar by a long way. Twain Plummer brought a save from Kyle Phillips in the 30th minute as he bravely got his head to a corner, and a minute later a lovely through ball from Lapham set Ballinger free, but his slightly scuffed shot was easily saved. The Frome defence seemed comfortable dealing with any Paulton attacks, and at half time, the 0-0 scoreline was about right, with neither side having the upper hand in either territory or possession. The second half saw Frome more active on the left wing, with Tooze starting to combine well with Shaun Benison, but the final shot or cross always seemed to go well wide or high without troubling Phillips. Frome's best chance of the night almost produced an own goal as a left wing cross was headed towards his own net by Ollie Price and the ball would have buried itself in the net but only an acrobatic save by Phillips managed to push it away for a corner. It was looking like the match was destined to go to extra time and maybe penalties as these local derbies tend to do, but then Frome won the match in the 73rd minute as Mike Perrott attacked with pace into the Paulton area. As he drew the defenders, he was able to square the ball to Smith who drove a low right foot shot into the corner of the net from just inside the area for a very well taken goal that lifted the crowd. Once in front, Frome never looked like losing the lead, and other half chances came along but generally ended up in the stands, and with Alex Lapham almost scoring from a 30 yard free kick that was just tipped over the bar in the very last minute, the match finished with Frome good value for their victory. Alex Lapham was awarded the man of the match award.    Frome Town Paulton Kyle Phillips Stuart Tovey Charlie Rich Josh Jefferies Ollie Price Ben Osman Chris Lewis Jack Nik James Billings Adam Mahdi Stev Bridges Joe Bradley Jack Allward Craig Loxton Ben Lacey Officials R: D. Bryant A: S. Yiani A: C. Scriven Match Photos Photos of this match taken by our expert photographer Chas Hadfield can be viewed by clicking on this rectangle