After 60 competitive matches, the Peacocks bring the curtain down on their impressive season with the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Bridgwater Town FC tomorrow evening (5th May), kick-off 7.45pm. The game against Weston-super-Mare gives Town the opportunity to end the season with some silverware and claim the trophy for the third time in four years but they face a tough task against the National League South side which completed the campaign in 15th spot after gaining four victories from their final six fixtures. Town though have risen to the occasion against Weston’s divisional rivals this season, beating both Hampton and Richmond Borough and Hemel Hempstead Town in the FA Cup and only losing out to Chelmsford City with a last minute goal in the FA Trophy, so they will again hope to bridge the gap at Fairfax Park tomorrow evening. After having a bye in the first round, the Peacocks have progressed to the Final with wins over Western League sides Odd Down (on penalties), Clevedon Town and Keynsham Town while the Seagulls have disposed of Shepton Mallet, Larkhall Athletic, Bath City and Brislington.
The Peacocks will not be at full strength for tomorrow’s meeting though with several players absent for various reasons. Ed Palmer has been given a two game suspension for his dismissal at Tiverton in last week’s Play-Off Final, meaning he will also miss the first match of next season, and Craig Veal has a hip injury whilst Ben Palmer is cup tied having played for Bridgwater in an earlier round and Jordan Rogers, Ross Staley and Craig Duff are all away. As in previous rounds, the squad will include development players Tom Stone, Billy Greene, Charlie Melvin-Sparks, Kye Toogood and Rhys Ford. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We’re hopeful of ending the season with a trophy but of course will start as big underdogs against Weston. I was always going to include all the young lads who have got us this far in the competition as it’s certainly the right thing to do and they have deserved it. The pitch at Bridgwater wasn’t the greatest to say the least on Easter Saturday so hopefully that will be a leveller but we’ll give everything and hope to give the fans a reward for their support in this very long but memorable season.”