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Darren Perrin eyes cup success after Frome Town off holders Weston-super-Mare

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

COMMITTED: Ben Wood makes a challenge for Frome Town during their 3-1 league defeat at home to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday

COMMITTED: Ben Wood makes a challenge for Frome Town during their 3-1 league defeat at home to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday

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Darren Perrin is targeting cup success for his Frome Town side after they beat holders Weston- super-Mare to reach the quarter-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup.

The Robins are also still in the Red Insure Cup, in which they host Bridgwater Town in two weeks' time, but Tuesday's 4-3 win at Weston was particularly pleasing for Perrin after losing to the same side in last season's competition and this year's FA Cup.

"Revenge is the wrong word but it was nice to beat them after two or three attempts and the manner in which we won was very pleasing," he said.

"Although our preparations were pretty awful on the day – Tom Evans and Dean Flockton both had to drop out so we had no centre-halves – we played some great football and thoroughly deserved the win.

"We started the game very well and got ourselves in front. We were dominating but then conceded two sloppy goals. If there is one concern at the moment it's that teams are not having to work hard to score against us.

"We have every intention of taking the Somerset Premier Cup and Red Insure Cup very seriously this year. We want to go as far as possible in those competitions."

Having lost at home to Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town at the weekend, Frome face another tough test with a trip to fourth-placed Stourbridge on Saturday (3pm).

Perrin felt that refereeing decisions went against his side in the 3-1 defeat to Hemel, who equalised with a controversial penalty, but says his team will be confident at Stourbridge following good recent performances.

"We go to Stourhead full of confidence after two or three decent performances," said Perrin. "We'll have a go at them and see what we can do.

"After this game we can get back to reality, playing the sides around us.

"Hemel Hempstead are a good side but it wasn't necessarily them that beat us on Saturday.

"We went ahead with a good goal but then we were let down and it was hard to take. We should have done better for their second goal but we came out in the second half and had a right go at them."

Evans is expected to be available this weekend but Perrin may face another last-minute call on Flockton, whose partner is expecting a baby.

Fellow centre-back Ryan Bennett can be recalled from his loan spell at Mangotsfield United if required but Alex Lapham is not expected to be available for another ten days, while Rob Hobbs is two or three weeks from match fitness after returning to full training following his ruptured Achilles.

Ollie Chenoweth is expected to deputise again for goalkeeper Darren Chitty, having joined from Plymouth Argyle on emergency loan last week.

"Darren's had to miss a couple of games for personal reasons and will probably miss this weekend too," explained Perrin.

"Ollie gets on well with the players and he seems happy enough; we're certainly happy to have him here. I cannot thank Plymouth enough for their help in loaning him to us."

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