Toolstation Western League Premier Division

Bridgwater Town 4, Shepton Mallet 1

BRIDGWATER Town stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with a comfortable win over Shepton Mallet at Fairfax Park.

The Robins started on top and earned a series of early corners, taking the lead from one of them when Jack Taylor fired home George Painter's knock down.

Jake Brown then doubled the lead on 25 minutes, latching on to a short backpass and rounding the goalkeeper before slotting into the empty net.

Town then made life difficult for themselves by giving away a needless penalty, Sam Towler pushing his man to the ground inside the area as the ball was going away from goal, and Tyson Pollard sent Jake Viney the wrong way from the spot to halve the deficit.

Bridgwater's two-goal cushion was restored before the break, however, as Taylor picked up his second of the afternoon with a typically clinical finish after being played through by Dave Thorne.

The second half lacked the goalmouth action of the first, though Viney had to be alert to tip over Hill's effort from long range.

Town secured the points from the spot as Brown was brought down - Jake Llewellyn did the necessary from 12 yards to complete a league double over Shepton Mallet with an aggregate score of 9-2 across the two matches.

The hosts could even have replicated the 5-1 win earlier in the season but substitutes Craig Allan and Carl Jones sent headers against the crossbar and over the top, respectively.

The win keeps Town on the coat-tails of the top four with nine league matches to play, and it is cup action in midweek as Bridgwater head to Calne Town in the last eight of the Les Phillips Cup on Tuesday.

Bridgwater Town: Jake Viney, Dave Thorne, Jake Llewellyn, Mark Armstrong, George Painter, Tom Ellis (Craig Allan 60), Mike Duffy (Harry Horton 67), Sam Towler, Jack Taylor, Jake Brown (Carl Jones 75), Ian Bellinger