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HOCKEY: Chard A show great defensive qualities
8:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
BRIDGWATER had scored a remarkable 25 goals in their previous two matches in South East 2 of the Davis Wood league but Chard A managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
With regular keeper Jon Stone unavailable, stand-in Trevor Goss was well protected by the back four marshalled by captain Kyle Wheaton.
There was nothing Goss could do to prevent the home side taking the lead midway through the first half but otherwise he was solid on the few occasions Bridgwater had sight of goal.
Chard lacked punch up front early on but by the time Gareth Eggle fired in the equaliser from their second penalty corner, they were showing more confidence and putting the home defence under increasing pressure.
The momentum stayed with Chard for much of the second half and they looked the more likely to score again.
Youngsters Max Beale, George Retter and Jake Whitefield all impressed while Eggle and James Spurdle dominated in midfield.
Harvey Dening had struggled to make an impression in the first 35 minutes but became much more involved as he and Retter linked and switched positions on the right flank.
George Grossey along with Wheaton and veterans Dave Lury and Steve Mahoney kept a tight grip on Bridgwater’s forwards who became increasingly frustrated by the effectiveness of Chard’s defence.
There was the last minute drama of having to withstand two Bridgwater penalty corners for which their entire team came forward.
The final shot went wide. Chard had secured a well deserved point and were left to reflect on their own numerous missed chances to take all three.