CHARD Town have a big local derby at Zembard Lane tomorrow (Saturday), when they will be looking to complete the Toolstation Western League First Division double over neighbours Sherborne Town (3pm).

Back in August, Chard won 5-2 at Sherborne with Taoufik Ben Salem netting four times.

Added spice is added to the clash, as two players from each side have swapped clubs since the previous meeting.

Ollie Pearson and Alex Stafie have joined Chard from Sherborne, whilst Luke Jackson and Nick Jacobs have moved in the opposite direction.

Chard have two players back, as Ben Haines and Matt Howell return having completed one match bans.

The only Chard doubt is Steve Friend, who picked up a dead leg last Saturday and was replaced at half time by the returning Stafie. Dave Duarte is unavailable due to work.

Chard manager Paul Down said: “I am expecting a tough encounter, as Sherborne’s league position will count for nothing. It is bound to be feisty but our home form has been good of late and we go into the game with confidence.”

Chard Reserves, whose match last Saturday was postponed, have a trip to Taunton Saturday League side Bishops Lydeard Reserves in the quarter-final of the Somerset Junior Cup (1.45pm).


ILMINSTER Town welcome Somerset County Premier Division leaders Chilcompton Sports to the Archie Gooch Pavilion tomorrow (2pm).

The Blues are 12th in an increasingly congested bottom half of the table, five points ahead of second-bottom Staplegrove.

Ilminster Town Reserves travel to Millwey Rise in Division 5 of the Macron Devon & Exeter League, while on Sunday Ilminster Town Ladies are away to local rivals Bishops Lydeard Ladies (2pm), with the Blues fourth in the South West Women's Premier Division standings and Lydeard fifth.

In Somerset County Division 2, Ilminster Ladies Reserves host Evercreech Ladies.


COMBE St Nicholas aim to continue the fine form that has taken them up to third from bottom in the Somerset County Division 1 West table, although this weekend they have a stern test in the form of Yatton & Cleeve United (2pm).

Tomorrow's visitors are currently third in the standings.

On Sunday, Combe Ladies are away to Pen Mill Reserves, while Somerset County Division 2 also sees Crewkerne Ladies at Purnell Reserves.