CHARD'S winning run in South East 1 of the Davis Wood league came to an end when they were beaten 3-2 at East Devon B.
Their once consolation was that they hold on to third place in the table.
East Devon enjoyed plenty of the early possession but Chard eventually settled before taking the lead.
Brendan Viggers threaded a great ball behind the defence to Matt Sheahan who squared across the keeper for Bertie Squires to calmly sweep home.
Unfortunately for the visitors East Devon equalised with a scrappy goal just before half time.
In the second half Chard upped their game and were soon awarded a short corner which Brendan Viggers converted with a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
As the second half progressed the game became heated and a good deal more physical, with the umpires having to speak to the captains to try and gain some control.
As a result the game became very stop-start and Chard were unable to get into a rhythm.
East Devon then sneaked the ball over the line in a goal-line scramble to draw the scores level.
The heated nature of the game continued to escalate and when a sliding East Devon defender bundled into Viggers – not for the first time – East Devon were reduced to ten.
Chard put in plenty of effort in to make the most of the extra man with some good efforts from Murphy and Squire and a goal disallowed from Sheahan.
But it proved to no avail. In the dying minutes East Devon broke through and after a foul from the Chard defence in the D they were awarded a controversial penalty flick while Crease was sent to the sin bin.
East Devon gratefully converted their flick. Chard hope to get back to winning ways at home to Taunton Civil Service this Saturday.