CHARD A brought the curtain down on their league campaign with an entertaining goal fest, played in a good spirit, as they beat Bridgwater C 10-3 in South East 2 of the Davis Wood league.
There is some conjecture as to who scored which goals but Chard were 5-1 up at half-time having sprinted to a threegoal lead inside the first ten minutes.
Harry Felgate scored twice including the opener from the first meaningful attack of the game.
Bridgwater reduced the deficit to 3-1 with their first foray of any threat into Chard’s D but the three goal advantage was swiftly restored with the first of James Spurdle’s goals and Adam Veitch wrapped up the scoring for the first-half as early as the 20th minute with a reverse stick shot high into the net from the edge of the D.
Dan Stone plundered a hat-trick and Chard re-discovered their form in front of goal immediately after the break scoring from consecutive penalty corners.
The first was a crisp Gareth Eggle shot just inside the post, the second involving an assist from man-of-the-match Trevor Goss who patiently held the ball up before slipping a pass to Alex Maggs who scored from close range.
Then James Spurdle added his second and Chard’s eighth, striking home after Harvey Denning got in front of the keeper to collect a long pass into the D and laid the ball back.
Bridgwater’s keeper was injured in this incident and Chard may have relaxed a little too much as they conceded a sloppy goal quickly after the restart.
Stone’s third goal put Chard on the front foot again and although Bridgwater added their third as the game went into its final quarter, Chard swiftly responded with their tenth, a well-worked short passing team effort to wrap up an emphatic win.
With Dave Lury sidelined with a niggling injury and Paul Tratt departing the field within the first ten minutes, Jason Goddard assumed the linchpin role at the centre of the back three, making some well timed interceptions to minimise the visitors' attacking chances.
Their fluid front line formation meant Chard’s midfield had to be on its toes to assist the defence and keeper Berge Balian and, apart from the occasional lapse of concentration, they were equal to the task.
Thanks to umpires Jim Sainsbury and Andy Swain and to match sponsor the Bell & Crown.