South East 2
Tiverton 2, Chard A 2
WHAT a difference seven days make. After last week’s inept performance, Chard 2nd XI rediscovered their competitive spirit to take a point at Tiverton and to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
Chard avoided reacting to a string of extraordinary decisions, only losing Trevor Goss to the sin bin for attempting to make a lofted pass.
The ball struck a Tiverton player and was deemed so serious a misdemeanour as to warrant his banishment for a good five minutes.
Chard had few opportunities to venture into their opponents’ D but made the most of when they did.
Goss fed a pass to Harvey Dening who slipped the ball through the advancing keeper’s legs to take the lead midway through the first half.
This spurred Tiverton into even greater efforts coming forward and, with some swift interplay, they carved open Chard’s defence for a shot Richard Green had no chance of saving.
Green was called upon to make some brave blocks and fine reaction saves as the pressure was piled on.
All square at half time, captain James Spurdle urged the team to maintain their composure and led from the front, despite some controversial decisions.
Tiverton took the lead from one of their many penalty corners.
From another rare foray into Tiverton’s D, however, a Gary Wheaton assist allowed Dening to prod home the equaliser.
Chard richly deserved their point and the elation at the final whistle showed how much it meant to the entire team.
Match sponsor: Porter Dodson Solicitors.
Squad: R Green, N Liggins, A Critchley, P Tratt, S Mahoney, N Parkinson, J Spurdle (capt), T King, T Goss, H Dening, G Wheaton, S Horne.
- On Saturday, Chard A meet Chard B in a league derby.