Chard 44 Bridgwater and Albion 14

CHARD upset the form book with a stunning victory in which they scored six tries with former skipper Mark Parsons claiming three of them.

The win put a real dent into Bridgwater’s promotion hopes but they were generally outplayed throughout. Chard were particularly dominant in the forwards and the visiting eight had a torrid afternoon.

The entire Chard pack comprising Aplin, Biss, Jenkins, Miller, Gosden, Bartlett, Parsons and Hopkinson were outstanding and collectively played really well . Aaron Hunt darted in for the opening try converted by John Humphrey and Chard never looked back.

Two well kicked penalties from Humphrey and the first Parsons try which was also converted gave Chard a 20 point advantage.

Any hopes that Bridgwater had of getting back into the game were really over in the opening minutes of the second half when Parsons went over for his second try and with the whole team playing well it was no surprise when Louis Bartlett went over for the bonus point try 15 minutes into the half and with the conversion Chard were 32 points to the good.

Bridgwater eventually got on the scoresheet but a dropped pass was picked up cleanly by Hunt who scorched under then posts for another Chard try converted by Humphries.

Scrum half Franklin got a second try for Bridgwater with a fine individual effort but Chard finished things in style when Parsons crossed for his third try.