Sedgemoor 2
Taunton Civil Service 0, Chard Ladies 5

CHARD secured their position at top of the table with a strong 5-0 win over Taunton Civil Service. 

Chard immediately noticed the difference of returning Tess Down, who controlled the middle of the pitch and helped to facilitate attacking runs from wides Amy Goss, Emma Cridland and Kate Phillips.

Chard attempted a few different routines from short corners and were finally rewarded when Blackshaw picked up the ball in the D and confidently slotted home. 

Chard’s second also came from a short corner in the last 10 minutes of the first half as Down drilled it back to the post for Abbi Wheaton to knock it in. 

Captain Hannah McGown switched to a 4-3-3 at the break, and this tactic quickly paid off with a chip over the defender from Cridland finding Lou Wrightson, who netted Chard’s third goal. 

Wrightson soon secured Chard’s win from a well placed position on the left post to make it 4-0. 

Chard’s attacking trio of Wheaton, Jess Withers and Sasha Taylor continued to make life tough for the Civil Service defence, and Wheaton was soon rewarded with her second goal.

The visitors had to survive some late pressure, but left with their clean sheet intact after a good performance.

Chard’s main rival for the league title, White Eagles 2, secured a 7-0 victory to leave Chard with the knowledge that they are hot on their heels. 

Player of the Match - Lou Wrightson (pictured)

Thanks to match sponsor Brecknell Willis & Co Limited. 

Squad: Hannah McGown (c), Misha Taylor, EJ Hines, Natalie Slade, Lorraine Szczepanksi, Lyndsay Blackshaw, Tess Down, Amy Goss, Emma Cridland, Kate Phillips, Jess Withers, Abbi Wheaton and Sasha Taylor. 

CHARD men’s 1sts were thumped 9-1 at Okehampton, while the A team won 3-1 at home to Taunton Vale in South East 2.

This weekend, the first team host Dart and the A team are at Minehead B.

GoCrea8 South East 2
Chard B 3, West Dorset A 1

CHARD B dominated against the side from Bridport. 

Kevin Mooney opened the scoring, but the visitors equalised on a rare attack.

Undeterred, Chard retook the lead through Rollo Squire.

The second half saw the hosts take control, but they squandered a great many chances.

Kacey Hibbard pulled off a couple of fine saves for Chard, who wrapped it up when debutant Bradley Cooper scored.

Chard: Hibbard, Dare, Mooney, Swann, Lewis, Willis, Bromfield, Squire, B Cooper, D Cooper, Swain, Float, Washbourne.

This Saturday, Chard B go to Sidmouth & Ottery B (1.30pm).