CHARD Town visit third from bottom Ashton & Backwell United in the Toolstation Western League First Division on Saturday (2pm).

Manager Paul Down is under no illusions that it will be a tough game against a team fighting for points at the lower end of the table, and said: “These matches are often harder than playing teams higher up the league with pitches a great leveller.”

Striker Steve Friend is on holiday while Dave Duarte is working, so one of the talented reserves is likely to step up.

Chard Reserves entertain league leaders Exeter University Reserves in Division One of the Macron Devon & Exeter League at Zembard Lane (3pm).

Ilminster Town are at home in the Somerset County League Premier Division, welcoming fifth-placed Middlezoy Rovers to the Archie Gooch Pavilion.

The Blues are 12th going into the match, having lost 4-2 at home to leaders Chilcompton Sports last time out.

Combe St Nicholas are looking to bounce back from last weekend's 6-0 drubbing at home to Yatton & Cleeve in Division 1W as they travel to Clevedon United Reserves.