CHARD Town entertain Oldland Abbotonians tomorrow in the Toolstation Western League First Division (ko 3pm), writes Colin Dunford.

The Robins will be looking for revenge for a 2-0 away defeat in early September, but they will be missing the influential Taoufik Ben Salem, who will be serving the second part of a two-match ban.

Chard Reserves, meanwhile, make the short trip to Wellington to play their counterparts in Macron Devon & Exeter League Division 1 (ko 2.15pm).

Chard boss Paul Down said: “Oldlands at home is a must-win game if we have any chance of finishing above them, given they have several matches in hand, so we need to be positive and start putting the chances away.

“There are no injuries to report, but Steve Friend is still away and Dave Duarte is working Saturdays at the moment.”

Meanwhile, the Devizes v Chard league fixture has been switched by the Western League from Saturday, April 21 to Tuesday, March 6.


HEAVY rain caused the postponement of the Ilminster Town v Middlezoy Rovers Somerset County Premier Division match last weekend.

It has been a bad week for the Blues, with the news that Adam Male broke his cheekbone last Saturday against Chilcompton and will be out for some time, while club captain Jonny May is also out for a while as he waits for a scan on his knee.

Both players have been outstanding this season, with May well deserving of a call-up to the Somerset League representative team with some excellent displays.

As for Male, he has not only stepped up to the first team from the Reserves this season, but has played in a number of different positions, never once looking out of place.

The club wish them a speedy recovery.

Tomorrow the Blues are home again, with a rearranged league match against Wells City Reserves at the Archie Gooch Pavillion (ko 2pm).

With Wells bottom of the league, it represents a golden opportunity for the Blues to gain three points to haul themselves up the table.

They are currently 13th in the standings, five points clear of the bottom two.


ILMINSTER Town Ladies were also due to play their Middlezoy Rovers counterparts last weekend, but Sunday’s game was another to be called off.

The Blues were hoping to get back out on the pitch this coming Sunday, away to Exeter City Ladies, but they have been frustrated once again.

Also on Sunday, Ilminster Town Ladies Reserves are scheduled to play away to Pen Mill Reserves in the Somerset County Women’s League Cup (ko 1.30pm).

As for Combe Ladies, they are set to face Evercreech Ladies in Division 2 of the County League (ko 2pm).