THERE is no soccer at Zembard Lane this weekend, with both Chard teams away, writes Colin Dunford.

However, on Wednesday (February 28) the Robins have a re-arranged home clash with neighbours Bishops Lydeard in the First Division of the Western League (ko 7.30pm).

Tomorrow, Chard’s first team visit leaders Westbury United (ko 3pm).

The sides have already met this season, the infamous match at Chard that was abandoned with 30 seconds of normal time remaining, with the hosts leading 4-2 – to be replayed on April 7.

Commenting on last Saturday’s cup defeat to Bridport, Chard manager Paul Down said: “A good cup run came to an end in a close and pretty even game.

“Bridport showed their Premier Division class, and an expertly-taken goal.

“We had five attempts at goal in the first half, but didn’t hit the target.

“I’m happy with the effort and commitment from the players, but disappointed that the cutting edge in the final third was missing.

“We have to regroup and try to finish the season on a positive note, starting with a tough trip to Westbury.

“Matt Howell is back, but Jack Dicker may be unavailable due to work.”

Chard Reserves, meanwhile, visit Cullompton Rangers Reserves in Division 1 of the Macron Devon & Exeter league tomorrow (ko 3pm).

Chard look to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat at Lapford last weekend.


ILMINSTER Town will look to carry their good performance from last weekend into tomorrow's Somerset County League game.

They were beaten 2-1 by Premier Division holders Watchet Town last time out, but the visitors were very fortunate to come away with the points.

Next up for the Blues are mid-table Clevedon United, with the match starting at 2.30pm tomorrow at the Archie Gooch Pavilion.

On Sunday, Ilminster Town Ladies are set to visit Downend Flyers (ko 2pm).

They were due to play AEK Boco Ladies in the South West Women’s Premier Division last Sunday, but the game was postponed after a failed pitch inspection.