CHARD Hockey Club ladies’ title charge was put on hold due to the weather last weekend, but it looks to be only a matter of time until they earn promotion back in Sedgemoor Division 1.

Relegated last season, they have been totally dominant in Sedgemoor Division 2 this campaign, winning 16 straight games to sit nine points clear at the top.

They could have wrapped up the league title last Saturday, with a win at second-placed ECVH 2nds, only for the snow to decimate the sporting schedule.

This Saturday, weather permitting, Chard can finish the job if they win at home to Taunton Civil Service 2nds (11am start), and ECVH fail to beat Taw Valley 2nds.

Following that, and as well as the rearranged game with ECVH, Chard’s remaining fixtures will be away to Taunton Vale 5ths (March 17) and home to White Eagles 2nds (March 24).

Things are much tougher for Chard men’s 1st XI this season, following two quick-fire promotions, as they lie second from bottom in the GoCrea8 Central 1 standings.

Five points adrift of both Torbay and Bodmin, they were looking for precious points at home to mid-table side Plymouth Marjon B last Saturday to aid them in their scrap for survival.

They have three games remaining, with that Marjon game to be rearranged, and a home match with seventh-placed East Devon this coming Saturday (2pm) and away to Torbay, who are ninth, on March 17.

Chard A are hoping to hold on to a promotion place in South East 2, as their patchy recent form has left them five points behind table-topping East Devon C and two points ahead of ECV Hornets B in third.

Last weekend’s scheduled match at Yeovil & Sherborne B, who are 10th, has been postponed, and their other remaining games are away to fifth-placed Taunton Civil Service A this Saturday (1.30pm) and at home to bottom side Sidmouth & Ottery C on March 17.

Also in South East 2, Chard B could finish as high as fourth if results go their way between now and the end of the season.

With last weekend’s game at East Devon C coming to grief, they remain sixth in the table but within touching distance of fourth-placed Bridgwater C and Taunton CS A in fifth.

This Saturday (12.30pm), Chard entertain Taunton Vale D, who are ninth, and on March 17 they go to 11th-placed Minehead B.