CHARD Town’s playing resources will be stretched to the limits on Saturday when they host Wells City in the First Division of the Toolstation Western League (3pm).

Chard manager Jamie Manley has five players unavailable and doubts over the fitness of midfielder Sam Smith, who missed last Saturday’s defeat at Corsham. Smith is suffering with a twisted knee.

On Wednesday (Oct 10), Chard entertain Keynsham in the Somerset Premier Cup (7.30pm), when most of the unavailable players will be back.

After four straight wins, Manley was disappointed not to get at least a draw at Corsham. 

He said: “We just could not find the net. Ryan Parris hit the post and the home ‘keeper made a fine save from Liam Cleal. 

“However, we will rebuild and go again against Wells City, who were a Western League Premier side last season.”

Chard Town Reserves head to Sidmouth Town Reserves in Division 1 of the Devon & Exeter League.

It is cup action for Ilminster Town as Cheddar Reserves come to the Archie Gooch Pavilion in the Somerset Senior Cup 2nd round for a 2pm kick-off.

Cheddar are having a good season and are unbeaten and top of Division 3, so it will be another stiff test for the Blues.

Ilminster Town Reserves are also on cup duty, travelling to South Petherton Reserves in the Daisy Hutchings Cup.

Combe St Nicholas travel to Winscombe Reserves in Division 3 of the Somerset County League.