THERE is no soccer at Zembard Lane tomorrow, as both Chard’s teams have away fixtures, writes Colin Dunford.

The first team travel to long-standing rivals Radstock Town in the First Division of the Toolstation Western League (ko 3pm), while Town Reserves visit Exeter-based Heavitree United in Macron Devon & Exeter League Division 1 (ko 2.15pm).

Although Radstock are third from bottom in the 20-strong division, they have recently appointed a new manager in Brett Partner, to replace long-serving Shane Smith, and the North Somerset ground is never an easy place to go.

Chard manager Jamie Manley has his problems this weekend with four players – Stephen Friend, Nathan Warren, Ben Haines and Liam Cleal – unavailable.

With James Boyland also rated 'doubtful', after coming off on Saturday with a hamstring strain, Manley will be looking at his Under-18 and reserve players, stating "there is a lot of quality in the Under-18s and I have no problem with bringing them in".

Chard Under-18s are also away this coming Tuesday, when they visit Glastonbury in the Southern section of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League (ko 7.30pm).


IN the Somerset County League, Ilminster Town visit reigning champions Chilcompton (ko 2.30pm), who currently lie third in the table with matches in hand on Fry Club and Shirehampton.

Matt Rowswell and his young Reserve team are home in the Perry Street League Division 1 Cup semi-final against Thorncombe (ko 2pm).

Also on tomorrow, Combe St Nicholas go to Congresbury in Division 3 (ko 2.30pm).

On Sunday, Ilminster Town Ladies are away to Torquay United, while Combe Ladies go to Bishops Lydeard Reserves (both ko 2pm).