South East 2
West Dorset A 5, Chard B 2

CHARD acquitted themselves well on Saturday, but the superior strength of the home side gave them the win.

The visitors started brightly for once, and after Andy Swain’s shot hit the post, Richard Jones set up Duncan Lewis to score.

But this livened up West Dorset, who scored three quick goals.

Chard pulled one back from a penalty corner, Lewis with his second, and it stayed 3-2 at half time.

The second half saw West Dorset add two more goals from breakaways, but Chard youngsters Jacob Boobier, James Salaman and Josh Davies all performed admirably.

Chard squad: Carvelle, Dare, Mooney, Cheffey, Swann, R Millett, Swain, Jones, A Millett, Davies, Lewis, Boobier, Salaman, Cooper.


CHARD'S other men's sides also lost on Saturday.

The 1st XI had a rude awakening to 2019 in Central 2, beaten 10-1 at Weston-super-Mare, while Chard A lost 3-0 at home to Yeovil & Sherborne A in South East 1.


Friendly match
Chard Sunday Ladies 2, Bruton 0

CHARD fielded a 14-strong squad for the first game of the new year.

They dominated the game from the beginning with their attacking formation, with midfield possession by Julie Saxby, Evie Trafford, Rachel Derham and Jen Chidley-Sanders crucial in allowing the forwards freedom of play.

Ros Clemmans, Lorna Warren, Rose Trafford and Sophie Gibbons all fought hard to break through the Bruton defence, and it was Trafford who finally achieved this for the first goal.

Bruton made some quick breaks from the back, but Charlie Carver-Bale and Chloe Parke were on hand to thwart them.

Always reliable goalkeeper Hannah Rymell made some effortless saves when Bruton did get a shot away.

Chard got their second goal when an unselfish pass from Warren found Trafford in an excellent position to convert her second of the match.

Thanks go to umpires Chris Long and Alan Cheffey, and to match sponsors Honiton Sports.


CHARD Hockey Club entered two teams into an Under-14 tournament at Cheddar on Sunday.

The boys played four games, firstly a closely-contested match with Shepton Mallet, losing to a penalty corner goal towards the end of the match.

This sparked the boys into action and they won the remaining three games – 3-1 against Taunton Civil Service, 3-1 over Taunton Vale and 5-0 against Bruton.

The goals came from Josh Davies, Alec Evans, Harvey Evans, Monty Willis and debutant Charlie Howes.

Harry Criddle and Will Reid also performed well, in their first tournament.

The girls also had a positive afternoon, with one win, two draws (both should have been wins) and a loss.

The team tackled well, passed better and created many goalscoring opportunities.

A 4 -2 win against Yeovil & Sherborne was the first time they have beaten this side, with the goals coming from Crocus Douglass and Heidi Warren.

Two goalless draws against Shepton Mallet and Bridgwater were very competitive, and Chard then lost 2-0 against Taunton Vale.

Lola Saxby and Frankie Woodland had good games on the wings.

Thanks go to the players’ parents for their support and encouragement.