ON a very blustery day, Chard Hockey Club’s Under-10 boys and girls played in the county tournament at Cheddar.

The boys team played in the morning and were up against tough opponents in every match.

They lost all of their games, but in the two matches in the middle they were more competitive and could have gained draws.

Willoughby Gold and Sam Johnson-Jones worked tirelessly and Luc Brown tackled well in defence.

The girls had a very good afternoon, starting with a 1-0 win against Shepton Mallet, with Tabitha Thompson scoring the goal.

Two 0-0 draws followed against Taunton Vale and Taunton Civil Service, and in the latter game the girls were unlucky not to gain a win, creating several chances.

Going into the last match, any one of four sides could have won the tournament.

Chard played a more accomplished Yeovil & Sherborne and lost 2-0, meaning that Civil Service were overall winners.

All the girls played exceptional well and goalie Abi Mortimer (age seven) made several good saves.

Defender Amber Griffiths tackled well and Marcie Russell, Tabitha Thompson and Alice Shepherd did well going forward.


Friendly match
Chard Sunday Ladies 1, Bruton Sunday Ladies 3

THIS was a classic “game of two halves” with Chard battling a strong Bruton team in the first half and coming out on top with a goal from Rosie Trafford.

The second half saw a change of fortune and, although the hosts continued to fight, Bruton took control.

Despite excellent keeping from Hannah Rymell and solid defending from Chloe Parke, Charlie Carver-Bale, Elaine Willis and Frankie Woodland, the visitors scored three goals to run out winners.

Thanks go to Chris Long and Danny Grabham for umpiring and to sponsors The Bell and Crown.


ON Saturday, Chard’s ladies XI picked up a useful away point at Taunton Vale 4ths, which takes them five points clear of the bottom two in Sedgemoor Division 1.

Chard men’s 1sts suffered a telling blow in their fight to avoid relegation from Central 2, losing 5-2 at home to bottom side Team Bath Buccs E – handing the visitors their first win of the season.

Chard A, resigned to bottom spot in South East 1, were hammered 18-0 at Sidmouth & Ottery A, while Chard B lost 2-1 at home to Taunton Civil Service A in South East 2.