FOLLOWING two weeks of playing each other, Chard Town and Ilminster Town each return to league action this weekend.

Chard ended up claiming the bragging rights in the Premier & First Division Cup, winning 3-1 after the previous weekend's abandonment due to an injury to the Robins' Danny Cleal, which came with Ilminster 2-0 up in the first half.

Mark Parris' side will now look to build on that win but they face a stern test on Saturday as they travel to reigning Somerset County League Premier Division champions Chilcompton Sports (ko 2.30pm).

Chilcompton are eighth going into the weekend - with games in hand on the teams above them - while Chard are 15th, third from bottom.

In addition to Danny Green and Billy Sheahan, who made their debuts against Ilminster, Chard have signed Josh Gracie, a 25-year-old midfielder, from Bridgwater Town Reserves - who withdrew from Division 1 this week.

Harper, Stephens-Fouracre and Sheahan are unavailable this weekend, however.

Conor Richardson and Ryan Parris will be assessed, Dan O'Connor is unlikely to be fit but Ryan Mason returns from suspension and Steve Every should be available.

There is football at Zembard Lane on Saturday as Chard Reserves host Newton Reserves in Division 1 of the Devon & Exeter League (3pm).

Chard's first team then play their first floodlit game of the season next Wednesday (November 27) when they entertain Westfield at Zembard Lane (7.30pm).

Ilminster Town will be looking to bounce back after last weekend's cup disappointment as they host Fry Club on Saturday (2.30pm).

The visitors arrive at the Archie Gooch Pavilion sat second after a strong start to the season, while the Blues are 10th.

Charlie Rutter, who has been doing a fine job as caretaker manager, faces a spell on the sidelines after damaging ligaments in his lower leg during last week's game against Chard.

In Division 3, Combe St Nicholas - who returned to action last week with a 1-0 win over Congresbury courtesy of Adam Male's 90th-minute winner - host Ashcott (2.30pm).