Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division

Chard Town 1, Stockwood Wanderers 3

Having gained a point in the away game with their fellow strugglers in Bristol six weeks ago, the Robins needed to get their season back on track with a positive result in this return fixture last Saturday.

It failed to materialise, however, and after a first half in which Chard dominated proceedings and created numerous chances they were unfortunate to go in at half-time a goal down.

It all started off so optimistically after Owen Searle was initially tested by a fierce effort from Stockwood's Liban Ibrahim.

First, a super ball from Ryan Mason set James Boyland free only for him to fire over after weaving through the defence.

Two more Boyland efforts were then saved before Adam Cole and Liam Cleal got in on the act with their own attempts on goal, Cleal hitting the post after beating a defender.

However, just when the home supporters were feeling that the breakthrough was around the corner, the visitors had a shot turned round the post by Searle.

Immediately afterwards, on 33 minutes, Connor Dicks got up to bundle the ball into the Chard net from close range against the run of play.

Still it was Chard in the ascendancy with Cole having a shot turned wide, a Cleal free-kick being punched away and Cole hitting the bar with a header.

The second half was a disappointment for the hosts and, on 57 minutes, striker Luke Patten pounced on a loose ball and scored with ease to increase the lead.

Despite Jake Board getting himself on the scoresheet for the Robins on 68 minutes, any hopes of a comeback were short-lived as the visitors got their third goal only a minute later.

This was the game's best goal and it was from Patten again when he fired emphatically from 30 yards past Searle into the corner of the net.

Chard: Owen Searle, Ryan Lewis (Thomas Hargreave 80), Ryan Mason, Dan O'Connor, Conor Richardson, Ryan Parris, Billy Sheahan (Andre Anjos 88), Jake Board, Adam Cole (Danny Green 76), James Boyland, Liam Cleal

Somerset County League Division 3

Clevedon United Res 1, Combe St Nicholas 4

COMBE St Nicholas travelled up the M5 on Saturday to play Clevedon United Reserves, who had a fine win the previous week.

The Saints didn’t settle for the first 20 minutes and their hosts got a deserved goal, but this seemed to fire Combe up and they soon equalised through a Kieran Manley header after a great cross by Oli Hine.

Sam Rowswell was unlucky in a one-on-one situation, when the ball got stuck under his feet on the sticky pitch, but five minutes before half-time Hine put in another cracking cross for Adam Male to head home.

The Saints controlled of the ball well in the second half and got two more goals through Rowswell.

The home side rallied towards the end but the Combe rearguard kept out any threats.

Combe’s management were happy with the second-half display and a very professional performance.

Third-placed Combe host Cutters Friday this Saturday (2pm).