Chard Ladies Firsts 2 Taunton Vale Thirds 0

It was the perfect start to the season for the Ladies Firsts team with a 2-0 victory against Taunton Vale. Chard knew it would be a tough fixture, having lost home and away to Vale last season.

Chard were playing in a new formation, as suggested by coaches Danny Grabham and Nathan Johnson, and with a few new faces joining the team.

Chard's first goal come from a short corner. A Lois Butcher strike was saved by Vale's keeper and debutant, Kate Cook, was ready for the rebound to slot it in the goal.

Chard continued to push forward in the first half and could have had a couple more goals, but Vale's defence and keeper were able to keep the ball out.

Chard started the second half equally strong and continued to put pressure on Vale's defence. Vale too, had their opportinities to equalise, but could not get through Chard's defensive line.

Chard's second goal again came from Cook - after some positive attacking play, she forced the ball past the defence and keeper, and into the back of the net.

Player of the match deservedly went to Cook for scoring two goals on her debut.

Thank you to Chris Long and Trevor Goss for umpiring.

The squad: H. McGown, E. Churchill, K. Phillips, E. Hines, L. Butcher, J. Dunning, M. Taylor, H. Dare, K. Lee, A. Goss, M. Newbury, L. Saxby, K. Cook, K. Mullis and S. Taylor.