Somerset Senior Cup Quarter Final: Clutton 3-2 Chard Town

CHARD Town's great run in the cups ended on Saturday with defeat in the Somerset Senior Cup Quarter Final at Clutton.

The Uhlsport Somerset Premier Division bottom of the table side were able to win the match 3-2 and cause somewhat of an upset.

Chard started with a good press from the start creating plenty of chances but just not enough to get a goal. Clutton counter attacked several times and created their own chances.

On 25m a great cross found James Boyland on the left, he put a great cross into the 6 yard box for Joe Chamberlain to steer the ball into the net.

Chard then continued their press looking for a second goal, a cross into the box was cut out by a Clutton defender and played into midfield, a mix up of two Chard players and an unlucky ricochet meant the ball broke free, the attacker run into space and the Chard covering defender was beaten a great ball was crossed in and finished well. 1-1

On 43m a tussle in the corner which was a 50/50 challenge went the way of Clutton. Joe Chamberlain was frustrated and because of his protests was Sin Binned.

At 1-1 that would be OK at half time but it wasn't to be. Into a minute added on Clutton got their second goal.

Clutton came out in the Second Half in the same mood and the first attack was parried by Jason Contreras only to a Clutton player who passed it across to a team mate to score. Despite protests of an offside it was given. 3-1.

Still plenty of time for Chard to get back in it, on 53m a deep free kick by Joe Chamberlain was fumbled by the keeper and rolled into the goal. A fightback was on.

After 62m a throw in by Tim Legg was adjudged to have gone back out. Words were said and he was sent to the sin bin.

Chard held on for 10m without him. Then fresh legs were brought on to see if Chard could get an equaliser in the last ten minutes.

Andrew Holmes came on with his long throws which caused chaos in the box but Clutton held on to the final whistle winning 3-2. Congratulations to Clutton.

It was disappointing to lose but on reflection Chard Town FC under the management of Andrew Holmes has been fantastic in Year 1.

Off the field the club is improving with several events planned to bring the community back into the club.

A club spokesperson said: "We still need volunteers to help on match days as we only have a small group to help.

"We are also looking for sponsors for next season  various opportunities are available."