Regional 2 Tribute South West: Wadebridge Camels 29-0 Chard

CHARD travelled to Wadebridge for their last league game the season without the services of key players skipper Luke Aplin, Jack Elliot and Fin Shomark but did welcome back Joe Mainwaring and Ben Fenton to the squad, writes Glyn Hughes.

This result meant that the strong home side secured the runners up position in the league but sadly it means Chard look certain to be relegated after finishing in 11th place in the twelve-team division.

Only one team, Sidmouth, is certain to be promoted with Chard and Burnham dropping out and probably going into Counties 1 tribute Western West next season unless some geographical changes to the leagues occur.

Once again Chard could not be faulted for effort and commitment, but Wadebridge are a very useful team as their final league position illustrates.

Chard won four of their league matches but Newton Abbot who also won four matches gained a few more bonus points than Chard so finished immediately above them.

Chard came so close to staying up but paid the penalty for a few last-minute defeats. On the plus side they can be proud of the massive improvement made by many of their young players who were playing at this level for the first time and who could well be the backbone of the side for a long time. The experience gained during the season can only be beneficial.

Elsewhere, Chard Seconds lost at home against Crewkerne in a local derby match, 10-14.

Crewkerne took the bragging rights in this game after Chard had won the fixture at Crewkerne earlier in the season.

Max Mainwaring and Daniel Twose both scored unconverted tries for Chard.