Somerset Premier Division: Chard Town 5-0 Ilminster Town

CHARD Town have claimed the bragging rights over Ilminster Town after a derby day drubbing last night (April 9).

The Robins scored five goals as they defeated the Blues in front of a big crowd at Zembard Lane in the Uhlsport Somerset Premier Division.

Chard started the game up the slope and pressed Ilminster from the start. With James Boyland and Jordon Clapp back in the team goals will be scored.

After 11m a corner from Liam Cleal was met full on the volley by James Boyland and nearly burst the net into the crowd behind the goal.

Ilminster responded but the young ones at the back held firm, Jake Davey and Liam Price didn't let them in.

On the half hour a great effort was cleared off the line, from the corner Jordon Clapp got his head on it and put it across the goal, Liam Price headed it towards goal but it was well saved by Shane Allen.

At half time it was still just 1-0 and was still not over, but playing down the slope has its advantages.

It only took 5m after half time a great ball into the box and captain Alex Manley gambled and sneaked in at the back post to head in the second of the night.

20 minutes later a free kick was awarded deep down the right hand side. Lee Sweet wasn't happy and told the referee what he thought. Liam Cleal stood up to take it and curled it sweetly into the top corner of the goal.

Lee Sweet continued his protest and was Sin Binned then he used unacceptable language to the referee so he was shown a red card. Down to 10 men Ilminster struggled to get back into the game.

On 75 minutes Owen Ford came on for James Boyland who had cramp and Cruz came on for Ryan Lewis who made his 23rd appearance for the season out of 23.

It didn't take long for the Young Ones to shine Owen Ford beating the tired defence with his skilful footwork put in a great ball for Cruz to finish it with style. 4-0

In the 82 minute another one for the future Luca Manley who had put a great shift in for his first full debut put a delightful ball through, splitting the defence for Cruz to get his second of the night.

And on 86 minutes a chance for Jordon Clapp with a penalty but it was well saved by Shane Allen the second attempt was also saved. Unlucky for Jordon who has scored 14 goals from 8 appearances.

It was a great victory for Chard who get back to winning ways again, but for Ilminster, hopefully they can survive this defeat and stay up, it would be a shame to lose the fixtures against each other.