SATURDAY was a historic day for Chard Rugby Club as it was the first time in its history that they had fielded four teams in competitive league fixtures.

While Chard 1st XV were winning their opening game of the season in the Somerset Premier against Tor (see back page), this is how the other Chard teams fared.

Somerset Division 2 South Chard 2nd XV 35pts, Minehead 2nd XV 14pts CHARD skipper Jamie Adams was delighted with this display from his team that had the highly rated Minehead side back peddling right from the off.

The visitors could not cope with the opening pace of the game and Chard scored three converted tries in the opening half with these coming from Stuart Gold (two) and Richard (Rocket ) Jones with all three being converted by Gold.

Carl Abercrombie on the open side was magnificent for Chard throughout and Skipper Adams also praised the efforts of Max Gosden in the second row and Jones at prop.

In the second-half Chard added further tries from with these coming from Jamie Adams and Terry Chard.

Gold again added the conversions to give himself a personal tally of 20 points in the match.

In the final quarter the pace began to tell and Minehead pulled back two tries but the experience of Clive Adams at full-back and James Herbert in the centre controlled things well for Chard and they played the percentage ball game well to ensure that Minehead left Chard empty handed.

At this early stage of the season Chard top this division with two straight wins.

Somerset Division Three South Burnham 2nd XV 57pts, Chard 3rd XV 10pts CHARD skipper Johnny Wallis fielded the expected mixture of young and old in this game and his side could have taken an early lead but they spurned an easy penalty in favour of going for a try but unfortunately it was not forthcoming.

Burnham had a few really useful players and their strength and power was the telling factor in the final analysis.

Chard scored in the first-half when number 8 Richard Larcombe went over for push over try.

Chard were losing 10pts-5 at half-time but struggled against the powerful running of a Tongan centre in the second half.

They battled hard however and thoroughly deserved their second try which came from Lee Bide.

Skipper Wallis was very positive afterwards about the effort made by his team.

Somerset Colts League Wellington 22pts, Chard 3pts IT is a long time since Chard put out a colts team on a Saturday afternoon but this season Chard have entered a side in this new league and they made a very promising start with a good performance against Wellington.

Chard will be fielding basically last year’s Under-16 side and as such will be playing against much older teams a lot of the time, and this was certainly the case on Saturday.

Chard started brightly and took the lead with a penalty goal from skipper and flyhalf Charlie Roberts but Wellington came back to lead 12pts-3 at the interval.

Chard team manager Jim Jacobs commented that Alex Best and James Deag had good games in the three-quarters and that in the pack the back row combined well.

The game was very even in the second-half and the final score somewhat flattered Wellington a little as an interception at the death gave the home side an unexpected extra seven points.

Chard will hopefully build on this performance and any players Under-19 are welcome to come along and join up.

■ Next Saturday Chard have two home games with the 2nds playing North Petherton 2nds on the main pitch and the 3rds entertaining Minehead 3rd s at Crewkerne Road with both games kicking-off at 3pm.