Chard 1-1 Sherborne
Honours even in local derby
In view of the close connections between these two clubs, this was an eagerly awaited encounter played in front of a good crowd. Although the game had a few moments of interest it was, in large part, a scrappy and, at times, niggly encounter with only brief periods of any good football.
The visitors went ahead after only 12 minutes when striker Marc Caines was upended in the box. Defender Josh Williams stepped up for the spot kick and calmly slotted home. Playing down the slope the Robins' response was positive. James Boyland turned a defender but his shot was saved before the equaliser came on 22 minutes. It was a fine goal, too. From a free kick near the halfway line the ball was neatly laid off to captain Taoufik Ben Salem who forced his way through the visitors' defence to drive the ball into the corner of the net. This was followed immediately by an excellent save from Jon Hill at the feet of Sherborne's Harry Vandervell to keep the scores level when he might have been expected to score. Until the break the game then stuttered with a few bookings and little goalmouth action.
After the interval half chances fell to former Robin, Luke Jackson, and Vandervell and for a brief period the visitors had Chard on the back foot albeit without creating very much. Nevertheless Jack Dicker tried his luck for the hosts with a looping header and Boyland fired a couple of efforts wide late on. The game concluded rather tamely and a point each was probably a reasonably fair result.