Chard 4-1 Bishops Sutton
Late chard rally secures all three points
Chard Town entertained mid-table Bishop Sutton on Saturday last and after a frustrating first half they turned on the style in the second period to run out winners by 4 goals to 1.
The visitors had much the better of the early play with some accurate attacking football, but Chard went ahead on 30 minutes and secured victory with a hectic last 25 minutes with three further well taken goals.
From the kick-off Bishop Sutton pushed forward with a good ball and a strike well saved, one handed by Chard’s ‘keeper Jon Hill on 10 minutes to be followed by a corner cleared off the goal line. A further effort by the visitors was just over the bar on 22 minutes together with a shot from Coray Rawlings who was causing the home defence quite a few problems.
Following a Chard free kick on 25 minutes Bishops Sutton went clear and a strike on target was punched away by ‘keeper Jon Hill.
Chard hadn't created much up until the 27th minute, but that was soon to change when an Alex Stafie through ball found James Boyland who had made a good run into the visitor’s area to force a good save. The reward from the resulting pressure on the Sutton goal came some 3 minutes later for the Chard striker when Liam Cleal provided a good ball for Boyland to go through and score the opening goal past ‘keeper Jason Williams.
Chard held the goal advantage to the half-time whistle, with the backline and in particular Andrew Holmes, snuffing out any attacks with some key interseptions.
Chard came out for the second half with a more positive approach and Max Westlake provided a through ball for Liam Cleal to give James Boyland a scoring chance on 50 minutes.
Steve Friend replaced the injured Boyland on 55 minutes and Chard put pressure on the visitors defence with a Liam Cleal shot from Friend's cross saved by the visitors ‘keeper and a good move between Westlake and the hard working Matt Howell resulted in the award of a corner, which also came to nothing.
These missed opportunities made for a tense finish, as Bishops Sutton had some joy down their right-flank on the counter, but the second goal for Chard killed the visitors appetite for the equaliser. It came on 73 minutes when a superb long ball by Andy Holmes found Steve Friend in position to head the ball home over ‘keeper Jason Williams head from 10 yards.
With Chard now in control, a shot by Liam Cleal was just wide of the post and minutes later the third goal came when substitute Ryan Parris' header found its way through to Stafie to poke home on 76 minutes.
For their efforts Bishop Sutton got a deserved goal back when Mason Doggar went through from the right flank to score on 80 minutes.
Chard, however, completed the victory 5 minutes from the final whistle when Liam Cleal put in a first time strike, giving the visitors ‘keeper no chance, to score with the ‘goal of the match’.
With only one lost game in ten matches this win and the three points retained Chard’s eighth position in the 1st division League table.