Chard Town 0-1 Chippenham Park
Chard's unbeaten run ends at the hands of Chippenham
A late goal from visitors Chippenham Park gave them the three points on a day when neither side mastered the hard ground conditions well together with the hot weather which resulted in a typical end of season match.
Early scoring chances fell to Chard with an opening effort just wide on 10 minutes together with a missed chance after James Boyland crossed well from the left wing on 15 minutes.
However, the Robins should have gone ahead some 5 minutes later when following a foul on the edge of the penalty area the free kick from an Oliver Pearson powerful strike was pushed out by Sam Thompson, the visitors ‘keeper, for the ball to fall to Matt Howell who following up shot just over the bar. Then followed two corners for the visitors together with an effort over the bar and a further chance taken by ‘keeper Jon Hill.
Both sides endeavoured to push forward but neither forward line could produce the required finish with the half time whistle coming goal less.
Injuries to Steve Friend and Andy Holmes saw substitutes Liam Cleal and Ben-Salem on each side of the break but Chard could not produce that elusive goal. For their part Chippenham Park pressed forward and an effort on 55 minutes was cleared off the goal line by defender Kieran Bailey to be followed by several positive attacks, a free kick and a cross on target well judged by ‘keeper Jon Hill. Chard dealt with this pressure and when it looked like the game was going into stalemate the visitors got the vital goal on 81 minutes with the best move of the game when a good run down the left flank saw the ball crossed to Chippenham Park’s Jamie Norman who with speed went through the home defence to score with a first time shot giving ‘keeper Jon Hill no chance.
This was not going to be Chard’s day, as with a changed formation and line up they could not produce their recent good form and will rue the missed chances early in the game.