AFTER Saturday’s match Chard Coach Simon Jenkins made the following comments: “In simple terms Chard were outclassed by a very slick and pacy Weston team who have moved away from their traditional forward game to a much more expansive approach.”
Weston 70 Chard 0
South West One
The Chard forwards had parity, and often the upper hand, in many of the scrums and Weston were penalised for illegal scrummaging on several occasions writes Glyn Hughes. However, the Weston backs were top class and scored 11 of the 12 tries – the young and inexperienced Chard back division had no answer on the day.
There were some positives in that captain for the day Luke Aplin and Max Gosden were again outstanding, and the two debutant youngsters Liam Mustchin and Murray Squire brought the average age of the side down to just over 20.
“The effort was there, but at times you just have to put your hand up and accept that you have been beaten by a much better side,” concluded Jenkins.
Next Saturday Chard are away at Clevedon and will be hoping that their squad will be strengthened by the return of, amongst others, skipper Ryan Helliar and full back Jon Humphrey.
Chard 36 Somerton 13
Somerset Division Two South
Somerton took an early lead with a couple of penalty kicks and looked dangerous particularly when their fly half had the ball, but as the game developed it only looked a matter of time before the young Chard gained the upper hand.
This they did on the half hour when a catch and drive from a lineout ended with Joel Nicholls crossing for the first try.
Just before the break they added further tries from Brian Sugar and Sam Mouland. George Read, who was kicking well out of hand, had an off day with his place kicks but Chard still led 15-6 at the break.
In the 2nd half Chard increased their lead with a successful kick from Read. The forwards were now supplying the backs with an endless supply of ball and they then began to run the ball whenever possible and Emile Szydelko, in particular, had a field day running in three tries.
Chard second row forward Ash Wilson-Bryant had a terrific game and looks to have a huge amount of potential winning virtually every lineout as well as being quick round the field Somerton had a player sent to the bin for dangerous play but they did manage a late consolation try.
Chard 2nd xv have no game next weekend.
Yatton 3rds 50 Chard 3rds 5
Somerset Three South
Chard travelled with a bare 15 players and adjustments had to be made when skipper Wayne Lewis realised there were only four forwards amongst them! Chard struggled up the slope in the first half and were 32-0 down at half time.
In the 2nd half Chard got on the score sheet when some good play from Kevin George resulted in a try for Andy McKerrow, but Yatton were much the stronger and ran out comfortable winners.
Next Saturday Chard are away at Cheddar 2nds.