Cheddar lose to Chard Town in Toolstation Division 1
MATCH REPORT: Cheddar 0, Chard Town 2
Cheddar suffered a second home defeat in the space of four days as they were beaten 2-0 by high-flying Chard Town on Saturday.
Cheddar had been impressive in defeat against the league leaders Hengrove in midweek but their performance levels dropped and they were comfortably beaten at the weekend.
The early exchanges were evenly balanced but the visitors should have taken the lead on 12 minutes when Richard Hedditch spurned an opportunity when he had only goalkeeper Sam Talbot to beat.
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The home side began to take hold of the midfield and Alex Brandrick went close for Cheddar as he started and ended a swift counter-attack with a fine shot that was well saved by Chard goalkeeper Jason Hutchings.
The visitors responded immediately as Hedditch produced a better effort from 20 yards that flashed inches wide.
The game was flowing from end to end and Cheddar had another opportunity to break the deadlock midway through the half when Jamie Howson went clear but Hutchings was quickly off his line to turn away the shot. From the resulting corner, full-back Danny Griffiths headed inches wide.
The final 20 minutes of the half were scrappy but the turning point came on the stroke of half-time when Cheddar’s influential midfielder Wayne Scorse was sent off for a second yellow card.
The ten-man hosts took the game to Chard at the start of the second half and Billy Manning was unlucky not to give the Cheesemen the lead with a superb free-kick from 20 yards that dipped agonisingly wide.
Chard broke the deadlock on the hour when a rare Sam King mistake allowed Mark Armstrong to slot the ball past Talbot and the game was put out of the reach of Cheddar on 80 minutes when Sam Spurway headed home from close range.
Cheddar did exert late pressure and man of the match Griffiths saw a volley clear the crossbar but Chard held on for a victory they just about deserved.