Robins refuse to press panic button despite dire opening
THREE defeats from three have left ambitious Chard Town hovering their hand above the panic button but refusing to press it just yet.
The Robins aim to fly high in the Toolstation Western League First Division, targeting a top two finish having flirted with promotion last season.
However, losses to Roman Glass St George, Barnstaple Town and now early pacesetters Westbury United have threatened to shatter that dream before the season has really gained momentum.
Chard have so far been without injury victims Andy Martin, Sam Clark and Jack Adams, the suspended Taoufik Ben Salem, Ilminster cricket captain Sam Spurway and summer arrival Leigh Bailey (holiday). However, assistant manager Adam Fricker said his side should possess the ability to cope without the likes of Clark (knee) and Martin (shoulder).
He said: "It's not an excuse that we have got a lot of players out because the players in the team were more than good enough to win that game, but we are missing goals and we are missing Sam Clark to take those chances. When you're not playing well the better players drag you through.
"At the moment it's not clicking but we have got to stay positive. We know we are a good team, we know the lads we have got are good players. The biggest things will be getting those three points and kicking on.
"We brought in players over the summer and they are playing now. We are just not gelling as a team, we have got individual players but they are not clicking. We took a lot of positives from the games against Roman Glass and Barnstaple because we dominated for long periods but the same side went to Westbury and didn't turn up on the day.
"It's a case of not hitting the panic button but if we are seriously going to go for promotion we need to get points on the board."
Chard travel to Welton Rovers on Saturday on the back of a 4-2 reversal at Westbury. The visitors took the lead early in the second half in Wiltshire only to capitulate after United equalised.
Fricker said: "We were very disappointed. I think a lack of confidence at the moment could be adding to it. We should, with respect to a well-organised and experienced Westbury side, be beating teams like that.
"When we lost to Barnstaple and Roman Glass they were good teams and Barnstaple will be up there, but against Westbury on the day we didn't perform.
"When we went 1-0 up we were in control but when they equalised we fell to pieces. We got back into it at 3-2 with five minutes to go but we pushed defender Mark Scott up front and got caught at the back."
ILMINSTER Town have endured an equally tricky start to their second season in the Somerset County League Premier Division, losing their third consecutive outing at Weston St Johns on Saturday.
Castle Cary lost by the odd goal in seven in their First Division clash with Brislington Reserves, whilst Combe St Nicholas fell 3-2 at home to Cleeve Town West in Division Two West.