Somerset Premier Division: Chard Town 1-1 Uphill Castle

Uphill Castle fought hard on Easter Monday to earn a draw against the in-form Chard Town side in the Uhlsport Somerset Premier Division.

The game started of very lively and within 5m a great ball was punted down the left wing for Liam Cleal who squared the ball across the penalty area for Ryan Mason to blast the ball into the back of the net.

The last time he scored for Chard was at Stockwood Green on 15th January 2022.

Uphill Castle responded and started to press and on the 27m a throw in wasn't cleared by the Chard defence and they scored through Jack Askins.

From the kick off Chard attacked and with their goalkeeper beaten Liam Cleals shot was kicked of the line by a defender.

36m Scott Wells-Burr had a chance with a pile driver but was well tipped over by the goalkeeper. 1-1 at halftime.

The second half was a scrappy one chances created at either end, as the game came to a close the youngsters were brought on to give them some experience at a higher level then Andrew Holmes was brought on for the last few minutes to try and get the winning goal.

Uphill Castle had a great chance to win the game but was denied by Jason Contreras.

A good game of football from both sides and handled well by the referee.

After the game, the club said: "Both goals came in the first half before we were forced down to 10 men early in the second half because of injuries to 3 players.

"The lads had to dig deep and were denied a winner at the death from a great save from Chards keeper."

Uphill Castle now sit in 12th place in the league table and just eight points above the relegation places.

They have six games remaining to ensure they avoid the drop but it is in their hands as they just need a few more points to guarantee safety. 

Their remaining six fixtures are against Chilcompton Sports who they have to face twice, Fry Club, local rivals Wrington Redhill, and Mendip Broadwalk.

The first of those fixtures is against Chilcompton Sports away from home on Saturday, April 13.