THE opening day of the season proved a damp squib with both of last Monday’s Chard Hospital Cup first-round games being cancelled.
Uplyme were already through to Thursday’s second-round clash with Chard Rangers, as Hawkchurch failed to get
their paperwork submitted in time, and they were joined by Perry Street Reserves who were awarded free
passage when Combe St Nicholas Reserves failed to raise a team.
On to Thursday, and Waytown won the all-Division One clash at Ilminster Colts, 2-1. Rob Watts put the ‘Hound’ ahead only for Matt Vinall to even things up. Colts had their chances but it was debutant Dan Rumsby, a summer capture from Charmouth, who put the ‘Hounds’ through to the next round.
Over at Jocelyn Park, Farway United found themselves dead in the water as they trailed their Premier Division hosts Chard United, 4-0, at half-time. Sam Loud pulled one back for the Devonians, tipped to be challenging in Division One this season, in a much-better second-half. Dan Potter, Dan Scriven, Tom Newport – with a long-range strike – and Valentino Ngwenga bagged the Chard goals.
Cup holders South Petherton crashed out, beaten 3-1 at their Lightgate Lane home by Perry Street Reserves. Max Patch, Billy Sheahan and Jordon Capper netted for the visitors.
Chard Rangers are re-building, having lost the majority of the team that got them promoted back to Division One, and their cause on Thursday night in the tie at Uplyme wasn’t helped when Alan Mansell was sent off midway through the first-half with the score at 1-1.
James Souter-Phillips converted two penalties for the Swallows whose other goals came from Alex Jones and Frank Harris. Scott Marshall scored the Rangers consolation.
The Shepton Beauchamp v. Barrington tie went to penalties after a 1-1 draw. Barrington, last season’s runners-up, took the lead but Dan Smith squared things up and the shoot-out was decided when Andy Whitefield had his spot-kick saved by keeper Rich Pippin with Brad Pitman netting the winner.
Up at Oxleaze, West and Middle Chinnock were edged out 3-2 by a Harvey Saunders-inspired Misterton; Jack Steer, (2), and Stu Weston netted for ‘Missy’ who are bidding to lift the trophy for the first time in 30 years.
Forton came out on top in the final tie of the evening, winning 3-0 at Winsham United. A Chris Warry header had Rangers in front at the break and Andy Stevenson and another Warry header made the game safe for Dave Eliis troops.
PERRY STREET – Chard Hospital Cup – Quarter-Final draw: Chard United v Misterton, Forton Rangers v Shepton Beauchamp, Thorncombe or Crewkerne Rangers v Uplyme, and Waytown Hounds v Perry Street Reserves.