Bridgwater’s run of four successive victories came to an abrupt end when they were well beaten by a relegation threatened Chard side writes Richard Walsh
Albion, who were missing several players through injury, kicked off and had the better of the opening exchanges.
However on 10 minutes the visitors had a taste of what was to come when a loose ball hacked upfield by the Chard defence, was seized upon by winger Ben Johnson, who made a lot of ground before being tackled deep in Bridgwater territory.
Chard continued to press forward but it was Bridgwater who took the lead after quarter of an hour when Oscar Tregenna broke from defence and covered half the field before the ball eventually found Stuart Heal who scored an unconverted try in the right hand corner.
Bridgwater continued to create pressure and were unlucky to have a try disallowed.
Against the run of play Chard took the lead when pacey winger Johnson raced down the left wing before scoring a try that Nannie Oesman converted to give the hosts the lead.
Before the interval another clearance from the Chard defence found Johnson who scored in the left hand corner which made the score 12-5 at half time.
Chard extended their lead after five minutes of the second half when Raqib Siljeur on the right wing broke from defence to score a try in the right hand corner that was converted by Oesman.
The hosts were in full cry and with 10 minutes go Matt Tinley touched down for a try between the posts which Oesman converted.
Chard scored two further tries, the first on 36 minutes which gave Johnson his hat trick, which Oesman converted and the final one just before the whistle which was scored by Siljeur to make the final score 38 -5 to the hosts.
The Bridgwater and Albion squad was- Sam Britton, Oscar Tregenna, Ollie Dunn (capt), Luke Plummer, Ryan Barnett, Stuart Heal, Tom Fournier. Matt Ranson, Harry Collins, Lewis Phillips, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Dan Kemmish, Shaun Mahoney, George Sluman and Micky Norman.
Replacements- Ali Blundell, Jordan Buller and Adrian Tew.