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High-flying Chard Town must go back to basics to keep form

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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CHARD Town must go back to basics if they are to eradicate inconsistency that has blighted recent form according to their assistant manager.

Two second half Keynsham Town goals shot down the high-flying Robins in the Toolstation Western League First Division after the prolific Sam Clark had given his team a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot.

Zembard Lane number two Adam Fricker - in charge of the first team in Nik Flory's absence due to family reasons - backed his squad's ability but said they cannot let heads drop after conceding.

"We are very inconsistent," he said. "We have won six and lost four and when we lose one we always bounce back and win the next one, but there is no consistency, which is frustrating.

"If you are not playing well you go back to basics but we are not doing that. Andy Martin was missing on Saturday, which was a blow but it was one player out against a Keynsham team that were not that great and we should have had more than enough to beat them.

"But they did the basics right, they were organised and we were not, to be perfectly honest."

Chard's penalty created mixed emotions as the foul that brought the spot kick forced the substitution of midfielder Mark Armstrong through injury. Keynsham equalised on the hour mark before netting from the halfway line.

Fricker was expected to field a number of reserve team players in last night's Somerset Premier Cup clash with Evo Stik Southern League side Frome Town and also suggested new arrivals could be in the pipeline.

He said: "In the next couple of weeks we will hopefully have a couple more players to maybe give us that little bit more experience.

"We are a young side but not if you look at the Western League experience. Sam Clark is only 21 but has played four seasons and they have all got three or four under their belt. It is just when we concede a goal our heads drop and we need to snap that out of them."

SAM Jarman's double set Sherborne Town on the way to a 4-2 success over Warminster Town. Headers from Matt Day and Darren Rowe completed the victory.

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