Chard Town 2 - 2 Roman Glass St George
Wednesday 16th August 2017A Joe Swift penalty, a minute into injury time, robbed Chard Town of their first win of the season on Wednesday night after they had come from behind and had conceded an earlier spot kick, which was saved by home keeper Jon Hill writes Kerry Miller.
In the end Roman Glass went back to Bristol with a point from a battling performance in heavy rain but will have a charge to answer as boss Andy Gurney was dismissed as the players left the field at half-time, for having too much to say to referee Ian Parsons. It was a shock in truth as the game appeared to be largely controversy free before the break, with Roman Glass winning and missing a spot kick just past the half hour, and only Gurney himself can say why he appeared to lose the plot so vociferously.
Happily it did not spoil an entertaining game which started in dry conditions but ended rain sodden with honours even. Chard went into the match having drawn a goalless game at Portishead Town on Saturday to claim their first point while Roman Glass had won one and lost one and the visitors had the first efforts with Ryan Dunn shooting over and Rhys Hodgson finding Hill with his strike.
Chard’s Luke Jackson then raided down the left to cross for Taoufik Ben-Salem to steam in and miss by inches before James Boyland beat keeper Josh Dempsey to the ball which fell to Ben Haines but his shot was cleared off the line with 15 minutes played.
Both teams were set up to attack and Chard looked dangerous going up the slope with Steve Friend running himself into the ground and Nick Jacobs’s set up Boyland whose pace and cross was just missed by everybody. Roman Glass countered with Hodgson and Ken Omi setting up Lewis Wentland but again the cross evaded everybody and a goal looked imminent at either end at that stage. Boyland missed a good chance when he shot wide from a good position but the Bristol side were strong going forward and Jacob Watson crashed a shot against the post with Hill beaten, just before the half hour mark. Friend’s workrate then allowed Brad Miles to strike and his effort seemed to be going in until Chris Quinton got in the way of it which brought a turn over as within seconds Jacobs tripped Jason Burt in the area, but Burt saw his spot kick and the rebound beaten away by Hill as Chard survived.
At the other end Boyland’s left foot strike was saved by Dempsey for what was the last move of an interesting half which ended with Roman Glass’s Gurney shown a red card as they exited the pitch. The former Bristol Rovers defender has 450 Football League appearances under his belt but all that experience was not enough in this instance.
After the break the goals which had been promised all evening duly arrived within a minute as a corner found Sam Wentland free in the area and he nodded in the opener just as the heavens opened at Zembard Lane. Chard were level ten minutes later when David Doe was cautioned for a foul and Max Westlake’s free-kick went straight in at the near post to double Roman Glass’s punishment. Chard were on a roll and when Dempsey got himself into trouble with a back pass Boyland and Friend hunted him down and when Boyland robbed him Friend got to the loose ball and netted to give his side the lead.
Roman Glass hit back again straight away as Oni was in on goal but somehow Hill denied him twice from point blank range and they were forced to wait for their equaliser. Friend made way for Matt Howell as Chard looked to shore things up a little more at the back but visiting sub Swift forced a flying save from Hill as time began to run out. Westlake could have clinched the points with a shot which was just wide but with coach Stuart Housley imploring referee Parsons to blow for time, home substitute Pat Golden tripped the escaping Sam Wentland in the box and Swift crashed home the penalty to make it 2-2 seconds from the end.
The home supporters may feel aggrieved but Roman Glass did not come to defend and earned a point which keeps them mid table while Chard have two points from four games and will be looking for more at Malmesbury Victoria on Saturday.