Storm Angus causes damage to floodlight pylons at Cheddar Football Club’s homeground

Cheddar Football Club members and supporters will be aware from the club Facebook page of the difficulties that have ensued following the collapse of one of the floodlight pylons at Bowdens Park, this having been caused by the terrible storms following Storm Angus that hit the Cheddar Valley in recent days.

As is understandable it is not yet possible to play floodlight football at Bowdens Park at the moment, and work is currently being undertaken to rectify this state of affairs.

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To this end (the scheduled) Les Phillips Cup Tie vs Westbury United on Tuesday 6th December 2016 has been postponed and is to be moved to Tuesday 31st January 2017 when it is hoped that floodlight football will be able to take place.

Kick off for Saturday’s (Reserve team) match (3rd December 2016) has been brought forward to 2pm and news of kick off time for the following week’s match (Saturday 10th December 2016 – Toolstation Western League Division One – vs Almondsbury UWE FC) will be advised as soon as is possible, although a further statement is expected to be made prior to the end of the current week.

Weekend Review – 26/27 November 2016

Cheddar Reserves on the back of an unlucky defeat last time out at Worle, got back to winning ways at Burnham United.

Despite entering the weekend game following three consecutive defeats to Worle, the Cheesemen second string are a team that has seen improving performances, confidence and looking like a team who are starting to gel.

Cheddar displayed their intent from the start, Will Price poaching Connor Heal’s touch inside the box, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag within five minutes. The visitors dominated possession with Morgan Rose a constant cause of problems on the left flank.

The visitors however were to suffer a huge blow on 25 minutes, John Edwards was through on goal, unselfishly clipping the ball into the centre only to be cleared out by the ‘keeper and ending his afternoon, and not even being awarded a penalty kick for his pain.

The Cheddar team were forced to reshuffle and Wilmott slotted into a wide ride berth and Rose took up a more central position. Against the run of play on the half hour, Burnham’s star player dispatched an inch perfect 15-yard lob that saw Burnham move into a 1-0 half-time lead.

Not despondent, Cheddar got off to a dream start in the second half. Within 30 seconds of the whistle, Heal outpaced the home defence, the goalkeeper was unable to deal with the cross and Wilmott was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range to equalise.

Farinha and Wallis continued to win the midfield battle and their distribution to Parker, Heal and Wilmott created constant pressure on the Burnham back line. Halfway through the second half, Cheddar found the breakthrough they deserved, James Parker’s back post header sailing over the keeper’s head to put the Reserves into a 2-1 lead.

To their credit, Burnham tried to find a response but Cheddar’s defensive back line of Merreywether, Buxton, Price and Willies had an assured look about them and competently dealt with any threats and saw out the game for their first win of the month.

This results elevates the Reserves to tenth position on 7 points whereas Burnham drop to eleventh place. Cheddar host joint second placed Weston St Johns on Saturday at Bowdens Park, kick off 2pm.

Final score: Burnham United Reserves 1 Cheddar Reserves 2

Elsewhere, Cheddar ‘A’ went into Saturday’s game on the back of a good result the previous week. Although starting the game poorly at Nailsea based Selkirk United, the Cheesemen third string soaked up the pressure in the first half before Dom Underhill gave Cheddar a late first half lead.

The ‘A’ team continued to battle and outplayed a strong Selkirk side for 35 minutes of the second half only to concede two late goals after the home side pushed numbers forward and bombarded the Cheddar goal. Cheddar remain in seventh place in the Weston super Mare & District League Division Four whereas Selkirk move to joint top on 21 points. On Saturday, the ‘A’ team face Portishead Town ‘B’ in the Vardon Cup; the game takes place at Sharpham Road, kick off 1.30pm.

Final score: Selkirk United 2 Cheddar ‘A’ 1

Cheddar Ladies who were due to travel to Pen Mill, had their game postponed to the pitch being unsuitable.

The Cheesegirls occupy joint fourth place in the league but face a potentially difficult trip to local rivals (and fourth placed) Glastonbury on Sunday (4th December).

Team of the weekend; Cheddar First Team

Player of the Week: Adam Jones

Match report – Two late goals sees Cheesemen move up to joint third

Western League Division One match report – 26 November 2016

Bishops Lydeard 2 Cheddar 3

Two late goals secure a massive three points as the Cheesemen move up to joint third

Cheddar secured a monumental three points at sixth placed Bishops Lydeard with a terrific second half three goal blast at Darby Way to extend their unbeaten run to an incredible eleven games, so securing their fifth successive win in this entertaining but competitive match.

The Bishops, last season’s Somerset County league champions have taken to Western League football extremely well in their first season having lost one of their previous six games such has been their current form.

It was understandable therefore that the opening exchanges were a shade cautious as both teams looked to test one another.

Lydeard on the back of their impressive showing in last weekend’s Les Phillips cup tie against Premier league opposition sought to take an early initiative.

Zac Ryder, who had caused the Cheesemen problems in his side’s 4-2 win at Bowdens Park in August, took on the practically the whole of the Cheddar’s rear-guard before being bravely tackled by Craig Mawford to overt the danger, although after this early scare and on 4 minutes a brilliantly delivered Ricky Bennett forward ball found striker Adam Jones, who bustled past his marker to send a scorching shot just wide.

Moments later Jones rummaging forward at every opportunity, closed down Lydeard keeper Nathan Whatley incredibly well and was only thwarted by a strange looking off-side flag as his effort sailed towards goalward.

The Cheesemen were creating problems to the home backline whenever they could, both Mawford and Lewis Matthews overlapping runs causing concern to the home backline, who deployed a fifth defender at times to counteract Cheddar’s attacks.

On 19 minutes an energetic Matthews, not for the first time, got behind a defender, sending in a scything left-foot cross into the 18-yard box, but Booth, running into the area on the blind-side was pulled back just as he was about to connect.

With their normal penalty taker 16-goal Callum Ham, absent through suspension, up stepped Bennett whose well hit spot kick beat the goalkeeper but cannoned back into play from the angle of the crossbar and upright.

Just minutes afterwards, the visitors had due reason to curse their luck as Bennett’s perfectly flighted corner found Jones whose header flashed past the near post.

The home side, who had been on the back foot for much of the first half came well back into the game on 30 minutes, and an impressive Grame Wilson – Ryan Andrews left sided move, found James Quick in space, but the striker’s well hit drive was bravely deflected, Cheddar ‘keeper Kieran Webster using his feet to clear the danger.

The first half ended with home ‘keeper Whatley parrying Sam King’s 35-yard pile driver as Cheddar finished the half well ahead on points.

The pace of the game noticeably increased in the second half as Lydeard manager Brett Andrews reorganised to cope with the enthusiastic visitors, and with the home side’s front two pressing forward, they capitalised some indecision in the Cheddar’s midfield and catch the defence off-guard, James Quick running between the visitors’ twin centre-backs to put his side 1-0 up inside four minutes of the restart.

Five minutes later and the Cheesemen were back on level terms, Jones finishing off well from close range following good work by Booth and Mason Gardener.

Indecision on Cheddar’s left flank was to prove their undoing again on 63 minutes as the visitors left a gaping hole in their back line to give Wilson time and space to drill an effort through to Joe Chamberlain who fired past Webster from 10 yards to put the home side ahead for a second time.

As has occurred on more than one occasion this season the Cheesemen, finding their backs against the wall

and in danger of losing their unbeaten run against an effervescent and spirited Lydeard side again found added resourcefulness.

Driven on, not for the first time, by a determined Booth, the Cheesemen again pushed forward, and the Cheddar captain was desperately unlucky to see his diving header flash wide of a post on 65 minutes, but pushing upfield for all they were worth the visitors were on level terms for the second time, Matthews showing tremendous close control inside the area, slotted a superb pass for the hard-working Mason Gardener to net his second goal of the season from 12 yards.

The game was still not finished and just three minutes after Gardener’s dramatic equaliser, Booth was on hand to finish crisply from six yards, after the Lydeard keeper failed to hold Jones powering header.

An outstanding overturn of adversity by the Cheesemen, who on the balance of play well deserved the three points and have scored now 18 goals in their last five successive wins.

Speaking to the website after the match, Cheddar ‘captain George Booth said:

“I thought we played well in the first half today but to their (Lydeard’s) credit they deserved to stay in the game. In the second half, we outplayed them and we deserved the win but the whole team must work on our (occasional) defensive lapses, but overall, a great three points today”

Cheddar visit much improved Welton Rovers on Saturday, who were unluckily beaten by the odd goal in three at second placed Wellington at the weekend.

Man of the match: Adam Jones

Weekend preview – November 26/27

With one (very) close defeat, one win and two teams without a game last weekend, all four Cheddar teams take to the field of play, on Saturday (and Sunday).

The first team travel to sixth placed Bishops Lydeard in the game of the day. The Cheesemen who currently occupy fourth place, can return to third place if they secure all three points at Lydeard’s Cottlestone Road ground and Hengrove slip at home against an improved Bishop Sutton.

Jared Greenhalgh’s confident ten match unbeaten side will be looking to extend their good run although they are more than aware on the difficult task that faces them, but they will be spurred on to avenge their 2-4 defeat in only their fourth game of the season on 16th August, that followed their intensive hard-fought FA Cup games against Bodmin. Although with one or two players out on the day this Saturday, the manager and indeed the team are hopeful that the squad’s strength in depth will see them through on the day.

Strength in Reserve continues of course, and the Cheddar second string travel to Burnham looking to improve their recent results in a match that is something of a four-pointer. Elsewhere, buoyed by their excellent 2-1 result last weekend, the ‘A’ team are also on the road, and travel to Nailsea to take on Selkirk United in the second round of the Attwell Shield.

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies travel to Penmill in the Somerset Women’s League Division Two.

The best of good luck to all Cheddar teams at the weekend, and don’t forget the next home game at Bowdens Park which is the rescheduled Les Phillips Cup (1st round) match, to be played on Tuesday 6th December 2016, kick off 7.45pm.

This match will be followed in quick succession by the Cheesemen’s last Toolstation Western League (Division 1) match prior to Christmas against current basement side Almondsbury UWE.

And finally, don’t forget the big Christmas fixture, when the Cheesemen take on Bishop Sutton at Bowdens Park, kick off 12.00 midday. Further information on this match will follow in next week’s bulletin….

C’mon you Cheesemen!

Midweek review – November 23

Cheddar’s first team’s match scheduled for last Saturday (19 November) fell victim to the weather conditions such was the amount of rain that hit the Bowdens Park surface due the latter part of last week and on Saturday, making play impossible (in their scheduled Les Phillips (League) cup tie against Westbury United), on the positive front this extra day layoff gave one or two of the first team squad an extra week to recover from injuries.

Meanwhile, the Reserve team travelled to Worle for the third time in as many week, bolstered by a full squad and looking to improve on the previous week’s 2-1 defeat, but despite playing the more attractive and composed football in the opening minutes, it was Worle who took the lead through a deflected shot in the 7th minute.

Cheddar’s midfield comprising Booth, Vaughan and Wallis dominated possession with their skill and vision creating plenty of opportunities for Price and Rose on the flanks but the team lacked quality on the final ball. After continued pressure the Worle defence upended Billy Vaughan in the box, but the midfielder picked himself up and dispatched the penalty-kick but only after playing a one-two with the goalkeeper.

The match was very much end to end, Cheddar’s defence of Heal, Buxton, Filer, and Willies resolute. Recce Joint. Cheddar’s goalkeeper twice denied clear goal-scoring opportunities for the home side. Such was the Cheddar backline’s performance that they only looked troubled at set pieces and in the dying minutes of the first half, Worle converted a corner with a towering header to put them in the lead at half time.

The Cheesemen’s second string responded well and the introduction of the in-form Callum Ham for an injured Price was explosive. A matter of minutes from his introduction. a defensive slip allowed Ham to dash through and coolly slot home. The winger turned striker added his second fortuitously 10 minutes later his cross-come-shot floated into the net at the far post for Cheddar to take the lead for the first time.

The home side with only one defeat all season weren’t going to lie down and as the pitch cut up their direct play started to pay dividends, scoring two scrambled goals. With five minutes remaining James Parker released the foraging Heal down the left flank and his delightful cross was met by the hard-working John Edwards who skilfully headed back over the keeper’s head. 4-4.

With the score line level, neither side were happy with a draw and it was Worle who yet again deliver the sucker punch, catching Cheddar on the break as they sought the winner. But it could have been so different as Edwards danced past four defenders in the dying seconds only to fire directly at the ‘keeper from 8 yards out leaving an improving Cheddar side wondering what they can do to get a result.

Final score: Worle 5 Cheddar Reserves 4

Elsewhere, Cheddar ‘A’ entertained local rivals Winscombe in the first round of the Attwell Shield at Sharpham Road on Saturday. Winscombe’s ‘Blues’ play two divisions above the ‘A’ team in the WSM League Division Two and Cheddar knew that they would have put in a better performance that they did last weekend against a poor Burnham side.

Straight from the off it was evident that Cheddar were up for the game, exposing the Winscombe back line to a barrage of runs from Dom Underhill and Sam Smith, and it wasn’t long before the home side took the lead. Following a solid build up Sam Smith was played in, and after some slipping and sliding, the striker managed to put the ball past the keeper who also wasn’t too sure on his feet.

The visitors did come back but Cheddar held firm until Ryan Llewellyn clearance hit an opponent’s elbow and flew past Finn Travis from 20 yards. Travis more than made up for his error with some cracking saves to keep Cheddar in that first half.

With the second half, underway the hosts had a few chances to take the lead but couldn’t find the net; Winscombe also had their chances yet the Cheddar back line managed to keep their efforts to a minimum. Cheddar brought on Ben Clayton for Sam Smith, a young striker showing great promise, and inside ten minutes of his introduction Clayton was played in by Sam Probert to finish neatly.

The Cheddar team had to dig deep, and although 2-1 in the lead there was still 20 minutes remaining. Winscombe threw everything at Cheddar defence, only for the Black and Yellow’s to hold firm and see out the game as 2-1 winners.

Cheddar can take good heart from this excellent performance into their next game this forthcoming weekend.

Final score: Cheddar ‘A’ 2 Winscombe 1

Team of the week: Cheddar ‘A’ team

Player of the week: Shane Fear

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies game against Minehead was called off as their opponents have dropped out of the league.

Weekend Review – November 12/13

Cheddar Reserves were beaten 2-1 on home soil. The Reserves should have got off to a dream start but the Worle ‘keeper denied Callum French and then Jake Buxton of two certain goals in the opening two minutes.

Debutant Carlos Farinha settled straight into the Cheddar team immediately showing his class and experience inspiring his side who looked the more composed of the two sides.

Captain, Adam Filer lead the Cheddar back line of Heal, Willies who were rarely troubled in the opening half an hour as neither team created any clear-cut opportunity.

The visitors did try to muscle their way back into the game and broke the deadlock after they had bundled the ball into the net after only their second corner of the game to go in 1-0 up at the break.

Cheddar started the second half confidently matching Worle’s desire with Price and Rose wing play always threatening, with Pickles and Edwards linking well in the centre.

A quick throw on the left caught Cheddar napping and Filer upended a Worle player with his last-ditch tackle.

The visitors despatched the spot kick, giving ‘keeper Joint little chance after having very little to do for most of the game.

The introduction of Sean Burrough for the tiring Farinha increased the average age of the team further and his first effort on goal left John Edwards wondering why he’d been talked out of taking it.

With 10 minutes, remaining Pickles curled his corner kick directly into the net at the far post and gave Cheddar a sniff of a draw but Worle hung on for the win.

This was another impressive performance from a young Cheddar side, fielding six players under 20 years of age against an experienced Worle team and should give the Reserves confidence to build on this for the season ahead.

The ‘A’ team travelled to Burnham United but despite a valiant effort, they came away without their fair share of the points, losing 2-1. Dom Underhill scored for the Cheddar third-string.

And then on Sunday, Cheddar Ladies continued their recent excellent form with a very good 4-0 win at Taunton based Hamilton.

Starting the game with very near to a full-strength team Cheddar were faced with the home side exerting pressure on them and going for goal but the Cheesegirls, particularly stand-in goalkeeper Bella Jonas soaked up the pressure with ease.

As the visitors began to find their rhythm Hamilton realised that they were not going to easily handle the strength of the Cheddar midfield and the attacking duo of Burton and Fay-Fineran, and the hosts quickly pulled back five players into their hard-pressed defence.

It took 15 minutes for Charlotte Fay-Fineran to find the back of the net to break the deadlock and from then on the Cheesegirls completely dominating the game.

After missing chance on chance and hitting the woodwork from a penalty kick, in the second half Melanie Harris kindly offered to play in goal although she only had two touches of the ball such was Cheddar’s dominance.

Cheddar Ladies changed their formation slightly playing Val Walsh, Holly Hael and Megan Dyer up front, Walsh adding two more goals and Hael also netting another.

Megan Dyer had a perfectly good goal disallowed and Jonas ‘skyed’ a penalty kick over the bar but this was an exceptionally good performance by the Ladies who cemented fifth position in the league with this fine win.

And finally….

On Saturday, next (19th November), the first team host Westbury United in the Les Phillips League Cup first round, the Reserve team travel to Worle (again…) in the Somerset County League Division Two cup and the ‘A’ team entertain Winscombe in the Attwell Shield; whereas on Sunday (20th November) Cheddar Ladies host Minehead

Team of the week: Cheddar First Team

Player of the week: Callum Ham

Match report – Cheesemen go ten games unbeaten

Toolstation Western League Division One match – Saturday 12th November 2016

Westbury United 1 Cheddar 4

Callum Ham grabs first half hat-trick as Cheesemen go ten games unbeaten

Two successive wins is normally associated to good form but when both are by a 4-1 margin and both are away from home it is likely that many will sit up and take notice.

This is entirely the case for the Cheesemen as they surged to their fourth successive win and an historic ten match unbeaten run at Westbury United’s Meadow Lane ground, but not only did this this Cheddar side outplay their opponents on the day but they also fielded a side that was without eight normal starters including captain George Booth, strikers Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs and defenders Shaun Lambert and Lewis Matthews.

Westbury on the back of two impressive 3-0 wins (at Bishops Lydeard and Chippenham Park) started strongly enough and as early as the fourth minute, a direct free kick launched into to the box saw Martin Johnson’s header fizz wide of the left hand post, and then six minutes George Bendle’s drive was kept out of the danger area courtesy of a tremendous rearguard action by Mark Armstrong bravely deflecting a vicious shot with his body, but manager Jared Greenhalgh’s patched up side had a determined look about them, and were exceptionally quick on the break, Mason Gardener finding space and shooting just over on 8 minutes.

Understandably having to soak up the early enthusiasm of United’s frontline, the game notably changed in Cheddar’s favour following Gardener’s effort and a Joe Grant – Ricky Bennett combination found Billy Vaughan whose great crossfield ball was met first time by an ‘on-fire’ Callum Ham who shot firmly pass ‘keeper Charlie Heydon from all of 20 yard to open the scoring.

Three minutes later and Grant was in on the act again and fed Vaughan with a sublime through ball but the midfielder’s 22-yard shot fizzed past the upright;

On 17 minutes, unusual indecision by Cheddar ‘keeper Kieran Webster might well have let in Westbury striker George Bendle, but quick thinking from twin centre-backs Craig Mawford and Sam King averted the danger and the Cheesemen were back to full flight, so much so that this momentary slip moved the visitors into another gear and they were 2-0 up on 19 minutes, Ham capitalising on Jordan Pinder’s defensive error to sweep Gardener’s grass-cutting cross into the net for both his and his side’s second.

Two goals down inside the first twenty minutes, Westbury knew that they were up against it and their captain James Hounsell saw space thorough the middle, Westbury’s 16-year old striker Bendle showing maturity beyond his years, picking up Hounsell’s pass, making a nuisance of himself inside the 18-yard area before slotting past Webster for his seventh goal of the season to reduce the arrears on 22 minutes.

The hosts did their level best to get back into the game and ‘keeper Webster was called upon to save well from Bendle whilst shots from Martin Johnson and Jamie Jordan were off target, but it was that man Ham who had other ideas and from another quite brilliant slide-rule Vaughan cross, the winger/turned centre-forward leapt through the air to send a textbook downward header smashing into the net for his hat-trick on 26 minutes.

In a quite breathtakingly end to the first half, Ham also added to his tally on 41 minutes; turning sharply near the corner flag and shooting from the most of oblique of angles but his shot just edging past the far upright.

As the visitors piled on the pressure Ricky Bennett was unlucky with a trademark 25 yard shot just over the crossbar.

After such a swashbuckling first 45 minutes the second half the pace of the game inevitably slowed although on 70 minutes the match was practically over as a contest, Ham robbing a defender and shooting on target although his effort well saved by the Westbury ‘keeper and then on 74 minutes Ham again forced a further defender into an error which again the ‘keeper parried but had the striker had lady-luck on his side he would have almost certainly have grabbed two further goals.

The Cheesemen wrapped up the points and an excellent win on the road on 86 minutes, substitute Kristian Bell cleverly side stepping the advancing goalkeeper and although he was forced out wide by the quickly retreating home defence, the young winger still managed to outwit his markers sending a razor-sharp cross for Billy Vaughan to gleefully hit home for his side’s fourth.

Cheddar have now scored 15 goals in the last four matches and on this form coupled with the strength in depth they obviously have in the squad they are a match for anyone.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh speaking after the match said: “Another week and another injury hit squad and another great win. Going to Westbury is always difficult and the pitch conditions put into perspective what a great job Russell Heal (groundsman) has done on the pitch.

“An uneven, unkempt and grass bare made it an uncertain surface and a difficult game to ascertain a true pattern of play.

“The determination and grit of the players to keep the momentum going was evident throughout the 90 minutes and with absentees such as Shaun Lambert, Danny Griffiths, Lewis Matthews, Chris Coombs, Adam Jones, Sam Jones, Robbi Maggs and ‘skipper George Booth, the task was a difficult one. Sam Merreywether had a good debut for a young lad coming into Western League football for the first time.

“I asked the senior players, several playing out of position, to step up and deliver and deliver they did. Callum captured the headlines with three outstanding strikes but I thought the contributions of Sam King, Mark Armstrong, Ricky Bennet and Billy Vaughan were immense. Sam led the back brilliantly with the out of position Craig Mawford filling in with some quality with one of the best performances of the season and Ricky and Billy impacted and dovetailed well.

“When we added the quality that Callum has I don’t think the score line was unjust in any way; this is particularly pleasing as Westbury have been in good form recently.

“I still think that there is room for improvement in many areas but this side which we have built over the last 20 months is still improving and I still think the side has not yet reached its potential.

“The next 10 games between now and the beginning of February are crucial – with players coming back from injury and the strength in depth we have, I believe we can extend our current league form well into the new year, we are still reliant at the moment on others taking points from Wellington, Keynsham and Hengrove but I hope as we hit February we can have the destiny in our own hands and then it will be 10 cup finals until the end of the season.”

Weekend Preview – November 12/13

The Cheesemen make the hour long (34 mile) journey to Wiltshire based Westbury United on Saturday in the hope that they can extend their unbeaten run to ten games, which if achieved will be a phenomenal achievement, but such is the spirit of the camp at the moment, it would not surprise the website if this was achieved.
Cheddar have not had a match in midweek, unlike Westbury who travelled to Chippenham Park and came away 3-0 winners on Tuesday night (8 November) the result taking United up to eleventh place in league (from thirteenth).
United won also won their previous match (away to Bishop Lydeard) also 3-0 so they have improved their results having lost their previous three matches (0-1 at home to Keynsham, 1-2 at home to Ashton & Backwell and a heavy loss (5-0) at Welton Rovers; Westbury’s two previous result was a 1-0 win on the road at Bishop Sutton.
For the record Westbury United have scored 26 goals and conceded 37 and the Cheesemen have scored 44 and conceded 22, which is a particularly good return.
Only Hengrove (52) and Malmesbury (46) have scored more, with leaders Keynsham also on 44.  Last season Cheddar took four points from Westbury United, winning 4-2 at Bowdens Park and drawing 2-2 away from home.
Should Jared Greenhalgh’s side (who currently occupy fourth spot) take all three points at Meadow Lane (Westbury BA13 3AF) and Hengrove are beaten at home by Oldland Abbotonians (which is not beyond the realms of possibility…) then it is not beyond the realms of possibility that they could move to third position.
Interestingly enough, the Cheesemen host Westbury United at Bowdens Park on Saturday week (19th November) in the Les Phillips (League) Cup 1st Round (kick off: 3.00pm).
Next weekend’s match is kindly sponsored by Steve Chivers & Co (Cheddar) Ltd
Supporters also will no doubt be wanting to know the latest updates on the first team squad injury front…
Sam Jones
Sam had a cruel injury in the recent FA vase match at Clevedon where he was injured in a collison just before half-time on the day.  Sam explained that his knee ‘popped out and it’s difficult to put too much weight on it’.
“I think it’s ligament damage of some sort,” he said. “I can’t bend the knee so it looks as though I’ll be out for the season.”
Sam has an orthopedic appointment at the hospital next week and is progress will be advised on the website.
All of us at Cheddar Football Club wish Sam a very speedy recovery, and look forward to him leading the line again.
Robbi Maggs  
Robbi has an ongoing hamstring issue that all stems from back problems and muscles being out of alignment.  He has been visiting a chiropractor weekly and is due to have his last session on Thursday night (10th November).  The good news is, Robbi tells us he “hopes to be playing again by the end of the month”.
Shaun Lambert
Shaun was injured at Roman Glass St George last weekend, but Shaun tells us that the injury is “not as bad as first thought”, although he does have ligament damage and has fractured a bone in his foot.
Shaun tells us that he hopes to be back playing inside 3-4 weeks, so again we all wish Shaun, who has been in terrific ‘very solid’ form this season, a very speedy recovery.
Elsewhere the Cheesemen’s second string (Cheddar Reserves) entertain Worle at Bowdens Park in the Somerset County league cup (Division 2)(kick off 2.30pm) looking to avenge their 0-3 defeat at the hands of the same team at Worle Rec last weekend.
Meanwhile the ‘A’ team travel to Burnham United fresh from their excellent 2-1 home win last weekend against St George (Easton-in-Gordano).
Cheddar Ladies will be travelling to Taunton to take on Hamilton Ladies in their latest match.

Weekend Review – November 5/6

Cheddar Reserves were beaten 3-0 at Worle.

After last week’s emphatic win , the Reserves went into this week’s fixture with second placed Worle with confidence.

A largely unchanged team from last week bolstered by first teamers Mason Gardener and Kris Bell were looking to build on on last week and started the game well, competing with a more experienced and bigger Worle side.

It soon became evident that Worle’s direct play was the complete opposite to Cheddar’s attempts to keep the ball on the floor.

The first half was a scrappy affair with Worle generally by-passing midfield and it was this direct approach combined with a momentary lapse in concentration at the back which saw the home side take the lead after 20 minutes.

Cheddar worked hard but struggled to cope with Worle’s strength and couldn’t find any fluidity to create any real chances to create chances in the first half.

Two goals five minutes either side of half time put the game beyond Cheddar’s reach. In the last 30 minutes of the game Cheddar started to gain more confidence on the ball stretching Worle from one side to the other. The introduction of

James Parker saw a number of chances created and Cheddar could have pulled a couple back in the last 20 minutes to make the scoreline more respectable but it wasn’t to the Cheesemen’s, second-string day.

The club’s ‘A’ team recorded a valuable 2-1 win against St George (Easton-in-Gordano) Sam Probert and Tom Catling scoring.

The Cheddar Ladies team suffered a 4-1 home defeat in the County League Cup at the hands of Wembdon.

Cheddar Ladies knew that they had their work cut out as they entertained a Wembdon team, a league above and last season’s legue champions.

As the game got underway, Wembdon pressed hard but the Ladies held off and settled well, it looked as though the Cheddar girls were in control of the game and were dominating when the visitors caught Cheddar on the break and went 1-0 up midway through the half.

Cheddar reacted well and were unlucky not to level the score, creating some good chances. Late in the first half Wembdon scored a second goal from distance, lobbing the ‘keeper.

Cheddar played well again in the second half and were unlucky not to get back into the game as they pushed forward creating some good chances.

Wembdon scored two further goals capitalising on mistakes by the Cheddar girls but the home side eventually got a deserved 80th minute goal through Charlotte Fay-Fineran but it was a bit of a task to get back into the game so late on.

The final score, 4-1 must have flattered the visitors as it could have easily been 4-1 the other way. Cheddar player-off-the-match was Bella Jones for a fantastically solid performance winning every tackle and for her brilliant distribution of the ball.

Match report – Cheesemen extend their unbeaten run to nine

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Saturday 5th November 2016

Roman Glass St George 1 Cheddar 4

Fearless running of Callum Ham inspires as Cheesemen extend their unbeaten run to NINE!

Cheddar stretched their unbeaten run to nine games with arguably their best away performance of the season so far on Gloucestershire FA’s 3G pitch at Almondsbury’s Oakland Park at the weekend. On paper this was a potentially difficult game for the Cheesemen, facing a ‘Glass’ side who had not only won their last four home games in some style but had returned to their home ground on the back of a highly impressive (3-1) win at early season pace-setters Bishop Lydeard, so these credentials should be taken into consideration on judging this result.

Eager to make a positive start to the game, Cheddar were quickly out of the blocks from the off and took the lead almost immediately, striker Adam Jones 12-yard volley was saved by Glass ‘keeper Phil Smith and headed away by the defence but landed at the feet of Callum Ham who made no mistake from 10 yards to put his side in the lead. In a copycat start to their last match (in which the Cheesemen had gone 2-0 ahead inside the opening twelve minutes) the visitors scored a second goal on seven minutes, Jones the earlier ‘provider’, turned goal scorer moving sharply past a defender to shoot firmly past the ‘keeper.

The home team were a tadge unfortunate not to reduce the arrears after a misjudgement from ‘keeper Webster midway through the half, Drew Hamilton-Dunn guilty of missing a clear-cut chance and as the first half continued both goalkeepers were called into action. ‘Glass’ scored a good goal through a Sam Wentland header to the reduce the arrears on 39 minutes as the Cheesemen tended to sit back on their lead.

An evenly contested opening to the second half ensued as Roman Glass attempted to force their way back into the game, although slowly, but surely the visitors wore down the resistance of the home team.

From a surging forward move inspired by captain George Booth and midfield accomplice Ricky Bennett, the former’s clever lay off found Mark Armstrong who hit an unstoppable 30-yard effort past helpless ‘keeper Mills on the hour.

Cheddar were now in free-flow and with 20 minutes remaining Jones added a fourth goal and his second of the game shooting home from close range with the ‘Glass defence in disarray. Frustration inevitably affected the home side as the Cheesemen threatened to run-riot and on 72 minutes the home side’s captain Jason Burt was shown a straight red card for an overly zealous tackle on substitute Billy Vaughan.

The visitors had further opportunities to add to the score line as Roman Glass, a man down for the last 20 minutes struggled to contain an exuberant Cheddar who can be well pleased with this victory as they move within touching distance of the top three.

The Cheesemen without a game in midweek travel to Westbury United on Saturday aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games, although the Wiltshire side have put together some much improved results of late, and although manager Jared Greenhalgh’s squad are confident although they completely understand that three points on their travels will not be easy.

Cheddar man of the match: Mark Armstrong

Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was another great win although it did come at a cost. Shaun Lambert was subjected to one of the many fouls and has a fractured foot.

“We flew out of the blocks again with some great play and goals from Callum Ham and Adam Jones gave us a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes. This is particularly pleasing as our high tempo starts are giving us a great foothold in the game.

“Frustration came after we had several chances to put the game away but didn’t take them. A lapse of concentration allowed them [Roman Glass] to equalise and the game was pretty evenly contested until Mark Armstrong sent a 30-yard rocket into the top corner, this was well deserved after their ‘keeper made some great saves, and luck hadn’t been on our side in the box.

“A horror tackle from their ‘skipper (two-footed from behind) on Billy Vaughan rightly saw him get a red card.

“The fourth goal from Jonah was followed by several other chances and hitting the woodwork but a 4-1 victory away from home on the 3G pitch against a side who had won their previous four at home was a really good result.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match at Westbury, the manager said: “It’s another tough place to go, especially as we’ll be missing six first team starters.

“Westbury have had some great results and their mid-table position is a respectful place following last season. I expect them to be a tough Wiltshire side, physical similar to Malmesbury, but if we can continue the form we have shown I hope we can keep our winning run going.”

Captain George Booth said: “We played well today and dominated for most of the game. We had a funny 20 minutes either side of half-time but we got through it.

“We created a lot of chances and it could have been 7 or 8 by the end of the game. All 14 players played their part and contributed to a good win. The run continues and we are starting to get close to touching distance of the top two which gives us the motivation to carry this run on”

Two-goal striker Adam Jones added: “I should’ve scored five today to be honest. We started well but then drifted out of the game for a bit. We played a lot better in the second half and created loads of chances, we should have had a hatful.”