Match report – Cheddar continue unbeaten run in tough Wiltshire encounter

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Saturday 28 January 2017
Calne Town 1 Cheddar 1
CHEDDAR CONTINUE UNBEATEN RUN IN TOUGH WILTSHIRE ENCOUNTER

Sometimes, expectations don’t always bear fruit, and this was exactly the case at Calne’s Bremhill View on Saturday, as the Cheesemen travelled to Wiltshire in search of three valuable points that would have taken them to second place.

Racing out the traps like rapier missile it looked a case of how many goals Cheddar would score as they threatened to demolish their second-bottom opponents early on as front man Adam Jones, finding space, tested home ‘keeper Steve Allison, that the big stopper did well to stop.

Two minutes later Callum Ham’s searching left-wing cross found Chris Coombs in space, but the winger’s shot was hurried and went wide of an upright.

Further efforts by Jones and then George Booth, were safely gathered by Allison, as the visitors continued to threaten.

On 17 minutes Coombs raced down the right wing, side stepping a defender before finding Jones lurking near the penalty spot, but an audaciously brave tackle from Calne’s Neurin Jones, robbed the Cheddar striker as he was about to pull the trigger, and the ball was cleared for a corner.

Having been under much pressure for the opening quarter, Town quickly moved the ball upfield and took an unlikely lead in their first real attack almost immediately after the corner and with the Cheddar midfield retreating, Mark Dolman nipped in between two defenders to prod the ball home, as Cheesemen shirts hesitated around him.

With half an hour played, top scorer Callum Ham seized an opportunity, leaving two defenders in his wake, and his goalbound effort from 18 yards was deflected ‘keeper Allison’s feet.

Again, the home side retaliated and they were unlucky not to go further ahead as Calne’s Jones and Aaron Hopkins, who was a constant danger on the left flank, combined menacingly although the move ended with Sam King stopping Hopkins and was rewarded with a yellow card for his efforts.

The pace of the game significantly increased in the second half and Sam King was again the man-of-the-moment.

Surging forward from his defensive berth, his superb initiative was cruelly unrewarded and his shot was safely gathered by the Town keeper.

Alliison himself was having an incredibly good game, and he immediately set up Billy Boakes who powered down the right channel, but although the player chose to feed Hopkins instead of going it alone which would have been a better option, and his final ball was too far in front of the Town winger.

Much of Calne’s forward play was becoming too close for comfort as both Mark Dolman and Stuart Windsor were proving more than a handful for the Cheddar defence, whilst at the other end, Town’s wing backs defended so resolutely, as if their car careers depended retaining their lead as they toiled to achieve an unlikely win.

With 19 minutes remaining, cue super-sub Kristian Bell linking exceptionally with Coombs, who in another fine, darting run at the Town defence, sent in a fizzing, grass cutting cross, that was turned past his own ‘keeper by Hamilton as he attempted to clear.

With the scores level, the Cheesemen had their tails up and Adam Jones forced Allison into an incredible two handed save.

Minutes later, George Booth was upended at the edge of the 18-yard box, but instead of pointing to the penalty-spot the match official chose to award a free-kick two yards outside the penalty area, from which Cheddar failed to take advantage and the opportunity was wasted.

As the minutes ticked away, Calne’s ‘Dolman blasted over with the goal seemingly at his mercy from five yards, but a draw was just about a fair result, as the home side produced a valiant performance to deny the Cheesemen victory.

Man of the match: Sam King

Jared Greenhalgh said:
“Following my pre-match comments I knew that this would be a difficult game, with players missing were vulnerable at times. I think we needed a little more composure in the first twenty minutes and I did get frustrated at four efforts on goal all near post, however it is also easy on the side to say ‘could have’, ‘should have’, and to be honest I felt it was only a matter of time before we scored. If we had scored I think that the game would have gone our way, as Calne would have had to chase. Instead they got a breakaway goal, mainly due to some poor tracking back and lack of alertness to danger. I felt that the team a whole was at fault. I think that this rocked us a bit and I thought that their [Calne Town’s] spirit and organisation was a credit to them; they certainly didn’t play like a team at the bottom of the league, aligned with some excellent goalkeeping, and it was always going to be as tough afternoon”
“I thought that we applied ourselves really well second half and the switch of Craig [Mawford] to right back certainly freshened the pace up, after Granty [Joe Grant] quite understandably tired. I thought that Chris [Coombs] despite his frustrations was a constant threat and is certainly one of the most potent attacking forces in the league, and he showed this with his pace and a great cross for the equaliser”
“After that it was attack versus defence with Calne dangerous on the break. We had several chances as did Calne, but I think we will look back on this as a point gained”.

[Captain] Adam Jones said: “It was a tough game today, and the pitch was hard to play on.

“We were poor first half but came out strong in the second and I think we should probably have taken all three points with some of the chances we made as a team”

[Midfielder] Ricky Bennett said: “Tough conditions out there today, which didn’t suit us.

“But I think we have more strings to our bow to be able to come back from a 1-0 deficit to get a point out of the game, especially when we weren’t at our best.

“This time of year, we are going to struggle to play our normal possession based game so we need to be able to adapt and find a way to get results”.

Comment:

Nevertheless, this hard-fought draw in Cheddar’s furthest away trip of the season added to their unbeaten run which now adds up to 19.

Remaining unbeaten since 1st October, Jared Greenhalgh’s team face two tough assignments in the next 10 days where they travel to Westbury on Tuesday night (31st January, kick-off: 7.45pm) for their Les Phillips (League) Cup tie before facing, potentially, their toughest test so far when they make the journey down the M5 to face league-leaders Wellington.

Albeit an exceptionally tough call, should the Cheesemen gain all three points at the weekend, it is likely that they will assume the league’s leadership, although this of course depends on (currently second placed) Keynsham’s result on Saturday (Keynsham have a potentially difficult away match at Chippenham Park)

Full Toolstation Western League Division One results from the weekend are as follows:

Almondsbury v Bishop Sutton P
Bishops Lydeard 1 v Radstock Tn 1
Chard Town 1 v Chippenham Park 1
Corsham Town 1 v Ashton & Backwell Utd 1
Hengrove Ath 4 v Roman Glass St George 0
Keynsham Town 0 v Westbury Utd 2
Oldland Abbots v Warminster Town P
Portishead Town 0 v Welton Rovers 0
Wellington 0 v Devizes Tn 0
Wincanton Tn 5 v Malmesbury Vics 0

Summary

Next weekend (Saturday 4th February), as has already been published, the Cheesemen travel to Wellington in the match of the day, whilst (2nd placed) Keynsham travel to Chippenham and 4th placed Hengrove (who appear to have returned to form with a bang) host Bishops Lydeard.

Wellington still lead the table (played 29, 64 points), Keynsham are currently second played 30, 62 points), we have played 29 and have 61 points (so are just one points behind Keynsham and have a game in hand) and fourth placed Keynsham have played 28 and have 55 points).

The Cheesemen do not return to home territory until Saturday week (11th February) when they face top three side Keynsham Town, the last team to they suffered a defeat to back on 1st October last year.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves were held 0-0 by 1610 Taunton United at Bowdens Park.

Robbie Wallis took charge of the team and his summary is as follows:

“The first half was a scrappy affair with Taunton managing to find themselves at times with four up front, however our defence of French, Buxton, Filer and Heal) were able to cope with any attacking threat.

“We worked hard to counter the mis-match in numbers with three one-on-ones missed and a few other good chances not taken.

“The second half saw an older Taunton side start to tire and to add to this, they were reduced to ten men with their substitute only being on the field for 10 minutes before being dismissed, a straight red for a forceful challenge on centre-back Adam Filer.

“This allowed even more attacking threat for Cheddar to exert on Taunton. In the final 15 minutes the opponent’s goalkeeper made three great saves and the woodwork was rattled!”

Cheddar Reserves man of the match: Tom Catlin

This point for Cheddar Reserves ensures that they retain tenth place in the Somerset County League Division Two (West) with 9 points from 14 games. The Reserve team host Ashton & Backwell Utd Reserves at Bowdens Park next Saturday (4th February), kick-off: 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team hosted local rivals Ship ham, unfortunately losing 0-3 at Sharpham Road. The ‘A’ team retain seventh place in the Weston & District Football League Division Four, and have 8 points from 11 games.

Cheddar Ladies scheduled match on Sunday (29th January) against Ilminster Town Ladies was postponed due to an unfit pitch. Next Sunday (5th February), Cheddar Ladies are without a game.

And finally…

All at Cheddar Football Club heartily encourage a good travelling support to Saturday’s match-of-the-day at Wellington FC, kick-off: 3pm. The address for those driving is North Street Car Park, Wellington TA21 8LYH\c inf

Match report – Cheesemen go 18 games unbeaten as Adam Jones grabs two more goals

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Saturday 21st January 2017
Cheddar 3 Corsham Town 1

Cheddar stretched their unbeaten run to an impressive 18 games in one of very few Toolstation Western League games played at the weekend, but although this was a comfortable looking win, the Cheesemen had to step up their game to earn the points after a stubborn second half performance by their lowly placed Wiltshire visitors.

The visitors went close to taking an unlikely lead in the opening 90 seconds or so, Callum Elms 35 yards or so away from the Cheddar goal, spotted goalkeeper Kieran Webster away from his goal-line, the striker sending his effort towards and empty net, only for the ‘keeper to draw back the ball to safety as he scrambled back.

From that point the home side took control of the match and George Booth was twice guilty of missing target when well placed, and an Adam Jones goal-bound effort was blocked by Corsham defender Nick Chandler following superb link play between Ricki Bennett and Chris Coombs.

Corsham certainly looked dangerous when they broke from defence, and dipping 30-yard effort from Zak Costello almost caused Webster further problems as his effort landed on the roof of the net.

The home side took the lead on 22 minutes when a well-directed Booth header on the halfway line found Adam Jones who got beyond his marker and although Corsham goalkeeper Chris Snoddy parried the Cheddar captain’s initial effort, Jones continued his run to score from an acute angle.

Cheddar doubled their lead on the half hour, a Bennett corner finding Mason Gardener who pressurised the Corsham goalkeeper, who failed the ball and Jones was on hand to hook the lose all home from six yards.

Shortly before the half-time whistle the visitors could count themselves slightly fortunate to end the half with eleven men, Asay Arifoppha hauling down Coombs, but despite what appeared to be the last man, the referee only administered a yellow card to the Corsham defender.

The Cheesemen adopted what appeared to be a relaxed approach at the turn-round, holding on to their two goal lead, although it has to be said that the conditions were proving difficult for flowing football, but it was the visitors who took the initiative and pressed forward and Callum Elms who had been a danger throughout set up an opportunity for Dan Harvey, who saw his initial effort bounce back off Webster’s chest and from the follow up, the same player blasted wide.

It was Harvey though who was to atone from his earlier miss reducing the arrears on 65 minutes with a good finish as the Cheddar defence failed to clear a crossfield ball.

Corsham applied late pressure as they went in search of an equaliser as a grandstand finish appeared to be on the cards, but not for the first time this season, the Cheddar management team saw an opportunity to make a significant tactical change, Robbi Maggs replacing Jones up-front, the striker having suffered a recurrence of a back-injury (which thankfully has not had a long-term effect) together with winger Kristian Bell who for the second time in two weeks was to have a big hand in the result.

An excellent right berth run from Maggs, ending with a slide rule pass that saw the on-running Bell, in a centre-forward role, finish superbly, giving the goalkeeper no chance for his side’s third goal.

This was a hard-fought victory for the Cheesemen in difficult conditions but they should feel justifiably pleased with themselves with a second highly earned victory over spirited opposition for the second occasion in two weeks.

Man of the Match: Mason Gardener (Cheddar)
Match Sponsor: Cheddar Kebab and Pizza Takeaway (Cheddar Gorge) The club are exceedingly grateful to Mr Ruhi Akar, the proprietor of Cheddar Pizza and Takeaway for his business’s kind sponsorship for the second time this season.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “On the face of it at home to one of the bottom half teams, this was an easy fixture, but with the conditions as they were and key players missing, it was always going to be difficult.

“Corsham had convincingly beaten us earlier in the season, so going into the game we were acutely aware of complacency.

“Recent weeks have seen us come back from losing positions to win points so I thought that it was critical that we got off to a good start, and we certainly did that.

“The tempo was good and I think that we made the best of a difficult pitch conditions.

“To be honest if we had been four up at half time that wouldn’t have flattered us. Corsham’s tactics were to squeeze us high, and I was pleased with the adaptation and our in-game management, which saw us switch from possession to releasing quickly and using Chris’s (Chris Coombs) and Callum’s (Callum Ham) pace in behind.

“Both missed one-on-one’s, but the unpredictable nature of the bounce certainly contributed to this.

“In the second half, I thought that a combination of ‘stick and twist’ and a renewed fight from Corsham was nearly our undoing.

“I think that we sat a little deep and then committed too hastily leaving us short in the middle.

“In addition, I thought we were a little sloppy at times especially on high percentage passing.

“It was slightly frustrating to hear a few dissenting home fans voices as the players resolutely dealt with the change in momentum in the second half, everyone needs to realise that in those conditions it is very difficult to dominate for 90 minutes.

“Under pressure you need to retain possession and then release decisively, which is incredibly difficult on a muddy, soft field. I thought that we coped very well second half, and it took a fine strike to get a goal back from Corsham.

“What was most pleasing was the response and it is testament to Maggsie (Robbi Maggs) and Kris Bell again that they came on and significantly contributed to the victory, Robbi providing an excellent ball again for Kris to finish with aplomb.

“It just shows how tight this league is with Wellington going down at Chippenham Park who have been at the bottom half of the league for most of the season.

“We are now unbeaten in 18 games, top goal scorers and have the best defence in the league with 14 games to go.

“What is even more pleasing is the conversion from ‘would-be losses’ into draws and draws into wins.”
Captain, Adam Jones added: “We started well enough, and they (Corsham) were playing a very high line which gave us the opportunity to use our pace down the wings to get in behind them but the second half went a bit scrappy.

“They (Corsham) got back in the game with a well taken goal but with some good play we managed to close out the game with a late goal.”

Cheesemen news

Elsewhere at the weekend, league leaders Wellington were beaten 1-0 at Chippenham Park and second placed Keynsham Town won a five-goal thriller at home to Wincanton Town on their 3G surface. Cheddar’s 3-1 win means that they are just three points behind top placed Wellington, having played the same number of games (28) and are just two points behind second placed Keynsham, Cheddar having played one game less. This forthcoming weekend (28 January), the Cheesemen visit second bottom placed Calne Town, whereas Wellington and Keysham both have home games against Devizes Town and Westbury Utd respectively.

Meanwhile, we hope that supporters will make a diary note for Saturday 4th February, when the Cheesemen travel to Wellington to face current league leaders Wellington FC.

Cheddar Football Club much hope that that there will be a healthy contingent of travelling supporters on the day.

In between time, as all club members and supporters will be aware of the issues regarding our proposed Les Phillis Cup Tie (first round) vs Westbury Utd, scheduled to take place at Bowdens Park on Tuesday next (31st January) kick-off 7.45pm.

Owing to our continued floodlight issues, it is likely that the game will now be played at Westbury Utd’s Meadow Lane ground (kick off; 7.45pm.

As soon as further information on this issue is received we will advise on this website and also on the club Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CheddarFC&SocialClub In the meantime the winners of the Les Phillips Cup Tie (1st round) have been given a home time versus Toolstation Premier League side Willand Rovers. The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday 4th March 2017.

Should the Cheesemen defeat Westbury Utd in the first round of the Les Phillips Cup, then the scheduled League match at Oldland Abbotonians will require to be re-arranged.

Meanwhile, news of a change of fixture:
Cheddar FC’s match vs Hengrove Athletic FC will now take place on Tuesday 7th March 2017 when it is expected that all Floodlight repair work will have been completed.

Elsewhere at the weekend (21/22 January), Cheddar Reserves match at Winscombe fell foul to the weather conditions, as was called off due to a frozen pitch. Cheddar ‘A’ team did not have a match and Cheddar Ladies scheduled match against Weston Ladies was also called off.

This coming weekend (28/29 January), the Reserve team are due to host 1610 Taunton United in the Somerset County Football League Division Two (West) at Bowdens Park, kick-off 2pm, and Cheddar ‘A’ team entertain Shipham FC in a local derby; the match is to be played at Sharpham Roads and is to kick off at 2pm.

On Sunday (29 January) Cheddar Ladies play Ilminster in the Somerset Women’s League Division Two (kick off: 2pm).

Weekend Preview – ‘When Saturday Comes’

“It’s all about the three points and not the performance at this time of year”

The Cheesemen seeking to extend their impressive unbeaten run to 18 tomorrow, Saturday, host 19th placed Corsham Town in the Toolstation Western League Division One, in a match that has been kindly sponsored by Cheddar Pizza and Kebab Kitchen on Cheddar Gorge.

Match-day gates open at 12.30pm and the match is to kick off at 2pm.
Despite Corsham being in an uncomfortable positon, just four places from the bottom the game is unlikely to be an easy game, as the Wiltshire based side have notably performed very well in games against the Cheesemen over the past two seasons.

Earlier this season, Corsham won 3-0 at their Laycock Road ground when to be honest the Cheesemen really weren’t at the races, and last season (in February to be exact) they [Corsham] inflicted a similarly bad result on Cheddar, winning 4-1 on the evening.

Cheddar manger Jared Greenhalgh will be taking nothing for granted when selecting his side, which is likely to be without the services of Mark Armstrong and Billy Vaughan (both suspended) although the manager otherwise reports a fit squad, eager to record a further win following last week’s dramatic last minute victory over Wincanton, courtesy of Callum Ham’s excellent strike for his 21st goal of the campaign.

Jared said: “For the second week running we are at home and hopefully Russell (Heal) has worked his magic to get a pitch up together for us to play on!

Looking at tomorrow’s game, most people will expect an easy home win, but this will not be the case.

“Corsham are one of only four teams to beat us this year, and they did that comprehensively. They have strength at the back and pace up front.

“The conditions will level this up and we are without Billy (Vaughan) and Mark (Armstrong).

“We need to show now our credentials for winning the league by winning in adverse conditions against tough opposition.

“We have shown we can do this and at this time of year it’s all about the three points and not the performance, however it would be great if we can get three points in the style that we have set ourselves over the past couple of years!”
Should second placed Keynsham fail to secure three points tomorrow, and the Cheesemen defeat Corsham, they will leap frog the Bath and North East Somerset club and move to second place, but as we all know, the three points are there to be achieved first…
Elsewhere, the Reserve team travel to old rivals Winscombe in the Somerset County Football League Division Two (West), kick-off: 2pm. The ‘A’ team do not have a fixture this weekend and Cheddar Ladies scheduled match against Weston Ladies on Sunday (22nd January) has been called off.

Match report – Weekend review 14/15 January

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Saturday 14th January 2017 –
And Weekend Review
Cheddar 2 Wincanton Town 1

Callum Ham strikes late late goal to take the Cheesemen to seventeen games unbeaten

If there was living proof that a match is not over until the final whistle then this was not more evident that the late drama that occurred at Bowdens Park on Saturday, Callum Ham grabbing a 93rd minute goal to secure a win that takes the Cheesemen to a highly impressive seventeen match unbeaten run.

Earlier, despite coming out of the trap like an express train and carving out impressive opportunities, Wincanton’s high pressing game was continually frustrating the home side’s fluent style.

A hard-working Wincanton Town did their utmost to counteract most Cheddar moves and might well feel hard done by not to have taken home a point in what could be seen as an undistinguished display by the Cheesemen who have not now sampled defeat since a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Keynsham Town on 1st October.

Captain, Adam Jones leading the line manfully as he has been doing all season, was unlucky not to connect with a good right wing Chris Coombs on 8 minutes but all too many of the home side’s passes were falling short or being counteracted by an eager visiting Town team who belied their mid-table positon.

Constantly driven on by their midfield supremo Daniel Wise, the visitors were making life more than a little difficult for the home side and it was not the greatest surprise when they went ahead on 14 minutes, Gary Chapman nodding home Wise’s flick header from Tom Morris’s free kick. Moments earlier, Town had shown a stark warning when Iwan Walters 15-yard drive was turned to safety by ‘keeper Kieran Webster.

Stung by inadequate link ups in an opening lethargic looking display, the Cheesemen began to shake themselves down and pressed forward.

From the resulting free kick on the edge of the box, Craig Mawford’s thunderous free kick was somehow held by visiting ‘keeper Jamie Stewart, this after Andy Mitchell’s deliberate handball that bizarrely went unpunished by the referee.

Shortly following, the home side should have been awarded a penalty-kick as Shaun Lambert was literally held down in the box, but less than 30 seconds later Ricky Bennett was cautioned for an innocuous looking challenge, adding up to an afternoon of strange decisions by the match official.

The visitors almost went further ahead following the Bennett infringement with George Kirby volleying against the underside of the Cheddar crossbar.

Minutes after the changeround Town thought that they had added to their lead when Danny Godden’s cross was prodded home by Connor Williams but the effort was ruled out by a linesman’s flag. It took the Cheesemen all of an hour to get back on level terms, as they dramatically upped the tempo.

Danny Griffiths surging forward into the penalty area from his defensive berth, was upended in full flight and dead-ball specialist Chris Coombs made no mistake from the spot, levelling the scores, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.

With almost a quarter of the game remaining, Lambert, himself just returning from a one-match suspension, saw red, for a second cautionable offence and there was little doubt the home side were up against it.

But despite being a man down the game changed and inspired substitutions by manager Jared Greenhalgh and turned the game in favour of the Cheesemen just when it was most needed.
Thrusting Robbi Maggs into an offensive position, the striker made a constant nuisance of himself together with the introduction of sharp-footed Callum Ham who tormented the Town defence at every opportunity, this followed with the late addition of Kristian Bell, who having been on the pitch for just three minutes, saw the opportunity to close down the goalkeeper’s clearance, the loose ball dropping to fellow substitute Callum Ham who rifled the ball home from 20 yards for his 21st strike of the season, to win the match.

This three points could well prove decisive in the run in towards the end of the season.

The Cheesemen have just 15 league games remaining in what could well prove to be a momentous season.

Cheddar are at home again on Saturday (21st January) when they host Corsham Town, kick off: 2pm.

Man-of-the-match: Sam King

Match and Match Ball sponsor: Dickie Day
Following the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a performance full of grit and determination.

“For the second week running pitch conditions really counted against us against a competent side who worked hard and made it tricky for us.

“In the first half, we weren’t passing the ball well at all and their tactics were causing us to have to rush things on a rapidly deteriorating pitch. This was compounded by an avoidable goal from a free-kick.

“In the second half, the message was simple; improve the levels of quality and energy and turn them round, use our pace and be more direct. To the boys credit they did this and Chris Coombs pace and runs caused them [Wincanton] all sorts of problems.

“Danny {Griffiths} looked like a new player in the second half and his mazy runs got us back in the game with Coombsie (Chris Coombs) deservedly notching from the spot.

“I felt that we needed some fresh pace and Callum and Maggsie (Robbi Maggs) provided that and I thought that we were on top until Shaun (Lambert) received a second (in my opinion) soft yellow card.

“To the lads credit they didn’t panic and we backed ourselves to create a chance and with the introduction of Kris Bell that came.

“His energy was outstanding and it was pleasing that all three substitutes combined and the excellent Callum Ham scored late on. Maybe not a deserved win on the balance of play but for sheer determination we deserved it”.

Cheddar FC News
The club have confirmed that their 125th Anniversary Dinner, with special guest former Tottenham Hotspur legend Steve Perryman MBE is a sell-out.

The dinner will take place on Saturday 25th February starting at 7 for 7.30pm.

Although ‘sold out’, club members who wish to apply for tickets can still do so, by contacting secretary Alan Cooper on 0784 587 0812 or by e-mail to alancooper7@sky.com

All names will be held on the ‘Reserve List’.

Should there be any withdrawals then those on the reserve list will be contacted.
In the Les Phillips (League) Cup, should the Cheeseman defeat Westbury United in the 1st round (scheduled for Tuesday evening, 31st January) they will host Tool station Western League (Premier Division side, Willand Rovers on Saturday 4th March 2017.
Weekend Review

As has been reported this weekend, the Cheesemen have now gone 17 games undefeated and this is already a terrific achievement; the only disappointment was the lower than expected crowd of 49 that attended on Saturday, although after a busy Christmas/New Year this is perhaps to be expected although those who were not able to attend certainly missed a very good game and a dramatic ending.

League leaders Wellington were held 1-1 at Ashton & Backwell and Keynsham Town retain second place with their 2-1 win at Portishead. Full weekend results are as follows:
Ashton & Backwell Utd 1 Wellington Town 1
Bishops Lydeard 3 Almondsbury UWE 0
Calne Town 2 Oldland Abbotonians 3
Chard Town 1 Bishop Sutton 1
Corsham Town 1 Hengrove Athletic 2
Devizes Town 0 Radstock Town 2
Portishead Town 1 Keynsham Town 2
Roman Glass St George 4 Welton Rovers 1
Warminster Town 5 Malmesbury Victoria 1
Westbury Utd 1 Chippenham Park 2

Meanwhile at the weekend, the ‘A’ team and Cheddar Ladies unfortunately didn’t have the rub of the green, the A’s losing 0-5 to Churchill Club Reserves and the Ladies conceding 14 to an exceedingly strong Weston super Mare Ladies side.

This coming weekend, on Saturday (21st January) Cheddar first team are again at home and host 19th placed (fourth bottom) side Corsham Town, who despite not having the best of seasons so far have always been a ‘tough nut’ to crack for the Cheesemen.

Corsham have continually put up a strong showing against Cheddar and won quite comprehensively (3-0) at the Southbank Ground, Lacock Road on 17th September, in what was one of the Cheesemen’s poorer displays this season.

Kick off at Bowdens Park is 2pm and match-day gates open at 12.30pm.
Elsewhere, the Reserve team are due to travel to local rivals Winscombe in the Somerset County Division Two (West) and the ‘A’ team do not have a fixture this weekend.

Cheddar Ladies match against Weston super Mare Ladies has been cancelled.

Weekend Preview ‘When Saturday Comes’ will follow later this week, and will include a further pre-match interview with manager Jared Greenhalgh.

Weekend review

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report – Saturday 7th January 2017

Radstock Town 2 Cheddar 2

The Cheesemen extend their unbeaten run but a price

Cheddar started the New Year where they left 2016, unbeaten for the sixteenth match in succession, but this hard-earned point came at a price.

True enough the Cheesemen fought back exceptionally well to earn themselves a share of the points but this match will unfortunately be remembered for the bigger issues of discipline that dominated the game.

The match referee will be hopeful that he will never be able to have to officiate I such circumstances as no less than five players and the Radstock manager were shown red cards during the match that at times, became unsavoury to the extent that shortly before half time, 15 players and the management team were involved in scuffle in front of the Cheddar bench.

The game started brightly enough on a sodden playing surface and it was the Cheesemen who created the first goal scoring opportunity. A long Joe Grant throw found the head of captain and centre-forward Adam Jones and his back header was saved well at the foot of a post by ‘keeper Dan Nolan.

The Cheddar captain then set up a half-chance for Ricky Bennett whose 25-yard half volley fizzed wide.

Jones was again unlucky to see another headed effort from a Chris Coombs free kick come back into the arms of the Radstock keeper having struck the inside of an upright.

Despite dominating the opening quarter of the match, it was Radstock who took the lead against the run of play as a free kick the left channel was headed against his own crossbar by Callum Ham and although Jack Witcombe made sure that the ball was over the line, the own goal would have been credited to the Cheddar wing-back.

The home side doubled their lead on the half hour when a long Luke Ingram clearance from the edge of the penalty area, saw Cheddar keeper Kieran Webster dash off his line to clear the danger, but missed the ball completely and Witcombe walked the ball into the net for a second gift goal for the hosts, who celebrated as though they had won the UEFA champions league.

There had been several untimely challenges throughout the first half that perhaps have seen severe punishment by the match official but what happened five minutes prior to the end of the first half, looked ugly to say the least.

A poor challenge on Ricky Bennett by Luke Ingram sparked a mass brawl near the Cheddar dugout and following an almost ten-minute hold up in play as the match as order was resumed, Cheddar’s Mark Armstrong was dismissed along with substitute Billy Vaughan, whilst Radstock captain Ingram was red carded along with his manager, Shane Smith.

When the game eventually re-started Radstock central-defender Sean Keet should have put the game out of sight for the Cheesemen, but he somehow volleyed wide a yard from goal.

If the visitors were to remain in the contest they needed to restore parity early in the second half and this they did, nine minutes after the change round.

On 54 minutes Ricky Bennett slipped a glorious through ball to Chris Coombs who confidently slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper’s left hand.

Radstock were then reduced to eight men when Witcombe was shown a second yellow card for questioning the referee’s decision following a foul on him by Cheddar captain Adam Jones and then Josh Witcombe was then red carded for a bad foul on Cheddar substitute George Booth.

The visitors were immediately awarded a penalty kick and Callum Ham converted with ease, to net his 20th goal of the season, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

Radstock, despite playing the final 14 minutes with 8 players somehow held on for share of the points, despite late efforts from Booth, Jones, and substitute Robbi Maggs.

Following the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhaugh said: “I felt frustrated only to take a point from Saturday’s game but have to look at half time and down to ten men (Mark Armstrong wrongly dismissed), a draw seemed a long way away.

“The lads produced a gritty second half performance to rescue a point and with better finishing we would have won the game.

“I take full, responsibility for the first half performance – as the manager I have to read conditions, opposition, and tactics, I made the mistakes and that showed first half where we did not display our usual energetic controlling style.

“The changes in the second half made a good impact but I still didn’t think we utilised the width enough especially Coombsy but I thought the introduction of Maggsie and Boothy made a big difference as would have Billy if he had wrongly in my opinion been dismissed from the dugout.

“The blame for the fracas lays firmly with the Radstock manager, and knowing him reasonably well he will regret his actions as this inflamed a situation that was dying down.

“We had some luck when again the Radstock centre-back was sent off wrongly (double jeopardy law) but I think overall that we didn’t perform in the first half which was my fault entirely, but I thought in the second half, even before the sending offs we were excellent.

“We can now move on still unbeaten and Keynsham’s home defeat (1-3 vs Oldland Abbotonians) really helped us.

“The league is now Wellington’s to lose but we will keep trying to accumulate points and put pressure on if they slip up.”

Other Toolstation Western League (Division One) results on Saturday, were:
Almondsbury UWE 2 Corsham Town 4
Bishops Lydeard 5 Welton Rovers 0
Calne Town 4 Westbury Utd 0
Chard Town 0 Ashton & Backwell 2
Chippenham Park 1 Warminster Town 1
Hengrove Athletic 4 Wincanton Town 3
Keynsham Town 1 Oldland Abbotonians 3
Malmesbury Victoria 2 Devizes Town 2
Portishead Town 3 Roman Glass St George 2
Wellington 3 Bishop Sutton 1

Cheddar return to Bowdens Park on Saturday (14th January) when they host Wincanton Town in a match, that owing to the club’s current floodlighting problems kicks off at 2pm.

Also on Saturday, league leaders Wellington face a potentially difficult trip to Ashton & Backwell whilst Portishead host second place Keynsham Town.

Meanwhile also on Saturday the Reserve team were beaten 2-1 at home by Churchill Club 70, Sam Merreywether scoring Cheddar’s goal.

The result leaves Cheddar Reserves in eleventh positon in the Somerset County League Division Two (West). Next Saturday (14th January) the Reserve team are without a game.

Elsewhere the ‘A’ team were held to a 1-1 draw by Nailsea United ‘B, Callum Sulley scoring for Cheddar ‘A’. This result leaves the ‘A’ team in seventh position in the Weston super Mare Football League Division Four.

Next Saturday (14th January) the ‘A’ team host Churchill Club 70 in the Attwell Shield, kick off 1.30pm.

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies travelled to Welton Rovers ground to take on the league leaders, Purnell Sports, and title favourites, knowing it was going to be difficult against a very strong and well organised team.

From the start, Purnell attacked and put much pressure on the visitors but the Cheesegirls handed it well, but as they were constantly under attack Cheddar could not quite get into their stride as they were closed down quickly and were unable to develop their own rhythm.

Purnell just kept coming but the Cheesegirls were very resilient across the back and reduced Purnell to shooting from anywhere as that gave Cheddar ‘keeper Rachael Roussell the player of the match award for some outstanding saves.

Cheddar did create a couple of chances in the first half but were unable to convert them, so with that and Cheddar’s back four working very hard and some superb saves from the Cheddar ‘keeper it was all level at half time.

The second half got under way and it was pretty much the same but after five minutes Purnell broke the deadlock with a fluky cross that crept in to the far corner after everyone thought that it was going wide.

Chances were then opening at both ends but it was Purnell that got the next goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Cheddar could have got back into the game after a powerful shot from Jade Burton was spilled by the Purnell keeper and Valerie Walsh hit the rebound wide of goal.

Chances were then coming again at both ends but it was fitness that kept Purnell going stronger adding two more goals and Valerie Walsh getting her reward for Cheddar after beating the last defender and putting the ball over the keeper
Cheddar FC News
Cheddar Football Club announce that 28-year-old, Shaun Potter has joined the club as Assistant Manager to team boss Jared Greenhalgh.

Shaun, formerly a midfielder with Weston super Mare Under 18s, has also played for Worle, Churchill, Banwell and Winscombe. Shaun who has coached Weston’s Under 15’s, Under 16’s, Under 18’s and Under 19’s progressing players into the first team and into league football and is currently working towards his UEFA ‘B’ coaching award.

Shawn said: “I’ve loved my time at Cheddar so far, there is a brilliant feel about the club on and off the pitch”.

The club have also been named Toolstation Western League Division One team of the month for December 2016,
Cheddar Football Club are to hold a 125th Anniversary dinner at the clubhouse on Saturday evening, 25th February where the special will be former Tottenham Hotspur legend and current Exeter City Football Club Director of Football, Steve Perryman.

Tickets which include a (waitress served) two-course dinner, are just £20 each. Contact  Cheddar secretary Alan Cooper on 0784 587 0812 or by e-mail to alancooper7@sky.com for more information.

Details on Steve Perryman for those who wish to know more on the former Spurs legend can be found at www.steveperryman.com

Match report – Cheddar FC keep pressure on the top two

Toolstation Western League Division One match report and Boxing Day Review
Boxing Day – Monday 26th December 2016

Cheddar 2 Bishop Sutton 0 – Fifteen not out as the Cheesemen keep pressure on the top two

Watched by an impressive and highly vocal 222 Boxing Day crowd Cheddar secured all three points against a hard working but eminently outclassed Bishop Sutton at Bowdens Park on Monday lunchtime, taking their unbeaten run to an equally impressive fifteen games.

Sutton, last season’s bottom placed team had a reshaped look about them and had visited Bowdens Park on the back of three straight wins, scoring eight goals in the process, keeping a clean sheet in all, so this was a mark of how much of an improved outfit Scott Armstrong’s team were this season.

Some early ‘sparring’ it was evident that both sides afforded one another a degree of mutual respect and midfield supremacy became a key part of the opening exchanges, the visitors clearly having done their homework in attempting to close the surging runs of the Cheesemen’s midfield.

What was evident in the Sutton line up was their initial ability to move the ball quickly from defence to midfield and retreat as a unit which is no doubt where they have worn down some teams during their recent upsurge in form, Tom Pawley and Brendon Abode working well to set up a rhythm from the outset. The Cheesemen, again spurred on by penetrating runs from the tenacious George Booth in the No 10 role, along with widemen Chris Coombs and Callum Ham began swapping flanks at ease as they gradually began to press home territorial advantage and wore down the resolve of the visitors.

Chris Coombs was through on goal on 10 minutes only to be thwarted by a good tackle from Sutton defender Jack Seymour and then on the quarter hour the selfless Adam Jones finding himself in an excellent position, fired just wide after impressive interplay between Ricky Bennett, Callum Ham.

On 18 minutes, Sutton’s Josh Southway and Joe Walters linking well and looking dangerous were thwarted by an alert Kieran Webster in the Cheddar goal, dashing from his line to clear well but the communication from the home side’s ‘patched up’ back line, with twin centre-backs Danny Griffiths and Lewis Matthews both having quality defensive games, giving full backs the Craig Mawford and Ricky Bennett opportunities to press forward at will and cause at times, insurmountable issues for the Sutton defence.

Bennett in an unusual left back berth was something of a revelation on the afternoon and his lung bursting runs from box to box were particularly notable.

In one such run from deep, the talented midfielder-turned defender linked with 19-goal striker Ham, his clever penetrating pass finding the league’s leading scorer who twisting, and turning past two defenders, his low shot beating the ‘keeper but was hurriedly cleared off the line by a defender.

As the game moved up in tempo bruising challenges occasionally got in the way of flowing football and the game was held up for some minutes as Sutton goalkeeper Chris Manns received treatment following a collision between his own defender and the swashbuckling bravery of Adam Jones.

But the match continued apace and on 36 minutes Cheddar were deservedly in front, Jones viciously finishing off volleying home from 12 yards after a brilliant Ham – Coombs move; the former’s head high cross met superbly by Coombs who outjumped two defenders to cushion a header into the striker’s path.

On the stroke of half time, Craig Maw ford was unlucky not to add to the score with a trademark scorching 22 yard shot that was somehow deflected for a corner by the goalkeeper.

Cheddar sealed the match and the three points with a further quality strike on the hour.

Callum Ham’s in swinging corner was cleared from a crowded area by an overworked and a times over-resolute defence, but Ricky Bennett running into a midfield positon was first to react to hit a rising 35-yard left foot volley that screeched into the net for one of the goals of any season.

The visitors who had a number of impressive performances to their name in recent games, never really got into free-flowing gear following this incredible goal, and such were the obvious frustrations of their manager Scott Armstrong that he was sent to the stands by referee Steve Fall following an overly enthusiastic exchange of opinion, but this was as complete performance by Cheddar on the afternoon, who looked strong in every department, as this further three points, puts them breathing down the necks of second placed and early-season pace setters, Keynsham Town, who are just three points ahead of the Cheesemen, who have a game in hand and a better goal difference.

Cheddar ‘came of age’ in this, their final game of 2016, as they matched their obvious flair with notable steel, determination an overall, discipline.
A tough match at Radstock Town follows for this Cheddar side, in their first game of the New Year on Saturday week (7th January) before they return to Bowdens Park for two successive home games against Wincanton and Corsham.

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett
Match Sponsor: Paul Walkinshaw
Match Ball Sponsor: Steve Sage
Following the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Given the circumstances today was one of our best performances of the season so far.

“With noticeable absentees of both our outstanding centre-backs and with a couple of players still carrying niggles today could have been a tricky game. Bishop Sutton had only lost once in seven games and taken maximum points in five of those games.

“I think we controlled the game from start to finish and our game plan worked well we kept our play simple, moved the tempo up and down well and t hen added some individual flashes of quality to win the game.

“Both goals were of equal merit, a well worked move led to a beautifully cushioned header and a fine volley from Jonah.

“Second half just typified the quality throughout the team, Ricky Bennett played full back to balance out the team and his 35-yard strike was full of quality. What was so pleasing was the way the team coped with the changes and the commitment to the cause was outstanding – right across the team, I thought the performances were excellent – everyone contributed positively and I think that that the back five deserve a special mention; they were excellent and restricted the opposition to the odd long shot.

“Our next game (at Radstock on Saturday 7th January) will again be a tough one but hopefully we can add another three points and keep up the pressure on the top two.”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones said: “I felt that we dominated the game from start to finish, they didn’t give us much fret.

“The game got a bit scrappy at times but we showed we were up for the fight.

“We did well with two players playing out of position at the back and it was also good to have Maggsy (Robbi Maggs) back (coming on as sub) after his long lay off with injury. ”

And a word from man-of-the-match Ricky Bennett: “I think that today was a strong performance, especially with several of the lads playing out of position due to injuries and absences.

“I don’t think that they (Bishop Sutton) even had shot on target.

“It was nice to see Adam Jones finding his goal scoring boots which eases the pressure of the defenders when your striker is banging them in for fun.

“Everybody knows they’re roll when they’re out on the pitch and it shows in the performances that the lads are displaying”.
Boxing Day Review

This latest win for the Cheesemen takes their unbeaten run to a hugely impressive 15 without defeats and indeed their eighth win in nine games. Cheddar have not now tasted defeat since losing 2-0 (at Keynsham Town) on the first day of October.

The game at Keynsham was a strangely inept performance by the Cheesemen, but as they have proved time and again since that defeat, they have the resolve to keep the good performances going.

Just 17 (league) game remain until the end of the season, with a possible 51 (further) points up for grabs.

Some particularly tough league games ahead, eight of which are at home, with second placed Keynsham Town and (fourth placed) Hengrove Athletic scheduled to visit Bowdens Park on 11th February and 18th March respectively.
Saturday was Cheddar’s third 200+ attendance of the season, following the 362 FA Cup replay match against Bodmin Town and the 234 that attended the Portishead Town match in October (on the occasion of the Toolstation Western League groundhop).

For the record, Cheddar’s (222) Boxing Day ‘gate’ was the fifth highest in the Toolstation Western League on the day. Melksham Town had the highest attendance for their Wiltshire derby match against Bradford Town with a majorly impressive gate of 476.

Second highest were Welton Rovers whose gate was 262 against local rivals Radstock Town.

Shepton Mallet’s 2-2 with Wells City saw 225 come through the turnstiles and Wellington had one more supporter than ourselves, with 223.
Toolstation Western League Division One results on Boxing Day were…

Ashton & Backwell 0 Portishead Town 2
Chippenham Park 1 Calne Town 1
Devizes Town 0 Corsham Town 0
Malmesbury Victoria A Oldland Abbotonians A
Roman Glass St George 4 Almondsbury UWE 3
Wellington 4 Bishop Lydeard 1
Welton Rovers 0 Radstock Town 5
Westbury Utd 1 Warminter Town 3
Wincanton 1 Chard Town 3

The next league matches are on Saturday 7th January when the Cheesemen are to visit Radstock Town. In the meantime, Cheddar Reserves visit Nailsea Town on New Year’s Eve, 31st December, kick-off: 2.00pm.
Cheddar FC’s next home match is on Saturday 14th January when the visitors are Wincanton Town.
Kick Off time for this match will be advised as soon as possible.