Cheddar FC news

The club are to host the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

The cup final is to be played between Bath Villa FC and Baltonsborough FC and match night gates open at 6pm.

The match is ‘All Pay’. In addition to the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final, Cheddar FC are also to host the Somerset County Sunday Challenge Cup Final which is to take place on Wednesday 17th May as well as two Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals which are to take place on Saturday 20th May.

Details of the Somerset County Challenge Cup Final and the Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals will be advised on this website nearer to the dates in question.

Cheddar Football Club Annual Presentation Night is to take place on Saturday 13th May, with a 7 for 7.30pm start.

Admission tickets (which will be available on the door) are £10 per person which will include a ‘Hog Roast and a pint’.

Supporters and friends of Cheddar Football Club are most welcome to attend along with all players, and the club are hopeful of a large attendance as indeed was the case last year, 2016.

Enquiries are welcomed and should be e-mailed to the Secretary via the club website contact page
Turning to Pre-season Friendlies; the first pre-season friendly for the 2017-18 season has been arranged and is to be a match against a Yeovil Town XI on Wednesday 26th July 2017, kick-off: 7pm. Further news on pre-season will follow at the right time. Pre-season arrangements are currently under discussion between the first team manager and the football secretary.

Cheddar FC weekend preview

The Cheesemen who are already assured of third place in the Toolstation Western League Division One play their final game tomorrow, Saturday 29th April at 14th placed Devizes Town with a kick-off: 3pm.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said:
“It’s our last game of the season and we want to finish with a win, we currently have scored 92 goals this season and amassed 82 points.

“I think the disappointment of not finishing in the top two means that to a lot of people this game is meaningless however the players think differently.

“They want to finish on a high and enjoy the summer off. For myself and Shaun (Potter) we are already planning for next season and knowing the FA cup (Extra Preliminary Round) will be held on 5th August means we don’t have a huge lay off.

“Devizes away wouldn’t have been my first choice for a final game, but we will there to win.

“Our squad is stretched to the limit now but I hope we have enough quality throughout the side to take the three points.”

For the record, our first home league match this season resulted in a 5-0 win for the Cheesemen on Saturday 13th August.

Last season, Devizes finished in 19th position, and results against ourselves resulted in a 5-1 win for the Cheesemen at Bowdens Park on 19th March 2016 and a 2-1 win at Devizes on 28th September 2016, so (up until now) games against the Wiltshire team have yielded three straight wins, the Cheesemen netting twelve goals and conceding only two.

For the statisticians amongst you, Devizes last six games have produced some rather interesting results; they comprehensively defeated Keynsham Town 2-0 at their Nursteed Road ground in their last game, but earlier in that week were beaten by the same score at Corsham Town.

That game was preceded a quite amazing 3-0 win at Chard Town, and a 1-1 draw at Warminster. Prior to that game they held (promoted) Wellington to a 1-1 draw although the previous week they were beaten 0-2 by Westbury United.

In a run of home games, Devizes also proved their worth with a fine 1-0 win over Ashton & Backwell, but to also prove what a funny old game football can be they shipped nine goals at home against bottom placed side Almondsbury.

For supporters making the journey to Devizes tomorrow, the ground address is Nursteed Road, Devizes SN10 3DX.

The ground can be found by taking the A342 from Devizes towards Andover, then driving past Eastleigh Road on the left, turning for the ground will then be found on the left-hand side.

Estimated travel time to Devizes from Bowdens Park is 1 hour 15 minute and the round trip is 93.8 miles, one of the longest away trips of the season.

In terms of the championship of the Toolstation Western League Division One this season, both Wellington (home result 1-1 and away 0-4) and Hengrove Athletic (away result 1-1 and home result 3-1) have been promoted, but the league championship will be decided tomorrow. Wellington (who currently lead the league) on 89 points will be crowned champions in they win at Radstock Town but Hengrove Athletic (87 points) will be champions if they win their match at Westbury and Wellington lose or draw.

At the other end of the table, bottom place will be Almondsbury and second bottom will be decided between Calne Town (currently second from bottom), Welton Rovers and Corsham, although Calne will have to score five goals or more to move up the table.

Maggs Fourth Goal In Five Games Sees The Cheesemen End United’s Run

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Saturday 22nd April 2017

CHEDDAR 3 WESTBURY UNITED 2

The Cheesemen competed their home fixtures for the season with a good win, inflicting a first defeat in ten games over a much-improved Westbury United side who could rightly judge their performance on the day as a yardstick as to the progress they have made this season, as they faced a Cheddar side still with one eye on clinching a promotion place.

The Bowdens Park club were however forced into a crucial change minutes before the start as goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield injured himself in the warm-up and was replaced by Kieran Webster just prior to kick off.

The match got off to an electric start, Robbie Maggs going agonisingly close after just three minutes, his 16-yard shot shaving the far post, but from a near immediate counter attack Leon Greenland had the Cheddar defence back peddling as he forced Kieran Webster into a good save, the young ‘keeper pushing the ball past the post for a corner kick.

On eight minutes the visitors were in front, Jordan Pinder winning the ball in midfield and running a further ten yards before hitting a firm shot past the Cheddar goalkeeper.

Cheddar were back in the game on twelve minutes however, Ricky Bennett hitting his first goal of the season direct from a right-wing corner although the ball was helped across the line by lively young winger, and one of Jared Greenhalgh’s most astute signings, Kristian Bell.

With half an hour played Cheddar went in front with a move of quality, inspired by Bennett’s precision cross, Adam Jones was on hand just inside the penalty area to cushion his header into the path of the on running George Booth who equally cleverly headed past goalkeeper Carl Crabtree. Cheddar, with Kristian Bell and defender Lewis Matthews using their pace to terrorise the Wiltshire side’s left sided defence were unlucky not to add a further goal as the former went close with a curling shot from left hand edge of the 18-yard box, as he ran on to Robbi Maggs intelligent cross-field ball.

On 37 minutes of an entertaining first half, came the game’s outstanding goal, Jake Stephenson creating space for himself and spinning 90 degrees before unleashing a tremendous 25-yard strike that would do justice to football in several divisions higher.

Cheddar turned up the gears in the second period but could not always maintain the fluidity that has become the hallmark of their stylish play this season, and Westbury’s Jamie Jordan proved inspirational on more than one occasion for the visitors with his accurate passing from his central midfield berth.

But as they have proved time and again this season, Cheddar were always capable of a further goal and following good efforts by Ricky Bennett, Adam Jones and Chris Coombs, the Cheesemen scored a third goal on 70 minutes, Robbi Maggs, a continual threat to the Westbury back- line all afternoon with his industry and selfless running, robbed a hesitant ‘keeper and slid the ball home from close range despite the attention of two burly defenders.

Westbury offered little as game entered its last quarter of an hour but Jordan, undoubtedly their best player sent in a lobbed effort towards an empty goalmouth, having noticed goalkeeper Webster advance from his line, but Webster tracked back quickly to clutch the ball above his head.

The win secured third place, but unfortunately not promotion for Cheddar, as they ended the season on a high. Greenhalgh’s team in finishing in third place in the Western League Division One and they can be justifiably proud of their efforts this season finishing in their highest ever league position in their 125 years’ history.

The team travel to Devizes next season to complete their fixtures aiming to a win which will take their points total to 85, which if achieved, will have eclipsed their 2015-16 season total by nine points

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett (for a record three successive matches)

Ricky Bennett scored a merit score of 9/10

Match sponsor: Trevor Harvey

Cheddar team: Webster, Mawford, Matthews, Armstrong, Griffiths, Booth (Manning, 60), Coombs, Bennett, Maggs, Jones, Bell (Ham 78)

Unused subs: Vaughan, Grant, Dangerfield

Following the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “It was a deserved win for us today, we changed our shape when we needed to do so to three at the back and we coped well with the change of formation.

“I felt that we looked more threatening in the second half and it was a good performance by the team. I didn’t think that they [Westbury] created much, and we could have scored more goals, particularly in the second half when Westbury tired.

“The good thing is that we have secured third position and we will be looking to get a further win to round off the season, when we travel to Devizes next Saturday. Although it’s a disappointment for us all not to have been promoted [as we were top of the league just a few weeks ago], this is our best finish in the league and the lads should take a big pat on the back for a job well done and this will give us a springboard for the new season, we’ll be in the FA cup and I’ll also be looking to strengthen the squad in one or two areas, so we can go into the new season with a renewed title challenge.”

Captain, Adam Jones also expressed his views on behalf of the team: “I felt that we didn’t start very well in the game, another slow start with Westbury taking the lead with a sloppy goal but as we have done all season we dug in as a team to get two quick goals to take the lead only for Westbury to get it all square with a quality strike.

“We came out for the second half and started much better, being patient we then got ourselves back in front with a calm finish from Maggsie. We should have had a couple of more goals I thought but it wasn’t to be.

“The team will be looking to finish the season on a high next week when we travel to Devizes for our last game.”

Cheesemen Weekend Preview April 21

The Cheesemen face Westbury United in our last home game tomorrow (Saturday) at Bowdens Park, kick off: 3pm, where the team will be going all out for a win to end the season on a high.

Club officials make a passioned call to all the great and the good people in the Cheddar Valley area to come to Bowdens Park to create a “crazy atmosphere” and be the team’s 12th man to get that all important win.

The Cheesemen although in third place prior to kick off need the three points to stay ahead of fourth place Keynsham (who host Ashton & Backwell) in their final game tomorrow.

Wellington have secured promotion to the Premier Division as a result of their (3-1) win at Chard on Easter Monday but the BIG NEWS is that should 2nd place Hengrove lose tomorrow (at home to Almondsbury) and lose next Saturday (at Westbury) the Cheesemen will be promoted IF they win their last two games.

Positivity is the word!

Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Westbury have been on a very good run, don’t know what it is in Wiltshire at the moment.

“Westbury put us out the cup so we would like to redress that, and a win Saturday will secure third place.

“We hopefully will try a few things Satuday and the boys sign off the home season with a win

“Obviously we are all disappointed at the moment but my job is get the lads in the right frame of mind to perform and win the game.

“This wont be hard as once the game starts they have an unbelievable will to win so hopefully we can collect three points and finish the season well.

“On a final note, I’d like to pay great tribute to all the our brilliant fans who have supported us so well this season (at home and away) and I can assure them that we’ll be going all out for that win tomorrow.”

The clubhouse, which will be selling hot and cold snacks, opens tomorrow at 12.00 midday and match day gates open at 1.45pm.

C’mon you Cheesemen!!

Cheddar Reserves defeat Burnham United in bottom four clash

Saturday 15th April 2017

What a difference five months makes!

November saw Cheddar Reserves entering the reverse fixture on the back of three consecutive defeats.

This home fixture saw the Reserves looking to make it three wins on the bounce, with a team very little changed over the past three months.

Cheddar exploded into the game with Robbie Wallis threading brother Will through and it was only the fingertips that saved the visitors from being 1-0 down within the first 90 seconds.

Cheddar took the game to their visitors and controlled the game well but without really stretching their opponents.

Burnham’s only real chance in the first half came after 20 minutes, and it needed a top drawer save from Kieran Webster to keep the home side level from an excellent 20-yard free kick.

Spurred on, the Cheesemen second string upped the pace of the game and Callum Sully finally converted a chance, outpacing the Burnham defence again and this time slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper on 25 minutes.

Cheddar now had their tails up and were creating chance after chance. A superb Robbie Wallis ball was chased down by Harry Farrell, who squeezed the ball through to Sully to get his second within 10 minutes.

This young Cheddar side were now playing with confidence and fluidity, Mike Carpenter pulling the strings in midfield, using the guile of Heal and Merreywether rampaging down both wings. With five minutes remaining to half time Tom Catling, who was having his game of the season, got beyond the front two and raced onto another defence splitting ball only to see his shot skin the crossbar.

A change in the visitor’s formation to a more defensive set up and Cheddar’s loss of Will Wallis through injury early in the second half saw Cheddar struggle to regain the same dominance, however Cheddar’s defensive partnership of Filer and Buxton were rarely troubled.

The introduction of Davies with 25 minutes remaining added much needed energy and Farrell continued to torment the Burnham backline, earning himself a penalty.

Sam Merreywether was gracious enough to pass the duty of converting the spot kick to Farrell, only to see the goalkeeper pull off a superb save. In the dying minutes, Sully was sacrificed for crowd favourite John Kemp, who was looking for glory in the final minutes, but Burnham remained resolute, the match finishing 2-0.

Cheddar Reserves now have a week’s rest before travelling to Taunton and finishing with their last two games at Bowdens Park in May.

Jones Bags His 24th League Goal Of The Season But It’s Not Enough For Cheesemen

Adam Jones Bags His 24th League Goal Of The Season But It’s Not Ejough To As The Cheesemen Are Held By Chippenham In Tough Encounter

CHIPPENHAM PARK 1 CHEDDAR 1

The pre-match billing suggested that this game might prove to be a stern test for the Cheesemen and the encounter was to prove true to those suggestions. Chippenham Park who have rebuilt quietly but effectively during the last three months, signing no less than six players, have had such a good run of form since Christmas that they could well have launched a serious promotion campaign themselves, so a 114-mile round trip at Eastertide was hardly the best preparation for a game of this magnitude.

The Cheesemen however with their own justifiably lofty impressions of pushing the top two all the way, were in no mood to sit back and welcomed back defensive midfield orchestrator Mark Armstrong together with teenage ‘wonderkid’ Kristian Bell into their ranks.

As was expected in the pre-match predictions, both teams battled with one another to achieve midfield supremacy in the opening 30 minutes.

For the home side, Will Thomson jinked his way through the inside right channel on 12 minutes but fired high and wide, before George Booth picked up a glorious Ricky Bennett pass but scooped his shot over the bar from 20 yards. Then on 18 minutes, Bennett always in the heart of the action,

picking up a loose ball from a Callum Ham corner, noticed goalkeeper Sam Thomson mishandle and sent in a curling shot that six-foot plus centre-back Charlie Norman headed off the line.

On 20 minutes, Bennett’s superb angled crossfield delivery completely outwitted the home defence, finding ace-marksman Robbi Maggs but the striker unusually rushed his shot from close range and the danger was cleared by a relieved goalkeeper.

Inside a minute the home side were back on the counter, forcing two successive corners, the first being headed away positively by the hard-working Adam Jones but from the second corner, Park’s new signing Darren Moss found co-striker Scott Fear in a good position but the free-scoring striker skied the ball over the bar from12 yards when it looked easier to score.;

The Cheesemen again upped their game and with Armstrong, Booth, Mawford and Bennett coming wonderfully, and the team producing some textbook football, the latter threaded a penetrating cross deep into the Chippenham 18-yard box and with less than a minute remaining before the break, there was Adam Jones, unconcerned for his own safety amongst flying tackles, to hammer the ball over the line from 8 yards for his 24th strike of the season.

Incredibly the visitors upped the pace of the game in the second half and on 51 minutes, Booth’s enterprising run and shot from 18 yards was deflected over the bar by a defender.

At this stage, the home side were beginning to look surprisingly lethargic, too many of their passes going astray as the tactics employed by Cheddar thwarted the ‘Park players to good effect.

On the hour, however Chippenham had an extremely good effort almost to Cheddar’s cost; former Cheltenham Town midfielder Aaron Ledgister hitting a stunning 40-yard free kick that cannoned off the crossbar, three minutes later though and Callum Ham threatened to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, going on a run of at least 35 yards and threatening to take on the whole Chippenham defence and winning a corner for his efforts.

Then on 74 minutes as the game moved up a further gear in a feverish pace a brilliant Bennett cross found Jones, running in at pace behind a defender to turn the ball into the net at the far post, only for the assistant referee to hold his flag aloft for an apparent offside sparking fury from the Cheddar players and the bench. Chris Coombs was next to suffer misfortune in front of goal, swinging his body to level a stinging drive that scraped the paint

With eleven minutes remaining and the home side sensing that they had achieved something of a let off, the home side pushed upfield once again, and from forcing a corner, Cheltenham captain and former Conference South player Charlie Norman was allowed time and space to get his head to the corner ball that sailed into the net past Dangerfield’s outstretched right hand.

As the home side increased the pressure following their equaliser Cheddar had to be thankful to goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield, pulling off two quality saves to keep his side in the game, to prevent an unlikely second goal for the home side.

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett

Following the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said:

“Today summed up our season, five players injured, played some lovely football, scored two good goals, one incorrectly ruled out, and a soft equaliser.

“On reflection Chippenham have been on a such a good run, not losing Christmas, but feel we played well, our tactics worked, first half and we had a deserved lead.

“Second half we changed the system, brought on the pace of Coombsie and Kris Bell and we were looking threatening. The second goal was beautifully constructed, great individual skill from Ricky; a pinpoint cross and a great finish.

“The linesman was incorrectly positioned and too slow and gave a bewildering decision.

“The equaliser was again a mistake at a defensive corner with a free header that looped into the corner.

“I have nothing but praises for the effort the boys have put in this season, the application to the game plans has been exceptional and some of the football we have played rewards those that come to watch. However, we are in a league where others don’t follow that philosophy and we have sometimes not been able to deal with that.

“If you couple that with the horrific injury list we have and still deal with, and the poor standard of some of the officials it has been frustrating. Attackers win games, defences win leagues, and it is so frustrating that we have struggled with so many injuries at the back.

“Craig, Shaun, Kinger, Lewis and Danny have all had lengthy time on the side-lines and this has really cost us.

“People say that decisions even themselves out over a season, personally I think that is rubbish, they may in number but not in circumstance. I can recount numerous decisions that have cost us points but I really can’t think of one decision that has gained us any.

“At the end of the day, we have all made mistakes, and I include myself I that, however the dressing room today is a very sombre place, as we know we should have been top of this league; I know that were predicted to be in the top six and third is an improvement on that, however it feels like we are twentieth at the moment.

“We need to finish strongly and secure third place next week, and then have a period of reflection, and look to move forward.

“Unfortunately, we may lose some players, so we will look to strengthen in the summer but if there is one ember of hope, I was driving home last night listening to the triumph of Brighton, after such a heart-breaking loss in the play-offs last year, and the game is littered with success from failure, Barnstaple and Larkhall both spent years in the First Division, before consecutive promotions.”

Mark Armstrong said: “Today was very disappointing. We should have won the game but couldn’t get over the line which pretty much sums up the season”

And captain Adam Jones was waiting in the players tunnel to sum up the mood of the team…

“The team are very disappointed with the result here today. To come away with a draw was hard to take having gone ahead in the game.

“They didn’t threat our goal but some sloppy marking from a corner led to the equaliser but this could have been so different if our goal was to stand, instead it was wrongly disallowed which would have seen us go 2-0 up and the game would have been won. The team will be pushing hard in the last two games to get us as high as possible in the league.”

Cheesemen summary

Cheddar, now in third position must now attempt to win their last two games (home to Westbury on Saturday (22nd April) and their game (at Devizes) on Saturday 29th April to have any chance of promotion, and must hope that Hengrove, who are five points ahead of the Cheesemen, lose their last two matches. Wellington have confirmed their promotion to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division with their 3-1 win at Chard.

And finally…

Very well done to Ricky Bennett on is two consecutive man of the match performances this weekend.

Maggs Third Goal In Three Games Seals The Points For The Cheesemen

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report – Friday 14th April 2017

BISHOP SUTTON 0 CHEDDAR 1

A Good Friday clash against 15th placed Bishop Sutton, a side that had won four and drawn one of their last five games, was to be no easy encounter but this result was an excellent three points for the Cheesemen as they started their Easter weekend with the maximum points needed, leapfrogging Keynsham and moving into third place, just five points behind the top two with three games remaining.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh brought goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield bank into the side but was forced to juggle his starting line-up owing to injuries particularly to twin centre backs Sam King and Shaun Lambert who had suffered injury at this crucial stage of the season, also preferring to utilise Ricky Bennett at left full back.

With the Cheesemen finding space in the final third, an eleventh minute Ricky Bennett free-kick from a wide left position had the Sutton defence in all kinds of trouble, goalkeeper Chris Manns sinking to his knees to punch the ball away to safety.

With 22 minutes gone, Cheddar were unfortunate not to take the lead, Samari Sengor’s clearance falling straight to leading scorer Adam Jones whose sharp volley from all of 25 yards was somehow diverted round the post by a startled goalkeeper, more by good fortune that plan.

Following Cheddar’s two near misses, Sutton’s undoubted best player, left back Luke Le Crass, surprisingly a late inclusion for the home side, flexed his skills on the flank and was left time and space to deliver a cross which was met poorly by striker Omar Simpson from 18-yards.

On the half hour Robbi Maggs again getting through a huge amount of work, as has been his trademark for the greater part of the season, caused near panic in the Sutton back-line, as he held up the ball although surrounded by three defenders and was desperately unlucky not to get rewarded for his efforts.

As they had indicated from several good results of late, Sutton despite their lower mid-table position were opposition to contend with and on 35 minutes, Simpson, determined to atone for his earlier miss, got past twin centre-backs Danny Griffiths and Lewis Matthews, and sent a 16-yard effort scurrying just wide of the far post.

With five minutes remaining before the break, Cheddar were given the opportunity to open the scoring, but dead-ball expert Craig Mawford’s rocket free-kick from all of 40 yards, deceived the complete defence but ‘keeper Manns was again on his knees to save well, such was his technique.

On the stroke of half-time Sutton hit back with a good move of their own and danger man Le Crass laid a superb back-pass to Joe Walters whose rising 22-yard shot was well held by Dangerfield.

Sensibly, Cheddar re-organised at the start of the second half and tactical substitutions saw Joe Grant take up the left side defensive position, allowing Bennett to revert to his more customary midfield role and with Callum Ham replacing the injured Mason Gardener, the Cheesemen’s style appeared notably more cohesive.

On the hour, 21-goal striker Ham was unlucky not to add to his tally, weaving his way through the defence, his goal bound effort was cleared by a defender almost on the goal-line, but five minutes later but five minutes later it was the visitors who took the lead; an intricate move started by Bennett wide left almost on the by-line, was moved slickly between Chris Coombs and Ham and the latter’s shot was diverted past the goalkeeper by Robbi Maggs running in on the blind side, brushing past a defender to fire home in the roof of the net from 10-yards.

Three minutes after Cheddar had opened the scoring, Ham was again unlucky not to add to is tally as the diminutive striker outwitted two defenders, his close-range effort rebounding off the inside of the woodwork.

The visitors were without any doubt controlling the game at this stage, and an impressive run from deep by Grant found Maggs whose looping cross to Coombs saw the winger head just over the crossbar. Sutton had a good chance themselves to get something from the game with five minutes remaining, Le Crass hitting a dipping shot from 23 yards that cleared the bar following pressure from a corner, but a goal for the home side at this stage would have been a relative injustice as the promotion chasing Cheesemen’s performance, particularly their second half display, deserved better return than just the one goal.

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett (Cheddar)

Next up for the Cheesemen was more exhaustible journey, this time to Wiltshire to face ‘form side’ Chippenham Park, who share Chippenham Town’s Hardenhuish Park stadium, a mere 114-mile round trip and a treacherous M5-M4 journey to contend with….

Cheddar FC Easter weekend preview

The fourth placed Cheesemen face two difficult away games in the space of four days this week, when Jared Greenhalgh’s side take the short journey to 16th placed Bishop Sutton’s Lakeview ground tomorrow, Good Friday (14th April 2017, kick-off 2pm).

Although in 16th position in the league, Sutton’s las six results have been quite eye-catching in that they drew 2-2 at Almondsbury last time out, prior to which they had four wins, defeating Ashton & Backwell 2-0 (home), Portishead 2-1 (away), Bishops Lydeard 3-2 (away) and Almondsbury at home 6-0, interspersed with a 3-0 defeat at Roman Glass. Post code for those travelling is BS39 5XN

At this time of the season, with four games remaining for all if not most sides, the Easter programme is a ‘crunch’ time for most clubs, particularly those who are chasing promotion or trying to avoid relegation, and for the Cheesemen, manager Greenhalgh has openly said that his side “need to win all four remaining games” if they to stand any chance of finishing in the top two.

Speaking from the club’s training base earlier today, the manager said: “We have two hard away games against Bishop Sutton and Chippenham Park.

“We have a depleted squad through injury and absence but our goal is six points and I have every confidence we can achieve this; we need to re-capture some form and play with all our know how and freedom. I feel that we have made some basic mistakes over the last few weeks which have cost us dear.

“If we can eliminate those lapses I think we have enough to win both game. It will then be up to the other teams to continue winning. If we can get a win on Friday I believe, come Monday, we will within a game of second place so it is all up to us then.”

Midfielder Ricky Bennett also took a break from training to say: “Tomorrow (at Bishop Sutton) brings another test for us. We have no choice but to bounce back with three points. This is do or die.

“With 12 points still for grabs, that can certainly shake up the table. Saturday, we were yet again hindered with injuries which seems to have niggled us all season, however that’s no excuse for not seeing the game out.

“But tomorrow is without doubt the biggest game of the season so far. We’ve proved we can be up for and beat the teams at the top of the table, but we must do the same against the others. Tomorrow is a must win game.”

Earlier this season the Cheesemen defeated Bishop Sutton in front of a large Boxing Day crowd, 2-0.

Last season’s results were a 3-0 win for the Cheesemen in the last game of the season and a 3-1 at Lakeview on 29th August.

Then on Easter Monday must make the 90-minute journey to Chippenham Park where the home side play their games at Chippenham Town’s Hardenhuish Park. ‘Park’ who currently lie in 8th place in the league are one of the league’s in-form teams having won five and lost just one of their last six games.

Their last six results have shown a 1-0 win over Welton Rovers, 2-1 over Radstock Town and 2-1 over Roman Glass (all at home) preceded by a 3-1 away win at Corsham, a 2-1 home defeat to Hengrove and a 3-2 win at Bishops Lydeard.

Monday’s game kicks off at 3pm. Post code for those travelling is SN14 6LR. Earlier this season, under the Bowdens Park floodlights, the Cheesemen won the resulting league fixture 4-0 on 1st November and in the corresponding away fixture at Hardenhuish Park almost a year to the day, the Cheesemen won the match 2-0.

Elsewhere over the weekend, on Saturday Cheddar Reserves host Burnham United (Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm). With both teams in the bottom three and Burnham trailing Cheddar by two points this is a crucial game in the run up to the end of the season, equalling affecting both sides.

In the reverse fixture in November Cheddar dominated the game as Cassis Close.

After going 1-0 down in the first minute, the Reserves bounced back with a close-range finish from Kris Wilmott. James Parker sealed the win with 20 minutes remaining.

The Reserve team should be full of confidence after winning their last two games and looking to build on seven points from their last three games.

The local support that the team has had this season has been superb and manager Andy Wallis said: “We would love to see another good attendance to support this young and improving team on Saturday.”

Admission to Bowdens Park on Saturday is free.

Meanwhile, Cheddar ‘A’ team travel to Wrington & Redhill for the last game of the season in the Weston & District League Division Four.

Cheddar Held By Roman Glass In Below Par Performance

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 8th April 2017

CHEDDAR 2 ROMAN GLASS ST GEORGE 2

On paper this match against 15th placed Roman Glass was a home banker as the Cheesemen set about catching the top three to boost their own promotion campaign but sometimes the visiting teams don’t always read the pre-match script.

Despite the apparent fielding of a depleted team the visitors were a different proposition from the team that Cheddar had easily beaten (4-1) at Oaklands Park earlier in the season, as this was a side that had recently beaten Western League champions elect Bristol Manor Farm in the Les Phillips Cup.

In similar vein to that of Chard, who had visited Bowdens Park just seven days earlier, Roman Glass appeared to have done their homework on the promotion chasing Cheesemen, and whenever the opportunity arose, Andy Gurney’s men would make every attempt to slow the game down to frustrate the normal energetic play of the home side.

Sure enough, it was Cheddar who showed the early initiative forcing four corners in the opening ten minutes but the expected onslaught failed to arrive.

Admittedly the home side were without their defensive talismen Danny Griffiths, Shaun Lambert and Craig Mawford, all missing due to suspension and injury; together with defensive midfielder Mark Armstrong and this may have had an effect in the team’s cohesion, nonetheless it took the Cheesemen twenty minutes to find their rhythm and they could well have counted the cost on 18 minutes when Jake Thomas’s deceptive 30-yard angled free kick deceived the Cheddar defence , his dipping free kick turned over the junction of the crossbar and upright by ‘keeper Kieran Webster.

Striker Robbi Maggs, ably assisted by strike partner Adam Jones fought tirelessly to give their side inspiration to outwit the visitors frustrating tactics, the former latching on to Ricky Bennett’s intelligent ball through the inside left channel but firing his effort just wide of the far post from an acute angle on 23 minutes, although a minute later the Cheesemen were in front.

Joe Grant’s long throw from deep, completely outwitted the visitors defence and Jones was on hand to dash into the area almost unsighted, to smash a well hit volley past the Roman Glass goalkeeper for his 23rd strike of the season.

The next ten minutes or so saw the home side inexplicably sit back on their lead and this again was almost to prove costly for Jared Greenhalgh’s men, as giving warning signs of their intent, the visitors won two successive corners on 26 minutes, before Bennett was on hand to head the ball off the line a minute later.

On 28 minutes the home side were given a further let off when Adam Snook’s swerving 18-yard free kick was again turned over the bar by Webster, but quickly finding space at the other end, Maggs strike out of nowhere from 10 yard was brilliantly stopped by Nahan John in the Roman Glass goal.

But the visitors were in on the act and on 32 minutes, given space in midfield Gurney’s speculative 40-yard shot bounced off the crossbar to serve a further warning to the strangely lethargic looking Cheesemen.

As if they needed a further warning, Ken Oni was allowed space and the muscly looking striker foraged forward almost unchallenged, shooting wide of the post from 18 yards.

Again, the industrious Maggs was in the thick of the action and linking well with his strike-partner Jones, the bearded striker brushed past two defenders and was desperately unlucky with his well hit but rising 12-yard shot that flew just over the crossbar.

With Cheddar pushing forward in search of their second goal they were caught flat-footed on the left flank on 41 minutes, Ken Oni finding space to cross, and with Kris Douglas outwitting the defence with a clever step-over, Snook was on hand to give Webster no chance from 10 yards to level the scores sending shock waves through the near 100 home crowd, but on the stroke of half time cue Maggs, who hit a great second goal from 16 yards after Jones had played his co-striker in with a delicious pin-point pass.

Following the turn round Tom Manning had a great chance to put his side further ahead but his shot from the edge of the area curled just wide of the left-hand post. From that point the match deteriorated as a spectacle and even threated to get out of hand at one point following a crude tackle on Cheddar substitute Billy Vaughan as the midfielder was sent sprawling near the halfway line fencing.

It was intriguing that this Cheddar team who had played so outstandingly well in their midweek showing against Hengrove failed to close the game down, and this was to prove their undoing with just 10 minutes remaining.

There seemed little danger from a long upfield punt by the Roman Glass ‘keeper that found both Cheddar’s stand-in centre-back Lewis Matthews and ‘keeper Webster in an indecisive situation and Oni nipped in between them both to slot home from close range for an unlikely looking equaliser.

Things might have been all-together worse for the Cheesemen on 85 minutes as substitute Josh Morris blazed wide from 10 yards with just Webster to beat having been played in by Snook, Morris sinking to his knees in disbelief on missing this excellent opportunity.

The home side gathered themselves and got a point from the match but it could have could have been worse had Morris’s effort been converted, and the Cheesemen can feel relieved.

Despite this generally below par performance they are still not beyond all hope in the promotion race with Hengrove dropping a point at home to Ashton & Backwell.

Cheddar visit Bishop Sutton on Good Friday (kick off: 12 midday) and Chippenham Park on Monday (kick off: 3pm) for two crucial away games over the Easter weekend which could well determine their season.

Following Saturday’s match Cheesemen FM caught up with the manager, the team captain and one of the senior players…

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “After the highs of Tuesday, today was a massive let down. I never make excuses and today is no different, we didn’t deserve the three points over the 90 minutes.

“I do feel that Lady Luck doesn’t help us though, losing Shaun (Lambert) on Tuesday, was a massive blow, from an innocuous challenge, and the Kinger (Sam King) half way through today’s game was a blow.

“Defence’s win leagues, and ours has been decimated all season. The lads who have come in certainly didn’t lack effort but the constant disruption means they struggle to get.

“When you add to that the pitch conditions, and a side hellbent on destroying the game, it is frustrating to say the least, and to be honest, the constant abuse of officials by the Roman Glass players should have led to a yellow card at least, when the referee is called a cheat and nothing is done about it, really frustrates me.

“The Roman Glass equaliser was frustrating as it came after the first three passes they strung together and it was poor defending from us.

“But again, we struck back with a well taken goal. Their equaliser again was one long ball, our line was too high, and we didn’t react and Kieran was left in no man’s land again presenting them an opportunity.

“We have scored twice now and lead in games against Ashton & Backwell, Chard and Roman Glass and only taken two points from nine. That is where the league has been lost. Unfortunately, we will now even struggle to get the second promotion place (in effect six with goal difference) behind second placed Hengrove, who we dismantled on Tuesday.

“What’s even more disappointing is they [Hengrove] struggled to overcome Ashton & Backwell so two points on Saturday would have put us within a game.

“We now have to win all four of our remaining games, which will be tough and hope that Hengrove lose two.

“Hopefully we can win on Friday, and Keynsham (who are back in form) can do us a favour against Hengrove as they are not out of the picture yet. If we can go into Monday’s game (at Chippenham) just two points behind Hengrove the outlook may look slightly more positive, but we are running out of games.”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones said: “Today was disappointing not to pick up all three points as Hengrove drew.

“We struggled to get out of second gear at times with a few players carrying injuries from a tough midweek game so I think that there were some heavy legs in the team which stopped us playing our normal game.

“The team will be right up for Friday’s game at Bishop Sutton to get the win and keep pushing hard until the end.”

Sam King said: “It was disappointing today after a great win in the week. We didn’t really turn up today and I feel we should really be winning against team’s like that. Regarding my injury today, I got a pretty bad knock and I had to come off; my knee isn’t great at the moment but hopefully I’ll get myself through our final four games this season and then rest it.”

For the benefit of Cheesemen fans everywhere here is how the remainder of the season stands… Wellington current lead the league on 82 points from 38 games. Wellington’s remaining games are:

14 Apr  Bishops Lydeard away

17 Apr Chard home

22 Apr Malmesbury away

29 Apr Radstock away

Wellington’s current goal difference is 51. In second place are Hengrove with 80 points from 38 games. Hengrove’s remaining games are:

14 Apr Keynsham home

17 Apr Portishead away

22 Apr Almondsbury home

29 Apr Westbury away

Hengrove’s current goal difference is 64. In third place are Keynsham with 78 points from 39 games.

Keynsham have only three games remaining, these being:

14 Apr Hengrove away

17 Apr Devizes away

29 Apr Ashton & Backwell home

Keynsham’s current goal difference is 33.

And in fourth place are ourselves with 75 points from 38 games.

Our last four games are:

14 Apr Bishop Sutton away

17 Apr Chippenham Park away

22 Apr Westbury home

29 Apr Devizes away

Our current goal difference is 40. Continuing the statistical front, gates for the last three (home games) have been 91, 153 and 88 respectively, which means a total of 332 supporters have come through the turnstiles over the last week, meaning an average of 110 per game, which is a quite fantastic effort, so a big thank you to everyone for their brilliant support.

The forthcoming Easter weekend sees all three Cheddar teams back in action, with the first team at Bishop Sutton on Good Friday (kick off 12 midday) and at Chippenham Park on Easter Monday (kick off 3pm).

The Reserve team are at home to Easter Saturday to Burnham United Reserves (kick off 3pm) and the ‘A’ team are in action at Wrington & Redhill, also with a 3pm kick off. Penultimately some Cup

Final news….

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to have been requested to host two Weston & District Cup Finals on Saturday 20th May, these being:

Keye’s Cup Final – 1130 a.m.

Axbridge Town Reserves vs Uphill Castle ‘A’ Attwell

Shield Final – 3.30 p.m.

Draycott vs Hutton

vs Hutton Cheddar Football Club have also been selected to host two Somerset County Finals, details of which will be published in our next website update.

And finally… Don’t forget Weekend Review later this week….