Cheesemen look forward to two home matches in a week before the big kick off in the FA cup

Cheddar Football Club completed their ‘away’ friendlies with a rather disjointed performance at Somerset County league side Burnham United on Saturday, winning by three goals to two, but making hard work of the game by scoring three second half goals to win the match after the hosts had taken a 2-0 lead.

Centre back Sam King pulled a goal back for the Cheesemen on 72 minutes, adding his second and the equalising goal just three minutes later, for his third goal in three games for the Western League club.

Craig Mawford’s quality strike from outside the box secured the win with just ten minutes remaining.

Cheddar’s third win ‘on the road’ meant that they have scored three goals in each of their games, conceding just four goals.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a frustrating performance in many ways.  

“Burnham certainly gave us some of the treatment we are likely to face this season.

“We again had a number of chances but either failed to progress in the final third or ended up with long strikes which didn’t trouble their ‘keeper.  

“The scattered approach of Burnham and a little lethargic approach by ourselves allowed them (Burnham) to get into the game, and it was a lapse of concentration and ball watching which led to a good back post header allowing Burnham to take the lead.  

“In the second half, we started again in control of the pitch, but a deflected shot gave Burnham a 2-0 lead.  

“Moving Sam King into ‘holding midfield’ seemed to give us some traction and forward movement and it wasn’t long before he (Sam) netted twice and Craig (Mawford) once to seal our win.  

“Again, I think that in spells we showed real quality and endeavour and I hope it won’t be long before the new shape and team gel together and we offer a complete performance.  

“Both on and off the pitch we all need to pull together and raise the standards and with it the expectation!  

“Yeovil will be a good test on Wednesday as we certainly had the run about against them last year but sneaked a one nil victory so I think that this will be a good yardstick for us.” 

Cheddar captain George Booth said: “This was a sloppy game for us.  We only started playing in the last 20 minutes. Burnham weren’t a bad side but we didn’t match their workrate.

“We need to up it, all over the pitch in our last two friendlies.”

And finally, match winner Craig Mawford said: “We didn’t turn up until the last 20 minutes. We were very poor today.

“We had a real lack of pace and the urgency wasn’t there. Sam did well when he came on and it was nice to see Lewis back.

“Anthony Cleave took up some good positions over the pitch and on another day he might have scored one or two.

“Nathan has settled in well and offers good competition at the back.  We know we have got to improve a great deal in the next two weeks.”

Not wishing to be outdone at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves also recorded their second successive pre-season away win, as they secured a good 3-2 win over a spirited Churchill Club 70 side, goals coming from Sam Smith, Harry Hughes, and a penalty from Taryn Selway-Joseph.   

Called up to bolster the squad on the day were ‘A’ team stalwarts Sam Smith, Alex Cooper and Jack Griffiths plus young guns Jamie and Mark Claridge and Henry Favre.  

The opening 20 minutes saw Cheddar looking a little rusty, the home side looking the stronger of the two teams, as they forced two goals from individual errors.   

Cheddar retained their composure with the midfield three of Adam Davies, John Edwards and Tom Catling starting to dominate to allow Callum Sully and Taryn Selway-Joseph to attack at will.  Injuries to Mike Carpenter and Alex Cooper saw the introduction of Sam Smith, who took no time in making an impact.  

Picking up a loose ball in the box and showing great composure he drilled a loose ball into the top corner to lift Cheddar’s spirits. Five minutes later, Selway-Joseph was unended following another strong run from the young winger, and that same player calmly slotted home the resulting penalty.

The home side were struggling to cope with Cheddar’s wing play and Sully was scythed down. Adam Davies’ beautifully flighted free kick was met by Harry Hughes who made no mistake from close range.

At the turn round, Edwards went close before Selway-Joseph’s effort smashed off the bar.  Match fitness started to tell in the last 20 minutes  for this Cheddar side although Favre replicated Edwards earlier chance.

 In the dying minutes Smith was adjusted to have handled in the box but new signing Garth Flynn was equal to the task and brought off a superb double save.

Reserve team manager Andy Wallis said: “I’m really pleased with the effort and performance from the team today.  We had a few players that had to play in positions  that they’re not used to and also we had lot of players playing together for the first time.  

“What was most encouraging was how we stuck together when things went wrong and carried on playing how we’d agreed before the game.  

“Whilst the result isn’t the most important thing at this stage of the season it was a really good performance against opposition from the division above ourselves.”

Cheddar’s Reserve team play their third successive away pre-season fixture on Friday (28th July) with a match with their Street counterparts, to be played at the Tannery Ground, Street, kick-off time will be advised on the club Facebook page.

The Bowdens Park club now look forward to their final two ‘warm up’ home matches against a Yeovil Town XI (on Wednesday of this week (26th July) before facing Welsh League Division Three side Ely Rangers on Saturday 29th July (kick off 3pm) in their last pre-season match prior to the club’s eagerly anticipated FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers on Saturday week (5th August), more details on which will feature on the website next week.   

It is understood that Yeovil Town will be bringing a squad of 18 players to Bowdens Park.  Equally, Ely Rangers will be bringing a strong side to Cheddar Valley on Saturday, so with the launch of their club shop in midweek, the Cheesemen are intent on continuing their special 125th Anniversary season as they mean to start; hopefully on a high!   

Admission costs for the Cheesemen’s final two pre-season games are £3.00 (Adults), £2 (concessions) and £1 for Under 16s. Programmes for the Yeovil match (which kicks off at 7pm) will be available at £1 each.

 There will also be a limited programme issue for Saturday’s game (which kicks off at 3pm).  

Gates open on Wednesday night at 5.45pm and on Saturday at 1.45pm.

The Cheesemen complete their ‘Away’ pre-season schedule

The Cheesemen complete their pre-season ‘away’ schedule this weekend (Saturday 22nd July) when they travel to Somerset County League side Burnham United in a match that kicks off the earlier time of 2pm.

With two straight 3-1 wins under their belts, manager Jared Greenhalgh will no doubt be looking for a ‘performance’ from his charges at Cassis Lane (postal code TA8 1NN for all those travelling).

On their last outing, the ‘Cheese’ overcame a stubborn resistance of County League side Glastonbury FC, with two goals from flying winger Chris Coombs and another strike from ‘captain George Booth, to make it six goals for the Cheesemen in the past two away games, with just two conceded.

Following Tuesday’s match at Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor Stadium, manager Greenhalgh said: “This was a good test for, Glastonbury although lacking in quality played a similar style to many Western League sides, and certainly offered a physical challenge.  

“I thought it was a bit scrappy in places and our dominance led to impatience at times, where we looked to finish moves with a low percentage pass or finish.

“Our finishing also was not to the standard required, and certainly this frustrated many of the players.  

“Looking at the positives I thought some our attacking movements were good at times, and defensively our shape was good, it also gave me a chance to look again at players such as Jake Buxton, who I thought did well when he came on.

“Everything is aimed towards the big kick off on 5th August and I’m confident that are moving in the right direction.

“We play at Burnham on Saturday and to be honest I am looking for a little bit more sharpness and for us to concentrate on the things that we do well.  

“If I am honest, when we are in full flow as a team, we move the ball around well so I’ll be looking for a ‘performance’ on Saturday as the team starts to take its shape, before we entertain Yeovil Town and Ely Rangers in two successive home games next Wednesday (26th July) and next Saturday (29th July).”

Team captain George Booth wasn’t over enamoured with his team’s performance on Tuesday night.

George said: “It was a bit of a lack-lustre performance but it was another much-needed game and minutes in the legs.  They (Glastonbury) were big and strong but didn’t offer much.

“We should’ve scored a few more to be honest, even in friendlies we need to be a bit more clinical.  It was good to see a few new faces get some more game time, they have bedded in well so far. ”

Elsewhere, the Reserves, have had a few changes to their own pre-season schedule and are now to travel to Churchill Club 70 on Saturday (22nd July, kick off 3pm), due to the game at Trowbridge Town having been called off.

Meanwhile, the Cheesemen look forward to completing their pre-season schedule with two exciting looking friendly matches inside the next week.

On Wednesday (29th July) the first team host a Yeovil Town XI at Bowdens Park, in a match that kicks off at the earlier time of 7pm, and on Saturday (29th July) the ‘Cheese’ host Welsh League Division Three side Ely Rangers, which kicks off at 3pm.

Cheddar Football Club are producing a match programme for the Yeovil Town match and hope to do likewise for the Ely Rangers game.

Admission prices for both matches is Adults (£3); Concessions/club members (£2) and Under 16’s (£1). There will be free admission for children under 12 years old.

The next website update, which will include a summary of the weekend action and all the latest news on the build-up to the Yeovil and Ely Rangers games, will be published as soon as is possible in the early part of next week…

Cheeseman gear up for new season with a good win at Thornbury and add to their squad with some quality signings

The Cheesemen, having undergone training sessions at Cheddar’s Kings Fitness Centre twice weekly for the last month, were in pre-season friendly action at Marcliff Gloucestershire County League side, Thornbury Town on Saturday, with a morale boosting 3-1 win.

The Cheddar management team opting to travel with a squad of 18 players comprising a mixture of first team players, reserves and trialists, went ahead on 24 minutes from Sam King’s well placed far post header following Ricky Bennett’s precision free kick.

Further efforts from the visitor’s twin strike force of Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs were denied by the acrobatics of home keeper Tom Shepherd before Thornbury’s all action midfield player Tom Webb had the Cheddar rear-guard busy keeping their defence tight as the diminutive youngster tested the Cheesemen with his darting runs.

Cheddar however added to their tally on 45 minutes, Will Wallis stepping-up from the reserve team, slotting calmly past Shepherd from close range after good combination work from Bennett and Cheddar captain George Booth.

The home side reduced the arrears against the run of play a minute later, Jim Brock stealing through to hit a firm shot past Weston super Mare and England Colleges loanee Liam Kingston, and then just before the half-time whistle, Adam Jones thought he had added a third, but his scorching volley was cruelly ruled offside.

The Toolstation Western League side made the game safe on 70 minutes, trialist Anthony Cleave finishing well after fellow trialist Taryn Selway-Joseph’s effort was parried, to give the match a pleasing score for the visitors.

For the statisticians amongst you, the starting line up on the day for the Cheesemen was:

1. Liam Kingston

2. Joe Grant

3. Adam Davies

4. George Booth (capt)

5. Sam King

6. Nathan Best

7. Kristian Bell

8. Ricky Bennett

9. Robbi Maggs

10. Adam Jones

11. Will Wallis

And in the second half, the team was:

1. Liam Kingston

2. Jacob Staines

3. Sam Merreywether

4. Jake Buxton

5. Danny Griffiths

6. Tom Manning

7. Ricky Bennett

8. Adam Davies

9. Anthony Cleave

10. Taryn Selway-Joseph

11. Adam Jones (capt)

Following the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today was a great start for us, the new players blended well, and the shape and team communications were great.

“We still have players to come into the squad and against a good Thornbury side I think we created some good chances especially in the first half. We made six changes for the second half but this didn’t halt our progress although we did lose a little of our shape which is only to be expected.

“As a start I couldn’t be happier, we still have work to do over the next few weeks but I am looking forward to getting the team ready for the new season.”

The club are additionally pleased to announce the signing of two top additions to their squad, with the signing of goalkeeper Liam Kingston on a season long loan from Vanarama Conference South side Weston super Mare, together with experienced centre back Nathan Best, formerly of Bristol City, Weston super Mare, Shepton Mallet, and Bridgwater Town.

Speaking earlier this week, Liam Kingston, 17, said: “Last season I had originally signed a contract at Weston super Mare and the agreement was for me to go out on loan to gain experience.

“This meant that I started playing close to 20 games for the club. After this, Weston moved me on from Cheddar to Bridgwater Town.

“I stayed there (Bridgwater) until the end of the season. At the beginning of last season, I had trials to be a part of the England Colleges team. It was decided that I was the reserve goalkeeper for England colleges \but in April of this year I was given the chance to play at game (at Filton) against Wales. I then got to attend a presentation at Walsall FC and was given an England colleges cap.

“This season I have signed another season long deal with the same arrangement to get more experience. Luckily, the gaffer (Jared Greenhalgh) is happy to let me come back and play for Cheddar this season.

“I’m glad to be back at Cheddar and I’m looking forward to being involved with everyone again this season. Up the Cheese!!”

Next to be interviewed was new signing Nathan Best, a well-renowned central-defender.

Nathan said: “I’m joining Cheddar because I want to play at a decent standard. The club has a really good set up with a great bunch of lads that I’m really looking forward to being a part of.”

With their first pre-season friendly having taken place, the Cheesemen travel to Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor stadium tonight (Tuesday (18th July, kick-off: 7.30pm) with a further away match at Burnham United on Saturday (22nd July, kick off time 2pm) before two consecutive home friendlies, initially on Wednesday 26th July (kick-off: 7pm) against a Yeovil Town XI followed by a match against Welsh League Division Three side, Ely Rangers which takes place on Saturday 29th July (kick-off: 3pm).

Details (including admission prices) will appear on the club’s website and new Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub over the next few days.

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves, still buoyed by their 4-3 win over West End last weekend, are in pre-season matchday action again at the weekend, travelling to Wiltshire to take on Trowbridge Town on Saturday (22nd July).

With last season’s third place finish, the Cheesemen have again qualified for the FA cup and have been given a home tie in the Extra Preliminary Round against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers, who they face on Saturday 5th August (kick-off: 3pm).

Should the match require a replay the match will take place at Willand Rovers Silver Street ground on Wednesday 9th August (kick-off: 7.30pm).

Meanwhile, the Cheesemen have been drawn to play Vanarama National League (South) side Bath City in a match that is scheduled for early October. As soon as the confirmed date of this exciting looking fixture is made known, this will of course be published as normal.

The club are also advertising for a new physiotherapist, who should be available on matchdays on Saturdays and for occasional evening games.

Ideally applications would be welcomed from individuals who wish to become involved at a senior football club and would suit an individual in training and applications (which should include experience and qualifications gained) should be emailed to the secretary (Alan Cooper) at alancooper7@sky.com preferably by not later than 31st July 2017.

Cheesemen Pre-Season preparation fully under way as they busily prepare for the new season

The Cheesemen, well into their pre-season training regime are gearing up for their first pre-season match and are busily preparing for their first outing when they travel to Gloucestershire League side Thornbury Town at the weekend, who are sure to give manager Jared Greenhalgh’s team a good run for their money when they take to the field of play at Mundy Playing Fields on Saturday (15th July) kick-off: 3pm.

 The first team’s next game follows in hot pursuit when they travel to Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor Stadium to take on the Somerset County League side in a match that kicks off at 7.30pm.

For those club members and the ‘Cheese Army’ travelling to both games to follow the team, venue details are:

For Thornbury Town FC:  Mundy Playing Fields, Kington Road, Thornbury BS35 1NA

For Glastonbury FC:  Abbey Moor Stadium, Godney Road, Glastonbury BA6 9DR

Elsewhere the Reserve team fresh from last Saturday’s morale boosting win over West End, take to the road again a week on Saturday (22nd July, kick-off: 3pm) when they visit Trowbridge Town, followed by a visit to Street’s Tannery Ground where they face the Toolstation Western League Premier Division side’s reserve side on Friday 28th July (kick-off: 7.45pm).  

The reserve team then have two further friendly matches on Tuesday 1st August (vs Uphill), kick-off: 7.45pm before they conclude their pre-season schedule on Monday 7th August, both games of which are to be played at Bowdens Park.

Last Saturday’s first outing for the Reserve side saw the Wallis/Carpenter new management team secure the Cheesemen second string secure a morale boosting win on Worle’s 3G pitch last Saturday (8th July) taking on fellow Weston & District side West End FC….

The opening 20 minutes of the match didn’t bring much to the game, both teams sloppy in possession but Cheddar with the upper hand forced a corner which was ably delivered to into the danger area by Sam Merreyweather, only for the ball to be turned just wide of the post by Harry Hughes.

 With 23 minutes played the best chance came via first team defender Craig Mawford, gathering valuable minutes, whose precision pass to Robbie Wallis, in turn found Taryn Selway-Joseph who slid in a well weighted throw ball to Hughes who slotted keenly past the goalkeeper of his former team only to be unfairly ruled offside.

 Ten minutes later and the breakthrough came, a deflected cross from Chris Coombs falling to Selway-Joseph who slotted first time past the keeper. West End to their credit applied plenty of pressure requiring some top drawer saves from new keeper Garth Flynn, but the hosts got their break via a penalty with Flynn harshly being adjudged to bring down a West End player, taking the scores to 1-1 at half time.

After the break, the visitors started the brighter with young player of the year Tom Catling picking the ball from the half way line and driving forward to score from the edge of the box.  

Moments later Italian maestro Stefano Pennington underwent a mazy run and was denied goal glory when his effort was blocked.  

On the ‘counter’ West End equalised with cross-cum-shot from the outside right channel.  On the hour mark a defensive error led to West End taking the lead with a well-placed finish.  

Five minutes later though Pennington won the ball in midfield and played out wide to Robbie Wallis whose well struck 27-yard effort flew into the top corner to bring the Cheesemen level.  

Moments later Chris Coombs found himself on the ball in 20 yards of space and struck a scuffed shot from all of 30 yards to find the back of the net to put the visitors into a 4-3 lead.

The hosts applied more pressure in the closing quarter but were unable to equalise.  

Youngster Henry Favre rolled in one-v-one by a through ball from Wallis but unfortunately Favre was unable to control the ball in the tightness of space and the Cheesemen second string held on throughout the dying minutes to win a hard-fought game to start pre-season how they finished last season.

Meanwhile, the club held their Annual General Meeting last evening (Tuesday 11th July) in the club house in front of an encouraging attendance.  

Matthew Postins was elected as club chairman for his second term in office, and Mark Higginbottom was elected to continue as vice-chairman.  

Andy Wallis and Alan Cooper were re-elected as club treasurer and club/football secretary respectively. The committee for the new season will be Karen Heal, Russ Heal, Jared Greenhalgh, Jo Reason, Laura Raisey, Sophie Jones, George Booth, Ricky Bennett, Don White, and Simon Childs.   

New members voted on to the committee were Robbie Wallis and Dave Maggs.  Standing down from last season’s committee are Mike Dangerfield, John Kemp, and Shane Fear, all of whom were thanked for their efforts whilst in post, by chairman Postins.

The next website update will include details of the first team’s two home pre-season friendly matches (vs Yeovil Town XI on Wednesday 26th July, which has been very kindly sponsored by Mages Group of Cheddar – www.mages-group.com – courtesy of managing director Tony Mages and Director Ben Mages), together with the Saturday match (29th July) vs Welsh League Division Two side Ely Rangers, together with details of the Cheesemen’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round cup tie against Toolstation Western League side Willand Rovers, which is to be played at Bowdens Park on Saturday 5th August, not forgetting details of the FA Vase First Qualifying Round tie against Radstock Town on Saturday 9th September.

All this and more in the next website bulletin….