Cheddar FC weekend review – 7/8 October 2017

Reserves lose in Somerset Senior Cup, Ladies lose their unbeaten record but the ‘A’ team hit Axbridge Reserves for six!


Cheddar Reserves, despite the inclusion of new signings Steve Sokol and Billy Manning on the bench, lost out to a strong Keynsham Town Reserve team on Saturday in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd Round); here is Andy Wallis’s report from the game:

Keynsham took advantage, when an excellently taken corner was met with a powerful near post header, leaving Sam Talbot with little chance in the Cheddar goal on 10 minutes.

The home side refused to panic and with 15 minutes played, man of the match Tom Catling intercepted on the half way line and drove through the Keynsham midfield and patiently waited for an opening.  Catling’s slide-rule pass found John Edwards running at speed and his superb cross found Billy Manning in space and the former Clevedon Town player steered his shot beyond the visitors ‘keeper.  However, Cheddar’s lead was short lived, with a stunning 25-yard curling free kick which found the top corner of the net some five minutes later.

Cheddar resumed the second half with the same determination but were thwarted by a well organised and experienced Keynsham team and were soon three goals to one down when the home side failed to deal with a cross and were clinically punished by a Keynsham forward.

Tom Manning was unlucky not to pull a goal back minutes later when his curling free-kick was tipped over; but then Cheddar hit the self-destruct button with a poor back pass which was easily intercepted and easily converted to make the score four goals to one.

Cheddar committed to work hard and recruit Steve Sokol nearly made an instant impact, finding Taryn Selway-Joseph six-yards out, only to see his effort drift inches past the post.  In the final minutes, Town punished another defensive lapse to give them a flattering score line.

Final score:  Cheddar Reserves 1    Keynsham Town Reserves    5

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies fresh and eager to go following consecutive away victories and played host to Portishead Ladies on Sunday; Portishead being the only team in the league not to have lost a game:

Here is Russell Heal’s report on the game:

Cheddar had the best of the play and created the better chances in the first half and the score stayed 0-0 at half time.  

In the second half Cheddar Ladies were unable to cope with Portishead’s pressure with too many players playing out of position, after what looked like the hot sun had drained the energy of the Cheddar girls, they still worked hard but made it additionally difficult for themselves as the visitors scored four second half goals.

Cheddar’s player of the match was Rachel Rousell with some spectacular and important saves that prevented the score line from being higher.

Final score:  Cheddar Ladies 0 Portishead Ladies 4

Pride of place this week must go to Jack Griffiths’ ‘A’ team who demolished Axbridge Reserves by six goals to nothing.

Here are Jack’s comments on the game:

Cheddar reacted to their 6-1 loss last week at Congresbury with an emphatic 6-0 drilling of rivals Axbridge Town Reserves.   Debutant Dan Flowers with four goals and two assists won him the man of the match award with Ben Clayton and Liam Jones notching the other two goals. Cheddar ‘A’ moved to fourth place because of this brilliant win.

Final score:  Cheddar ‘A   6 Axbridge Town Reserves   0

Weekend Review September 30/October 1

Cheddar Reserves deservedly secured all three points at Pensford with a good 2-0 win. Here is Andy Wallis’s report:

The Reserves were back to winning ways and bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

Facing a Pensford side determined to turn things round were resilient opponents but the in-form John Edwards was denied a goal by a clearance off the line after 15 minutes.

The Pensford goalkeeper kept the scores level minutes later when Adam Filer, found Edwards in space once again. Cheddar’s flank players Jay Murray and Callum Sully were a constant threat but couldn’t find the final killer ball.

On 37 minutes the Pensford stopper managed to get a toe-end clearance to deny Harry Hughes from adding to the score.

With Robbie Wallis and man-of-the-match Tom Manning dominating the centre and captain Adam Davies marshalling the defence, Cheddar stuck to their guns and thought that they had broken the deadlock just after the hour, only for Robbie Wallis’s 20-yard effort to shave the post.

With just 20 minutes remaining, Edwards guile and application became apparent as he danced past three defenders before slotting the ball back to Tom Manning who hammered home from 12 yards.

The rampant Reserve team were now in total control and Edwards raced onto a through ball only to see his effort clip the bar.

But the same player made no mistake a minute later as he outpaced the home defence from Kieran Webster’s intelligent long clearance and coolly slid the ball pas the advancing Pensford goalkeeper. Late in the game Jay Murray was denied a third goal by the match

official, not noticing that the ball had crossed the line before it was hastily cleared by the Pensford centre back.

Man of the match: Tom Manning

After the game, Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “It was really pleasing to see the lads bounce back from back-to-back defeats and get back to winning ways. Whilst Penford were bottom of the league, they were resilient and robust and it was good to see us have the confidence, patience, and skill to break them down.

“Having the added quality of Tom Manning again this week was a bonus and it was good to see him break the deadlock. John Edwards deserved the get the second and seal the victory. What was most pleasing was the way the team pulled together after the last few results and we’re looking to build on this in the coming weeks.”

Next Saturday (7th October) Cheddar Reserves are at home to Keynsham Town Reserves in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd round), kick-off: 2.30pm.

Also on Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ travelled to Congresbury ‘A’ although unfortunately this wasn’t to be their day and they finished on the wrong side of a 6-1 score line; Liam Jones scoring for Cheddar.

Next Saturday, the ‘A’ team host Axbridge Town Reserves.

And now, onto Sunday’s match, and the Cheddar Ladies, the team they’re all talking about…

After last weekend’s amazing result (12-1 at Crewkerne), the Cheesegirls followed this up with an equally eye-catching 4-3 victory ‘on the road’ at Evercreech.

Here is manager Russ Heal’s report:

Another away game, this time at Evercreech. The game started with the home side applying the greater pressure but this well soaked up by the visitors.

The Cheesegirls started to take control of the fast forward moving of Evercreech but on 14 minutes Cheddar were caught out by a long ball from Evercreech who scored with a one-on-one with the Cheddar goalkeeper.

The Cheddar team then started to get in behind the Evercreech defence creating their own chances.

Then on 20 minutes Judit Salamon finally got her reward with a fine low shot, making the score 1-1 at half-time. Cheddar re-organised themselves for the second half and it appeared that they (Cheddar) had control of the game as Valerie Walsh blasted her first of the game on 69 minutes.

Cheddar continued to create chances but it was Evercreech who scored again to make the scores 2-2. Valerie Walsh then scored again for Cheddar, striking in both the 76th and 79th minutes to secure her second hat-trick in two games.

On 83 minutes the home side reduced the deficit but Cheddar could well have scored more goals with both Bella Jonas and Judit Salamon both hitting the crossbar with good efforts, and Jade Burton’s effort being scrambled off the line.

This was a very entertaining game with end-to-end football but the Cheddar girls deservedly took all three points.

Next weekend the girls returning to home soil when they host Portishead Ladies (kick-off: 2pm).

Weekend Review – September 23/24

Cheddar Ladies were in outstanding form on Sunday when they disposed of Crewekerne Rangers 12-1 (yes, 12-1!). Valerie Walsh opened the scoring in the first minute, the first of four for her. Returning to play after breaking her arm in pre-season was Megan Dyer who scored a hat-trick, two goals came from Charlotte Caley and one each for Holly Hael, Jade Burton and Judit Salamon.

Player of the match was Megan Dyer

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves lost 5-0 at AFC Brislington….

Cheddar Reserves walk away with the result they didn’t want. Poor preparation led to a poor starting performance from the Cheesemen with Brislington dominating play, and they capitalised on 17 minutes when a free kick was awarded on the edge of the Cheddar box. A horrible ‘bobble’ led to ‘keeper Kieran Webster spilling the ball into the path of the incoming forward who poked the ball home.

Cheddar responded well with great link up play between John Edwards, Taryn Selway-Joseph and Harry Hughes, the latter having his shot well saved by the Brislington goalkeeper. From the resulting corner, ‘skipper Adam Davies hit the bar and three shots in a goalmouth scramble were cleared. A free kick awarded to the opposition on the counter attack was poorly prevented and the home side played quick getting around the outside of the Cheddar defence, a Brislington player sliding the ball past Webster to make it 2-0.

Leading up to half time Cheddar controlled the game with Davies, Manning and Edwards controlling the ball freely and wide men Sully and Murray utilised to deliver the ball into the box. Opportunities from Sully, Selway-Joseph and Hughes were well defended leading into halftime 2-0 down.

After the half time break it got worse for Cheddar as young centre-back Connell Edwards headed past his own ‘keeper when trying to clear the danger. The home side dominated from thereon in as Cheddar heads dropped. Brislington were awarded a penalty on the hour when the referee adjudged a poor challenge from the back tracking of Hughes.

With ten minutes remaining, Brislington scored their fifth goal, rounding the side of the Cheddar defence, and pulling the ball back for a tap in for a Brislington striker to slip home.

Despite the vast experience of this young Cheddar squad they were unable to perform to the highest level possible on the day and therefore unable to make a statement of intent for the coming weeks. The team all agreed that they did not do enough and needed to work better as a unit to fulfil the expectations they have put upon themselves for the season.

Cheddar ‘A’ team were also beaten 4-1 by Burnham ‘A’ team on Saturday, Cheddar’s only goal being scored by Jamie Claridge.

Weekend Review – 16/17 September

Cheddar Reserves were without a game at the weekend, but the ‘A’ team were in action and went level third with an excellent 4-0 win at AFC Nailsea Reserves. The ‘A’ team were looking to build on their first victory of the season against a tough Nailsea side.

The game started slowly and Cheddar ‘A’ were struggling to get into their flow with many misplaced passes and shoddy touches, however it was the home side that nearly took the lead, missing from five yards.

Cheddar came out for the second half re-energised and with a point to prove; John Edwards took the game by the scruff of the neck and curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner to get his team ‘in motion’, Tom Catling, making his first appearance for the ‘A’ team this season, having only signed on forms the previous day, then doubled the lead that was picked out by a ‘pirlo-esque’ ball from Adam Willis.

Edwards then doubled his tally for the day making it 3-0 with Ben Clayton rounding off the rout with a back-post header to make it 4-0.

The ‘A’ team march on with six points, sitting third in the league having yet to concede and scoring seven goals in two games.

Man of the match: Tom Catling

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies were in action for the first time this season on home soil…

The Cheesegirls were a bit were a bit thin on the ground to start with, and only had two substitutes including one who had been held up in Plymouth!

Cheddar created the better chances but it was visitors Ilminster Ladies Reserves took the lead on 13 minutes. Shortly after this, Sophie Jones limped off with severe ligament damage, so Cheddar had to use their only substitute. Ilminster scored quickly in the second half after fielding players from their first team who play in the South West Premier Division, three divisions above Cheddar.

The Cheesegirls then had their new debutant Sarah McGee needing to leave the field of play also, and were now down to ten and trying to adjust when Ilminster scored their third goal with fifteen minutes remaining.

Lauren Faulkner also had to leave the field of play with a knee problem, so the girls were down to nine fit players!

Cheddar again re-adjusted and held off their high-profile visitors and could well have scored to get back into the match, but the game was far out of reach and a bad day at the office with injuries.

The girls, as normal, were as credit and worked their socks off and gave their all and should not be at all downhearted after this very hard-working performance and misfortune with injuries.

Player of the match: Rachael Rousell

And a look forward to the next Cheddar matches:

Cheddar first team: Malmesbury Victoria (Tuesday 19th September) kick-off: 7.45pm (home); Almondsbury (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm)

Cheddar Reserves: AFC Brislington (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm)

Cheddar ‘A’ team: Burnham United (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm

Cheddar Ladies: Crewkerne Rangers (away) Sunday 24th September (kick-off: 2pm)

Weekend review – August 19/20

Cheddar Reserves maintained their 100% record so far, this season, with a 3-0 win at Banwell in the County league.  

Travelling to nearby Banwell with both sides looking to build on their opening first week wins, the Reserves started well against a strong and experienced Banwell team and soon they showed the football they are beginning to play.

 A move started at left back found the advancing right back, Kris Willmott, whose penetrating pass found striker Harry Hughes, who initially stumbled but his determination saw him retrieve the ball and drive a shot from a tight angle only to see his effort hit a post.   

Taryn Selway-Joseph pounced on the rebound to stab home his first goal of the season.

The rest of the first half was a cagey affair with neither side really testing the ‘keepers, with strong defensive displays from man of the match Tom Davies alongside brother Adam, dealt with everything thrown at them centrally and Willmott and Sully snuffing out the wide play.  Callum French, Robbie Wallis and Will Wallis ably coped with the experience and physicality of the Banwell midfield.

At the turnaround, Cheddar started to exploit the space and pace out wide, with Tom Catling and Selway-Joseph always a threat.

But it was the quick thinking of Will Wallis who called for a quick throw into the box and was felled before dispatching his shot.  

Captain Adam Davies claimed his second penalty in two games to boost Cheddar’s advantage.

With 20 minutes remaining, Wallis released Catling down the right and the winger’s pinpoint cross found Hughes who put the game beyond Banwell’s reach.  Selway-Joseph hit a rasping volley with eight minutes to go but the woodwork denied him his second goal.

Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “I’m really pleased with today’s performance as it’s always a tough place to come and get anything against Banwell.

“We had a few changes from last week’s team and have some new players who are still settling in, so it’s really encouraging that we’ve played so well and got the results we deserved.

“It was great to see Harry and Taryn getting off the mark for the season and importantly keeping another clean sheet.

“Next week will be another big challenge, as AFC Brislington have also got maximum points so far and we have a lot of players away so we will need to be at our best again.”

Not to be outdone, the Cheddar ‘A’ kept up their good pre-season form with a 4-2 victory over Banwell ‘B’

Looking to build on their impressive start to the campaign.

Unfortunately, the 4-3-3 formation wasn’t working in the first half and Cheddar were to concede two goals without reply.

After a change of formation to 4-4-2 Cheddar came out and managed to win the game by four goals to two.  

Goals coming from Jamie Claridge, Shane Fear, Connell Edwards, and an own goal.

‘A’s manager Jack Griffiths said: “This was another great performance and I’m proud of the lads.  

“They didn’t let their heads drop after going 2-0 down.” 

Cheddar ‘A’s now move on to their first game of the season in a rival match up against Axbridge Reserves, more news on which will follow shortly.

Busy times for Cheesemen manager and the season hasn’t yet started

No sooner had Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh returned from his close season brief sojourn to the Balearic isles with his team, then he was dealing with transfer speculation.

Greenhalgh has confirmed that no less than six of his players from last (2016-17) would not be wearing Cheddar colours next season, namely Mike Dangerfield, Kris Bell, Billy Vaughan, Shaun Lambert, Callum Ham and Mark Armstrong, and it is understood that the latter three will be joining Toolstation Premier Division side Bridgwater Town, whom will be aiming to regain their Southern League at the first attempt.

Greenhalgh added that he had “spoken to the all the departing lads personally and wished them good luck for the future but publicly wanted to thank them for all their efforts over the previous season”.

Greenhalgh continued; “As a club we move forward and we have already secured a great deal of the squad from last year and to this [assistant manager] Shaun Potter and myself are scouring for the right mix of new players to elevate the club to the position we want to be in.

“The right quality and desire is essential as this is a special club with an ethos unlike any other club, and I know the players leaving feel this and have done so with a heavy heart.

“The club is on the verge of bringing in several new players as well as looking at a couple of the younger players who represented the reserves last year.

“It was essential we re-introduce the Under 18’s as the pathway to the first team from our junior section, which would be a priority for the forthcoming season, we had hoped that we had this in place but unfortunately this has met with a few challenges.”

Cheddar Football Club have confirmed that pre-season training is to commence on Tuesday 27th June at the Kings of Wessex School Playing Fields at 6.45pm, to which all current and new players will be warmly welcomed.

The club have also confirmed their pre-season schedule which starts at Gloucestershire League side Thornbury Town on Saturday 15th July (kick-off: 7.30pm), followed by two further away matches at Somerset Senior League sides Glastonbury on Tuesday 18th July (kick-off: 7.30pm) and Burnham United on Saturday 22nd July (kick off: 3pm).

The Cheeseman complete their pre-season preparation with two home matches on Wednesday 26th July against a Yeovil Town XI (kick off: 7pm) and a match against Welsh League Division Two side Ely Rangers on Saturday 29th July (kick off: 3pm).

The Reserve team have also confirmed a number of friendly matches and are to play West End (at Worle) on Saturday 8th July, followed by a trip to Trowbridge Town on Saturday 22nd July (both games kick off at 3pm), before returning to Bowdens Park to play Uphill Castle on Tuesday 1st August (kick off: 7.30pm).

The club have been busy with off the field preparations and are undertaking a degree of building work ensuring that a new pay-box and gate system is in place well before the new season gets underway.

Elsewhere the Cheesemen have announced their AGM which is to take place in the clubhouse on Tuesday 11th July, starting at 7 for 7.30pm.

Any person who wishes to stand for one of the club officer positions or wishes to raise questions at the AGM is urged to contact the secretary (Alan Cooper) by e-mail to by not later than Monday 3rd July.

Cooper has also advised that club membership(s) for the new season will be available for registration and purchase at the AGM together with a limited number of the club’s enamel pin-badges, which will also be available on the evening, costing £3.50.

Meanwhile, the club are pleased to announce that Jack Griffiths is to take the helm as manager of the club’s ‘A’ team who compete in the Weston super and District League Division Four.

Griffiths, who is looking forward to his new position is hopeful of leading his team to former glories in local Weston super Mare and District football.

Cheddar AFC Presentation Night 2017

Cheddar Football Club held their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) when they were delighted to welcome Mr Ashley Wilson, Sales Director of club sponsors Wyke Farms Ltd, who kindly agreed to present the awards.

Club Chairman Matt Postins, welcoming the club sponsors and the 100+ attendance paid tribute to all the club’s players, supporters, team managers and volunteers that had helped the club achieve its aims during the season

He stated that the football season had been most enjoyable and it was most encouraging to see such a large attendance from all the club’s active teams (first team, reserves, ‘A’ team and ladies team) attending the evening.

Mr Postins looked forward to leading the club into its 125th anniversary celebrations and hoped that all teams could continue to improve on the last season’s third place finish by the first team!

Mr Postins also looked forward to seeing the re-establishment of the club’s Under 18’s team.

First team manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Each year our presentation evening gets better and better; the room was fantastic, the food superb, and everyone had a great time.

“It’s brilliant to see the whole Ladies team here tonight and their performances under guide of their manager (Russell Heal) improving so much, and they are a welcome addition to the club.

“We have a special club with great people and to see all the teams mixing and supporting each other fills all of us with great optimism for the future.”

A summary of the awards presented on the evening is as follows:

First Team

Players Player of the Year: Adam Jones

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Mark Armstrong

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Reserve Team

Top Goalscorer: Callum Sully

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Players Player of the Year: Connor Heal

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Jake Buxton

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‘A’ Team

Manager’s Player of the Year: Sam Smith

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Player’s Player of the Year: Ryan Llewyllyn

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Top Goalscorer: James Parker

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Ladies Team

Top Goalscorer: Valerie Walsh

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Most improved Player: Charlotte Caley

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Players Player of the Year: Jade Burton

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Megan Dyer

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Special Award

Performance of the Season Adam Jones

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(* first team award)


Club Awards

Golden Boot/club leading goalscorer: Callum Ham

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Young Player of the Year: Tom Catling

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Clubman of the Year Award: Karen & Russell Heal (joint award)

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In addition, club secretary Alan Cooper was presented with a framed signed shirt by the first team squad for his efforts during the season.

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Cheddar Ladies’ guest of honour and team sponsor Jacqui Lewis of the Bath Arms was presented with a bunch of flowers

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Karen was also thanked for all her hard work and effort this season for the club and teams

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Cheddar’s Weekend Review

As Cheesemen supporters will have already read from the match report previously posted, Jared Greenhalgh’s first team, following their two losses over the past week (0-4 at Wellington on Wednesday and 2-4 at Ashton & Backwell on Saturday) have temporarily dropped down to fourth place in the Toolstation Western League Division, as Hengrove Athletic leapfrogged our heroes following their 6-0 annihilation of Calne Town at the weekend.

Wellington (who beat Wincanton Town 3-0) still lead the league table with 75 points from 35 games.

In second place are Keynsham Town (72 points from 37) who impressively beat Bishops Lydeard 4-2 away; in third are Hengrove with 70 points from 33 and in fourth are ourselves, also on 70 points (from 35 games). Hengrove’s goal difference is 57 whereas ours is 38.

A disappointed but philosophical manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “We should have been 4-1 up at half-time on Saturday. Second half was not my Cheddar team, it was shambolic and won’t happen again. Promotion is now out of our hands.

“We need to get back to playing with freedom and expressing ourselves whilst executing the basics.

“We have two weeks to prepare for the next game [Saturday 1st April vs. Chard Town] and we will put everything into winning the game, that is all we can do.”

An equally disappointed, but determined captain Adam Jones, said: “We were hoping to push forward from our defeat to Wellington in the week.

“The team was in a good mood going into the game at half-time 2-1, playing down the slope but playing into the wind and it was a good first half. But a poor show in the second half from us.

“There was a harsh red card on Danny [Griffiths] for his tackle. We have two weeks before our next game against Chard where we must put this right and hope to go the rest of the season unbeaten to put pressure on the top two sides.”

A thoughtful George Booth added; “A disappointing week for us and a poor second half performance from us on Saturday.

“Being 2-1 up we should be killing the game but instead we conceded 30 seconds after the restart. Again the red card didn’t go our way but that wasn’t the reason why we lost the game.

“We were carrying too many players on Saturday and the team knows that. Jared [manager] and Shaun [assistant manager] had some harsh but very fair and correct words to say after the game, we must take it all on board and put the last two games right!”.”

And a final word from electric winger and leading goalscorer Callum Ham: “To start with I would say we were dominant in midfield and all over the pitch in the first 10-15 minutes.

“I felt that when we went 1-0 up we had control of the game and we had no problem dealing with what Ashton & Backwell had to offer.

“They then got a lucky goal against the run of play which deflated us a little but to us being the better team we then went 2-1 up and as a team we were still comfortable and in the game.

“The gaffer said at half time ‘go out and kill the game’ but we ended up doing the opposite which had a massive impact.

“The other thing that had a massive impact was the sending off; it was totally unnecessary and as soon as that happened Ashton had their tails up.

“The game overall was good in the first half and poor in the second half.

“The lads are deflated, we have had a tough week and we ned to get ourselves back on track.

“We have a nice little break 2 now and we need to work hard in training and put things right, we have a massive team spirit and from me and all the lads in the team we can only apologise to the fans for the last two performances but we appreciate the supporters sticking by us. We owe it to the club and to the gaffer to get promotion.”

Elsewhere at the weekend, the Reserve team recorded an excellent 2-1 win over Kewstoke Lions, with Callum Sully scoring the first goal and Mike Carpenter grabbing a 90th minute winner.

This super win by the Reserves means they climb the table to eleventh position, with 13 points from 19 games.

The side can move further up the table with another home win on Saturday (25th March) against sixth placed Banwell.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team made it three consecutive games unbeaten with their 1-1 draw against Burnham United ‘A’ on Saturday, Jordan Podbury scoring Cheddar’s goal. This result takes the ‘A’ team to sixth place in the league table on 15 points from 15 games.

The ‘A’ team are without a match this forthcoming weekend.

And penultimately, Cheddar Ladies are currently in third place in the Somerset Women’s League Division Two (20 points from 14 games).

The remaining matches for others teams in the league will decide if they stay in 3rd, or move down to 4th of 5th.

Champions (to be confirmed) are Purnell Sports (30 points from 11 games) and runners up are Weston super Mare (27 points from 11 games).

These league positons will be confirmed at the proper time. …. finally, if you can’t make the Cheesemen’s next home game on Saturday 1st April (vs. Chard Town) make sure please you record this date in your diary…


Cheesemen midweek review and weekend preview

As supporters will be aware, the Cheesemen were in midweek action this week, when they travelled to Wellington on Wednesday night (15th March) to take on the ‘Tangerines’.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the best evening for our heroes as they went behind to a penalty kick on 10 minutes after Ricky Bennett was adjudged to have ‘handled’ on the line to prevent the ball entering the net, and Ricky was subsequently shown a red card.

Then just minutes before halftime ‘captain Adam Jones was (harshly) adjudged by the match official to have committed an illegal challenge on a Wellington striker, and a further penalty kick was awarded and subsequently scored.

Both Robbi Maggs and Adam Jones had opportunities to reduce the arrears late in the first half, the latter being unlucky with a shot that was somehow stopped by a defender trapping the ball with his kneed and legs after the ball had bobbled on the goal-line.

A two-goal deficit at half time left the Cheesemen with a mountain to climb with ten men and despite a valiant effort and hard work by the team, Wellington scored two further goals, both from ‘breakaway efforts’ one on the hour and a fourth goal on 80 minutes to give the result a flattering look for the home side.

Following the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “It was a disappointing result tonight but these things happen, it was just one of those days when everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but I am not blaming the players in any way, they couldn’t have worked harder and it just didn’t go for them tonight to be honest.

“Had we held them to 1-0 by half time it may have been another story and on another day had chances gone our way then we could well have pulled something back but the second penalty was a bit harsh, and we just couldn’t pull it round in the second half….but, we push on don’t we! Saturday (at Ashton & Backwell) is really important, and we have to try to get some sort of result from the game.

“We have 8 games left now and if we win all 8 then we are in with a shout without any shadow of doubt Hengrove are chasing the pack fast, as we expected, so we will just have to keep on sticking to our beliefs, our squad is very capable, and we have the players to do it.”

Following the match some of the players spoke with Cheesemen Newsbeat……

Captain, Adam Jones, summing up the thoughts of the team said: “We’re gutted about the result to be honest.

“The team kept going until the final whistle and didn’t give up which just shows that we’ll fight until the end.

“This weekend though we hope to put it right and plan to push forward to gain promotion and to win the league. We have eight games left which are all ‘cup finals’ and the team will be pushing hard until the end of the season, make no mistake.”

[Cooper’s comment: Fighting talk from the captain, I should say…]

George Booth said: “An early red card and penalty changed the game. We were going up the slope in the first half and wanted to get to half-time 1-0. Then, just before the end of the first half we conceded another penalty.

“Second half they caught us on the break twice and tiredness came in. We played the better and can’t fault anyone’s work rate.

“It just didn’t go for us, everything that could have gone against us did just that.”


Mark Armstrong said: “Ricky got sent off early on, and then it was hard work. We played quite well considering!

“The score line flattered them definitely”

And a brave, but understandably disappointed Ricky Bennett, said: “I can only say that it was an instinctive reaction, which I immediately regretted.

“From then on it was always going to be an uphill task for the lads. However, the boys didn’t stop fighting until the end and that shows how much of a tight knit squad we are.

“We have enough time to put it right and it’s important that we put it right on Saturday.”


And to the weekend ….

The Cheesemen with eight games remaining, travel to Backwell’s Lancer Scott Stadium on Saturday (18th March) to take on sixth placed Ashton & Backwell United in what is always, always (comment: no apologies for the repeated word…) a tough match.

United who are currently in sixth place in the league won (2-1) at Almondsbury UWE last weekend but interestingly, lost their previous four games (0-1 at Devizes, 0-2 at home to Shepton Mallet in the Les Phillips Cup, 0-1 home to Westbury, and 0- 4 at Brislington in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Prior to these games, Ashton & Backwell had convincingly beaten Warminster Town (5-1) on home territory after having travelled to Malmesbury to record an impressive (2-1) away win.

For the record, earlier this season, Ashton & Backwell inflicted a 2-1 defeat to the Cheesemen with a late winner at Bowdens Park on 23rd August, and last season earned a 1-1 draw at Bowdens Park late in the season (on 19th April to be exact) although the Cheesemen won 3-1 at Backwell in an outstanding team performance on the day (28th November) played in torrential rain with superb goals through Mason Gardener, Craig Mawford and Callum Ham.

Also at the weekend, Wellington (now top of the league with 72 points from 34 games) entertain Wincanton, whilst fourth placed Hengrove (67 points from 32 games host Calne Town.

Elsewhere, third placed Keynsham Town (who appear to be out of the running with 69 points from 36 games) face a difficult looking match (at fifth placed Bishop Lydeard). The facts remain that should Wellington fail to win on Saturday (and are held at home – or beaten – by Wincanton) and the Cheesemen gain all three points at Backwell, then Cheddar will return to the top of the league by 4.45pm on Saturday.

With the Cheesemen currently in second place (70 points from 34 games), the league programme tells us the remaining fixtures of both ourselves and Wellington …. Wellington currently top of the league (72 points from 34 games) whilst we have 70 points also from 34 games …

For Wellington…

1. Wincanton Town (H)

2. Warminster Town (A)

3. Devizes Town (A)

4. Calne Town (H)

5. Bishops Lydeard (A)

6. Chard Town (H)

7. Malmesbury Victoria (A)

8. Radstock Town (A)

[Eight games remaining, three home, five away 3

And ourselves…

1. Ashton & Backwell Utd (A)

2. Chard Town (H)

3. Hengrove Ath (H)

4. Roman Glass St George (H)

5. Bishop Sutton (A)

6. Chippenham Park (A)

7. Westbury Utd (H)

8. Devizes Town (A)

[Eight games remaining, four home, four away]


Meanwhile….. Cheddar Reserves host Kewstoke Lions in the Somerset County League Division Two (West) on Saturday (18th March), whilst Cheddar ‘A’ host Burnham Utd ‘A’ at Sharpham Road in the Weston & District League Division Four. Both games kick off at 3pm.

Weekend Review – March 4/5

As readers will be aware, Jared Greenhalgh’s first team leapfrogged both Keynsham Town and Wellington on Saturday to take over the leadership of the Toolstation Western League Division One, following their outstanding 2-0 win at a vastly improved Oldland Abbotonians, the ‘Abbots’ having lost just one game in eight prior to Saturday’s encounter.

Quality second half goals from Danny Griffiths and Adam Jones (scoring his 19th goal of the season) secured this great win. The Cheesemen now lead the division with 70 points from 33 games; Wellington (without a game at the weekend) are in second with 69 points from 33 games and in third are Keynsham (who lost 3-0 at Welton) with 68 points from 35 games. Hengrove who were also without a game at the weekend lie in fourth place with 64 points from 31 games.

Speaking with Cheesemen Newsbeat following the game, captain Adam Jones said: “We didn’t know how the game was on! The pitch was waterlogged, the ball wasn’t rolling which made it difficult for both sides.

“We struggled in the first half to create some decent opportunities. Second half we came out firing which showed from our first goal with some real nice play between Ricky [Bennett] and Danny [Griffiths] to set up the first goal then we went into control the game. It was a good way to bounce back from our defeat last week.”

Defender, Craig Mawford (arguably the best right sided defender in the Toolstation League) said: “It was a good performance by the lads today on a difficult pitch; Danny, Mark, Callum, Adam and many others all had great games, we moved the ball really well.

“It was a great team performance, we’ve got nine games left now and we have just got to see where it takes us”

And the last word on Saturday’s win at Oldland’s goes to Mike ‘Tank’ Dangerfield: “Great performance……Sh*t pitch.”

With the Reserve team match against Clevedon United Reserves falling foul of the weather conditions and a badly waterlogged Bowdens Park pitch, it was left to the ‘A’ team to fly the flag in Cheddar on Saturday, and how…. read on….

The ‘A’s went into Saturday’s game full of confidence after their 5-1-win last weekend and knowing that nothing less than a win wouldn’t help them.

It took half an hour to break down AFC Nailsea Reserves after constant pressure from the home side when Callum Sully was brought down in the box for a penalty which James Parker comfortably converted.

The second half continued similarly with Cheddar applying all the pressure which eventually led to more goals through a great Dom Underhill finish and a good move that finished with an own goal.

With 10 minutes remaining, Nailsea fought back snatching two Oates goals but the ‘A’s held on to gain the three points. With two games remaining this season, Alex Cooper’s team now that they must continue this winning form to assure their place in the Weston & District League Division Four next season.

With six points (and eight goals) from their last two games, the ‘A’s are in seventh position in the league with eleven points from thirteen games played.

Man of the match: Dom Underhill

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies took on the likely champions elect, Weston super Mare Ladies at Sharpham Road on Sunday.

Gale force winds were emanating from the reservoir as Weston kicked the game off playing into the wind, going 0-1 up in the first minute.

Cheddar with the wind on their side equalised shortly afterwards through Jade Burton, but the Ladies then missed a hat full of chances and really should have taken advantage with the wind blowing strongly in their favour.

Weston then scored again but Cheddar hit straight back through Jade Burton again and then just before half time Linda Sharpe made it 3-2 with a fantastic shot from 30 yards.

The second half started but this time Weston had the wind on their side, scoring two very early goals. C

heddar then got a fourth goal through Charlotte Fay-Fineran but Weston kept coming with the wind advantage and took their chances.

The Cheesegirls got a fifth goal through Gabi Underhill.

At the end of the day, the score could have easily been 12-12 with the strong winds, but the difference was that Weston took their chances whereas Cheddar didn’t.

A thoroughly entertaining and exciting game but the final score ended Cheddar Ladies 5 Weston super Mare Ladies 10.

Cheddar Team of the Week: Cheddar First team

Players of the Week: Mark Armstrong and Dom Underhill

And finally, a look forward….

All three Cheddar men’s teams are without a match next weekend but the Cheddar Ladies team host Ilminster Ladies on Sunday (12th March) for their last match of the season, where a win is expected to put the Cheesegirls into fourth place.

Jared Greenhalgh’s first team are next in action on Wednesday next (15th March) when they travel to Wellington in a re-arranged league fixture (kick-off: 7.45pm) before a further away game (at Ashton & Backwell) on Saturday 18th March, kick-off: 3pm.

A preview of both games will appear on the website early next week, together with a review of the Cheesegirls final league game of the season.

My thanks to you all for reading, and to Charlotte for her continued excellent efforts with the website…