CALLUM HAM GRABS HIS THIRD GOAL IN TWO GAMES BUT TO NO AVAIL AS MATCH IS ABANDONED

CHEDDAR FC WEBSITE UPDATE – WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER 2017

Toolstation Western League Match Report

Saturday 9th December 2017

DEVIZES TOWN  1 CHEDDAR   1

(Match Abandoned after 83 minutes; floodlight failure)

CALLUM HAM GRABS HIS THIRD GOAL IN TWO GAMES BUT TO NO AVAIL AS MATCH IS ABANDONED

There is little doubt that the past two performances by the Cheesemen (at Westbury on 25th November) and at home to Oldland Abbotonians last weekend were in the ‘outstanding’ class but whether Saturday’s performance by Shaun Potter’s promotion chasers fell into that category is debatable.

Fielding a strong side, Cheddar went ahead on 8 minutes, Callum Ham, in only his second full appearance since rejoining the club lashing home with the outside of his right foot from all of twenty yards, picking up a Chris Coombs glorious pass following a headed clearance by the home side’s back line, swerving the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.  

The visitors continued to dominate although a Mike Roberts free-kick for the home side flew goalward and then upwards as it skied over the Cheddar crossbar.

The visitors continued to push forward in the second period without managing to find a decisive second goal, leading scorer Adam Jones going close on two or three occasions and Ricky Bennett also off target with two free kicks from good positions.  

In fact, when the second goal of the game did arrive, it came midway through the second half and went in favour of the home side.

 Jack Hopper was first to react as a poor back-pass from a Cheddar midfield player went sadly astray, and Hopper nipped in to draw goalkeeper Liam Kingston to slot past the young shot stopper, the first goal the on-loan Weston super Mare goalkeeper had conceded in over 250 minutes of Toolstation League football!

The equaliser, scored on 67 minutes, stirred the Cheesemen and they went firmly in search of a further goal as they at times, laid siege to the Wiltshire side’s goal but as they mounted relentless pressure darkness descended at one end of the Nursteed Road ground as the floodlights failed, bringing an early end to the game with seven minutes remaining, and a fixture to be re-arranged.

The Devizes manager, Bud Walters, said after the game: “All credit to Cheddar who were very strong; the last thing anyone expected was floodlight failure.  

“It’s never happened to me before in all the years I’ve been involved in football!”

Man of the match:  Callum Ham (Cheddar)

Cheddar, who because of this abandoned game have now fallen to fourth place, six points behind leaders Keynsham Town albeit they have two games in hand over the North-East Somerset based club.  

The fourth placed Cheesemen have a difficult looking trip to Midsomer Norton on Saturday (16th December) to face the team immediately below them, Welton Rovers who were held to a one-goal each draw by Ashton & Backwell on Saturday.  

Speaking with the club website following the game, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “It was a frustrating end to a frustrating day!  We dominated the game today; we took the lead through Callum (Ham) but then never capitalised on our dominance after that, which gave Devizes that bit of hope that they (Devizes) could nick an equaliser which they did after a mistake from us.

“It’s a learning curve for us, we know unless we kill games off it always gives the opposition a chance, we were pressing for a winner for the last 15 minutes before the lights went out and the game was abandoned.  

“We look forward to another trip to Devizes at the end of the season.”

Winger Chris Coombs added: “We were missing a few plyers but still had a very strong team and I feel that we are settling well and with few boys returning in the coming weeks, competition for places is strong and healthy.

“We started well today and took the game to Devizes.  We were free in our movement and patient on the ball waiting to play in the right areas.  

“We were rewarded with great finish from Callum after some good build up play.  

“We tried to build on that and Devizes had no answers and never looked like scoring.  We began to get frustrated and lose a bit of patience.

“The second half started like the first and we looked like the only winners with Devizes trying to frustrate us at every opportunity and began to work harder and gain some confidence.   

“However, they still created very little but to their credit they capitalised on a rare mistake and punished us.  

“Towards the end of the game we were pushing on trying to get the win until the floodlights failed.  

“We were grateful for this as we didn’t drop points and we didn’t play to our normal capabilities.

“We are looking forward to next week and putting more pressure on our league rivals.  Thanks, as always, to the travelling support.”

Midfielder, turned defender (on Saturday) Ricky Bennett said: “We started the game strong and dominated possession. Hammy scored a good finish and we won the first half comfortably.

“They never looked like scoring throughout the game until I had that horrible feeling after playing the ball back to Liam and seeing their striker latch on to it.  

“Luckily for me I’ve got an opportunity to put it right which could be critical come the end of the season”

This Saturday (16th December) the first team visit Midsomer Norton to take on fifth placed Welton Rovers, who are just one place below the Cheesemen on 34 points although they have played one game (20) more.  

After last weekend’s postponement, the first team have (temporarily we are sure) dropped to fourth position, behind Westbury United in third (who have 39 points from 20 games), Roman Glass St George are in second place with 40 points from 20 games and the league leaders are currently Keynsham Town who are on 43 points from 21 games.

Meanwhile, the Reserve team were in action at Bowdens Park on Saturday.

Here is manager Andy Wallis’s report from the game.

Cheddar Reserves needed to put last week’s poor result behind them as they welcomed an equally inconsistent Yatton & Cleeve Reserves to Bowdens Park.  

Cheddar showed their intent from the start and were unlucky to fall behind following a bewildering penalty decision on 20 minutes.

 This didn’t deter Cheddar’s intent and they were soon back on level terms when Tom Manning’s inch-perfect pass found Harry Hughes charging in and slotting past the advancing goalkeeper.  

Cheddar took the lead in the second half when Billy Manning pounced on the goalkeeper’s fumble and John Edwards 70th minute finish claimed all three points for Cheddar.

This latest win for the Reserve team takes them to third place, three points behind second place Radstock and eleven points behind runaway leaders AFC Brislington.

Man of the match:   Tom Manning

Reserve team manager Andy Wallis speaking after the game said:   “We needed a reaction after last week’s disappointment and I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads.

“We dominated throughout the game and there wasn’t a poor performance across the team.

“This is just what we needed and sets us up nicely as we go into back to back derbies with Winscombe and Draycott”

On Saturday (16th December) Cheddar Reserves host Winscombe Reserves at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.

Also, last weekend the ‘A’ team were in action against Hutton Reserves, at Sharpham Road.  Here is manager Jack Griffiths report from the game…

Cheddar started the game positively and piled pressure on early with Jamie Claridge taking aim at the Hutton goal on a few occasions.

After a few unsuccessful attempts Claridge eventually broke the deadlock after a well-worked team gaol ended up with Dom Underhill heading into Claridge’s path to rifle his shot past the Hutton goalkeeper.  

Cheddar then let their lead slip and conceded a cheap goal minutes later.   

After a great solo run from Claridge Cheddar once more took the lead through Liam Jones after Jamie Claridge had worked hard to recover a bad pass and crossed the ball to the unmarked Jones to make it two goals to one.

 But like the first goal, Cheddar were only leading for a matter of minutes before conceding just before the break.  

 Following half time, Cheddar came out strong and were again battering the Hutton goal.  

It wasn’t long before Dan Flowers nestled one in to the top right-hand corner of the goal to take the score line to 3-2 in favour of Cheddar.

The home side then had to exercise caution and learn from their mistakes in the first half and really battened down the hatches.   

With 25 minutes remaining Cheddar ‘A’ were placed under heavy pressure but some ‘world-class’ saves from man-of-the-match Scott Harris kept their lead intact and gave Cheddar their first win in four.

Cheddar ‘A’ now happily sit in fourth place, just three points off third place.  The ‘A’ team face fifth-placed AFC Nailsea on Saturday (16th December).

Man of the match; Scott Harris

On Sunday last (10th December) Cheddar Ladies scheduled home game with Pen Mill Reserves was subjected to a late postponement on Sunday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.  

The Cheese girls are back in action on Sunday (17th December) when they travel to Combe Ladies; kick off 2pm.

CHEESEMEN UP TO THIRD AS THEY WIN TENTH SUCCESSIVE MATCH AS ALL OTHER CHEDDAR TEAMS FAIL TO GATHER THE POINTS AT THE WEEKEND

CHEDDAR FOOTBALL CLUB WEBSITE UPDATE

WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 4th DECEMBER 2017

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 2nd December 2017

CHEDDAR 4 OLDLAND ABBOTONIANS 0

CHEESEMEN UP TO THIRD AS THEY WIN TENTH SUCCESSIVE MATCH AS ALL OTHER CHEDDAR TEAMS FAIL TO GATHER THE POINTS AT THE WEEKEND

 

In as comprehensive a victory as befits the expression, Cheddar hit four goals for no response past eighth place Oldland Abbotonians to move menacingly into the top three in the division, three points and a game in hand behind leaders Roman Glass St George.

Oldland’s who had previously only been beaten on four occasions were a little shell-shocked by the performance of their hosts, who could and should have scored more goals on the afternoon as despite their previously impressive showing on the road, the visitors did not really pose any real threat to the Cheddar back line such was the commanding performance of the hosts backline, superbly marshalled by the impressive centre-back partnership of Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best, whose dual-performance is improving with every game.

As early as the 11th minute came a controversial incident that chartered the course of the game; Sam King bravely chasing down the Oldland’s goalkeeper’s hesitating clearance saw the ball launch skyward and in a moment Adam Jones was on the scene to stab the loose ball home, but as he attempted to do so, he was pushed from behind by central defender Scott Gregory, the force of which spun both players into a collision with home goalkeeper Chris Manns. With the home fans baying for a penalty and the visitors defence clearly expecting the same, the apparently unsighted match official consulted with his assistant and bizarrely a free kick was awarded to the home defender, one of many bewildering decisions by the officials on the afternoon.

The home side did however take a deserved lead on 24 minutes, as a brilliant angled Chris Coombs assist was met full by Jones who made no mistake, rifling the ball home from 20 yards despite Manns’ despairing dive, for the striker’s 13th league strike of the season. Seven minutes later and Cheddar were two goals to the good; Sam King, in imperious form, weaved his way into the 18-yard box and his dangerous cross was prodded past his own ‘keeper by full-back Luke LeCrass to clear the ball.

Jones went close on two further occasions leading to the break, his first effort being cleared off the line by Shomani Sengor and his second attempt, from another glorious pass, then he dragged inches wide of the woodwork, but the striker missed something of a golden opportunity just minutes into the re-start following a brilliant Robbi Maggs run that had seen the bearded striker weave his way past no less than four defenders before finding Jones who had ghosted past his marker but with just the goalkeeper to beat he hit his shot wide of the target.

Cheddar were 3-0 up on the hour when Ricky Bennett’s superb corner kick curled in at the far post; interestingly the third occasion in Cheddar colours that Bennett had achieved such a feat.   

Manns, the Oldland’s keeper vigorously complained that he had been fouled, although Nathan Best the alleged offender appeared to make little or no contact with his alleged assailant. The Oldland’s keeper however ensured that he kept his side in the game as an avalanche of goals was on the cards, the goalkeeper saving brilliantly well on two occasions from Jones and then denying Danny Griffiths with a flying save from the centre-back’s close-range header, before the home side were awarded a penalty for a foul on Stephen Pennington.  The midfielder, returning to the starting line-up from an extended break in his native Italy, opted to take the spot kick himself and Manns denied the Italian with a superb double save, an outstanding show of athleticism.   Manns again saved brilliantly following man-of-the-match Steve Sokol’s inch-perfect cross, but the goalkeeper ran out of luck on the stroke of injury time when substitute Anthony Cleave stabbed home from close range for his first goal for the club and his side’s fourth of the afternoon to compete the rout.

The Oldland manager Scott Armstrong said of his side’s performance: “We didn’t turn up today, Cheddar look in great form”

Man of the match: Steve Sokol

Match ball sponsor: Dave Jones

Cheddar manager Shaun Potter speaking with the club website following the match, said:

“I was delighted with the performance today, probably the best performance of the season for me. Oldland’s are a good side that a right up there.  We had a depleted squad and the pitch didn’t suit us at all but the way we applied ourselves was superb, we dominated from the first whistle and were solid defensively.  It takes a lot of mental strength to put in a performance like that off the back of the Westbury win last week to be able to keep performing at the level we have, week in week out is superb and deserves a great deal of credit. December is a very busy month in terms of fixtures, but as we have shown previously we can adapt to any circumstances, so we go into the Christmas period full of confidence and aim to keep this winning run going for as long as possible”

Cheddar’s Anthony Cleave, who came on as substitute and scored both his first goal for the club and his side’s fourth goal, said:

“I was extremely delighted for the win and to get my first goal for the team!  It was a fantastic result today and a performance to match, from starting on the bench watching the game, the commitment and desire from the team was immense, the football being played was positive and great to watch.  We controlled the game and it was only a matter of time before we scored.  The team is working extremely hard for each other and playing with confidence.  On a personal note I was very happy to be selected and have the chance to play.  Onto the next game! Up the Cheese!”

Finally, man-of-the-match Steve Sokol, who gave his best performance so far since joining from Wells City, said:

“I thought that we put in a professional performance today against a side that are also challenging near the top of the table.  We made plenty of chances and played some decent football on a heavy pitch.  Our defence prevented Oldland’s from creating many clear-cut chances and our win was fully deserved.  Hopefully we can keep this momentum going in our upcoming games”.

 

Cheddar FC further commented:

Goalkeeper Liam Kingston has been awarded the November 2017 Toolstation Western League (Division One) ‘Safe Hands’ Award following a string of outstanding performances for the Cheesemen.

Meanwhile, the Bowdens Park club are seeking a motivated and committed individual to fill the role of assistant manager/first team coach; preferably the successful applicant should hold the Level Two coaching qualification. Applicants are encouraged to contact first team manager Shaun Potter by email to ShaunPotter@ymail.com for further details and/to register their interest.

Cheddar now face two testing away games at Devizes Town (on Saturday 9th December) and at Welton Rovers the following Saturday (16th December) before they return to Bowdens Park for their final home game of the year on Saturday 23rd December when they host Sherborne Town.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves travelled to Chew Magna on Saturday looking for three further points; here are manager Andy Wallis’s thoughts on the game…

Cheddar Reserves couldn’t capitalise on back to back wins against top three teams when they faced Chew Magna at the weekend.   Cheddar struggled to adapt to a desperately poor playing surface and an equally agricultural style of play employed by their opponents.   Despite Cheddar creating the better chances it was Chew Magna who took the points with one of few chances of the game when the normally dependable Cheddar defensive line were caught out by a huge kick from the Chew Magna goalkeeper and two touches later and the ball was in the back of net.   This was a disappointing performance from the Reserve team who never really had the forefront, and despite the quality in the squad they never really showed it.  Credit must however be paid to Jake Buxton and Ollie Hucker who had outstanding games and it was the youngster Hucker who was awarded his second successive Man of the Match award.

In his post-match response, manager Andy Wallis said:

“I’m so gutted for the lads; we came into this game bouncing but didn’t really show up in the first half and gave away a cheap goal in the first 20 minutes.  Chew Magna then made it hard for us, constantly getting 10 or 11 men behind the ball and defending valiantly.  The pitch seemed to help them rather than us. We need to put this game behind us and get back to winning ways at Bowdens over the next two weeks so that we go into the Draycott game with some confidence behind us”

Cheddar Reserves host Yatton & Cleeve United on Saturday (9th December) at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.

Also on Saturday, the ‘A’ team were in action ‘on the road’, with a difficult looking match at Uphill Castle for the second week running in the League Knockout Cup.

The game got off to a bad start as the hosts bagged an early goal but Cheddar soon found their feet and began to dominate the game midway through the first half as centre midfield trio Price, Fear and Catling controlled the game, with the latter bending a free-kick into the top corner to level for the visitors.   Both sides had their chances, but the Cheddar defence held strong against opposition three league’s higher than themselves, however they couldn’t quite close the game out until half time with a long ball catching them out just before the break to put the ‘A’s 2-1 behind.

 

A half-time team talk proved positive as both sides had been closely matched throughout.  However, an early goal for Uphill left the ‘A’s with a mountain to climb.  Man of the match Harris kept Cheddar ‘just about in the game’ saving acrobatically at times!  But whilst Cheddar’s front three of Underhill, Clayton and Gray through everything at the opposition, the ‘A’s just could not break through.  Two late goals saw Uphill kill off the game as they cruised to a 5-1 victory.

The ‘A’ team will be looking to bounce back on Saturday (9th December) in league (Division Four) action against Hutton Reserves at Sharpham Road in the earlier kick off time of 2pm

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies were back in action at Bowdens Park on Sunday last; here is manager Russell Heal’s match report…

Cheddar Ladies hosted Purnell Reserves and knew that it was going to be a tough and close game. Both teams started very determinedly which made it quite a rough but entertaining game with both teams giving as good as they took.  Charlotte Caley did open the scoring midway through the first half, only to see the offside flag deny her.  Purnell then beat Cheddar’s offside trap to take the lead about five minutes before the break.  In the second half, Cheddar pressed high but despite their dominance and playing some great football, they couldn’t get that goal back.

Manager Russell Heal said:

“This was a very good and very entertaining game when the score, but it was Purnell that finally won the game 1-0 at our expense”

Cheddar’s Player of the Match was Sarah McGee, with an outstanding and solid performance at centre-back.

Next Sunday, Cheddar Ladies are again at home when they host Penn Mill in a Somerset Women’s League Division Two match.

CHEDDAR FOOTBALL CLUB WEBSITE UPDATE – WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER 2017

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Saturday 25th November 2017

WESTBURY UNITED  0 CHEDDAR  2

CHEESEMEN TOPPLE LEAGUE LEADERS FROM THEIR PERCH AS SUPERSUB CALLUM HABS THE HEADLIINES WITH TWO CRACKING GOALS

Cheddar’s Callum Ham was the talk of the Westbury’s Meadow Lane ground as his superb second half brace brought back full points for the Cheesemen on Saturday.  

Interestingly, Ham who had left the club in close season to seek his fortune with Bridgwater Town and latterly Oldland Abbotonians, only returned to the Bowdens Park some 24 hours prior to the game so his strikes were dually rewarding.

The thought of facing the league leaders on their own ground was no easy prospect and the match had been billed as the ‘game of the day’ by the regional press, the home side still smarting from their elimination from the League cup the previous weekend, and had voiced determination to get their season back on track at the expense of their challenging visitors.

True enough the first half saw the home side force the pace, but to the credit of both teams, who showed obvious respect for one another, the game took some 30 minutes or so to settle down as neither side forced real chances of any note, despite United forcing six first half corners and several free-kicks, for which Westbury have gained notoriety this season although to their credit, the visitors defence were equal to the threat of the league leaders.   

As the game levelled into more of pattern, the home side thought they had taken the lead on 21 minutes as Jordan Pinder headed home from a corner kick, but an alert match official Ali Francis noticed an infringement on goalkeeper Liam Kingston and the effort was disallowed.  

The visitors themselves were unlucky not to take the lead on 40 minutes, as Craig’s Mawford’s thunderous 25-yard free kick headed towards the top left-hand corner of the goal, but his effort was acrobatically tipped over the cross bar by Lewis Porter, in the Westbury goal.

In a controversial looking incident as the minutes ticked away to half-time, centre-forward Adam Jones appeared to be the victim of a so-called professional foul as the all-action striker was laid prostrate on the floor following a challenge form Westbury central-defender and ‘skipper Dan Price, but the Cheddar captain, despite looking dazed quickly resumed his all-action to the contest between two of the league’s undoubted heavyweights this term.

Following a first 45-minute spell noticeably dominated by both defences, the game opened out to a degree in the second half and Cheddar began to force the pace, forcing a succession of corners themselves as indeed the home side had done in the first half.   

Largely, the Westbury defence held firm but on the hour mark came a further controversial incident, again with Cheddar’s front man Adam Jones at the centre of the action.   

The Cheesemen were gaining overall control at this stage, and this clearly frustrated the home side but as Jones, fed by an imperious Ricky Bennett, dashed through he was pulled back by the Westbury centre back, who only received a caution for his efforts, despite appearing to be the last man, to loud hails of derision by the Cheddar travelling faithful.

The boggy, leg sapping conditions were naturally taking their toll on both sets of players, and sensibly, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter introduced substitutes on the hour mark, with new signings Shaun Lambert and Callum Ham being introduced in relatively quick succession.  

There is little doubt that these tactical switches changed the course of the game.  Within five minutes of the introduction of Ham, the visitors were in the lead.

Darting about with sublime energy, Ham was causing mayhem to the Westbury rear-guard and the diminutive winger/striker dashed into the penalty box to finish off a glorious Chris Coombs cross from eight yards on 73 minutes.

Then, just six minutes later came the moment that will be talked about for some time.   

Westbury’s Steve Hulbert strongly headed away Bennett’s corner as the visitors went in search of a further goal, but Ham was first to react.

Despite being closely monitored by two Westbury players, Cheddar’s latest signing, superbly pivoted his body, creating space for himself and from all of 40-yards struck the sweetest of volley’s that rocketed past the Westbury ‘keeper, sparking wild celebrations in and around the Cheddar bench.  

This was quite simply an amazing strike and will be a candidate for goal of the season at any level!

With 15 minutes remaining Cheddar introduced lengthy injury victim Jake Harris, replacing the tiring Robbi Maggs, who himself had played his full part in Cheddar’s display throughout the afternoon. Combining with Jones and Coombs the former Weston super Mare striker was most unlucky with a stinging 18-yard drive that skimmed the upright.   Ham who had formed an immediate telepathic understanding with Jones was close to completing his hat-trick on 80 minutes; Jones intelligent crossfield pass finding his co-striker, but Ham’s goal bound effort fizzed just wide of the woodwork.

The league leaders, understandably not used to being on the ‘receiving end’ such has been their form this season, finished the game strongly but Cheddar’s young goalkeeper Liam Kingston coped well with all of Westbury’s efforts and was well protected by centre backs Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best, who were all at their very best throughout the afternoon, as they survived a late onslaught to record a momentous victory.

Man, of the match:  Nathan Best (Cheddar)

Cheddar manager, Shaun Potter summing his thoughts on the game to the club’s website, said: “What a result!  I couldn’t be happier with the way the lads performed.

“It’s not an easy place to go, they (Westbury) have been top for most of the season, they have big budget, the pitch didn’t suit us, but we were outstanding, we never looked like losing the game and I thought that we controlled the game from the first whistle, all 14 players put in a shift and we showed that on our day, we are the best side in this league.

“We worked hard, were patient and got our rewards.  

“The lads are showing unbelievable character, to maintain performances like this, week in, week out and it’s what makes winners.  

“I’m excited about the group we have at the moment and I’m looking forward to see what we can do this season, we’ve got a tough December, but we are all focussed on the challenge and are ready for it.”

Two members of the team who made the headlines on Saturday, spoke with the website, firstly new signing Callum Ham“It was always going to be a tough game. Westbury aren’t top of the league by coincidence however I thought that we conducted ourselves perfectly right from the warm up all the way to the final whistle.

“They (Westbury) didn’t really looking threatening going forward, personally I thought that they got men behind the ball and to be fair to them they were hard to break down.  

“The way we (Cheddar) play is to get the ball down and play it out from the back.  We had to adapt due to pitch conditions and playing conditions were tough.  

“As a team we were solid defensively and good going forward.

“The first goal was a great cross by Chris Coombs and Adam (Jones) cleverly left the ball for the goal to be gaping; the second, well, I will never hit a ball like that ever again.

“I guess that Westbury is just the ground for me, but with that aside the feeling around the changing room and around the club is truly impressive and we are a SQUAD, not individual players and I am sure that we will do well this season and need to keep focussed and I am sure that we will get our reward come the end of the season.”

Next to give his thoughts was man-of-the-match Nathan Best: “I’m delighted with the result today, beating the top of the table side.  The lads showed real grit and tenacity but most of all it was a great team performance.

“We look a lot more solid as a defensive unit and getting Callum Ham back gives us something extra which he showed when he came on. Long may this winning run continue”.

Additionally, the Cheesemen’s performance at Westbury achieved the ‘Team of the Day’ accolade from regional newspaper ‘The Sunday Independent’

Weekend Review – 25/26 November

Elsewhere on Saturday last, the Reserve team put together, arguably one of their finest displays of the season, at Radstock; here is Andy Wallis’s match summary:

Cheddar Reserves showed that they have strength in depth with five players out and backed up last weekend’s win at home to high flying Banwell to secure a second successive win away from home against second place Radstock Town Reserves.  

A superb curling strike on 20 minutes from Anthony Cleave gave Cheddar an early advantage.  

Radstock pegged Cheddar back on the hour but Harry Hughes got his second winner in two weeks, his determination getting the better of the Radstock backline and goalkeeper to secure all three points.  

Manager Andy Wallis commented: “This was a huge performance from the lads, given that we were missing key players.

“The lads stepped up and weren’t phased against a Radstock team who had suffered only one defeat all season.   I thought that we were the better team for most of the and showed not only belief but rea grit and determination.   There were some great performances out there today and I thought that youngsters Ollie Hucker and Jay Murray deserved their joint man-of-the-match accolade.

“Ollie had a great first half and Jay was very assured at full back. We need to build on these two great results and get a run going.” 

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, the ‘A’ team were beaten 3-1 at Congresbury although new signing Cameron Gray scored Cheddar’s goal.  

And on Sunday, Cheddar Ladies hosted Yeovil Intermediate in the Somerset Women’s League Cup competition.  

It was a difficult afternoon to endure for the Cheese girls against a top-class team which included international players, and it was definitely a learning curve for our Ladies.  

The final score, Cheddar Ladies 0 Yeovil Intermediate 15. 

A look forward to the weekend

Cheddar first team who have now recorded ten straight wins, this season and after consecutive away trips to Wiltshire in the past fortnight, then host old-adversaries Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday (2nd December) kick off 3pm, in what is sure to be a further test of character for the fourth place Cheesemen.

The Reserve team travel away to Chew Magna (kick off 2pm) looking for their third successive win and the ‘A’ team travel away to Uphill Castle, with a 1.30pm kick off.  On Sunday (3rd December) Cheddar Ladies travel to Welton Rovers where they are to be hosted by Purnell Sports.

Weekend review November 18/19

Toolstation Western League Les Phillips League Cup

Match Report – Saturday 18th November 2017

WARMINSTER TOWN   2 CHEDDAR 1

CHEESEMEN EXIT LEAGUE CUP AT FIRST ROUND STAGE AS MANAGER POTTER RUES A SUCCESSION OF MISSED CHANCES

RESERVES SECURE GREAT WIN OVER BANWELL WHILST THE ‘A’S EXIT THE COUNTY INTERMEDIATE CUP AT THE THIRD ROUND STAGE AND THE CHEESEGIRLS HIT NINE!

 

All the omens were looking towards a comfortable package for Cheddar to Round two of the Western League’s Les Phillips Cup competition as they eyed the possibility of a league and cup double over the Wiltside, that the current form of the Somerset side suggested would prevent little problem.

Warminster were on the back of a an eleven match spell without a win and had been hammered 5-1 by the Cheesemen just two weeks earlier.  To exacerbate matters for the home side they were forced to play their manager Mark Brefitt and his side had conceded some 25 goals in their seven previous games but happily for the Wiltshire side there was never any chance that they would ship goals again as their defence mounted a brave rear-guard in the second half to send Cheddar home with inter-club honour restored.

Warminster’s Weymouth Street pitch appeared heavy from the start, but the visitors began quickly and used the width with influential midfielder Ricky Bennett’s left foot rarely far from the ball until Town had their first clear chance. Eben Mortimer-Taylor and Reece Collyer combined for Matt Dyer to fire wide from a promising spot then Brefitt drove over from distance, shortly afterwards the same player was in battle with Bennett whose free-kick came out to Anthony Cleave who lobbed just over.

Cheddar then gave away the initiative when they conceded a needless corner and Collyer’s dead ball found Kevin Shinn at the far post, and he nodded home on 20 minutes.  Mortimer-Taylor’s good work created space for Lewis Graham to power a shot straight at Liam Kingston in the Cheddar goal, but the visitors were always looking to dangerous and Bennett’s 30-yarder was parried by Nathan Farquharson and cleared.   Graham nodded Collyer’s free kick wide on the half hour then at the other end, Farquharson pulled off a fine save from Robbi Maggs in a one-on-one situation.

The visitors still looked the more likely to score and Jones who had little luck all afternoon, crossed for Danny Griffiths to direct his header across goal and inches wide and when Cleave was through on goal and put another chance wide, the alarm bells began to ring for Cheddar’s travelling support. Bennett then set up Jones who volleyed just over and to end an entertaining half Mortimer-Taylor broke away but scuffed his shot with Cheddar ‘keeper Kingston beaten.

After the break the Cheesemen began to lose some of their shape as frustration set in but Cleave was again in a good position to pull back for Jones but again his effort took a deflection and went to safety.  Warminster were forced to defend deep with Cheddar pressing hard and with a succession of corners and free-kicks they had most of the possession, Maggs firing over again on the hour.

Five minutes later, and against the run of play, Warminster were two goals to the good with a remarkable effort from, Collyer who launched a lob from the half way line with Kingston off his line and the ball dropped in the net off an upright, with many of the spectators confused as to what had happened.

The seemingly ‘freak’ goal should have taken the wind out of the visitors sails but after Griffiths had nodded Bennett’s cross over the bar, Graham’s 25-yard effort at the other end almost sealed the win but his shot flew inches wide.

With minutes remaining, Cheddar sniffed a way back when Bennett lined up another free-kick from 20-yards and his curling shot went in before anyone could read it and it set up a frantic last few minutes, but Warminster somehow clung on for a remarkable win.

Cheddar man of the match:  Joe Grant

Speaking to the club website following the match, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said:

“It was one of those days today, we were poor by our own standards.  Warminster made it difficult, very negatively sat 11 men behind the ball from the first whistle but we were not patient enough and failed to convert opportunities even when we created them. Although we weren’t at our best, we probably did enough to win the game I think.  Nothing went our way today and the referee wasn’t great, he missed a blatant hand ball in their box and allowed Warminster to waste time constantly throughout the game. Their first goal was from a corner, Liam Kingston (our goalkeeper) was clattered which left their lad with a free header against the run of play, then their second goal; we had given the ball away cheaply on the half way line and their lad has hit it from inside his own half and it’s gone in off the post.  He’ll probably never hit a shot like that again!  Overall, I think that it was just one of those days where everything went wrong, and we had no luck! We wouldn’t have minded a run in the cup, but it’s a bonus for us, the league is our focus and now it’s our only focus, which helps us.  It’s important that we put this behind us, and go to Westbury on Saturday and bounce back”.

Player/coach George Booth added:

“We have set a high level across the last ten games and we were nowhere near it today.  We missed so many opportunities and were sloppy on the ball.  The conditions of the pitch weren’t great, and Warminster played ten men behind the ball for 90 minutes, it was a very frustrating afternoon! They (Warminster) had a plan to get men behind the ball, take their time on every set piece and throw in and to kill the game’s tempo, it’s not how I think football should be played but it worked for them so good luck to them in the next round.  Their second goal was a great strike from the half way line and deserved to win the game.  We must learn from it and get ready to go back to the league action next Saturday. Results in the league went in our favour so that is a positive.  The players have done so well to get ourselves into a position where we can say Saturday is a big game. We will put today’s result as one of those things and move on quickly!

 

Midfielder Ricky Bennett was more than active in the match, trying to engineer moves to inspire the team, and indeed scored our goal in the final few minutes, and here is Ricky’s ‘take’ on the match:

“After we white washed them (Warminster) 5-1 in the league just two weeks ago, we came up against a side who had a clear game plan; sit every man behind the ball and stop us from playing which we didn’t adapt to very well in the first half.  They (Warminster) had no interest in being in possession of the ball and just wanted it as far away from their goal as possible with as many men in between as possible.  Having said that, we had enough chances to win 2/3 games and gave away two soft goals.  It is important we don’t let this have an impact on our league run with Saturday being a bit test for us, it’s important that we continue the form we are in”

New signing, a disappointed Shaun Lambert said:

“Yeah, it was a shame that we lost, we didn’t deserve to lose the game, they (Warminster) parked the buss from the start and we missed chances. They (Warminster) had two or three chances and took them!  Their second goal was a wonder strike and there was not much you could do about it.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves were in action at Bowdens Park, here is Andy Wallis’s summary from the game

Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis was looking for a reaction following the disappointing loss at Nailsea United last weekend and he wasn’t to be disappointed with a dominating performance against Banwell who hadn’t lost in the league since August.  With his team ruing three good chances in the first half it was left to a speculative shot from Harry Hughes that was fumbled by the Banwell goalkeeper, who until that point had thwarted everything Cheddar had thrown at him.  Cheddar stayed in control and were resolute in the final ten minutes when Banwell themselves through everything at the backline and the home side saw out the game as 1-0 winners.

Man of the match:  Jake Buxton

Manager Andy Wallis commented:

“I was really pleased with the reaction of the lads. The performance and attitude was just what we needed and really we should have been well clear by half time.  Recently we have been punished by those missed opportunities and the games have gone against us, but we battled on and whilst we were a shade fortunate with our goal we go the result we deserved.  The only downside was Robbie’s [Robbie Wallis] injury in the final few seconds of the game.  He’s fractured his fibula and, so we are waiting to see how long he’s out for.  It’s a real shame and as he’s only missed a couple of games and his performances have been top notch, so it’s a big loss to the team. All the lads want to wish him a speedy recovery”

Elsewhere, the ‘A’ team, have had a string of very good results of late, and last weekend were pared with Bath Villa (the holders of the Somerset Intermediate Cup) in the third round of that competition, at Sharpham Road, in the day’s early kick off

Here are manager Jack Griffiths thoughts on the game:

Cheddar started the game brilliantly, scoring straight from the kick off with a great cross from Dom Underhill met by Mark Claridge to put the Cheese 1-0 up.  Bath Villa, the current holders of the County Intermediate Cup, didn’t take long to get back into the game and scored a free kick five minutes after Cheddar’s opener.  Almost straight away, the visitors won themselves a debatable penalty, which gave them a 2-1 lead. The Bath side looked a solid unit and showed their class by winning the first half 4-1.  Yet the referee appeared to struggle to control the game and sent off a Bath player at half time and cautioned the Cheddar goalkeeper, Ed Parsons for apparent ‘fighting’. Cheddar tried to get back into the game, but they were put to the sword when trying to go forward and paid the price by conceding a final goal in the second half.  Dom Underhill had a goal disallowed but in footballing terms, Bath were the better side.

The ‘A’ team manager spoke to the website after the game:

“In my honest opinion, and many players agreed with me, the Bath Villa side were a good footballing team, yet their ‘attitude’ at times left much to be desired, they were perhaps a little over physical at times, and the referee was in our opinion, struggling to gain control of the game”.

Cheddar ‘A’ move on to playing Uphill Castle on Saturday (25th November) in a crucial top four fixture, in the Weston and District League Division Four.

Talk of the club continues to be Cheddar Ladies, who not content with hitting eight last weekend on their travels, went one better on Sunday, hitting nine past Evercreech….  Here are manager Russell Heal’s thoughts on the game…

Cheddar Ladies entertained Crewkerne in their first of four home games on Sunday.  It took Valerie Walsh just twelve minutes to grab her fifth hat-trick of the season, putting the Cheese girls 3-0 up.  Judit Salamon made it four in the 13th minute and Megan Dyer made it five goals on 23 minutes.  Crewkerne managed to grab one back ten minutes into the second half but Valerie Walsh once again got her fourth goal of the game and 19th of the season taking her to top goal scorer in the Women’s Somerset County League.  Jo Reeve, Cheddar’s only substitute joined the play and grabbed herself two fantastic goals.  The visitors managed to claw back a goal and could have scored one or two further goals, but stand-in goalkeeper Sophie Jones was forced to make a couple of outstanding saves.  Judit Salamon finished off the scoring for the Cheese girls in the 87th minute earning herself the player of the match accolade. Final score was Cheddar Ladies 9 Crewkerne Rangers 2.

On Sunday (26th November) Cheddar Ladies host Yeovil Town Intermediate in County cup match.

Cheddar first team visit league leaders Westbury United on Saturday (25th November) in their second successive journey to Wiltshire in the space of a week whilst the Reserves travel to play Radstock Town Reserves and the ‘A’ team are also away from home, playing at Uphill Castle.

The ‘A’s Lose Their Table Topping Clash, But Cheddar Ladies Pull Off An Amazing Result On Their Sunday Trip To Porlock

With the first team’s scheduled home Toolstation Western League (Division One) match against Calne Town last Saturday (11th November) falling foul of the weather conditions that saturated the Bowdens Park pitch, Shaun Potter’s boys were without a game last weekend. 

As has transpired owing to the results of the past week, the ‘Cheese’ have dropped to fourth place in the league, Radstock Town having now climbed to second place courtesy of their 1-0 victory over Bishop Sutton on Tuesday (14th November) evening.  ‘The Miners’ (alias Radstock Town) are now on 33 points from 17 games.   

Keynsham Town (who were in second place following (last) Saturday’s results are in third place on 32 points (from 17 games) and ‘The Cheese’ are in fourth place with 31 points (also from 17 games).  In fifth place currently are Welton Rovers who the Cheese visit on Saturday 16th December.  

Rovers have 30 points (from 17 games) and in sixth are Oldland Abbotonians who travel to Bowdens Park on Saturday 2nd December, for the first of two December home games, the second being Sherborne Town, who visit on Saturday 23rd December, in the final home league game of 2017.

Westbury United continue to lead the league with 35 points (also from 17 games) and are two points ahead of Radstock, three ahead of Keynsham and four points ahead of ourselves.   

Interestingly, the Wiltshire side are to visit Keynsham on Tuesday next (21st November) before hosting ourselves on the Saturday (25th November) in what are two eye-catching games.

In other first team news, as many supporters will already be aware, steely (and popular) defender Shaun ‘Lambo’ Lambert has returned to the club following a spell at Bridgwater Town.  

Weston based Shaun who signed terms on Monday of this week, said: “I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pitch with the lads and hopefully this year we can go up!

” I can’t wait to get back playing, it’s going to be a good season!”

Manager Shaun Potter on completing his latest signing, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Shaun back to the club, he has been a vital member of the squad over the past few seasons and gives us something different to what we have already, as well as adding some depth to our back four.

“‘Lambo’ is a popular figure in the dressing room so I’m sure that he’ll slot back in quickly.

“He will be available for selection this weekend.”

The first team are back in action on Saturday (18th November) when they travel to Warminster Town in the first round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup.  Kick off at Warminster’s Weymouth Street ground on Saturday is 3pm.

Turning to the Reserve team, there was also no game for the Reserves last weekend, but Andy Wallis’s lads are back in action this Saturday when they host Banwell in the Somerset County League (Division Two).  The match kicks off at 3pm.

The ‘A’ team have been enjoying a string of good results of late and on Saturday they hosted a table-topping clash with Weston super Mare & District League Division Four leaders, Burnham United ‘A’.

Unfortunately, the ‘A’ team were to lose their good run of form at the weekend and were defeated 3-5 by a Burnham team, despite the Cheddar team leading the match 3-2 at one stage in the match.  Cheddar goal scorers were John Edwards (with two goals) and Sam Smith.

The ‘A’ team are in action again at Sharpham Road this coming weekend when they take on Bath Villa in the Somerset Intermediate Cup, in an earlier kick off time of 1.45pm.

Flying the flag again for the club last weekend was again Cheddar Ladies.  Here is manager Russell Heal’s report on an amazing result at Porlock…

The Cheese girls travelled to Porlock and knew that the match would be a tough encounter against the second placed team in the league and it turned out to be a very entertaining game with both sides playing some fantastic football.  

The home side started very strongly and energetically, creating some early chances and took the lead in the third minute when a Jo Reason volley put the home side in the lead, after the Cheddar full back steered the ball past her own goalkeeper but six minutes later Valerie Walsh grabbed an equaliser.  

Porlock then regained the lead two minutes later but then Lauren Faulkner equalised again with a great long range shot that cleared the goalkeeper and dropped into the net just under the crossbar.

 Valerie Walsh then got her hat-trick by scoring in both the 29th and 31st minutes.  Megan Dyer then grabbed a fifth for Cheddar just before half time.  The home side started the second half very strongly grabbing their third goal after just three second half minutes, but the Cheese girls took total control of the game with two further goals coming from Holly Hael and one from Charlotte Caley to make the final score Porlock 3 Cheddar Ladies 8.

Player of the match was Valerie Walsh, but this was an outstanding performance by the complete team.

Cheddar Ladies play at home to Crewkerne on Sunday (19th November), kick off 2.00pm.

Nine successive wins for the Cheesemen as Maggs blasts winner

TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE MATCH REPORT

SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2017

CHEDDAR   1   ALMONDSBURY  0

 

This clash between the league’s two in-form teams with 14 straight wins (8 for Cheddar and 6 for Almondsbury) between them might arguably have been a pre-match candidate for game of the day, and it didn’t disappoint.

Although not at their cohesive best at times throughout their first half performance, the Cheesemen were sufficiently resolute at the back with towering performances from their defence, with both central pairing Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best dominant throughout, to outwit the danger of the visitor’s muscular front man, the former Bristol Manor Farm striker Ashley Knight, who was proving to be more than a handful, aided, and abetted by lively front players Alex Bisp and Matthew Baker.

At the other end, the unselfish running of Cheddar’s twin strike-force, the irrepressible Adam Jones and the indefatigable Robbi Maggs were proving an equal handful, the former going agonisingly close on two occasions on the half hour, at one stage bringing an outstanding save from goalkeeper Matthew Semple to keep the score goalless at the break.

The all-important goal came on 61 minutes, almost immediately following a double substitution and the introduction of Stephen Pennington, who has been something of a revelation in midfield following his promotion from the Reserve team earlier this term.  

Pennington’s quick switch to Craig Mawford, overlapping on the outside left channel, saw the stylish defender side step his marker to beautifully float his pass onto the path of Maggs in space to fire an angled right foot shot past Semple from 10 yards. 

Cheddar’s second half performance and intelligent ball usage was well worthy of the three points as they moved into second place in the league, taking their winning sequence to nine successive games.

The Cheesemen play a further home game at their Bowdens Park home on Saturday (11th November) when the visitors are Calne Town who themselves caused something of an upset with a 1-0 defeat of leaders Westbury last weekend.

Following their latest win, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “I was pleased to come away with a 1-0 win today, we were very poor by our standards; we were flat and couldn’t really get going the way we usually do.

“It’s a great sign though that we can not be at our best and still come away with three points.

“It shows me that the lads have character and can still work hard and grind out results when things are going against them so that’s the positive we take from today.

“We are not a team that focus on results only, we want to perform how we know we can every single game so next week (at home to Calne) we’ll be doing all we can to put it right.”

Craig Mawford said: “The game today was not one of the most entertaining of games but we managed to again get a result.  You could see why Almondsbury had been picking up results as they got a lot of bodies behind the ball and tried to disrupt the game as much as possible.

“We are starting to get some heavier weather which means that a lot of the pitches are slightly less predictable, and the ball does not travel as quickly or smoothly as previous which is something we are going to have to adapt to.

“This win was a very important one as other results went our way.  The lads are focused, and we are not getting carried away.

“It is a huge credit to everyone involved that the turnaround in form has been as it is, but it is vital we keep it going and take every game as it comes.”

Cheddar FC update – November 2

Toolstation League Division One Match Report

Saturday 28th October 2017

WARMINSTER TOWN  1   CHEDDAR  5

ADAM JONES HITS STUNNING HAT-TRICK AS THE CHEESEMEN DEMOLISH WARMINSTER AS ALL THREE CHEDDAR SATURDAY TEAMS ROUND OF THE WEEKEND WITH FULL POINTS

Fifthteenth placed Warminster Town were hit by a five-goal barrage as the Cheesemen overtook Bristol Telephones to move into second place at Warminster’s Weymouth Street ground on Saturday.

At times this high-octane performance by this Cheddar team, who have seen their energy levels rise quite considerably over the past month, was too much for a young but ‘keen to battle’ Warminster team, and visitors’ captain Adam Jones was latterly on fire as he plundered his second hat-trick in just four league games.

It was evident from the kick-off that Cheddar’s recent good form had been highly noticeable and Warminster had obviously considered hitting their visitors with an early forage, forcing a corner in the opening minute of the game, but Shaun Potter’s team settled into the game extremely quickly and forced a corner of their own on three minutes; Ricky Bennett’s sweetly struck dead ball kick found the effervescent Adam Jones, who appeared to be barged off the ball by a defender as he was preparing to pull the trigger, close to the penalty spot.  This early activity launched something of a purple patch for the in-form visitors and an incisive run by the impressive Stephen Pennington saw the midfielder look up to see Sam King in space, but the big defender, turned midfielder’s angled strike on eight minutes found the side netting.  Less than a minute later, Ricky Bennett, arguably one of the most gifted technical players in the league, wizardry run from deep caught the complete Warminster defence napping and his 20-yard strike was brilliantly saved two-handed by the Stewart Lisowski in the Town goal.

On 22 minutes came a highly innovative move by the visitors as Pennington, again given too much by a retreating Warminster midfield trio, played an excellent one-two with his captain, Craig Mawford, and from the same player’s intelligent lay off, King ran in on the blind side, but his stinging 18 yard shot fizzed wide of the left-hand post.

Cheddar’s captain and centre forward Adam Jones who has been in such rich form of late, had two shots of equal good measure inside a minute of King’s effort but it was clear that it wouldn’t be long before the big striker was to be on target, and this exactly what happened on 27 minutes.  Bennett and King combined wonderfully in midfield, feeding Robbi Maggs whose intricacy in tight spaces appears to be his forte; and the bearded inside-forward’s astute pass found Jones who was in no mood to miss the target from ten yards.   At this stage it would hardly have been unjust had the Cheesemen found themselves three or four goals to the good but as can happen when a team are so much on top, they very nearly allowed the visitors into the game on the half hour with a very good move of their own; Eben Mortimer-Taylor for once getting the better of Nathan Best at the heart of the visitors defence and drawing Liam Kingston from his goal-line but seeing his shot, almost comically, trickle wide.

The visitors however were to up the tempo once again and on 37 minutes they were 2-0 in the lead as Jones rasping drive gave Lisowski little or no chance.  Robbi Maggs thought he had extended his side’s lead a minute later, but his effort was disallowed for an apparent push on a defender.

As the home side tried to force their way back into the game approaching half time, centre-back Kevin Shinn’s dangerous looking 20-yard free kick skimmed the Cheddar woodwork.

At the restart, following the Cheesemen’s greater control of the opening 45 minutes, it was clear that instructions from the home bench were for Warminster to pull themselves back into the contest and surging runs from flank players Reece Collyer and Mortimer-Taylor were deserving of better fate, but tight and controlled marking from full backs Joe Grant and Craig Mawford was often too much for the comparatively inexperienced, but eager Wiltshire side.  Additionally, centre-back Dany Griffiths who appears to grow in stature with every game, controlled the back line exceptionally well together with his counterpart Nathan Best.

Managing to effectively deal with the threat of an exuberant Warminster fight back, the Cheesemen wet further ahead on the hour; Sam King solidly driving home from close range after further intricate play by Maggs.   Then, after just two further minutes play, Jones headed strongly past goalkeeper Lisowski from Bennett’s inch-perfect cross to put the visitors into an impressive 4-0 lead.

The home side reduced the deficit on 67 minutes from the spot after an uncharacteristic in cohesiveness in the Cheddar backline allowed Mortimer-Taylor to wriggle through, and as Kingston attempted to grab the ball, the young goalkeeper grabbed the striker’s legs, leaving the match official with little option to award a penalty kick, which Mortimer-Taylor hammered home in impressive fashion.

With some twelve minutes remaining the home side were awarded a further free kick, Lewis Graham testing Cheddar’s young goalkeeper, but Kingston was equal to the task and saved competently.

Chris Coombs always a threat for Cheddar, made the score 5-1 on 81 minutes, sliding the ball home from six yards after Danny Griffiths header had rebounded off the crossbar and into his path.

With the minutes ticking away, Robbi Maggs was unlucky not to add a sixth goal for the visitors, the striker weaving his way through the Warminster defence, but although his shot was on target, quick thinking from Lisowski allowed the, at times, Town ‘keeper to save with his feet.

This was a very impressive win for a Cheddar team who have won eight of their last nine games, and now face two home games in successive weeks against Almondsbury and Calne Town respectively.

Following the game, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter, speaking to the club website, said:

“I was pleased with today, Warminster is not an easy place to come to, so to come away with a 5-1 win is very pleasing.  We are playing with a real confidence at the moment, and we are converting we create which is killing teams off.  Some of the football we played today was superb.  There are a few things we still need to work on to be where we want to be, but we are pleased with our current run and we will be working hard to make sure it continues.  We’ve had a very good October, we how have some crucial games and a very busy schedule in November and December and we want this run to continue, starting with two home games on the bounce”.

 

Cheddar captain Craig Mawford added:

“Today’s game was a very good team performance. The front three looked dangerous, the competition in midfield is huge and we are still welcoming back players into the squad.  Things are definitely looking good at the moment. The reason why we are performing so well at the moment is due to players as a full unit.  The 11 that are on the pitch all work for each other and allow others to do the things that they are good at. When the lads are coming on from the bench again they are contributing, and the attitude has been spot on.   It gives Potts a difficult decision going into every game. We want to keep pushing and see what we can do, we are however focused on taking one game at a time and hope at the end of the season we are where we want to be”

Comment:   Keynsham Town defeated Ashton & Backwell by three goals to two in midweek, meaning that they (Keynsham) have leap-frogged the Cheesemen to move into second place, albeit with the same number of points (28) but with a superior goal difference (+15) as opposed to Cheddar’s +9.  Keynsham have played two games fewer than the Cheesemen who have played 16 games as opposed to Keynsham’s 14.   Interestingly, week beginning 20th November, Keynsham are due play leaders Westbury United (played 15, won 9, drawn 5 and lost just 1) and the Cheesemen are due to visit the leaders on the Saturday (25th November).

Next up for the Cheesemen in the Toolstation Western League (Division One) is a home match against 10th placed, much-improved Almondsbury FC (kick-off: 3pm).

Meanwhile. Cheddar Reserves got the result they wanted at the weekend; here is manager Andy Wallis’s match report…

Cheddar Reserves roller-coaster season was in desperate need of an ‘up’ after last weekend’s 0-4 defeat at the hands of local rivals Draycott.  Home again, this week’s opposition were struggling Stockwood Green Reserves.

The Cheese took a one goal lead inside 15 minutes when the in-form John Edwards fired into the top corner from 12 yards, following a good passing move between Dan Flowers and Taryn Selway-Joseph.  Five minutes later, the rampaging Flowers was fouled just outside the box.  The Stockwood ‘keeper spilled Billy Manning’s curling free-kick and Jay Murray was on hand to tap in for Cheddar’s second.  Within minutes of the restart, Edwards found himself with just the keeper to beat but unselfishly squared the ball to Joseph, only to see the Stockwood captain deny another tap in.

Cheddar squandered several chances before the hard-working Robbie Wallis won the ball back and cleverly released Harry Hughes, whose fresh legs swept past the Stockwood defence to powerfully fire past the advancing keeper.  Three minutes later Hughes turned provider, when he cleverly changed play from right to left, finding Flowers in acres of space.  This time the winger made no mistake with a deft low drive to make the game over with 15 minutes remaining.

Cheddar’s defensive partnership of Adam’s Davies and Filer gave a solid and assured performance, but Sam Talbot’s deserved clean sheet was denied when a speculative 35-yard punt forward caught the goalkeeper off his line to give the visitors a consolation goal.

Final score: Cheddar Reserves   4   Stockwood Green Reserves   1

On Saturday (4th November) the Reserve team travel to Nailsea to play Nailsea United, kick-off: 2.30pm.

 

Also last Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ team continued their recent good form, with an excellent result against Congresbury ‘A’

Here is manager Jack Griffiths’ report from the game….

Cheddar went into the game on a high following their defeat of higher division side Worle Rangers the previous week.

Hosting Congresbury ‘A’ who had previously defeated the ‘A’ team by six goals to one, Cheddar knew that they had a point to prove.

First half was non-stop Cheddar attacks, but they failed to score, and the sides went in at the half time whistle all square at 0-0.

The second half started, and Cheddar scored after five minutes, Will Price adding to his tally from the previous week with a great volley, well set up by number 9, Sam Smith.  Cheddar then doubled their lead through Dan ‘Connell’ Harris with an outstanding header.

This 2-0 win keeps Cheddar in 4th place with the top four teams separated by just three points.

Of his team’s latest win, Cheddar ‘A’ team manager Jack Griffiths said:

“The boys all believe that we have that something extra this season and we are hoping for a promotion push”

Cheesemen produce excellent performance against Bath City in the Somerset Premier Cup

No Saturday game for the first team this week but the Cheesemen produce excellent performance against Bath City in the Somerset Premier Cup

Cheddar 1 Bath City 2

Cheddar put up a terrific performance in the Somerset Premier Cup and although they were beaten 2-1, this was some feat against Bath City who play in the National League (South), four divisions higher than the Cheesemen.

Cheddar themselves have been in a good run of form of late and that was taken into the game despite the gulf in class between the two sides.

Interim manager Shaun Potter can be proud of his side who went close to snatching a draw in the final minute of the 90 which would have taken the game into extra time.

As expected, the visitors dominated the opening exchanges, but although they looked sharp up front the ‘Romans’ probably didn’t consider that Cheddar were looking solid at the back, which only allowed the visitors to shoot from outside the penalty area.

The home side would have needed to have taken the few chances they were presented with and Adam Jones went close to giving the home side the lead on 15 minutes with a glancing header.

It was Bath City though who were to take the lead on 19 minutes as a superb taken right foot effort on the run by Jamie Lucas looped over the advancing Kieran Webster and onto the roof of the net; a stunning strike.

On 40 minutes, the visitors doubled their advantage when George Rigg sent in a superb low shot past Webster from the edge of the Cheddar penalty area.

Cheddar to their credit didn’t let their heads drop and on 43 minutes they reduced the arrears with a goal of sheer quality as Robbi Maggs turned brilliantly on the edge of the Bath City penalty area and with a sublime finish of accuracy found the far corner of the net.

Cheddar were forced to reshuffle after the break as influential midfielder Ricky Bennett was forced out of the game with an ankle injury and was replaced by Anthony Cleave.

Bath City went close to adding to their tally early in the second half as Lucas blazed over when well-placed and Nick Pullman had a goal disallowed for a foul on Webster.

Cheddar came back strongly and a wonderful aerial pass from Joe Grant had Adam Jones galloping through the left channel and his first-time effort with his weaker left foot went inches wide of the target.

Bath City central defender Dan Ball who had moved up to from the back, had a header brilliantly turned on to the crossbar by Webster who then grabbed the ball at the second attempt and the Cheddar goalkeeper was in action once again once again shortly as he brilliantly turned a Lucas cross shot to safety.

Webster however saved his best for last as superb link play between Billy Murphy, Charlie Saunders and Jamie Lucas saw the latter have his close range powerful header miraculously turned to safety by Webster from just four yards out.

Cheddar, despite becoming a bit leggy, almost snatched an equaliser in the final minute of the game when substitute Billy Manning unleashed a shot from nowhere that flew inches wide of an upright with goalkeeper Jo Jo Woollacott rooted to his line.

Cheddar deserved to take the game into extra time, but whether saved his best for last as superb link play between Billy Murphy, Charlie Saunders and Jamie Lucas saw the latter have his close range powerful header miraculously turned to safety by Webster from just four yards out.

Cheddar, despite becoming a bit leggy, almost snatched an equaliser in the final minute of the game when substitute Billy Manning unleashed a shot from nowhere that flew inches wide of an upright with goalkeeper Jo Jo Woollacott rooted to his line.

Cheddar deserved to take the game into extra time, but whether their fitness would have been sustained in those extra 30 minutes might have been open to question, but after 90 minutes in front of a good-sized crowd this was a terrific display by an under-strength Cheddar side.

Man of the match:  Robbi Maggs (Cheddar)

Attendance: 101

Manager Shaun Potter speaking directly after the game said:

“I was delighted our performance tonight against a very strong Bath City side, I thought that we started a little bit cautiously but we stuck to our principles and tried to play which isn’t always easy against a top side.  I thought that we could have easily gone two up within the first 20 minutes but that’s the difference against a side like that, they need one opportunity to score.  We did well to come back into the game after going two goals down and we nearly got an equaliser late on but it wasn’t to be.  If we play like that every league game, we will not be far away come the end of the season”

In other Cheddar news, the club have re-signed two of their former players, namely Steve Sokol (from Wells City) and Billy Manning from Banwell.  Sokol, 34, who originally left the Cheesemen to join Bridgwater Town where he remained for seven years before moving on to Wells with whom he remained for a further seven years helping the club to two promotions and a Somerset Premier Cup win.  Manning (30), meanwhile moved to Clevedon Town to play for the former Bristol City defender Mickey Bell’s Toolstation Premier Division side, also playing for Toolstation Division One side Portishead Town via short spell at Banwell FC.  Both players made their first team debuts against Bath City last Wednesday evening.

Shaun Potter’s Cheesemen are next in action on Saturday (21st October) they travel to Chippenham Town in Toolstation League Division One action.

 

Cheddar Football Club appoint Shaun Potter as first team manager on a permanent basis

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Shaun Potter in the role of first team manager, following his leadership of the team in the last six weeks as caretaker manager.

In a statement released by the club on Tuesday afternoon (17th October 2017), the club chairman (Matt Postins) said:

“We have had a number of well qualified and experienced applicants for the position, which I would like to thank for them for their time in applying for the role. Whilst they may be disappointed not to have progressed, given how well the team have done since Shaun has taken the reins, then it wasn’t a difficult decision to appoint Shaun.  He has been involved with the first team as assistant manager for the past nine months, so he not only understands the desires and goals of the club but he has also bought into what we are trying to achieve here and he challenges we face.   I consider that we have a worthy successor to Jared Greenhalgh and I am sure that Shaun will build on the progress that Jared made with the team over the past few seasons.  It is great to see that out of a very difficult position we were in, that we have some continuity within the club and I hope now that Shaun and the players can now build on the great start that he has had with the team”

Shaun Potter, on taking up his appointment said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed manager on a permanent basis.  It’s a great club and since coming in around a year ago I’ve loved every minute.  I agreed to take on the role on an interim basis six weeks ago and since then I’ve enjoyed it even more; the response on the field of play has been superb which is a credit to the great bunch of lads we’ve got here at the club. The people behind the scenes at this club are amongst the best I’ve ever been around.  It’s a brilliantly run club with a great philosophy, which matches my own.   It’s clear that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet and for me that’s really important and this was a huge factor in my ‘chucking my name into the hat’ for the job.  I’ll be doing everything in my power to bring this club the success that it deserves and I can’t wait to get started”.

Cheesemen Serve Up A Sunday Roast To Move Into Fifth Place

Sunday 8th October 2017

BISHOPS LYDEARD  2 CHEDDAR   3

For the football purist this match had everything, five goals, a missed penalty, countless goalmouth opportunities and three top drawer finishes by a Cheddar team who have now moved menacingly into fifth place following their disappointing start to the league campaign.

The match, unusually being played on a Sunday was the culmination of seven Toolstation League games which saw non-league football fans descend on the county, and they were served a treat as both teams went about their roles to serve up one of the best, if not the best, games of football seen at Western League level for some time.

The two sides were locked together in the league table prior to the match but Cheddar started the more promising and totally outplayed their hosts for the greater part of the opening half, somehow missing contriving to miss a hatful of chances, after they had carved out some terrific openings.

Both Robbi Maggs and Ricky Bennett were undoubtedly on top form as they ‘ruled the roost’ and on 8 minutes, the former threaded Chris Coombs with the most wonderful crossfield ball, and Coombs made no mistake with a crisply hit right footed finish goalkeeper Sam Carreau.  

Midfielder Stephen Pennington was next in on the action but hooked his shot wide, before ‘captain Craig Mawford was inches away from adding to the scoreline with an angled drive.  

Bennett was given licence to play a free role and was causing chaos with his ability on the dead-ball and from a Bennett corner, Sam King headed just wide before Adam Jones, who has been in imperious form of late, hit a snap shot that was just held by Carreau.  

By contrast the home side were reduced to lumping the ball forward as their overworked defence took a breather, but the danger soon returned as Jones twice went agonisingly close as the visitors threatened to run away with the game.  

Carreau who was having a tremendous game somehow kept out a stunning shot from Jones from direct range before a further defensive howler let in King but the big defender, turned attacking midfielder contrived to miss badly from close in and the home side drew breath nervously on the half-hour.

Carreau was called into action to save again from King towards the end of the first half but in a cruel twist of fate, the tide suddenly turned and completely against the run of play the home side levelled with arguably their first real chance of the game.

Charlie Wilson escaped his marker in the outside left channel and crossed for James Quick to find the roof of the net via Ben Hebditch on 39 minutes.

It got even better for Lydeard as in the final minute of the first half Quick’s corner was missed by everyone in a yellow shirt and Hebditch was on hand to put his side into the lead to the bewilderment of both the 264-strong crowd and the Cheddar players who couldn’t believe they had fallen behind after creating so many opportunities.

The second half of this pulsating game turned into something of a classic with the inevitable game changer from the penalty spot and more missed chances, which began with Bennett’s sweetly struck free kick that reached Pennington whose header was dramatically turned away by ‘keeper Carreau, in a save more akin to Gordon Banks of World Cup fame!  Cheddar looked to have gift wrapped the points to their hosts two minutes later as referee Kevin Rodd was well placed to see Nathan Best push Quick, but the Lydeard centre-forward’s spot kick lacked the necessary pace and was saved well by Kingston in the Cheddar goal as it rebounded to him off the upright.   

From that moment the game edged away from the home side; Bennett was controlling the game from his central midfield berth and his textbook corner just missed Jones’s head before King fired across goal.  

The same player brought a good save from Carreau as Jones nodded home but from an offside position, and then the goalkeeper was equal to the big centre-forward’s cracking 25-yarder as Cheddar threatened to run riot.  

The home side had a rare foray when Wilson’s shot was just kept out by Kingston but it was the Cheesemen who finally broke Lydeard’s hearts on 65 minutes when Jones hit the sweetest of scissor kicks crashing past the keeper from Maggs delicious assist.  

On 74 minutes man-of-the-match Bennett was given too much space in the inside left channel and with a drop of the shoulder, glided past his defender to finish outstandingly which was well deserved and long overdue.

There were other chances in the final fifteen minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot but the three points were well deserved for the team from the ‘Theatre of Cheese’ as they now prepare to meet National League (South) side Bath City in the County Premier Cup (1st round) on Wednesday evening (11th October) (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Cheddar first team are without a match on Saturday (14th October) due to the Toolstation Western League’s 125th anniversary weekend.

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett

Attendance: 264

Cheddar caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “Overall I was very pleased with today’s performance.

“Although the scoreline doesn’t suggest it, I think that this was one of our best performances of the season apart from a ten-minute spell at the end of the first half we were superb going forward and comfortable defensively.  

“We played some great football and on another day, it could have been ten!  

“We conceded two goals just before half time; we wanted a reaction in the second half and the lads showed a tremendous amount of character second half and perform as they did so I couldn’t be happier.  

“We look forward to a little break from the league now; we play Bath City on Wednesday night in the Somerset County Premier Cup, an occasion the lads can enjoy with no pressure but I can assure everyone that we will be doing all we can to win the game with our style of football I fancy us to have a good go against anyone so we’re all looking forward to it.”