Cheesemen Serve Up A Sunday Roast To Move Into Fifth Place

Sunday 8th October 2017


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.”

Cheesemen Hit Four As They Move Up To Eighth Place In The League Table

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 30th September 2017

Cheddar 4 Portishead Town

Cheddar Football Club appear to have gained a new lease of life under the guidance of caretaker manager Shaun Potter as they swept aside second-bottom Portishead Town by four goals, with no reply on Saturday.

For a team that were bottom of the table at the start of the month, the Cheesemen appear to have undertaken something of a transformation following this uncompromising demolition of their luckless opponents.

The home side were in the ascendancy from the start and took the lead on eight minutes, Jake Mawford finding Ricky Bennett and the cultured midfielder quickly found striker Adam Jones with an excellent lofted ball. Jones clearly had the legs on the Portishead defence who were, frankly, left stumbling in his wake, and the big striker with just the goalkeeper to beat made no mistake, hitting his shot firmly past Portishead goalkeeper Ryan Scott. 1-0.

Jones was again on target shortly afterwards, Chris Coombs’ brilliant crossfield ball finding the striker lurking at the back post, and although off-balance Jones somehow steered his volley goal wards only for Scott to save with his legs.

The only threat from the visitors was being posed by their centre-forward Dan Elson, who went close twice before the home side doubled their advantage midway through the half, Robbi Maggy brilliantly setting up Coombs with a pin-point accurate pass into the danger area allowing the fleet-footed winger to slot home with the most delicate of side foot strikes from close range.

Elson, the Portishead No 9 again went close moments before the half time break with a good effort from 30-yards but overall it was the home side that deservedly went in at half time well worthy of their two-goal lead

The Cheesemen added a third goal on 58 minutes from an infringement on Coombs, 27 yards from goal. A brilliantly executed free kick, right out of the coaching manual, observed a Ricky Bennett step-over and what followed was a cannonball free kick from Craig Mawford which rebounded off the upright with such force that the ball was hardly noticed by the Portishead ‘keeper before he stooped to retrieve the ball from the back of his net.

Shortly after Cheddar’s third goal, Ricky Bennett who was in imperious form, had another free kick brilliantly turned over the crossbar by the back-pedalling Portishead ‘keeper and it came as no surprise when the home side added a fourth on 63 minutes. A long clearance by man-of-the-match Stephen Pennington found Adam Jones on the left flank. And Jones, running at full speed quickly redefined the meaning of a ‘lost cause’ as he superbly kept the ball in play, then crossing sublimely for Chris Coombs to smash home his second of the afternoon. The winger did brilliantly to read the situation and grab his brace for the afternoon to secure this emphatic win for the Cheesemen who appear to be playing with more belief and confidence than they have all season.

With 25 minutes remaining, Adam Jones was withdrawn from the action, and the match became a little scrappy, but by then the Cheesemen had done their duty, and the team had secured a very worthy three points.

Speaking to the club’s website following the match, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said;

“I couldn’t be happier with today’s performance, we executed our game plan very well. I felt that we controlled the game from the start with a high tempo and some real quality in possession. I was pleased also to get a clean sheet, we were solid back there today and we dealt with everything that they (Portishead) threw at us. Overall, September has been a very good month, we’ve managed to string together some wins and climb the table which is testament to how hard these lads work every week. We look forward to a nice eight-day break now before we play Bishops Lydeard (away) next Sunday (kick-off: 2.15pm). The lads will be back, fresh and raring to go again”.

Cheddar captain Craig Mawford, also provided his thoughts were:

“It was a good performance today, lots of positives to take from the game. We looked dangerous going forward and made a lot of chances. We took our foot off the gas a little bit in the second half but we gathered some real momentum going forwards and are looking very forceful again. It is very pleasing that we are back to a point where we have competition for places. Robbi has put in some fantastic performances on the left side of midfield which has given us more options again, Adam is looking sharp and we can continue to build week by week. It is good to have an eight-day break so we can recover from knocks. The game on Sunday won’t be an easy one but it is one that the boys are looking forward to, fingers crossed for another win. C’mon you Cheesemen!”

Man of the match: Stephen Pennington

Next weekend, the first team visit Bishops Lydeard (as part of the ‘Western League’s ground hop weekend) in a league match that kicks off at 2.15pm on Sunday (not Saturday) 8th October

Jones hits spectacular hat trick as the Cheesemen return to form

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Tuesday 26th September 2017



A stunning hat trick from Cheddar captain Adam Jones ensured three points stayed at Bowdens Park after an all action match.

An early strike from way out was cancelled out virtually straight away but a far post volley just before the half hour and another fine finish with fifteen minutes remaining did for Chard who played their part in front of a crowd of 67 who had ventured out in what threatened to turn into a murky evening at one stage.

Managerless Cheddar went into the game with three wins from four games under caretaker boss Shaun Potter whilst Chard were still smarting from their abandoned game against league leaders Westbury United but having beaten Keynsham Town on Saturday.

Chard were without striker Taufik Ben Salem who was recovering from an operation on his hand whilst Steve Friend was recovering from becoming a father, but the visitors began well and Max Westlake fed Bradley Miles who volleyed wide and then Westlake tested Kingston in the home goal who was not displeased to see Westlake’s effort cleared off the line.

The home side struck soon after their first meaningful foray into the Chard half as Jones was afforded space down the middle to thrash a 35-yard screamer on 8 minutes.

A moment later Jones robbed a defender but his lobbed effort over the goalkeeper’s head was inches over as Chard felt relieved.

The Robins were looking lively in the early stages and Miles drove over from an angle before Cheddar raided once again and Oli Pearson just kept out Jones with a final tackle.

An equaliser was always coming and it arrived after 13 minutes when Miles fed the excellent Westlake whose cross found the late arriving Liam Cleal who finished well.

It was almost 2-1 with the next attack as Chard’s forward momentum broke down and Chris Coombs escaped, and found Jake Mawford who was in on goal but his shocked lacked pace

It mattered little as on the half hour Mawford released Stephen Pennington and the recently promoted former Reserve team player floated over an inch-perfect cross to the far post, which Jones then shot wide as he looked for a first half hat-trick before, at the other end, Westlake’s pass was just too hot for former Sherborne Town striker Alexandru Stafie who could only guide it wide.

The end to end play continued as Joe Grant put through Chris Coombs whose effort beat Hill but hit the woodwork and was hacked away by the busy Andy Holmes.

Holmes was even busier moments later when Westlake’s free kick was missed by everybody except Holmes who completely miscued from a yard out.

After the break there was no let-up in the action and Jones almost posted his treble, his overhead kick from Joe Grant’s long throw hit the bar and it seemed as though that this would come back to haunt the Cheesemen as on the hour Westlake deservedly equalised for Chard, the Chard man finding room on the right and moved inside to shoot through a sea of bodies and into the corner past an unsighted Kingston to make it 2-2.

Mawford then watched a shot deflected wide with Hill wrong footed and another long pass found Jones and Hill clashing outside the box but the Cheddar ‘skipper was just shepherded away for a corner.

When the ball came in, Mawford’s trickery ended with a wicked cross which was met by Danny Griffiths but his shot was straight at Hill and Chard survived again.

It was Coombs who set up the winner for Jones as his fine cross fell for Jones who took a touch before sliding the ball past Hill for a memorable hat-trick.

Hill then flew across goal to keep out Robbi Maggs before a grandstand finish. Chard substitute James Boyland, on the bench due to an illness, crashed his shot against the Cheddar crossbar and the ball bounced on the line and away before he wriggled across the by-line but the danger snuffled out and Cheddar went home the happiest from the Theatre of Cheese.

Man of the match: Adam Jones

Cheddar Football Club are very grateful to Kerry Miller, the Toolstation Western League Press and Media Officer who provided a report from which the above has been adapted

Caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “I was very pleased with our performance tonight, we stuck to our philosophy, created chances and took them. We are still conceding more goals than we would like but overall a great three points against a strong Chard side.”

Midfielder Ricky Bennett said: “Another result grounded out tonight which shows that we’ve turned the corner over the past few weeks. The performances throughout the season have always been there but we’ve struggled to find the back of the net and the luck just hasn’t gone our way.

“But the tables have turned now and momentum is starting to build as we climb our way back up the table to where we should be.

“Confidence is high now and you can see and it helps with the likes of Adam who’s scoring for fun. There’s still a lot to do from here but we will take each game as it comes, there’s a long season ahead of us.”

Striker Robbi Maggs said: “I thought that it was another good performance from the lads; we created a lot of chances and thankfully we are starting to put them away and Jonah is back doing what he does best! We need to ensure that we don’t sit back too much towards the end of matches and invite pressure on to us because we were lucky not to concede in the last five minutes.

“The atmosphere in the changing room is back to where we need it to be and we are all looking forward to keeping our little run going on Saturday. It’s important not to concentrate on the league table and just take things game by game, that’s when we are at our best.”

Cheddar first team are at home on Saturday (30th September) to Portishead Town, whilst the Reserve team travel to a further away match at Pensford. The ‘A’ team travel to Congresbury whilst

on Sunday (1st October) Cheddar Ladies travel to Evercreech (kick-off: 2pm). All Saturday’s games kick off at 3pm.

Cheesemen secure their second win in a week as Jones and Wallis hit vital goals

Toolstation Western League DivIsion One match report

Saturday 23rd September 2017



After such an indifferent start to the season, Cheddar secured their second win of the win with a 2-0 at mid-table Almondsbury on Saturday.

Although not their best performance of the season by any means, this result adds to the confidence in the dressing room, in that the Cheesemen have won three of their last four games, and climbed to 13th place in the league because of this latest win.

In a mainly scrappy opening half, the visitors took the lead on 29 minutes with marksman Adam Jones hitting his second goal in two games, suggesting that he is now over his barren spell in front of goal.  Twin striker Robbi Maggs slipped the ball through to Jones enabling the big striker to run on and hit a shot at Almondsbury goalkeeper Matt Semple which although the ‘keeper saved, an alert Jones stabbed the rebound home from six yards.

The home side did have the ball in the Cheddar net as the match approached half time but an alert assistant referee noticed an infringement and the ‘goal’ was disallowed.

Cheddar secured the highly valuable three points with two minutes remaining, when Robbie Wallis, making his first appearance for the first team this season, ran in to the second centre forward position and created the space for Jones to cross a high ball which Wallis deposited neatly into the net at the back post.

This result was highly creditable to the number of Reserve and indeed fringe first team players that more than stepped up to the mark when they were called upon to perform in the absence of no less than seven first team regulars.

Cheddar will be looking to continue to improve on their performances, and will be looking for two further wins when they host Chard Town on Tuesday (26th September) (kick off 7.45pm) before a further home game on Saturday (30th September) when Portishead Town are the visitors (kick-off: 3pm)

Man of the match (for the second time in four games): Stephen Pennington

Following the match, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “I was pleased with the result today, not our best performance of the season but these are the sort of games we would have lost a few games ago, it’s a great sign when we cannot be at our best but still pick up the three points, that’s three wins in the last four games now going into Tuesday’s home game against Chard and the lads are focused and determined to keep this run going.  The table looks a little bit healthier now but we are still not where we want to be.

“The signs are looking positive though, if we keep our performances at the levels they have been then we will be OK.”

Captain, Craig Mawford added: “If we are honest, this is the first game where we have performed really poorly and got something from the game.  

“It was possibly one of the worst performances of the season so a change in luck may be upon us!  

“Some real positives came again though in the lads coming through with Cleavesey, Steve and then Olly, Robbie Wallis, and Tom all coming on from the bench and doing a good job.  

“Again, we were in the position whereby we were missing seven players but it shows the character of the lads around them and the boys stepping up from the Ressie because they want to play and experience first team football which is how it should be.  

“The lads did themselves no harm at all and have given the squad more options.  We go into Tuesday’s game with players returning and hopefully a few of the lads recovering from some minor knocks and we can go again.   

“Tom Manning getting back and getting involved again will be a positive for everyone involved.  

“Potts deserves big credit for the way he has taken the team forward and having Chris before he was back playing and Boothy helping him has definitely settled the boys.  The enjoyment is back again with the lads and we hope that we can put a run together and climb the table.

“Every game is a big game and we will hopefully keep this momentum going.”

Cheddar Football Club have formally advertised for the first team manager’s position, and welcome enquiries from candidates who consider that they have the attributes and experience (preferably at Western League or Southern League level) to take the club further  Anyone who wishes to apply for the post should do so by e-mailing Cheddar’s football secretary, Alan Cooper, via the club’s website contact  page or direct to  Closing date for applications is Monday 2nd October, close of business.

Mawford double secures points for the Cheesemen

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Cheddar 4 Malmesbury Victoria 3

Cheddar edged away from the bottom of the table with a battling 4-3 win over mid-table Malmesbury Victoria on Tuesday night, aided greatly by the signing of striker Jake Mawford who helped himself to two quality strikes on the night.

The home side started extremely brightly playing the kind of football they were renowned for last season when they went on a twenty plus unbeaten run which took them to the brink of promotion to the Toolstation Premier Division.

Not only were they playing with the type of confidence that had to all extents and purposes eluded them so far this season, but it was highly evident that the team were playing for one another.

As early as the fourth minute, Jake Harris combining beautifully with former Weston super Mare team-mate Jake Mawford, ghosted past his marker and sent in an 18-yard shot that thudded off the crossbar with visiting ‘keeper Adam Clatworthy rooted to his goal-line, but the home side moved into an early lead on 15 minutes, Danny Griffiths powering home his header, connecting well from Ricky Bennett’s corner.

The home side went further ahead on the half hour, Jake Mawford finishing strongly as Jake Harris returned the compliment with a delightful assist. Further opportunities presented themselves for both Mawford, Harris and indeed club captain Adam Jones but all these were thwarted by, some at times, desperate defending by the visitors.

Unfortunately, Jake Harris, who had been the scourge of Malmesbury’s defence for much of the first half, was to pull up with a nasty looking hamstring pull on 40 minutes, to be replaced by Robbi Maggs but the action was far from over as team captain Craig Mawford’s explosive 35-yard free-kick was somehow scrambled away by the Malmesbury goalkeeper.

And then on the stroke of half-time, Jones deserved far better fate when his equally long-range effort cannoned just wide of the left-hand post.

The second half saw something of a different proposition and shortly after the turnaround, Josh Langley reduced the deficit on 48 minutes, heading in at the near post after a period of sustained pressure.

Three minutes later as Malmesbury continued to press forward, a Jack Duckers effort rebounded of the woodwork and Matt Jenkins’s follow up was headed off the line by Craig Mawford.

This early second half Malmesbury pressure synchronised the home side into their earlier cohesive play and on 53 minutes, Jake Mawford scored his second of the night to deposit the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net, as he took the ball in his stride, receiving a delicious pass from Maggs to put the Cheesemen into a 3-1 lead.

Again, the visitors bounced back and with just over an hour played Jamie Packer pounced on a less than positive clearance and reduced the deficit to 3-2.

On 70 minutes though the home side thought they were in dreamland as surging run from deep by man-of-the-match Joe Grant, whose intelligent interchange, found Jones running at full speed, and his cracking shot sped past the goalkeeper to seemingly seal the game.

Defensive frailties were almost to be Cheddar’s Achilles heel and they conceded again just a minute later, Neurin Jones close range finish taking the last quarter to a nail-biting level as the visitors heaped up the pressure in search of a late, dramatic equaliser.

That drama very nearly occurred with just seconds remaining when goalkeeper Kieran Webster was Cheddar’s hero pulling off a tremendous point blank save from George Peare as the Malmesbury substitute closed in fully expecting rebound, although Webster was having none of it.

Overall this was a hard-fought win for the Cheesemen and they just about deserved all three points for their first half display alone, which on another day could well have brought them four goals.

Man of the match: Joe Grant

Attendance: 61

Speaking after the match, Cheddar’s caretaker manager, Shaun Potter said: “I was very pleased with the boys tonight; I thought that we bounced back from Saturday really well, we were good I possession and looked very good going forward.

“We are a little disappointed we kept allowing Malmesbury to get back into the game and we were backs against the wall in the last ten minutes or so, but that comes from the situation we’ve found ourselves in, when you’re desperate to win, sub consciously you drop deeper and defend.

“As we keep picking up these wins, the mentality will completely change and the results will come a lot more comfortably, we look forward to going again on Saturday (at Almondsbury) and hopefully picking up another three points!”

Cheddar first team are away to 13th placed Almondsbury on Saturday (23rd September) (kick-off: 3pm) before facing Chard Town at Bowdens Park on Tuesday night (26th September) (kick-off: 7.45pm). Also in Saturday (23rd September), Cheddar Reserves take the journey to AFC Brislington in a Somerset County League Division Two match. The ‘A’ team travel to Burnham United ‘A’. On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies travel to Crewkerne in their latest match.

Cheesemen swap places with bottom placed Corsham

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 16th September 2017

Cheddar 0 Corsham Town 1

Cheesemen swap places with bottom placed Corsham and manager Shaun Potter offers an apology to the fans for his team’s display

After such a morale boosting performance in their last game (a 3-2 win at Sherborne) on Wednesday, the disappointment was plainly evident with the players’ body language as they trudged off following this disappointing display on Saturday.

This battle of the two teams at the bottom of the table, saw visitors Corsham Town move above Cheddar who once again drop to bottom place following this latest defeat (their seventh defeat of the season, if the FA Cup and FA Vase are to be taken into consideration) and it appears to be a case of who wants to stand up and be counted if the Cheesemen are to move away from the relegation zone in the months ahead.

The Cheesemen appear to have gone into freefall on their current displays after they finished in fifth and third place in the past two seasons, and this was not a good performance by any means, and at no stage did this Cheddar team look like a team that had been challenging for promotion in the previous two seasons.

Cheddar certainly started the game positively enough as they went close to taking the lead in the opening two minutes of the game, Jake Harris doing well on the left flank turning two defenders before sending in his shot that crashed against the crossbar.

One would have thought that this effort would have lifted the home side but it was very much to be a false dawn as neither side looked particularly dangerous in a forgettable first half despite Cheddar’s promising opening.

Cheddar’s Stephen Pennington did have one effort midway on target midway through the first half but that was comfortably saved by ‘keeper Mark Billingsley. Earlier in the game, in one of their few foray’s upfield, Town’s Gary McDermott’s eighth minute shot was well parried by birthday boy Kieran Webster, returning to the side, for his first league game of the season.

After such a poor first half, the spectators might well have expected the game to settle down for some entertaining football but the longer the game progressed, it appeared that the visitors were the more likely to side to break the deadlock.

The best chance of the second half fell to substitute Adam Jones, on for Robbi Maggs, as Chris Coombs, slipping his marker slide-rule pass found the on running Jones whose first-time effort drifted just wide of the far post.

The winning goal for the visitors came on 86 minutes, substitute Jon Basely being given far too much room and unleashed an unstoppable effort from 20 yards that flew into the roof of Webster’s net to seal the three points.

Cheddar ended the game with little credit, save for the performance of two players recently promoted from their reserve team, namely Anthony Cleave and Stephen Pennington.

Man of the match: Anthony Cleave

An equally disappointed Caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “This was possibly the most frustrating game of football I have ever been involved in! How we didn’t get all three points from today’s game I’ll never know but that’s football, if you don’t take your chances, you leave yourself open to being beaten.

“One lapse in concentration at the back in the whole game and we concede. It’s important that we put the game behind us as soon as possible and show a bit of character on Tuesday night (v. Malmesbury Victoria) and put it right. On behalf of the players and myself I can only apologise to the fans that turned up to watch; it wasn’t good enough and we will put it right!”

Cheddar have a quick opportunity to redeem themselves when they take on Wiltshire visitors Malmesbury Victoria on Tuesday evening (19th September) at Bowdens Park, kick-off: 7.45pm.

The Cheesemen are away at Almondsbury on Saturday (23rd September) before returning to Bowdens Park again on Tuesday week (26th September) when they are due to entertain Chard Town (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Craig Mawford said: “The game was hugely frustrating and we are all hugely disappointed with the way things are going.

“We started very well in the first half but my never really pushed on.  It reflects a little on our luck at the moment that the opposition have just one shot and it goes in, we hit the crossbar and miss some chances.  The tide will change but we need to hugely improve which we are capable of.  We are still at a point during the season where I cannot recall having the same squad for two games in a row.

“The lads know that performances have to improve and I have every faith in the lads around the club and people involved, that it will. Tuesday night is where it starts and we need to climb the table.”


Cheesemen earn win at Sherborne to get their season back on track

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Wednesday 13th September 2017

Sherborne Town   2 Cheddar 3

Following some notably poor results in their past five games, the Cheddar did their confidence a power good with this result at fellow early season strugglers Sherborne Town on Wednesday night.

As has been well reported in recent weeks, the ‘Cheese’ have not enjoyed the best of results since their last (and only win so far this season) against Roman Glass St George back on 19th August, and results since that date have rendered five straight defeats.

It was encouraging to see the Cheesemen go about their matchday duties so positively in the warm up prior to kick off on Wednesday evening and they indeed started as they meant to go on with an, at times, enterprising display in the first half at Sheborne’s tidy Raleigh Grove stadium.

On just three minutes, Craig Mawford’s cultured free kick was headed goalward by centre-back Danny Griffiths with the host’s defence static, but with Kristian Bell (aka ‘Batman’) playing his penultimate game prior to attending university, the young winger had the Sherborne defence in all kinds of trouble with his penetrating runs and from one such foray deep into the opponents half, his cross into the 18-yard box, was met by Stefano Pennington who was unceremoniously upended as went to pull the trigger.  The incentive from spot-kick ace Ricky Bennett was clear to see as he stepped up to put his spot kick wide of keeper’s Josh Lucas’s left hand, for his second successive penalty kick success on seven minutes.  

Just two minutes later and from another sizzling Bell run, his superb cross was just the wrong side of the on running Robbi Maggs, who had he had better fortune would have buried the ball in the back of the Town net, without any shadow of doubt

There was little to be seen of Sherborne in the opening quarter, but on the quarter hour in their first attack of note, full back Matthew Bradlin blasted high and wide; evidence perhaps of the home side’s apparent lack of confidence in the opening part of the season following their relegation from the Toolstation Premier Division last season.

On 20 minutes, the Cheddar attack was at full throttle, and only a magician could analyse how the ‘Cheese’ were not further in front.  The Sherborne goal was literally peppered with goal-attempts as first Danny Griffiths had a shot blocked on the line, Stefano Pennington’s header came back into play from the crossbar and then Sam King’s follow up was also blocked, as the Town defence seemed to live a charmed life!   

A minute later the visitors did have the ball in the Sherborne net, when Maggs, received an inch-perfect pass from Dean Grubb, but an offside flag curtailed the centre forward’s celebrations

The harsh facts were that the Cheesemen should have been two or maybe three goals to the good at this stage, but despite their undoubted supremacy all over the field for in excess of 25 minutes, that supremacy had not brought them the goals they needed and only extremely brave defending by captain, Craig Mawford averted Marc Caines from a one-on-one situation with Cheddar goalkeeper Liam Kingston as a headed dual between defender and centre-forward left  both players pole-axed on the floor for several minutes as physio assistance was administered.   

 With ten minutes remaining before the break, a mistake in the Cheddar defence, allowed Caines more space than was necessary was almost at a cost for the Cheddar team, but again the No. 9 blazed over.  

On the stroke of half time, the visitors did pull themselves together after losing concentration for longer than should have been necessary, and although Pennington and Griffiths did combine well for the latter to head the ball over the line for a further strike, an alert assistant referee noticed an infringement on the home goalkeeper and the ‘goal’ was not given.

Shortly after this incident, Dean Grubb was victim of an horrendous tackle from behind and was obviously having problems continuing, so was replaced early in the second half by Anthony Cleave.

Whether the changeover initially upset Cheddar’s rhythm is difficult to assess, but the truth of the matter is that the Cheddar midfield trio combined to lose the ball just after the restart, with, in short, poor passing, this allowed Harry Vanderell to run through practically unchallenged and his shot scythed under Kingston’s despairing dive.

Almost immediately, the visitors sensing their own lethargy, were back switching through the gears and a trademark cannonball free kick from Mawford was tipped over the bar by ‘keeper Lucas.

Cheddar moved into the lead again on 57 minutes, Kristian Bell finishing off Sam King’s superb towering, cushioned header, from close range but it was clear that with a new management team to try to impress, this Sherborne team were keen to get  back into the game and to their credit they brought two good saves from Liam Kingston as they went in search of an equaliser, firstly the young ‘keeper being called upon to scramble a save from winger Tim Trevett and secondly flying through the air to push the ball away, two handed from Vanderell.

CIub captain Adam Jones was thrust into the fray as a one-for-one swap for the tiring Robbi Maggs on 70 minutes, and although still obviously searching for his full match fitness, following an acute knee injury earlier in the season, Jones introduction was proving more than a handful for the home defence and within 10 minutes of entering play, the big centre forward, and Cheddar’s leading marksman both last term, and in pre-season, had opened his account for the season, blasting home from all of 18-yards after Ricky Bennett’s cleverly weighted lofted pass found the burly striker, whose speed and accurate finish was too much for the home rearguard.

There was still time in the dying minutes for Caines to add a bit of respectability to the scoreline, as he scored a late goal for the home side after the bouncing ball caught both centre-backs in two-minds, but overall this was a good, positive performance by this Cheddar team, as they deserved to come away from Dorset with all three points.

The Cheesemen, who climbed to 17th position following this result, face two visiting Wiltshire teams in the space off four days, with the visit of bottom placed Corsham Town on Saturday (16th September) kick-off: 3pm before facing lower mid-table Malmesbury Victoria on Tuesday (19th September) kick-off: 7.45pm, where they will be hoping to move further up the table to get their season well and truly back on track.

Man of the match:  Stephen Pennington

Speaking directly after the game, with the club website, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said:

“We’ve finally got a result that our performances have deserved!  The lads were superb, as they were on Saturday.  Sherborne is not an easy place to go on a cold, wet Wednesday evening but we came out and dominated from the first whistle.

” I told the lads that If we stuck to our principles and were patient, that the result would take care of itself and we did just that.  

“We had a few missing, but the lads that came in from the Reserves have done really well, especially Stefano (Pennington); he came in and had a great game which shows the strength we’ve got throughout the club.  Now we’ve got that first win [since the Roman Glass game], it’s time to go on a run and start climbing back up the table where we belong”

Cheesemen exit FA Vase competition as they enter a crucial week

Press Report Cheddar Football Club – Sunday 10th September 2017

FA Vase First Qualifying Round match report

Cheesemen exit FA Vase competition as they enter a crucial week

Cheddar 1 Radstock Town 3

The Cheesemen exited both FA competitions this season with a 3-1 defeat against old adversaries Radstock Town in the FA Vase (First Qualifying Round) at Bowdens Park on Saturday, their opponents relatively simple long ball, and occasional ‘delaying’ tactics proving to be just a step two far for the Bowdens Park club as Town took full advantage of just four goal scoring opportunities, scoring three times against this Cheddar side who are finding that converting chances is not currently going as they would wish, and their rhythm appears to be have been badly effected with the absences from the squad of injury victims George Booth, Adam Jones, Chris Coombs, Tom Manning and Lewis Matthews together with the suspended Robbi Maggs.

Cheddar’s visitors made their intentions clear direct from the kick-off, Jack Witcombe’s effort hitting the upright as he quickly latched-on to Josh Howe’s swerving free kick.

 Radstock appeared to settle quicker than their hosts for whom their opening play appeared a little jittery, perhaps understandably, following four successive defeats.

On 10 minutes, however a great run from home winger Dean Grubb, was nearly converted by Danny Griffiths, visitors ‘keeper Murley getting down at his near post to save well at the second attempt but then within a minute, the visitors were ahead.  

Morgan Skipp seizing on a defensive mistake and shooting home from a tight angle despite the valiant efforts of Nathan Best to clear the ball from under the crossbar.

With 17 minutes gone, Cheddar’s new signing Jake Harris, quickly finding space evaded his marker and sent in a stinging 20-yard shot which brought off an acrobatic save from Murley, the Radstock ‘keeper doing well to turn the ball over the crossbar.

Cheddar must have thought their luck had deserted them completely as on 19 minutes they found themselves two goals behind and with a mountain to club to get back into the game.

 Josh Witcombe, without doubt Radstock’s most effective player won his battle against a retreating Cheddar midfield combination and threaded a superb diagonal ball that on another day should really have been forcibly cleared by the home defence and James Rustell was on hand to rifle the ball home between two Cheddar defenders, to put the visitors two goals to the good.

Sam King’s surging run from defence on 24 minutes almost paid dividends for the home as his intelligent crossfield pass found Harris, but although the burly centre-forward’s effort was on target and beat the keeper, the ball skimmed the crossbar and landed on the roof-netting.  A minute later Harris had a further effort but his shot fizzed just wide of the woodwork.

On the half hour, Harris was again in the thick of the action, bursting past two defenders but his shot clipped the outside of the upright.  

The former Newport County striker was left cursing his luck again after his 22-yard effort, from Dean Grubb’s wonderfully weighted cross as he headed just over.

The Cheesemen two goals down at the interval altered their formation and playing Sam King in a more advanced role in an attempt to get back into the match, but it was again Radstock who were to add to their score with a third goal, emanating from slack marking at the back being their downfall, two defenders ought to have cleared the danger before Jack Witcombe was allowed  to run in blindly from the outside left  channel to stab home at the near post, frankly giving ‘keeper Kingston no chance.

Ricky Bennett reduced the arrears for Cheddar on 67 minutes with a precision spot kick, after Anthony Cleave had been bundled over in the box.   

 In the final quarter of the match, Cheddar laid siege to the Radstock goalmouth, with the hosts forcing three corners and quality free kicks, all well executed by man of the match Bennett, together with some ferocious throws by substitute Joe Grant, but it was to be no avail, as scoring just at the moment as well as a lack of concentration at the back on occasions, appears not to be the team’s best attributes as they search for their first win since beating Roman Glass on 19th August.   

 In the dying minutes, Danny Griffiths smart header, from a Bennett corner, summed up their day as his effort cannoned back into play from the woodwork.

Man of the match:  Ricky Bennett

Match Sponsor: Mr Tim Lamb, Managing Director McDonald’s Restaurant’s (Somerset)

Cheddar who currently share bottom position in the league with Corsham Town, face the Wiltshire side at home on Saturday (16th September) but face a potentially difficult encounter at Sherborne Town on Wednesday night (13th September) (kick-off: 7.30pm) when they face the third bottom Dorset side at their Terrace Playing Field ground.

Speaking after the match on Saturday, Cheddar’s caretaker manager Shaun Potter, who replaced former manager Jared Greenhalgh in midweek, said: “Overall there were a lot of positives we can take from the game, I thought that we applied ourselves very well, the players attitudes were superb, we showed character after conceding two early goals to come back to dominate the rest of the game in my opinion.

“We’ve hit the bar twice, the post twice, had one cleared off the line, but sometimes I guess it’s just not your day.

“I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the lads, we stuck to our principles and played some lovely stuff, and on another day, we will win that game four or five nothing.  

“We have had a few tough weeks but today shows me that we are coming out the other side and I’m excited to take this performance into Wednesdays game at Sherborne.”

In other news, Cheddar Football Club have announced a further agreement this season for the first team to be sponsored by Wyke Farms Ltd, the deal of which was formally agreed at Wyke Farms headquarters at Bruton early last week.   

In a joint statement, a club spokesman said: “We are delighted to have secured this agreement with Wyke Farms for a third successive season and are delighted that such a leading company wish to be associated with ourselves as we move forward on many matters of the field as well as continuing to build on our successes on the field of play.”

Cheesemen manager tackles injury crisis while Cheddar Ladies and Reserves team secure wins

Crucial few days ahead for the Cheesemen as manager adds to squad to avert and injury crisis but two great wins apiece for Reserves and the Cheesegirls 

The injury hit Cheesemen who were without a game at the weekend, face a crucial few days over the next week, in an attempt to get their season back on track, and after losing their last three games (0-1 at home to Wincanton, 2-4 at Bristol Telephones and 0-3 at home to Keynsham Town last week) this has taken Jared Greenhalgh’s promotion favourites last term, to third bottom with just one win and a draw from their first five games.

The Cheddar manager has however been doubly busy over the past weekend, adding to his squad who have been stricken not only with injuries to six of their first team squad but also with suspensions, which has seen a further two of his players side-lined for some important games.  

Greenhalgh has since clinched the signing of 18-year-old and former Yeovil Town Academy goal scoring winger Harry Barnes from Southern League outfit Frome Town together with former Taunton Town midfield utility player Andy Butler from Toolstation Premier Division side Bridport.  

 The Cheddar boss is also hopeful of signing a striker before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline in a quest to add to his team’s misfiring attack, which has lacked goals so far, this season.  

Greenhalgh said: “We have been working hard to bring in players to strengthen our injury hit squad, and hopefully we will have three in by Tuesday.

“Ashton are starting to do well and we know from last year that they are capable of beating anyone.

“Although the injuries have caused us problems we can have no excuses, bottom line is we need to finish our chances and eradicate the mistakes at the back.

“I believe that we can turn this around and get moving and then hopefully we can get back the likes of Jonah (Adam Jones) and Coombsie (Chris Coombs) and hopefully some good news on Boothy (George Booth) we can mount a challenge later on in the season.

“I am hoping Tuesday we can get back to enjoying “our game” and being a threat again.  

” I am excited to see the new players come in as well as giving some of our youth a chance.”

Cheddar travel to Ashton & Backwell’s Lancer Scott stadium on Tuesday night (4th September) to take on Paul Wearing’s 15th placed side who have won just one, and drawn three of their seven games so far, this season, in the hope of kick-starting their season before they face a tough FA Vase (1st Qualifying Round) tie at home to Radstock Town on Saturday (9th September).  

Hot on the heels of Saturday’s game is an equally tough assignment at Sherborne Town who were relegated from the Toolstation Premier League at the end of last (2016-17) season.

In other news, Cheddar Ladies came away from Welton Rovers with a fine 2-1 win over Purnell Reserves, both goals being scored by Valerie Walsh.

Purnell created several chances early on but were denied with some great saves from Cheddar ‘keeper Rachael Rousell as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm.

After 22 minutes Purnell opened the scoring with a great effort from distance.

Cheddar began to play a bit more cohesively after this and Valerie Walsh equalised on the half hour after beating the last defender and goalkeeper, to hit the back of the net in an empty goal to make it 1-1 at the break.

Cheddar took control in the second half with some excellent passing to create more opportunities and limit the chances for the home side.

Midway through the second half Valerie Walsh got her second with a good effort from an acute angle leaving the goalkeeper no chance as she put the ball into the top corner of the net, but the Cheddar Ladies probably owned the second half due to a very solid performance from the girls.

Player of the match:  Chelsea Llewellyn (for her outstanding performance on the left flank)

The Cheddar’s Reserve team marched on to the second round of the Somerset Senior Cup at the weekend with a comfortable 2-0 win over Tunley Athletic, Anthony Cleave and Taryn Selway-Joseph on target.

For the forthcoming weekend, Cheddar Reserves (three wins from their first four games) travel to Hutton in the Somerset County (Division Two) cup and the Ladies team travel to Taunton to take on Hamilton.

Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review August 26

Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review

Reports from Saturday 26th August 2017



The Cheesemen were without lady luck by their side when they went down 4-2 at league leaders Bristol Telephones at the weekend.

A hat-trick for Bristol’s Dhani Gouuding got the headlines in the Sunday newsheets at the weekend, as his three goals were more than the ‘Cheese’ could counteract.

Cheddar, who have now added club captain Adam Jones to their injury list along with long term injury victims George Booth and Tom Manning, went behind to a ‘Telephones’ opener in the tenth minute after Leon Britton’s cross was headed into his own net by defender Nathan Best.  

But with fifteen minutes on the clock a long ball from Craig Mawford captaining the side, caught out the home defence and Chris Coombs was the quickest to react, slotting past Will Osborne in the ‘Phones goal.

Mike Grist was guilty of a missed chance to put the home side into the lead from the penalty spot, following an alleged foul on former Wells City striker Lee Pitman, Liam Kingston pulling off a terrific one handed save shortly after the turn-round but shortly after his penalty ignominy Grist set up Goulding who scored with a spectacular looking overhead kick.

With an hour played, Cheddar levelled the scores, Alex Graham turning the ball past his own ‘keeper following Danny Griffiths smart downward header.

 Minutes afterwards, defender-turned-midfielder Sam King had an opportunity to net his third goal of the season, but was thwarted at the last moment by the Osborne.

In an unfortunate last twenty minutes, Cheddar’s Joe Grant received his second yellow card, harshly in the eyes of many and with the Cheesemen defence reorganising themselves Goulding ran through and beat Liam Kingston at his near post.  

Then with less than ten minutes remaining Goulding completed his hat-trick with crisp drive.

This result leaves the Cheesemen in 16th position in the league, having played five games, winning one, drawing one and losing three.   

After losing their last two games, Cheddar will be looking to reverse their fortunes with a win against Keynsham Town on Tuesday night (29th August), kick-off: 7.45pm.   

Cheddar, without a match this forthcoming weekend, face a local derby at Ashton & Backwell United on Tuesday week (5th September) kick-off: 7.30pm.

Speaking after the match in Bristol, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a game we should have been winning again, disappointingly all the goals were avoidable and all due to mistakes, and at the other end we didn’t take our chances.

“Joe Grant’s sending off was pivotal again but we can have no complaints over the decision or the referee who controlled the game well.  What makes it worse is that Joe was playing extremely well and at 2-2 we were on top.  

“On a positive side, with so many players out injured we still were creating chances, and the mistakes can be corrected.  We just need to dig in and turn this around.

“Tuesday’s game with Keynsham will be a tough test. Keynsham haven’t had the best start but they will be combative and strong. We need to match the desire, cut out the mistakes and be clinical in front of goal”

Returning defender Lewis Matthews added“They (Bristol Telephones) were a good side and it was pretty even until the red card.  

“We need to take control of the game and work harder defensively for each other.”

And captain, Craig Mawford explained“I think all the boys are really frustrated following today’s result.

“We want to get a run going and start putting in performances but it isn’t quite clicking for us now. We didn’t take the chances we created and we’re not good enough defensively.

“It is important for our future success that we start to have strong squads when we are going into games and the injuries that we have has limited this.  

“Tuesday’s game is a match where we are all desperate for a result and the support that we receive at home could make a real difference.  

“I think it’s fair to say that all involved are frustrated and desperate to start to put a run together.  I am very hopeful that Tuesday could be a real turning point”.

Cheddar Reserves hosted AFC Brislington on Saturday and here is Andy Wallis’s report from the Reserves unfortunate 5-1 defeat at Bowdens Park….

The Reserve team went into this early top of the table clash with AFC Brislington with no less than eight changes to their starting line up from last week’s victory at Banwell, but it was the first minute that defined the game.  

A lose back pass by captain Adam Filer to Cheddar’s debutant Connell Edwards left the youngster faced with Brislington’s pacey centre-forward and the match official determined that Edwards clash with the visitor’s player warranted a straight red card after just 40 seconds play.

Cheddar however worked hard and looked the stronger team for the remainder of the half.

Until the 46th minute, a deflected Jay Murray attempt on 26 minutes was the closest either side went as Brislington struggled to find any real penetration.

The visitors got lucky in the last minute of the half when Cheddar failed to clear a corner and the resulting cross was bundled into the net.

Cheddar were then caught out twice in a ten-minute spell just after half time, failing to deal with Brislington’s direct approach.   The Cheesemen reserve team bounced straight back across goal by Harry Hughes and fired in by Jack Griffiths.

Cheddar’s come back was thwarted with minutes by a long-range effort, the fifth goal arriving in the closing minutes when Cheddar’s tired legs could no longer chase down. This was a very valiant effort over the 90 minutes by the ten men of Cheddar on a very hot afternoon, and the score line, as often is the case didn’t reflect the balance of play.

Joint Man of the Match:  Jay Murray and John Edwards

Cheddar Reserves face Tunley Athletic in the first round of the Somerset Senior Cup at Bowdens Park, on Saturday (2nd September) kick-off: 2.30pm.