Toolstation Western League Division One match report
Tuesday 29th August 2017
Cheddar 0 Keynsham Town 3
Cheddar ended the first full month of the season with a demoralising defeat at Bowdens Park on Tuesday night against an experienced and effective looking Keynsham side, as the ‘Cheese’ were subjected to their third successive defeat in a month that has seen them lose three games in succession after defeating Roman Glass and a score draw against Welton Rovers.
Eight normal first team starters didn’t help the Cheesemen’s cause on Tuesday night, including the absence of all four strikers, three of which are injured and one serving the first of a three-match ban.
It observed, correctly in many ways, by the local press that the team are currently showing a lack of belief and players hiding when they are most needed.
It was further observed by the local press that Cheddar Football Club have gone from a team who challenged for promotion in the last two years to a side who it would appear do not know where their next point is coming from.
The big issue of course are the numbers of players kissing and a quite serious ankle injury to Chris Coombs has only enhanced the seriousness of Cheddar’s plight so far, this season and it’s all about the characters of the side to try to turn things round in the coming weeks.
Any team beset with injuries is likely to struggle, but the facts are that Cheddar have a long injury list that continues to grow and frustration is fast becoming an issue, in the short term it is hard to see where Cheddar’s next victory is coming from.
Jared Greenhalgh’s side will eventually come good but they are already a long way adrift and catching the leaders already looks a long distance away.
Keynsham Town to their credit have a belief with promotion a distinct possibility, they certainly have a handful of players who look plenty good enough to play at a higher level.
The visitors took the lead on five minutes as a deep Kyle Box cross found the unmarked Scott Saunders at the back post and the former Wells man stooped low to find the back of the net with a good firm header.
Saunders however limped out of the game with a hamstring tear shortly afterwards, but it didn’t stop Keynsham’s momentum as a deep Nathan Curnock diagonal cross found Matt Long on the right-hand side of the Cheddar penalty area and his terrific volley landed on the roof of the net.
The home side were offering little in the way of goalmouth action, they were without doubt missing Adam Jones, Robbi Maggs and Dean Grubb and goal scoring opportunities were being kept to a minimum.
Sam Duggan, Kyle Box, and Matt Long all impressed up front for Keynsham and it was Box who doubled the visitors lead just past the hour mark as he got behind the Cheddar defence and rounded Liam Kingston before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Craig Mawford went close with a shot on the turn for the Cheesemen and then saw another effort crash against the base of an upright, but it was Keynsham but it was Keynsham who gave themselves a three-goal cushion when Box lifted a 28-yard free kick into the roof of the net on 83 minutes.
Kingston who made a number of outstanding saves had no chance of saving any of three goals and in the final ten minutes denied Keynsham the chance to secure an even bigger victory saving well from Box, Long and Duggan.
Cheddar man of the match: Liam Kingston
Speaking to the website, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “When is luck going to change for us?
“The three goals we conceded were avoidable but with three changes to the back four and a makeshift forward line it is difficult to find consistency and errors will happen however when you are in this position all mistakes seem to be punished. At the other end, we just don’t seem to have the luck in front of goal”
“We have again lost another player Chris Coombs has fractured his foot so will be out for at least 3-4 weeks.
“We need to need to pull together and get through this tough period and I know we will come out stronger.”
Cheddar first team are without a match this weekend and their next match action is a local derby at Ashton & Backwell on Tuesday night (5th September) kick-off: 7.30pm.
The Reserve team are at home on Saturday (2nd September) in the Somerset Senior Cup on Saturday (2nd September) when Tunley Athletic (kick-off: 2.30pm).