Injury hit Cheesemen lose as new injury adds to their current woes

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

Attendance:  101

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).

Cheesemen take on Wincanton while Cheese Ladies raise money for charity

Cheddar face Wincanton Town on Tuesday night (22nd August) (kick-off: 7.45pm) before visiting Gloucestershire League champions Bristol Telephones who are currently riding high at the top of the ToolstatIon League Division One having won all four of their games, on Saturday 26th August (kick-off: 3.00pm) before returning to Bowdens Park on Tuesday week (29th August) for a march against old adversaries Keynsham Town (kick-off: 7.45pm).    

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s match with Wincanton Town, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This match is definitely a banana skin, as you never know what to expect from Wincanton.

“Hopefully our confidence gained from Saturday will get us back to back wins and (again hopefully) start us moving up the table.

“We will be welcoming back Coombsie [Chris Coombs] and Maggsie [Robbi Maggs] although Lewis [Matthews] and Bestie [Nathan Best] are out with knocks and Boothy [George Booth] is long term.”

Also on Saturday 26th August, Cheddar are holding a charity football match between Cheddar Ladies and Draycott Ladies, to raise money for the Breast Cancer care charity.  The match kicks off at 7pm, and will be followed by a free disco.  

Cheddar FC weekend preview

The Cheesemen who are already assured of third place in the Toolstation Western League Division One play their final game tomorrow, Saturday 29th April at 14th placed Devizes Town with a kick-off: 3pm.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said:
“It’s our last game of the season and we want to finish with a win, we currently have scored 92 goals this season and amassed 82 points.

“I think the disappointment of not finishing in the top two means that to a lot of people this game is meaningless however the players think differently.

“They want to finish on a high and enjoy the summer off. For myself and Shaun (Potter) we are already planning for next season and knowing the FA cup (Extra Preliminary Round) will be held on 5th August means we don’t have a huge lay off.

“Devizes away wouldn’t have been my first choice for a final game, but we will there to win.

“Our squad is stretched to the limit now but I hope we have enough quality throughout the side to take the three points.”

For the record, our first home league match this season resulted in a 5-0 win for the Cheesemen on Saturday 13th August.

Last season, Devizes finished in 19th position, and results against ourselves resulted in a 5-1 win for the Cheesemen at Bowdens Park on 19th March 2016 and a 2-1 win at Devizes on 28th September 2016, so (up until now) games against the Wiltshire team have yielded three straight wins, the Cheesemen netting twelve goals and conceding only two.

For the statisticians amongst you, Devizes last six games have produced some rather interesting results; they comprehensively defeated Keynsham Town 2-0 at their Nursteed Road ground in their last game, but earlier in that week were beaten by the same score at Corsham Town.

That game was preceded a quite amazing 3-0 win at Chard Town, and a 1-1 draw at Warminster. Prior to that game they held (promoted) Wellington to a 1-1 draw although the previous week they were beaten 0-2 by Westbury United.

In a run of home games, Devizes also proved their worth with a fine 1-0 win over Ashton & Backwell, but to also prove what a funny old game football can be they shipped nine goals at home against bottom placed side Almondsbury.

For supporters making the journey to Devizes tomorrow, the ground address is Nursteed Road, Devizes SN10 3DX.

The ground can be found by taking the A342 from Devizes towards Andover, then driving past Eastleigh Road on the left, turning for the ground will then be found on the left-hand side.

Estimated travel time to Devizes from Bowdens Park is 1 hour 15 minute and the round trip is 93.8 miles, one of the longest away trips of the season.

In terms of the championship of the Toolstation Western League Division One this season, both Wellington (home result 1-1 and away 0-4) and Hengrove Athletic (away result 1-1 and home result 3-1) have been promoted, but the league championship will be decided tomorrow. Wellington (who currently lead the league) on 89 points will be crowned champions in they win at Radstock Town but Hengrove Athletic (87 points) will be champions if they win their match at Westbury and Wellington lose or draw.

At the other end of the table, bottom place will be Almondsbury and second bottom will be decided between Calne Town (currently second from bottom), Welton Rovers and Corsham, although Calne will have to score five goals or more to move up the table.

Cheesemen Weekend Preview April 21

The Cheesemen face Westbury United in our last home game tomorrow (Saturday) at Bowdens Park, kick off: 3pm, where the team will be going all out for a win to end the season on a high.

Club officials make a passioned call to all the great and the good people in the Cheddar Valley area to come to Bowdens Park to create a “crazy atmosphere” and be the team’s 12th man to get that all important win.

The Cheesemen although in third place prior to kick off need the three points to stay ahead of fourth place Keynsham (who host Ashton & Backwell) in their final game tomorrow.

Wellington have secured promotion to the Premier Division as a result of their (3-1) win at Chard on Easter Monday but the BIG NEWS is that should 2nd place Hengrove lose tomorrow (at home to Almondsbury) and lose next Saturday (at Westbury) the Cheesemen will be promoted IF they win their last two games.

Positivity is the word!

Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Westbury have been on a very good run, don’t know what it is in Wiltshire at the moment.

“Westbury put us out the cup so we would like to redress that, and a win Saturday will secure third place.

“We hopefully will try a few things Satuday and the boys sign off the home season with a win

“Obviously we are all disappointed at the moment but my job is get the lads in the right frame of mind to perform and win the game.

“This wont be hard as once the game starts they have an unbelievable will to win so hopefully we can collect three points and finish the season well.

“On a final note, I’d like to pay great tribute to all the our brilliant fans who have supported us so well this season (at home and away) and I can assure them that we’ll be going all out for that win tomorrow.”

The clubhouse, which will be selling hot and cold snacks, opens tomorrow at 12.00 midday and match day gates open at 1.45pm.

C’mon you Cheesemen!!

Cheddar FC Easter weekend preview

The fourth placed Cheesemen face two difficult away games in the space of four days this week, when Jared Greenhalgh’s side take the short journey to 16th placed Bishop Sutton’s Lakeview ground tomorrow, Good Friday (14th April 2017, kick-off 2pm).

Although in 16th position in the league, Sutton’s las six results have been quite eye-catching in that they drew 2-2 at Almondsbury last time out, prior to which they had four wins, defeating Ashton & Backwell 2-0 (home), Portishead 2-1 (away), Bishops Lydeard 3-2 (away) and Almondsbury at home 6-0, interspersed with a 3-0 defeat at Roman Glass. Post code for those travelling is BS39 5XN

At this time of the season, with four games remaining for all if not most sides, the Easter programme is a ‘crunch’ time for most clubs, particularly those who are chasing promotion or trying to avoid relegation, and for the Cheesemen, manager Greenhalgh has openly said that his side “need to win all four remaining games” if they to stand any chance of finishing in the top two.

Speaking from the club’s training base earlier today, the manager said: “We have two hard away games against Bishop Sutton and Chippenham Park.

“We have a depleted squad through injury and absence but our goal is six points and I have every confidence we can achieve this; we need to re-capture some form and play with all our know how and freedom. I feel that we have made some basic mistakes over the last few weeks which have cost us dear.

“If we can eliminate those lapses I think we have enough to win both game. It will then be up to the other teams to continue winning. If we can get a win on Friday I believe, come Monday, we will within a game of second place so it is all up to us then.”

Midfielder Ricky Bennett also took a break from training to say: “Tomorrow (at Bishop Sutton) brings another test for us. We have no choice but to bounce back with three points. This is do or die.

“With 12 points still for grabs, that can certainly shake up the table. Saturday, we were yet again hindered with injuries which seems to have niggled us all season, however that’s no excuse for not seeing the game out.

“But tomorrow is without doubt the biggest game of the season so far. We’ve proved we can be up for and beat the teams at the top of the table, but we must do the same against the others. Tomorrow is a must win game.”

Earlier this season the Cheesemen defeated Bishop Sutton in front of a large Boxing Day crowd, 2-0.

Last season’s results were a 3-0 win for the Cheesemen in the last game of the season and a 3-1 at Lakeview on 29th August.

Then on Easter Monday must make the 90-minute journey to Chippenham Park where the home side play their games at Chippenham Town’s Hardenhuish Park. ‘Park’ who currently lie in 8th place in the league are one of the league’s in-form teams having won five and lost just one of their last six games.

Their last six results have shown a 1-0 win over Welton Rovers, 2-1 over Radstock Town and 2-1 over Roman Glass (all at home) preceded by a 3-1 away win at Corsham, a 2-1 home defeat to Hengrove and a 3-2 win at Bishops Lydeard.

Monday’s game kicks off at 3pm. Post code for those travelling is SN14 6LR. Earlier this season, under the Bowdens Park floodlights, the Cheesemen won the resulting league fixture 4-0 on 1st November and in the corresponding away fixture at Hardenhuish Park almost a year to the day, the Cheesemen won the match 2-0.

Elsewhere over the weekend, on Saturday Cheddar Reserves host Burnham United (Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm). With both teams in the bottom three and Burnham trailing Cheddar by two points this is a crucial game in the run up to the end of the season, equalling affecting both sides.

In the reverse fixture in November Cheddar dominated the game as Cassis Close.

After going 1-0 down in the first minute, the Reserves bounced back with a close-range finish from Kris Wilmott. James Parker sealed the win with 20 minutes remaining.

The Reserve team should be full of confidence after winning their last two games and looking to build on seven points from their last three games.

The local support that the team has had this season has been superb and manager Andy Wallis said: “We would love to see another good attendance to support this young and improving team on Saturday.”

Admission to Bowdens Park on Saturday is free.

Meanwhile, Cheddar ‘A’ team travel to Wrington & Redhill for the last game of the season in the Weston & District League Division Four.

The Cheesemen face Roman Glass St George tomorrow in their penultimate home league match

Cheddar FC Weekend Preview

The Cheesemen fresh from their outstanding team display on Tuesday evening, when they defeated league leaders Hengrove Athletic 3-1 with two goals from Adam Jones and another from Robbi Maggs prepare to take on 15th placed Roman Glass St George this weekend in a match that takes place at Bowdens Park tomorrow, Saturday (8th April 2017) in the team’s penultimate home match of the season, kick off 3pm.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh in programme notes on Saturday recognises the improvement made by Roman Glass this season, but has assured the fans that his side will be going all out for three points although this has been made difficult with absentees from the squad which include Mark Armstrong, Craig Mawford and Mason Gardener together with the cruel injury suffered by Shaun Lambert (where he sustained a double ankle fracture during the Hengrove Athletic match).

Danny Griffiths will also be serving the last game of a three-match suspension on Saturday.

Confidence in the squad remains high and the management team are confident that he players available will be able to do the job on the day, before they move into the pivotal Easter programme with games at Bishop Sutton on Good Friday (14th April, kick off 12.00 midday) and at Chippenham Park on Easter Monday (kick off 3pm).

We look forward to welcoming another large, enthusiastic, and noisy crowd to Bowdens Park, where the gates open at 1.45pm.

The Reserve team and the ‘A’ team are both without a match tomorrow, and do not return to action until next weekend.

Cheesemen midweek review and weekend preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

“The score line flattered them definitely”

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

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

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

 

And to the weekend ….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Wellington…

1. Wincanton Town (H)

2. Warminster Town (A)

3. Devizes Town (A)

4. Calne Town (H)

5. Bishops Lydeard (A)

6. Chard Town (H)

7. Malmesbury Victoria (A)

8. Radstock Town (A)

[Eight games remaining, three home, five away 3

And ourselves…

1. Ashton & Backwell Utd (A)

2. Chard Town (H)

3. Hengrove Ath (H)

4. Roman Glass St George (H)

5. Bishop Sutton (A)

6. Chippenham Park (A)

7. Westbury Utd (H)

8. Devizes Town (A)

[Eight games remaining, four home, four away]

 

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

Weekend Review – Cheddar Ladies go goal crazy and Cheesemen have weekend off

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Cheddar Ladies went goal crazy this weekend – see full match report below

With three Cheddar of the sides unusually not having a match at the weekend, the players had the opportunity to take a breather from their recent heavy schedule; but as the season enters its most critical phase Jared Greenhalgh’s table topping Cheesemen, with just nine matches left to play, have had the opportunity to gear up for two crucial games during the next week.

Elsewhere in the Toolstation Western League this week, Wellington were beaten (0-1) at home by cup holders Hengrove Athletic in the last sixteen of the Les Phillips (League) Cup as Athletic ‘smell’ a second success cup final appearance and move into the Quarter Final stage of the competition.

Keynsham had the chance to move to the top of the league with a home match against Radstock Town, but failed to grasp the opportunity as they were held 2-2 by their visitors.

On Wednesday, this week (15th March) the Cheesemen travel to second placed Wellington (kick-off 3pm) in what could well be termed as one of the games of the season.

Although a huge ask, three points at Wellington could well put Cheddar in pole position and four points ahead of their closest rivals with eight games remaining.

Then on Saturday (18th March), Cheddar travel to Backwell’s Lancer Scott stadium to take on a resurgent eighth placed Ashton & Backwell United, who inflicted a 2-1 defeat to Cheddar back in August, one of only two home defeats suffered by the Cheesemen this season.

Cheddar then face a further free weekend on Saturday 25th March before facing a hectic period of three home games in the space of eight days, with matches against Chard Town (Saturday 1st April, kick off 3pm); Hengrove Athletic (Tuesday 4th April) (kick-off: 7.45pm) before facing Roman Glass St George (Saturday 8th April, kick off 3pm).

This then leaves Greenhalgh’s title chasing side with two away Easter fixtures (Bishop Sutton away on Good Friday (14th April) Chippenham Park on Easter Monday, 17th April) before rounding off their season at home to Westbury United (Saturday 22nd Westbury United) and their final match at Devizes Town the following Saturday (29th April).

On Sunday (12th March), Cheddar Ladies completed their season with a resounding 8-0 victory over Ilminster Ladies, Valerie Walsh scoring a hat-trick, Jade Burton with two goals, and further strikes from Bella Jonas, Gabi Underhill and Megan Dyer inflicting the damage for the Cheesegirls to move into a highly creditable third position in the league table, a great achievement in only their second season in the Somerset Women’s League Division Two;

Russell Heal reports ….

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From the start of the game it took Valerie Wash just under 40 seconds to put the Cheesegirls 1-0 up after breaking through going one-on-one with the Ilminster ‘keeper and calming slotting the ball past her; Cheddar then completely dominated the game creating chance after chance as the home goalkeeper could only watch the game from a distance.

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It was then Bella Jonas hammering in a goal from a tight angle on the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-0.

Valerie Walsh got her second goal of the game shortly afterwards as Cheddar dominated the show to make it 3-0 at halftime.

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The home side then made five substitutions and then played a slightly different formation in the second half, as they continued to dominate the game.

More goals came from substitutes Jade Burton with two goals and one from Gabi Underhill, player-of-the-match Megan Dyer added to the tally and Valerie Walsh grabbed another goal to gain her hat-trick and her 20th goal of the season.

A tremendous effort by the Cheddar Ladies

Cheddar AFC update and Boxing Day preview

Update on Cheddar AFC and Boxing Day preview

Before we move onto the last match of 2016, and for those who are unaware of last weekend’s results, here is a resume…

Results – Saturday 17 December 2016

Almondsbury UWE 1 Radstock Town 3

Bishop Sutton 3 Devizes Town 0

Bishops Lydeard 4 Malmesbury Victoria 0

Calne Town 1 Welton Rovers 1

Corsham Town 1 Keynsham Town 1

Hengrove Athletic 2 Chard Town 5

Oldland Abbotonians 0 Portishead Town 2

Roman Glass St George 3 Wincanton Town 2

Westbury Utd 0 Wellington 3

 

In terms of the above results, the Toolstation Western League Division One league leaders are Wellington who have played 24 games have 56 points. In second place are Keynsham Town who have played 25 games and have 53 points. We (Cheddar FC) have 50 points from 24 games, therefore have a game in hand over Keynsham, and our goal average is (currently) +6 better than Keynsham.

The next Toolstation Western League Division One league fixtures are to be played on Boxing Day (Monday 26 December 2016), the fixtures for which are as follows:

Cheddar v Bishop Sutton

Ashton & Backwell v Portishead

Chippenham Park v Calne Town

Devizes Town v Corsham Town

Keynsham Town v Hengrove Athletic

Malmesbury Victoria v Oldland Abbotonians

Roman Glass St George v Almondsbury UWE

Wellington v Bishops Lydeard

Welton Rovers v Radstock Town

Westbury Utd v Warminster Town

Wincanton Town v Chard Town

As will be seen from the above, three points for Hengrove (at Keynsham) and three points for ourselves (at home to Bishop Sutton) will see the Cheesemen move to second place.

Last season (2015-16) the Cheesemen gained six points against Bishop Sutton, winning 3-1 away and 3-0 at home in the last game of the season.

Bowdens Park
Bowdens Park

Bishop Sutton are currently in 16th position in the league, but this is by no means a reflection on their current form, as they (Bishop Sutton) are currently on a four-match unbeaten run, having scored nine goals in the process and not having conceded for the past three games.

Prior to their 3-0 home win on Saturday (against Devizes) they defeated Warminster (away) by the same score on the previous weekend.

By all accounts, Bishop Sutton have considerably ‘strengthened’ this season having signed several new players, following the disappointment of finishing at the bottom of the league last season.

Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh, said: “After a difficult away game to Warminster last weekend, I believe that our Boxing Day match will be equally as tough. Recent weeks have seen a string of convincing wins for Bishop Sutton taking them to mid table.

“We are going to be without both of our centre backs on Monday, both of whom have been outstanding this season as well as Kris Bell who has shown over recent weeks that he is coming into his own and contributing well to the first team.

“I am anticipating a heavy slog again but I am relying on Russ (our groundsman) to give us a pitch which suits us as opposed to what we have faced recently which to be honest have been no better that park pitches.

“This is a difficult period of games, where we are playing infrequently and the season is barely halfway through so the next six games are critical – we need to keep the pressure on the sides above us, in particular Wellington who are in as very good place right now.

“Boxing Day will give us an opportunity though as Keynsham play Hengrove and Wellington have a tough game away at Bishops Lydeard.

“Hopefully we can take some points out of all three sides into the New Year. However, it will be tough with the players we have missing but hopefully we can put a smile on everyone’s faces with a win and go into the New Year stretching our unbeaten run to 15 games.”

Gates open for the Big Boxing Day clash at 11.00 a.m for the game which kicks off at 12.00 midday.

Hot and Cold drinks and hot snacks will be readily available before and during the match and a Christmas raffle will follow the match.

The match has been kindly sponsored by Paul Walkinshaw of Paul Walkinshaw Consulting and the match ball has been kindly sponsored by Steve Sage.

Weekend preview December 17/18

When Saturday comes – Weekend Preview

The Cheesemen travel to Wiltshire tomorrow, Saturday 17th December in their final game prior to Christmas to take on 14th placed Warminster Town.
Games between the two sides have been eminently rewarding for Cheddar in the past two seasons, resulting in four straight wins for the ‘Cheese’, results for which are shown below:
Season 2015-16
17 Oct 15 Cheddar 2 Warminster Town 0
12 Dec 15 Warminster Town 2 Cheddar 3
20 Feb 16 Warminster Town 1 Cheddar 4*

* Les Phillips Cup

Season 2016-17

20 Aug 16 Cheddar 4 Warminster Town 0

The past four games therefore have yielded 13 goals for the Cheesemen whilst only 3 have been conceded.

Warminster although lying just below mid-table have had some mixed fortunes in their previous 6-7 games, and whilst they have lost to Bishop Sutton, Hengrove and Keynsham (0-3, 1-2 and 0-1 respectfully) they have recorded good wins (3-0 at Radstock) and 4-1 at home to Roman Glass St George and also achieving a creditable draw away at Corsham, so more than capable of gaining creditable results.

Speaking with the website earlier today, manager Jared Greenhalgh said:

“It’s another difficult game as Warminster are essentially a tough team to beat particularly at home – however we have nearly a full squad to choose from and after a great win last week we hope to continue doing the same. We have goals all over the pitch and confidence will be high, but it showed last week that even a team at the bottom of the table can produce some good football at times and we have to guard against over confidence and complacency. We have worked really hard to get back in touch with the top three and now we must add resolve for the next ten or so games. It is important that we keep this run going, the attitude and application of what I have asked the guys to do is really showing through in the performance and results so we hope we can deliver again me tomorrow. This is a crucial part of the season now to make sure we are in contention come the run in so it will be ‘heads on’ tomorrow to hopefully collect another three points”

For the record, the Cheesemen are in third position with 49 points from 23 games. Wellington who currently lead the league table with 53 points from 23 games visit Westbury United, whereas Keynsham Town (52 points from 24 games) visit Corsham Town. Should the Cheesemen win at Warminster and Keynsham lose at Corsham, then Cheddar will move to second place, due to a better goal difference.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves are without a match tomorrow (Saturday) and the ‘A’ team visit Wrington Redhill in Division Four of the Weston super Mare & District league, aiming to improve on their 3-5 home defeat at the hands of Selkirk United last weekend. A win for the ‘A’ team tomorrow will enable them to leapfrog Wrington into sixth position in the league. For the record, Wrington have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 3, whereas Cheddar ‘A’ have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 6, therefore a pre-Christmas win ‘on the road’ would be just what the Doctor ordered, and a result for which the ‘A’s are well capable.

Elsewhere, Cheddar Ladies (who feature well this weekend in the Weston Mercury) are without a game this weekend.

Good luck to both Cheddar teams this weekend….