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.

Cheesemen announce new signings

The Cheesemen have added to their squad over the weekend with the signing the experienced and former Weston super Mare attacking winger, Dean Grubb, 30, together with centre back Scott Holland. 37, from Toolstation Premier Division side Bridport.

Grubb played regularly for Weston super Mare’s Conference South side and Holland was a regular for Bridport In the Toolstation Western League Premier Division last season.

Holland has also played for Chard and Bishops Lydeard.

Cheddar manager said: “I was really pleased that we managed to get Dean [Grubb] along.

“He is an obvious talent and has been lacking football for some time.  I hope that we can offer him a new home to enjoy his football again and realise the ability we all know he has.

“For Dean, it is about getting some football fitness over the coming months and then I think he will be a real asset to both the club and the team.

“I look forward to working with him, and I believe he could be a real asset as the season progresses.

“Regarding Scott [Holland] I was looking for a versatile ‘ready to go’ player and Scott I believe offers this.

“He has bags of experience at this level, he can play in a variety of position and has hit the ground running.

“He has made his presence felt immediately from the first training session and his communications through the team, is certainly a dimension I believe we have missed.

“Again, a real asset to the team and the club.”

And the response from the players concerned…

Dean Grubb said: “It’s well known out there that Cheddar is a well run club, a lot of my mates are here, Robbi (Maggs) and Ricky (Bennett) among them.  I’m sure that we can have a successful season, and I want to do my best to be part of that success.”

Scott Holland said: “I’ve heard a lot about the club before I came here and from what I’ve seen already, it looks very positive from all angles, both on and off the field. I have played with Craig (Mawford) for a number of years and I look forward to settling in quickly and getting a few good results under our belts!”

Cheddar AFC signs Shaun Lambert

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to have signed former Middlesbrough, Darlington Town and Whitby Town defender, Shaun Lambert.

Shaun, 25, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Cheddar Football Football Club; I’m sure we’ll do well, there’s some great players at the club and I’m really excited about being involved in the FA cup next weekend.”