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.