Cheddar FC weekend review – 7/8 October 2017

Reserves lose in Somerset Senior Cup, Ladies lose their unbeaten record but the ‘A’ team hit Axbridge Reserves for six!

 

Cheddar Reserves, despite the inclusion of new signings Steve Sokol and Billy Manning on the bench, lost out to a strong Keynsham Town Reserve team on Saturday in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd Round); here is Andy Wallis’s report from the game:

Keynsham took advantage, when an excellently taken corner was met with a powerful near post header, leaving Sam Talbot with little chance in the Cheddar goal on 10 minutes.

The home side refused to panic and with 15 minutes played, man of the match Tom Catling intercepted on the half way line and drove through the Keynsham midfield and patiently waited for an opening.  Catling’s slide-rule pass found John Edwards running at speed and his superb cross found Billy Manning in space and the former Clevedon Town player steered his shot beyond the visitors ‘keeper.  However, Cheddar’s lead was short lived, with a stunning 25-yard curling free kick which found the top corner of the net some five minutes later.

Cheddar resumed the second half with the same determination but were thwarted by a well organised and experienced Keynsham team and were soon three goals to one down when the home side failed to deal with a cross and were clinically punished by a Keynsham forward.

Tom Manning was unlucky not to pull a goal back minutes later when his curling free-kick was tipped over; but then Cheddar hit the self-destruct button with a poor back pass which was easily intercepted and easily converted to make the score four goals to one.

Cheddar committed to work hard and recruit Steve Sokol nearly made an instant impact, finding Taryn Selway-Joseph six-yards out, only to see his effort drift inches past the post.  In the final minutes, Town punished another defensive lapse to give them a flattering score line.

Final score:  Cheddar Reserves 1    Keynsham Town Reserves    5

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies fresh and eager to go following consecutive away victories and played host to Portishead Ladies on Sunday; Portishead being the only team in the league not to have lost a game:

Here is Russell Heal’s report on the game:

Cheddar had the best of the play and created the better chances in the first half and the score stayed 0-0 at half time.  

In the second half Cheddar Ladies were unable to cope with Portishead’s pressure with too many players playing out of position, after what looked like the hot sun had drained the energy of the Cheddar girls, they still worked hard but made it additionally difficult for themselves as the visitors scored four second half goals.

Cheddar’s player of the match was Rachel Rousell with some spectacular and important saves that prevented the score line from being higher.

Final score:  Cheddar Ladies 0 Portishead Ladies 4

Pride of place this week must go to Jack Griffiths’ ‘A’ team who demolished Axbridge Reserves by six goals to nothing.

Here are Jack’s comments on the game:

Cheddar reacted to their 6-1 loss last week at Congresbury with an emphatic 6-0 drilling of rivals Axbridge Town Reserves.   Debutant Dan Flowers with four goals and two assists won him the man of the match award with Ben Clayton and Liam Jones notching the other two goals. Cheddar ‘A’ moved to fourth place because of this brilliant win.

Final score:  Cheddar ‘A   6 Axbridge Town Reserves   0

Weekend Review September 30/October 1

Cheddar Reserves deservedly secured all three points at Pensford with a good 2-0 win. Here is Andy Wallis’s report:

The Reserves were back to winning ways and bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

Facing a Pensford side determined to turn things round were resilient opponents but the in-form John Edwards was denied a goal by a clearance off the line after 15 minutes.

The Pensford goalkeeper kept the scores level minutes later when Adam Filer, found Edwards in space once again. Cheddar’s flank players Jay Murray and Callum Sully were a constant threat but couldn’t find the final killer ball.

On 37 minutes the Pensford stopper managed to get a toe-end clearance to deny Harry Hughes from adding to the score.

With Robbie Wallis and man-of-the-match Tom Manning dominating the centre and captain Adam Davies marshalling the defence, Cheddar stuck to their guns and thought that they had broken the deadlock just after the hour, only for Robbie Wallis’s 20-yard effort to shave the post.

With just 20 minutes remaining, Edwards guile and application became apparent as he danced past three defenders before slotting the ball back to Tom Manning who hammered home from 12 yards.

The rampant Reserve team were now in total control and Edwards raced onto a through ball only to see his effort clip the bar.

But the same player made no mistake a minute later as he outpaced the home defence from Kieran Webster’s intelligent long clearance and coolly slid the ball pas the advancing Pensford goalkeeper. Late in the game Jay Murray was denied a third goal by the match

official, not noticing that the ball had crossed the line before it was hastily cleared by the Pensford centre back.

Man of the match: Tom Manning

After the game, Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “It was really pleasing to see the lads bounce back from back-to-back defeats and get back to winning ways. Whilst Penford were bottom of the league, they were resilient and robust and it was good to see us have the confidence, patience, and skill to break them down.

“Having the added quality of Tom Manning again this week was a bonus and it was good to see him break the deadlock. John Edwards deserved the get the second and seal the victory. What was most pleasing was the way the team pulled together after the last few results and we’re looking to build on this in the coming weeks.”

Next Saturday (7th October) Cheddar Reserves are at home to Keynsham Town Reserves in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd round), kick-off: 2.30pm.

Also on Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ travelled to Congresbury ‘A’ although unfortunately this wasn’t to be their day and they finished on the wrong side of a 6-1 score line; Liam Jones scoring for Cheddar.

Next Saturday, the ‘A’ team host Axbridge Town Reserves.

And now, onto Sunday’s match, and the Cheddar Ladies, the team they’re all talking about…

After last weekend’s amazing result (12-1 at Crewkerne), the Cheesegirls followed this up with an equally eye-catching 4-3 victory ‘on the road’ at Evercreech.

Here is manager Russ Heal’s report:

Another away game, this time at Evercreech. The game started with the home side applying the greater pressure but this well soaked up by the visitors.

The Cheesegirls started to take control of the fast forward moving of Evercreech but on 14 minutes Cheddar were caught out by a long ball from Evercreech who scored with a one-on-one with the Cheddar goalkeeper.

The Cheddar team then started to get in behind the Evercreech defence creating their own chances.

Then on 20 minutes Judit Salamon finally got her reward with a fine low shot, making the score 1-1 at half-time. Cheddar re-organised themselves for the second half and it appeared that they (Cheddar) had control of the game as Valerie Walsh blasted her first of the game on 69 minutes.

Cheddar continued to create chances but it was Evercreech who scored again to make the scores 2-2. Valerie Walsh then scored again for Cheddar, striking in both the 76th and 79th minutes to secure her second hat-trick in two games.

On 83 minutes the home side reduced the deficit but Cheddar could well have scored more goals with both Bella Jonas and Judit Salamon both hitting the crossbar with good efforts, and Jade Burton’s effort being scrambled off the line.

This was a very entertaining game with end-to-end football but the Cheddar girls deservedly took all three points.

Next weekend the girls returning to home soil when they host Portishead Ladies (kick-off: 2pm).

Weekend Review – September 23/24

Cheddar Ladies were in outstanding form on Sunday when they disposed of Crewekerne Rangers 12-1 (yes, 12-1!). Valerie Walsh opened the scoring in the first minute, the first of four for her. Returning to play after breaking her arm in pre-season was Megan Dyer who scored a hat-trick, two goals came from Charlotte Caley and one each for Holly Hael, Jade Burton and Judit Salamon.

Player of the match was Megan Dyer

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves lost 5-0 at AFC Brislington….

Cheddar Reserves walk away with the result they didn’t want. Poor preparation led to a poor starting performance from the Cheesemen with Brislington dominating play, and they capitalised on 17 minutes when a free kick was awarded on the edge of the Cheddar box. A horrible ‘bobble’ led to ‘keeper Kieran Webster spilling the ball into the path of the incoming forward who poked the ball home.

Cheddar responded well with great link up play between John Edwards, Taryn Selway-Joseph and Harry Hughes, the latter having his shot well saved by the Brislington goalkeeper. From the resulting corner, ‘skipper Adam Davies hit the bar and three shots in a goalmouth scramble were cleared. A free kick awarded to the opposition on the counter attack was poorly prevented and the home side played quick getting around the outside of the Cheddar defence, a Brislington player sliding the ball past Webster to make it 2-0.

Leading up to half time Cheddar controlled the game with Davies, Manning and Edwards controlling the ball freely and wide men Sully and Murray utilised to deliver the ball into the box. Opportunities from Sully, Selway-Joseph and Hughes were well defended leading into halftime 2-0 down.

After the half time break it got worse for Cheddar as young centre-back Connell Edwards headed past his own ‘keeper when trying to clear the danger. The home side dominated from thereon in as Cheddar heads dropped. Brislington were awarded a penalty on the hour when the referee adjudged a poor challenge from the back tracking of Hughes.

With ten minutes remaining, Brislington scored their fifth goal, rounding the side of the Cheddar defence, and pulling the ball back for a tap in for a Brislington striker to slip home.

Despite the vast experience of this young Cheddar squad they were unable to perform to the highest level possible on the day and therefore unable to make a statement of intent for the coming weeks. The team all agreed that they did not do enough and needed to work better as a unit to fulfil the expectations they have put upon themselves for the season.

Cheddar ‘A’ team were also beaten 4-1 by Burnham ‘A’ team on Saturday, Cheddar’s only goal being scored by Jamie Claridge.

Weekend Review – 16/17 September

Cheddar Reserves were without a game at the weekend, but the ‘A’ team were in action and went level third with an excellent 4-0 win at AFC Nailsea Reserves. The ‘A’ team were looking to build on their first victory of the season against a tough Nailsea side.

The game started slowly and Cheddar ‘A’ were struggling to get into their flow with many misplaced passes and shoddy touches, however it was the home side that nearly took the lead, missing from five yards.

Cheddar came out for the second half re-energised and with a point to prove; John Edwards took the game by the scruff of the neck and curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner to get his team ‘in motion’, Tom Catling, making his first appearance for the ‘A’ team this season, having only signed on forms the previous day, then doubled the lead that was picked out by a ‘pirlo-esque’ ball from Adam Willis.

Edwards then doubled his tally for the day making it 3-0 with Ben Clayton rounding off the rout with a back-post header to make it 4-0.

The ‘A’ team march on with six points, sitting third in the league having yet to concede and scoring seven goals in two games.

Man of the match: Tom Catling

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies were in action for the first time this season on home soil…

The Cheesegirls were a bit were a bit thin on the ground to start with, and only had two substitutes including one who had been held up in Plymouth!

Cheddar created the better chances but it was visitors Ilminster Ladies Reserves took the lead on 13 minutes. Shortly after this, Sophie Jones limped off with severe ligament damage, so Cheddar had to use their only substitute. Ilminster scored quickly in the second half after fielding players from their first team who play in the South West Premier Division, three divisions above Cheddar.

The Cheesegirls then had their new debutant Sarah McGee needing to leave the field of play also, and were now down to ten and trying to adjust when Ilminster scored their third goal with fifteen minutes remaining.

Lauren Faulkner also had to leave the field of play with a knee problem, so the girls were down to nine fit players!

Cheddar again re-adjusted and held off their high-profile visitors and could well have scored to get back into the match, but the game was far out of reach and a bad day at the office with injuries.

The girls, as normal, were as credit and worked their socks off and gave their all and should not be at all downhearted after this very hard-working performance and misfortune with injuries.

Player of the match: Rachael Rousell

And a look forward to the next Cheddar matches:

Cheddar first team: Malmesbury Victoria (Tuesday 19th September) kick-off: 7.45pm (home); Almondsbury (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm)

Cheddar Reserves: AFC Brislington (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm)

Cheddar ‘A’ team: Burnham United (away) Saturday 23rd September (kick-off: 3pm

Cheddar Ladies: Crewkerne Rangers (away) Sunday 24th September (kick-off: 2pm)

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 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 AFC Presentation Night 2017

Cheddar Football Club held their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) when they were delighted to welcome Mr Ashley Wilson, Sales Director of club sponsors Wyke Farms Ltd, who kindly agreed to present the awards.

Club Chairman Matt Postins, welcoming the club sponsors and the 100+ attendance paid tribute to all the club’s players, supporters, team managers and volunteers that had helped the club achieve its aims during the season

He stated that the football season had been most enjoyable and it was most encouraging to see such a large attendance from all the club’s active teams (first team, reserves, ‘A’ team and ladies team) attending the evening.

Mr Postins looked forward to leading the club into its 125th anniversary celebrations and hoped that all teams could continue to improve on the last season’s third place finish by the first team!

Mr Postins also looked forward to seeing the re-establishment of the club’s Under 18’s team.

First team manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Each year our presentation evening gets better and better; the room was fantastic, the food superb, and everyone had a great time.

“It’s brilliant to see the whole Ladies team here tonight and their performances under guide of their manager (Russell Heal) improving so much, and they are a welcome addition to the club.

“We have a special club with great people and to see all the teams mixing and supporting each other fills all of us with great optimism for the future.”

A summary of the awards presented on the evening is as follows:

First Team

Players Player of the Year: Adam Jones

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Mark Armstrong

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Reserve Team

Top Goalscorer: Callum Sully

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Players Player of the Year: Connor Heal

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Jake Buxton

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‘A’ Team

Manager’s Player of the Year: Sam Smith

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Player’s Player of the Year: Ryan Llewyllyn

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Top Goalscorer: James Parker

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Ladies Team

Top Goalscorer: Valerie Walsh

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Most improved Player: Charlotte Caley

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Players Player of the Year: Jade Burton

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Megan Dyer

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Special Award

Performance of the Season Adam Jones

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(* first team award)

 

Club Awards

Golden Boot/club leading goalscorer: Callum Ham

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Young Player of the Year: Tom Catling

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Clubman of the Year Award: Karen & Russell Heal (joint award)

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In addition, club secretary Alan Cooper was presented with a framed signed shirt by the first team squad for his efforts during the season.

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Cheddar Ladies’ guest of honour and team sponsor Jacqui Lewis of the Bath Arms was presented with a bunch of flowers

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Karen was also thanked for all her hard work and effort this season for the club and teams

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Cheddar’s Weekend Review

As Cheesemen supporters will have already read from the match report previously posted, Jared Greenhalgh’s first team, following their two losses over the past week (0-4 at Wellington on Wednesday and 2-4 at Ashton & Backwell on Saturday) have temporarily dropped down to fourth place in the Toolstation Western League Division, as Hengrove Athletic leapfrogged our heroes following their 6-0 annihilation of Calne Town at the weekend.

Wellington (who beat Wincanton Town 3-0) still lead the league table with 75 points from 35 games.

In second place are Keynsham Town (72 points from 37) who impressively beat Bishops Lydeard 4-2 away; in third are Hengrove with 70 points from 33 and in fourth are ourselves, also on 70 points (from 35 games). Hengrove’s goal difference is 57 whereas ours is 38.

A disappointed but philosophical manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “We should have been 4-1 up at half-time on Saturday. Second half was not my Cheddar team, it was shambolic and won’t happen again. Promotion is now out of our hands.

“We need to get back to playing with freedom and expressing ourselves whilst executing the basics.

“We have two weeks to prepare for the next game [Saturday 1st April vs. Chard Town] and we will put everything into winning the game, that is all we can do.”

An equally disappointed, but determined captain Adam Jones, said: “We were hoping to push forward from our defeat to Wellington in the week.

“The team was in a good mood going into the game at half-time 2-1, playing down the slope but playing into the wind and it was a good first half. But a poor show in the second half from us.

“There was a harsh red card on Danny [Griffiths] for his tackle. We have two weeks before our next game against Chard where we must put this right and hope to go the rest of the season unbeaten to put pressure on the top two sides.”

A thoughtful George Booth added; “A disappointing week for us and a poor second half performance from us on Saturday.

“Being 2-1 up we should be killing the game but instead we conceded 30 seconds after the restart. Again the red card didn’t go our way but that wasn’t the reason why we lost the game.

“We were carrying too many players on Saturday and the team knows that. Jared [manager] and Shaun [assistant manager] had some harsh but very fair and correct words to say after the game, we must take it all on board and put the last two games right!”.”

And a final word from electric winger and leading goalscorer Callum Ham: “To start with I would say we were dominant in midfield and all over the pitch in the first 10-15 minutes.

“I felt that when we went 1-0 up we had control of the game and we had no problem dealing with what Ashton & Backwell had to offer.

“They then got a lucky goal against the run of play which deflated us a little but to us being the better team we then went 2-1 up and as a team we were still comfortable and in the game.

“The gaffer said at half time ‘go out and kill the game’ but we ended up doing the opposite which had a massive impact.

“The other thing that had a massive impact was the sending off; it was totally unnecessary and as soon as that happened Ashton had their tails up.

“The game overall was good in the first half and poor in the second half.

“The lads are deflated, we have had a tough week and we ned to get ourselves back on track.

“We have a nice little break 2 now and we need to work hard in training and put things right, we have a massive team spirit and from me and all the lads in the team we can only apologise to the fans for the last two performances but we appreciate the supporters sticking by us. We owe it to the club and to the gaffer to get promotion.”

Elsewhere at the weekend, the Reserve team recorded an excellent 2-1 win over Kewstoke Lions, with Callum Sully scoring the first goal and Mike Carpenter grabbing a 90th minute winner.

This super win by the Reserves means they climb the table to eleventh position, with 13 points from 19 games.

The side can move further up the table with another home win on Saturday (25th March) against sixth placed Banwell.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team made it three consecutive games unbeaten with their 1-1 draw against Burnham United ‘A’ on Saturday, Jordan Podbury scoring Cheddar’s goal. This result takes the ‘A’ team to sixth place in the league table on 15 points from 15 games.

The ‘A’ team are without a match this forthcoming weekend.

And penultimately, Cheddar Ladies are currently in third place in the Somerset Women’s League Division Two (20 points from 14 games).

The remaining matches for others teams in the league will decide if they stay in 3rd, or move down to 4th of 5th.

Champions (to be confirmed) are Purnell Sports (30 points from 11 games) and runners up are Weston super Mare (27 points from 11 games).

These league positons will be confirmed at the proper time. …. finally, if you can’t make the Cheesemen’s next home game on Saturday 1st April (vs. Chard Town) make sure please you record this date in your diary…

TUESDAY 4th APRIL KICK OFF 7.45 PM CHEDDAR vs HENGROVE ATHLETIC WE NEED YOU ALL BEHIND THE TEAM FOR THIS ONE!!

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

Weekend Review – March 4/5

As readers will be aware, Jared Greenhalgh’s first team leapfrogged both Keynsham Town and Wellington on Saturday to take over the leadership of the Toolstation Western League Division One, following their outstanding 2-0 win at a vastly improved Oldland Abbotonians, the ‘Abbots’ having lost just one game in eight prior to Saturday’s encounter.

Quality second half goals from Danny Griffiths and Adam Jones (scoring his 19th goal of the season) secured this great win. The Cheesemen now lead the division with 70 points from 33 games; Wellington (without a game at the weekend) are in second with 69 points from 33 games and in third are Keynsham (who lost 3-0 at Welton) with 68 points from 35 games. Hengrove who were also without a game at the weekend lie in fourth place with 64 points from 31 games.

Speaking with Cheesemen Newsbeat following the game, captain Adam Jones said: “We didn’t know how the game was on! The pitch was waterlogged, the ball wasn’t rolling which made it difficult for both sides.

“We struggled in the first half to create some decent opportunities. Second half we came out firing which showed from our first goal with some real nice play between Ricky [Bennett] and Danny [Griffiths] to set up the first goal then we went into control the game. It was a good way to bounce back from our defeat last week.”

Defender, Craig Mawford (arguably the best right sided defender in the Toolstation League) said: “It was a good performance by the lads today on a difficult pitch; Danny, Mark, Callum, Adam and many others all had great games, we moved the ball really well.

“It was a great team performance, we’ve got nine games left now and we have just got to see where it takes us”

And the last word on Saturday’s win at Oldland’s goes to Mike ‘Tank’ Dangerfield: “Great performance……Sh*t pitch.”

With the Reserve team match against Clevedon United Reserves falling foul of the weather conditions and a badly waterlogged Bowdens Park pitch, it was left to the ‘A’ team to fly the flag in Cheddar on Saturday, and how…. read on….

The ‘A’s went into Saturday’s game full of confidence after their 5-1-win last weekend and knowing that nothing less than a win wouldn’t help them.

It took half an hour to break down AFC Nailsea Reserves after constant pressure from the home side when Callum Sully was brought down in the box for a penalty which James Parker comfortably converted.

The second half continued similarly with Cheddar applying all the pressure which eventually led to more goals through a great Dom Underhill finish and a good move that finished with an own goal.

With 10 minutes remaining, Nailsea fought back snatching two Oates goals but the ‘A’s held on to gain the three points. With two games remaining this season, Alex Cooper’s team now that they must continue this winning form to assure their place in the Weston & District League Division Four next season.

With six points (and eight goals) from their last two games, the ‘A’s are in seventh position in the league with eleven points from thirteen games played.

Man of the match: Dom Underhill

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies took on the likely champions elect, Weston super Mare Ladies at Sharpham Road on Sunday.

Gale force winds were emanating from the reservoir as Weston kicked the game off playing into the wind, going 0-1 up in the first minute.

Cheddar with the wind on their side equalised shortly afterwards through Jade Burton, but the Ladies then missed a hat full of chances and really should have taken advantage with the wind blowing strongly in their favour.

Weston then scored again but Cheddar hit straight back through Jade Burton again and then just before half time Linda Sharpe made it 3-2 with a fantastic shot from 30 yards.

The second half started but this time Weston had the wind on their side, scoring two very early goals. C

heddar then got a fourth goal through Charlotte Fay-Fineran but Weston kept coming with the wind advantage and took their chances.

The Cheesegirls got a fifth goal through Gabi Underhill.

At the end of the day, the score could have easily been 12-12 with the strong winds, but the difference was that Weston took their chances whereas Cheddar didn’t.

A thoroughly entertaining and exciting game but the final score ended Cheddar Ladies 5 Weston super Mare Ladies 10.

Cheddar Team of the Week: Cheddar First team

Players of the Week: Mark Armstrong and Dom Underhill

And finally, a look forward….

All three Cheddar men’s teams are without a match next weekend but the Cheddar Ladies team host Ilminster Ladies on Sunday (12th March) for their last match of the season, where a win is expected to put the Cheesegirls into fourth place.

Jared Greenhalgh’s first team are next in action on Wednesday next (15th March) when they travel to Wellington in a re-arranged league fixture (kick-off: 7.45pm) before a further away game (at Ashton & Backwell) on Saturday 18th March, kick-off: 3pm.

A preview of both games will appear on the website early next week, together with a review of the Cheesegirls final league game of the season.

My thanks to you all for reading, and to Charlotte for her continued excellent efforts with the website…