CHEDDAR FC WEBSITE UPDATE – WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER 2017
Toolstation Western League Match Report
Saturday 9th December 2017
DEVIZES TOWN 1 CHEDDAR 1
(Match Abandoned after 83 minutes; floodlight failure)
CALLUM HAM GRABS HIS THIRD GOAL IN TWO GAMES BUT TO NO AVAIL AS MATCH IS ABANDONED
There is little doubt that the past two performances by the Cheesemen (at Westbury on 25th November) and at home to Oldland Abbotonians last weekend were in the ‘outstanding’ class but whether Saturday’s performance by Shaun Potter’s promotion chasers fell into that category is debatable.
Fielding a strong side, Cheddar went ahead on 8 minutes, Callum Ham, in only his second full appearance since rejoining the club lashing home with the outside of his right foot from all of twenty yards, picking up a Chris Coombs glorious pass following a headed clearance by the home side’s back line, swerving the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.
The visitors continued to dominate although a Mike Roberts free-kick for the home side flew goalward and then upwards as it skied over the Cheddar crossbar.
The visitors continued to push forward in the second period without managing to find a decisive second goal, leading scorer Adam Jones going close on two or three occasions and Ricky Bennett also off target with two free kicks from good positions.
In fact, when the second goal of the game did arrive, it came midway through the second half and went in favour of the home side.
Jack Hopper was first to react as a poor back-pass from a Cheddar midfield player went sadly astray, and Hopper nipped in to draw goalkeeper Liam Kingston to slot past the young shot stopper, the first goal the on-loan Weston super Mare goalkeeper had conceded in over 250 minutes of Toolstation League football!
The equaliser, scored on 67 minutes, stirred the Cheesemen and they went firmly in search of a further goal as they at times, laid siege to the Wiltshire side’s goal but as they mounted relentless pressure darkness descended at one end of the Nursteed Road ground as the floodlights failed, bringing an early end to the game with seven minutes remaining, and a fixture to be re-arranged.
The Devizes manager, Bud Walters, said after the game: “All credit to Cheddar who were very strong; the last thing anyone expected was floodlight failure.
“It’s never happened to me before in all the years I’ve been involved in football!”
Man of the match: Callum Ham (Cheddar)
Cheddar, who because of this abandoned game have now fallen to fourth place, six points behind leaders Keynsham Town albeit they have two games in hand over the North-East Somerset based club.
The fourth placed Cheesemen have a difficult looking trip to Midsomer Norton on Saturday (16th December) to face the team immediately below them, Welton Rovers who were held to a one-goal each draw by Ashton & Backwell on Saturday.
Speaking with the club website following the game, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “It was a frustrating end to a frustrating day! We dominated the game today; we took the lead through Callum (Ham) but then never capitalised on our dominance after that, which gave Devizes that bit of hope that they (Devizes) could nick an equaliser which they did after a mistake from us.
“It’s a learning curve for us, we know unless we kill games off it always gives the opposition a chance, we were pressing for a winner for the last 15 minutes before the lights went out and the game was abandoned.
“We look forward to another trip to Devizes at the end of the season.”
Winger Chris Coombs added: “We were missing a few plyers but still had a very strong team and I feel that we are settling well and with few boys returning in the coming weeks, competition for places is strong and healthy.
“We started well today and took the game to Devizes. We were free in our movement and patient on the ball waiting to play in the right areas.
“We were rewarded with great finish from Callum after some good build up play.
“We tried to build on that and Devizes had no answers and never looked like scoring. We began to get frustrated and lose a bit of patience.
“The second half started like the first and we looked like the only winners with Devizes trying to frustrate us at every opportunity and began to work harder and gain some confidence.
“However, they still created very little but to their credit they capitalised on a rare mistake and punished us.
“Towards the end of the game we were pushing on trying to get the win until the floodlights failed.
“We were grateful for this as we didn’t drop points and we didn’t play to our normal capabilities.
“We are looking forward to next week and putting more pressure on our league rivals. Thanks, as always, to the travelling support.”
Midfielder, turned defender (on Saturday) Ricky Bennett said: “We started the game strong and dominated possession. Hammy scored a good finish and we won the first half comfortably.
“They never looked like scoring throughout the game until I had that horrible feeling after playing the ball back to Liam and seeing their striker latch on to it.
“Luckily for me I’ve got an opportunity to put it right which could be critical come the end of the season”
This Saturday (16th December) the first team visit Midsomer Norton to take on fifth placed Welton Rovers, who are just one place below the Cheesemen on 34 points although they have played one game (20) more.
After last weekend’s postponement, the first team have (temporarily we are sure) dropped to fourth position, behind Westbury United in third (who have 39 points from 20 games), Roman Glass St George are in second place with 40 points from 20 games and the league leaders are currently Keynsham Town who are on 43 points from 21 games.
Meanwhile, the Reserve team were in action at Bowdens Park on Saturday.
Here is manager Andy Wallis’s report from the game.
Cheddar Reserves needed to put last week’s poor result behind them as they welcomed an equally inconsistent Yatton & Cleeve Reserves to Bowdens Park.
Cheddar showed their intent from the start and were unlucky to fall behind following a bewildering penalty decision on 20 minutes.
This didn’t deter Cheddar’s intent and they were soon back on level terms when Tom Manning’s inch-perfect pass found Harry Hughes charging in and slotting past the advancing goalkeeper.
Cheddar took the lead in the second half when Billy Manning pounced on the goalkeeper’s fumble and John Edwards 70th minute finish claimed all three points for Cheddar.
This latest win for the Reserve team takes them to third place, three points behind second place Radstock and eleven points behind runaway leaders AFC Brislington.
Man of the match: Tom Manning
Reserve team manager Andy Wallis speaking after the game said: “We needed a reaction after last week’s disappointment and I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads.
“We dominated throughout the game and there wasn’t a poor performance across the team.
“This is just what we needed and sets us up nicely as we go into back to back derbies with Winscombe and Draycott”
On Saturday (16th December) Cheddar Reserves host Winscombe Reserves at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.
Also, last weekend the ‘A’ team were in action against Hutton Reserves, at Sharpham Road. Here is manager Jack Griffiths report from the game…
Cheddar started the game positively and piled pressure on early with Jamie Claridge taking aim at the Hutton goal on a few occasions.
After a few unsuccessful attempts Claridge eventually broke the deadlock after a well-worked team gaol ended up with Dom Underhill heading into Claridge’s path to rifle his shot past the Hutton goalkeeper.
Cheddar then let their lead slip and conceded a cheap goal minutes later.
After a great solo run from Claridge Cheddar once more took the lead through Liam Jones after Jamie Claridge had worked hard to recover a bad pass and crossed the ball to the unmarked Jones to make it two goals to one.
But like the first goal, Cheddar were only leading for a matter of minutes before conceding just before the break.
Following half time, Cheddar came out strong and were again battering the Hutton goal.
It wasn’t long before Dan Flowers nestled one in to the top right-hand corner of the goal to take the score line to 3-2 in favour of Cheddar.
The home side then had to exercise caution and learn from their mistakes in the first half and really battened down the hatches.
With 25 minutes remaining Cheddar ‘A’ were placed under heavy pressure but some ‘world-class’ saves from man-of-the-match Scott Harris kept their lead intact and gave Cheddar their first win in four.
Cheddar ‘A’ now happily sit in fourth place, just three points off third place. The ‘A’ team face fifth-placed AFC Nailsea on Saturday (16th December).
Man of the match; Scott Harris
On Sunday last (10th December) Cheddar Ladies scheduled home game with Pen Mill Reserves was subjected to a late postponement on Sunday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.
The Cheese girls are back in action on Sunday (17th December) when they travel to Combe Ladies; kick off 2pm.