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.

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.

Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review August 26

Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review

Reports from Saturday 26th August 2017



The Cheesemen were without lady luck by their side when they went down 4-2 at league leaders Bristol Telephones at the weekend.

A hat-trick for Bristol’s Dhani Gouuding got the headlines in the Sunday newsheets at the weekend, as his three goals were more than the ‘Cheese’ could counteract.

Cheddar, who have now added club captain Adam Jones to their injury list along with long term injury victims George Booth and Tom Manning, went behind to a ‘Telephones’ opener in the tenth minute after Leon Britton’s cross was headed into his own net by defender Nathan Best.  

But with fifteen minutes on the clock a long ball from Craig Mawford captaining the side, caught out the home defence and Chris Coombs was the quickest to react, slotting past Will Osborne in the ‘Phones goal.

Mike Grist was guilty of a missed chance to put the home side into the lead from the penalty spot, following an alleged foul on former Wells City striker Lee Pitman, Liam Kingston pulling off a terrific one handed save shortly after the turn-round but shortly after his penalty ignominy Grist set up Goulding who scored with a spectacular looking overhead kick.

With an hour played, Cheddar levelled the scores, Alex Graham turning the ball past his own ‘keeper following Danny Griffiths smart downward header.

 Minutes afterwards, defender-turned-midfielder Sam King had an opportunity to net his third goal of the season, but was thwarted at the last moment by the Osborne.

In an unfortunate last twenty minutes, Cheddar’s Joe Grant received his second yellow card, harshly in the eyes of many and with the Cheesemen defence reorganising themselves Goulding ran through and beat Liam Kingston at his near post.  

Then with less than ten minutes remaining Goulding completed his hat-trick with crisp drive.

This result leaves the Cheesemen in 16th position in the league, having played five games, winning one, drawing one and losing three.   

After losing their last two games, Cheddar will be looking to reverse their fortunes with a win against Keynsham Town on Tuesday night (29th August), kick-off: 7.45pm.   

Cheddar, without a match this forthcoming weekend, face a local derby at Ashton & Backwell United on Tuesday week (5th September) kick-off: 7.30pm.

Speaking after the match in Bristol, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a game we should have been winning again, disappointingly all the goals were avoidable and all due to mistakes, and at the other end we didn’t take our chances.

“Joe Grant’s sending off was pivotal again but we can have no complaints over the decision or the referee who controlled the game well.  What makes it worse is that Joe was playing extremely well and at 2-2 we were on top.  

“On a positive side, with so many players out injured we still were creating chances, and the mistakes can be corrected.  We just need to dig in and turn this around.

“Tuesday’s game with Keynsham will be a tough test. Keynsham haven’t had the best start but they will be combative and strong. We need to match the desire, cut out the mistakes and be clinical in front of goal”

Returning defender Lewis Matthews added“They (Bristol Telephones) were a good side and it was pretty even until the red card.  

“We need to take control of the game and work harder defensively for each other.”

And captain, Craig Mawford explained“I think all the boys are really frustrated following today’s result.

“We want to get a run going and start putting in performances but it isn’t quite clicking for us now. We didn’t take the chances we created and we’re not good enough defensively.

“It is important for our future success that we start to have strong squads when we are going into games and the injuries that we have has limited this.  

“Tuesday’s game is a match where we are all desperate for a result and the support that we receive at home could make a real difference.  

“I think it’s fair to say that all involved are frustrated and desperate to start to put a run together.  I am very hopeful that Tuesday could be a real turning point”.

Cheddar Reserves hosted AFC Brislington on Saturday and here is Andy Wallis’s report from the Reserves unfortunate 5-1 defeat at Bowdens Park….

The Reserve team went into this early top of the table clash with AFC Brislington with no less than eight changes to their starting line up from last week’s victory at Banwell, but it was the first minute that defined the game.  

A lose back pass by captain Adam Filer to Cheddar’s debutant Connell Edwards left the youngster faced with Brislington’s pacey centre-forward and the match official determined that Edwards clash with the visitor’s player warranted a straight red card after just 40 seconds play.

Cheddar however worked hard and looked the stronger team for the remainder of the half.

Until the 46th minute, a deflected Jay Murray attempt on 26 minutes was the closest either side went as Brislington struggled to find any real penetration.

The visitors got lucky in the last minute of the half when Cheddar failed to clear a corner and the resulting cross was bundled into the net.

Cheddar were then caught out twice in a ten-minute spell just after half time, failing to deal with Brislington’s direct approach.   The Cheesemen reserve team bounced straight back across goal by Harry Hughes and fired in by Jack Griffiths.

Cheddar’s come back was thwarted with minutes by a long-range effort, the fifth goal arriving in the closing minutes when Cheddar’s tired legs could no longer chase down. This was a very valiant effort over the 90 minutes by the ten men of Cheddar on a very hot afternoon, and the score line, as often is the case didn’t reflect the balance of play.

Joint Man of the Match:  Jay Murray and John Edwards

Cheddar Reserves face Tunley Athletic in the first round of the Somerset Senior Cup at Bowdens Park, on Saturday (2nd September) kick-off: 2.30pm.

Weekend review – August 19/20

Cheddar Reserves maintained their 100% record so far, this season, with a 3-0 win at Banwell in the County league.  

Travelling to nearby Banwell with both sides looking to build on their opening first week wins, the Reserves started well against a strong and experienced Banwell team and soon they showed the football they are beginning to play.

 A move started at left back found the advancing right back, Kris Willmott, whose penetrating pass found striker Harry Hughes, who initially stumbled but his determination saw him retrieve the ball and drive a shot from a tight angle only to see his effort hit a post.   

Taryn Selway-Joseph pounced on the rebound to stab home his first goal of the season.

The rest of the first half was a cagey affair with neither side really testing the ‘keepers, with strong defensive displays from man of the match Tom Davies alongside brother Adam, dealt with everything thrown at them centrally and Willmott and Sully snuffing out the wide play.  Callum French, Robbie Wallis and Will Wallis ably coped with the experience and physicality of the Banwell midfield.

At the turnaround, Cheddar started to exploit the space and pace out wide, with Tom Catling and Selway-Joseph always a threat.

But it was the quick thinking of Will Wallis who called for a quick throw into the box and was felled before dispatching his shot.  

Captain Adam Davies claimed his second penalty in two games to boost Cheddar’s advantage.

With 20 minutes remaining, Wallis released Catling down the right and the winger’s pinpoint cross found Hughes who put the game beyond Banwell’s reach.  Selway-Joseph hit a rasping volley with eight minutes to go but the woodwork denied him his second goal.

Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “I’m really pleased with today’s performance as it’s always a tough place to come and get anything against Banwell.

“We had a few changes from last week’s team and have some new players who are still settling in, so it’s really encouraging that we’ve played so well and got the results we deserved.

“It was great to see Harry and Taryn getting off the mark for the season and importantly keeping another clean sheet.

“Next week will be another big challenge, as AFC Brislington have also got maximum points so far and we have a lot of players away so we will need to be at our best again.”

Not to be outdone, the Cheddar ‘A’ kept up their good pre-season form with a 4-2 victory over Banwell ‘B’

Looking to build on their impressive start to the campaign.

Unfortunately, the 4-3-3 formation wasn’t working in the first half and Cheddar were to concede two goals without reply.

After a change of formation to 4-4-2 Cheddar came out and managed to win the game by four goals to two.  

Goals coming from Jamie Claridge, Shane Fear, Connell Edwards, and an own goal.

‘A’s manager Jack Griffiths said: “This was another great performance and I’m proud of the lads.  

“They didn’t let their heads drop after going 2-0 down.” 

Cheddar ‘A’s now move on to their first game of the season in a rival match up against Axbridge Reserves, more news on which will follow shortly.

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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Reserves narrowly lose to the League Champions

Reserves narrowly lose to the League Champions whilst Cheddar Juniors enjoy an excursion to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium on Sunday

Cheddar Reserves match report

Somerset County League Division Two (West)

Cheddar Reserves 1 Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves 2

Saturday 6th May 2017

Cheddar Reserves put in a strong performance at Bowdens Park on Saturday against a Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves side who arrived at the game as league champions, with two games remaining.

Whilst Cheddar Reserves went into the game unbeaten in their last five games this was going to be a best of how far the team had come over the last few weeks.

As expected, Nailsea started with confidence and dominated the opening quarter and the pressure told on 18 minutes when James Locker in the Cheddar goal misjudged a cross and Nailsea were quick to punish the error.

The home side changed their shape and were soon making chances and finished the first half in the ascendancy but could not convert their chances with both Robbie Wallis and Callum Sully going close.

Cheddar went two goals down immediately after half-time when they conceded direct from a free kick but this did not damage their confidence.

Cheddar pushed the champions and their captain, Jake Buxton finished unconventionally from Callum Ham’s free kick to make the remaining 25 minutes much of a nail biting affair.

The hard-working Harry Farrell was denied by a last-ditch tackle and substitute Danny Griffiths dragged a shot wide in last minute.

Cheddar should take confidence from this inspiring performance and play their final game of the season when they entertain Clevedon United Reserves on Thursday evening (11 May 2017), kick-off: 7.45pm.

Turning to other news…

The Cheesemen arrange a special day out for their Junior Section as they attend Bristol City’s last game of the season as official flag bearers…

Cheddar Football Club were delighted to offer a hand of friendship and encouragement to their Junior section on Sunday last (7th May) when the club arranged to take a coach party of 16 children and their parents to Bristol City’s final Sky Bet Championship game of the season against Birmingham City where the Ashton Gate stadium welcomed a sell-out crowd of over 25,000.

The children, all under the age of 12 and some as young as 8 years old were additionally given the opportunity to stand pitch side, waving flags and welcoming the players onto the pitch at the start of the game before taking their seats in the Ashton Gate stadium’s impressive new South Stand.

The Junior Cheesemen were all transported to the game courtesy of a special coach that had been arranged for the day and kindly sponsored by Chris Isgar of CJI Buildings (Cheddar) and Andy Chambers of Chambers Services (Cheddar).

All the children, and indeed their parents, had a day to remember and were eager to comment on their day out.

Billy Chambers (aged 8) said “I enjoyed the day very much and the flag waving was really good.”

And ten-year-old James Handford said “The day was very interesting and there was a very lively atmosphere.”

The last word goes to eight-year-old Rueben Snelgrove who said: “The referee should be fired, he should have given at least two penalties.”

And…the season may have drawn to a close but life goes on for the busy Cheesemen…

The club are to hold their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) starting at 7 for 7.30pm entrance for which is £10 per head and tickets will include a Hog Roast hot buffet and a ‘pint’!

Dress for the evening is smart casual and any club member or supporter who wishes to make any enquiry should contact the club secretary by sending a message via the website contact page.

We are also pleased to continue to be able to host cup finals, the next final taking place on Sunday 14th May which will be the Woodspring Under 14’s cup final, followed the Somerset Sunday Challenge Cup Final which is to take place on Wednesday 17th May.

Kick off times for both the aforementioned cup finals will be advised on the club Facebook page.

As club members and supporters will recall, the club hosted the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday last, 2nd May, which was won by Bath Villa FC who defeated the then holders of the trophy, Baltonsborough FC, 1-0 courtesy of a 78th minute goal.

The Cheesemen are also to hold three further cup finals, news on which will be made available shortly.

Cheddar FC are also pleased to announce a dramatic increase in their attendances, and for the (2016-17) season just completed, the gate average was 93 which was the third highest in the Toolstation Western League Division One, and also eclipsed many of the attendance figures in the Toolstation Premier Division which was a tremendous achievement by all concerned.

In other news, the club’s captain, Adam Jones has been confirmed as the Toolstation Western League Division One’s third highest goalscorer with 24 goals. Callum Ham was the league’s fifth highest goalscorer with 21 league goals.

And finally…

Cheddar Reserves play their final game of the season on Thursday evening (11th May) when they host Clevedon United, at Bowdens Park, kick-off: 7.45pm. All are most welcome and entrance is free.

The Reserves play their final two games as Cheddar Juniors are offered a very day out on Sunday

Cheddar Reserves face the prospect of two home games in the space of five days when they take on league champions Nailsea & Tickenham on Saturday (6th May), kick off 3pm before facing Clevedon United in their final league game of the current season on Thursday night, 11th May (kick off 7.45pm).

The Reserves manager, Andy Wallis, said: “I’m really pleased for the team as we’re starting to get the results that our performances deserve over the last few weeks.

“We go into the last two games of the season with four wins and a draw from our last five games, including three clean sheets and eleven goals scored.

“We have a young squad, with some talented players. It’s taken a bit of time for them to gel and for me to work out a style of play that suits us, but we’re starting to get there and it’s a shame that the season is ending just as we’re hitting some form.

“The newcomers like Harry Farrell and the promising Tom Catling are starting to settle into the side and importantly scored goals.

“However, we have a really tough game this week (Saturday) against Nailsea and Tickenham, who are already worthy champions and who we lost to on New Year’s Day, 4-0.

“We’re without Sam Merreywether and Will Wallis, which will be a blow as they have both been playing well.

“The good news is we welcome back our captain Adam Filer and Robbie Wallis which shows we have strength in depth and can still perform without key players, which wasn’t the case earlier in the season.

“I’m hoping that we continue to play with confidence and put on a show for those coming to support us.

“We’ll need to continue to be clinical in front of goal, as a side like Nailsea & Tickenham will punish you for missed chances but I just want the boys to enjoy the next two games with no pressure on them.”

And on to Cheddar Juniors….

Several children from Cheddar Juniors are to be given the opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday (7th May) when they are to be taken by coach to watch the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Birmingham City, which is to kick off at 12.00pm and is expected to feature majorly on Sky TV!

Not only that, but negotiation between Cheddar Football Club and Bristol City Football Club has resulted in no less than 16 children form Cheddar Juniors being given the opportunity to be ‘Flag Bearers’ on the pitch to welcome the two teams onto the field of play just prior to kick off.

Both Cheddar Football Club and indeed Cheddar Juniors are most grateful to Chris Isgar of CJI Building and to Andy Chambers of Chambers Services for their most kind sponsorship of the coach (to be provided by Coombs Travel) which will transporting the children and some of the parents to the Ashton Gate Stadium on Sunday, which is expected to draw a 25,000 plus crowd on Sunday.

Prior to departure from the Cheddar Football Club car park on Sunday, the clubhouse is to offer the children and their parents tea and toast (from 9 a.m.), after which there will be a photo opportunity prior to boarding the coach.

A Cheddar Cheesemen news release will follow to the local and regional media.

Cup Final News

For those supporters who are not already aware, Cheddar Football Club were delighted to host the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May that was played between Baltonsborough FC (the cup holders…) and Bath Villa FC.

Bath Villa won the final tie with a 78th minute goal scored in dramatic fashion with a diving header.

The game was watched by a large and enthusiastic crowd and was enjoyed by everyone that attended.
The next cup finals to take place at Bowdens Park will be held on Sunday 14th May, when two Woodspring Cup Finals will be held.

The Woodspring finals will be followed in hot pursuit when the club host the Somerset FA Sunday Challenge Cup on Wednesday 17th May before we host two Weston & District Cup Finals on Saturday 20th May, one of which features Axbridge and the other, Draycott, therefore a large crowd will be expected!

Cheesemen End Season In Third Place But With A Disappointing DisplayAt Nursteed Road


Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 29th April 2017


After a season of so much promise the Cheesemen ended their season with a disappointing defeat and display at mid-table Devizes on Saturday.

Failing to score themselves for the first time in nine games this was not the result that Cheddar would have wanted to round off their season.

It was unfortunate that manager Jared Greenhalgh was left with just fourteen fit players for this final game of the season but in truth, this Cheddar side should have had two much skill amongst those available players to secure the points at Nursteed Road but after dominating the match for long periods in the first half and playing possession football for a good deal of that time without going in front, one wondered that the longer the game went on if the home side, who had produced a good win against fourth placed Keynsham Town and had taken a point from champions elect Wellington, would have the spirit to snatch a goal, even two, which is exactly what happened.

Demonstrating their undoubted prowess, Cheddar started the game well enough, moving up through the gears and causing their Wiltshire opponents to back pedal on more than enough occasions as proceedings got underway.

Hardly had the game kicked off when a long Joe Grant throw had the Devizes defence in all kinds of trouble, captain Adam Jones muscling past the defence and laying a sweet ball into the path of Kristian Bell who forced goalkeeper Adam Walters to go full length, then on 11 minutes a beautifully flighted Ricky Bennett 30-yard free kick was caught full on by Danny Griffiths but the big defender’s headed effort went wide of the post.

With less than 15 minutes played came a moment in the match that many will feel majorly disrupted Cheddar’s performance, their defensive midfielder and talisman for much of the season, Mark Armstrong suffering the effects of a shocking tackle that left him writhing in pain and literally a passenger for the remainder of the half (after which he was substituted), the match official surprisingly only administering a yellow card to the perpetrator.

The incident had a noticeably unsettling effect on the visitors as they could well have gone behind twice in the following five minutes.

Cheddar could have gone behind had it not been for the wild and inaccurate shooting firstly by Ali Bradley, then Tom Slater when both players were clean through. Some indecision seemed to occur in the Cheddar backline for ten minutes or so before they settled down again to play the fluent football which has so often been the hallmark of their season; another superb move started and finished by Bennett, evading two tackles before finding Jones who had his effort saved by Walters.

Twice in the next three minutes Cheddar ought to have taken the lead firstly after Coombs and Bell had jointly caused difficulties to the Devizes defence, the latter forcing the keeper to save dramatically on his goal-line before a further incisive Bennett cross found Robbi Maggs in front of goal, but the in-form striker, with four goals in his last five appearances, delayed his strike attempt and the danger was cleared.

On the half hour Devizes were unfortunate themselves not to go in front, Tom Slater’s angled strike from just inside the 18-yard box being pushed over the bar by ‘keeper Webster before, just two

minutes later, with the Cheddar backline retreating, Ashley Lock latched on to Dan Sloan’s sideways pass but blazed high and wide when well placed.

Again, Cheddar raised their performance level and Maggs, Jones and Bennett were all off target with efforts as the match hurtled towards the break.

To the neutral it was a matter of time before the third placed Cheesemen were to go in front to seal the game and the points, and minutes after the turnaround a superb low cross from Maggs found Coombs in space but the goalkeeper somehow got his foot to the ball before the Cheddar winger could fire the trigger on the rebound.

On 55 minutes Maggs had a further effort stopped as the Devizes goalkeeper seemed to have fate on his side but on 63 minutes the match moved into the home side’s favour.

A long ball from defence found Devizes Town’s best player Rob Mitchell, who side stepped Cheddar’s George Booth, filling in at left back and Mitchell’s crossfield shoulder high ball found Dan Sloan who headed neatly past Webster from close range. Just six minutes later and Devizes had doubled their lead, the Cheddar defence failing to clear a corner positively and Ali Bradley atoning for his miss earlier in the game, smashed the ball home from 12 yards, as the visitors defence tried in vain to close down the Devizes inside forward.

It was disappointing that the Cheesemen’s earlier lack of penetration in front of goal had seen them fall to two successive sucker punches, but as the Somerset side played out the last 25 or so minutes in what appeared to be a lack-lustre style they were perhaps fortunate not to go further behind in the final ten minutes; Mitchell’s right sided cross-cum-shot beating the goalkeeper but flying just wide of his right-hand post with just six minutes remaining.

To their credit, Cheddar end the season in the highest ever position in the Western League, but as they look back on some of their finer performances this season, Saturday’s performance is not one that they will wish to remember with relish.

Joint Cheddar man of the match: Ricky Bennett & Kris Bell

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today was disappointing in some ways. I thought we controlled the game brilliantly in the first half with some great movement and football.

“We could have been three maybe four ahead with Devizes not really testing Kieran (Webster), apart from once which the guy was offside.

“Second halve we did concede twice through some switching off which is unsurprising considering the back four was a mix of midfield players and players out of position. We missed three one-one-ones second half so it was a disappointing day and to see Mark (Armstrong) leave the field after a horrendous challenge on him just compounded the day.

“We finish the season though in third place and full of what might have been, we have played some breath-taking football, and have lost to very direct sides. I will not abandon the way we play, to combat long ball teams but I do think we need to improve our understanding positionally and we will work hard in the off season to really mature this side.

“I believe if we can add three players and mature the squad into a position we could have one of the best seasons ever, so for now thank you to everyone and hopefully we will see you in pre-season.”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones said: “It’s gutting to end the season with a 2-0 loss.

“I felt that we played well in the first half but didn’t take our chances. To play like we did and get nothing out of the game is hard to take.

“We didn’t turn up for the second half, we had players playing out of position which didn’t help us but we still should not have lost the game. It was two sloppy goals to concede.

“I’d just like to thank the people that travelled up to Devizes to watch our final game and thank them for their support throughout the season.”

Ricky Bennett said: “It’s been a season full of ups and downs which will definitely eat up some reflecting on throughout the summer.

“Outside looking in it looks like a very successful season with it being the highest finish in Cheddar’s history, however inside the camp, we can’t hide from the disappointment and a feeling of underachievement.

“Two years on the bounce now we have fallen short in the later stages of the season and that is a tough pill to swallow.

“On behalf of the players I’d like to thank all the supporters for following us home and away and for always backing us until the very end.

“I’d also like to thank Russell for all his hard work and effort that’s gone into the pitch for us to play on this season.

“You’ve turned a cow field into a pitch that allows us to play our best football on. And thanks go to Karen for all the efforts in washing our kit week in week out, especially through the winter months…although mine never got dirty!

“And the biggest shootout to the mighty Alan Cooper.

“You are an absolute diamond and we are extremely lucky to have you. The club wouldn’t function without you and you deserve the biggest praise of all.

“Now is the time to go and reflect on the season, take a break, and put things in place ready to put things right next season.

“One thing’s for sure, I’m not prepared to fall just short three years on the trot – Up the Cheese!”

Elsewhere the Reserve team notched up an impressive 4-2 win at Taunton United on Saturday; here is the report on the match kindly supplied by Andy Wallis…

The Reserve team were looking to extend their winning streak to four in four as they travelled to Taunton on the Bank Holiday weekend to face an inconsistent Taunton United.

A Cheddar team full of confidence were explosive in the first five minutes, with Sam Merreywether blasting over the ball from six yards and the Taunton goalkeeper making a point blank save from Harry Farrell.

Cheddar got their breakthrough on 19 minutes, with Connor Heal attacking down the right, linking well with Farrell, and sliding in the young Tom Catling who coolly slotted home for his well-deserved first county league goal.

Two minutes later Farrell pounced on a loose back pass, after some great work by Carlos Farhina and Callum Sully pressuring the Taunton back-line and clinically slotting past the keeper.

Taunton were in no mood to just fold and a missed tackle in midfield allowed the ball to be played wide and a superb whipped cross was met by a smashing back post header, 2-1.

Cheddar were unfazed and bounced straight back. Farrell should have added to his tally when he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to see his shot slide inches past the post.

Cheddar’s midfield three of Will Wallis, French and Farhina dominated the centre of the pit, sliding pass after pass into the front three.

It was Farhina’s superbly delivered free kick that couldn’t be cleared and was subsequently bundled in to the net by Callum Sully to return Cheddar’s two goal cushion.

Cheddar were now cruising and with Mike Carpenter pinging 50 yard passes at ease and causing Taunton all sorts of problems, only to be punished in the last play of the first half.

A lapse of concentration and not clearing their lines, saw the ball bundled past Lockyer, to see the sides go into the break 3-2.

Cheddar stuck to their formation and style of play and were rewarded just four minutes after the re-start.

Farrell’s tireless running paid dividends again when he muscled the ball from Taunton’s centre back and slot past the advancing goalkeeper.

The same player should have claimed his hat-trick just minutes later following Sully’s through ball but again saw his shot trickle agonisingly past the post.

Taunton tried in vain to get back into the game but Cheddar absorbed the pressure, with captain Jake Buxton, impenetrable defending never giving the opposition any real hope.

The introduction of Dom Underhill’s fresh legs only continued to cause Taunton’s backline problems and create further chances for this improving young Cheddar team.

The Reserve team now finish their season with back-to-back games at Bowdens Park, initially facing a tough test against league champions Nailsea & Tickenham on Saturday (6 May) kick-off: 3pm, followed by their final game of the season against Clevedon United on Thursday evening (11 May) kick-off: 7.45pm.

And finally……

Don’t forgot the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May. The cup final is to be played between Bath Villa FC and Baltonsborough FC and is to kick off at 7.30pm.

Gates open at 5.45pm and admission prices are £3.00 (Adults) and £1 (Concessions).

Cheddar Football Club are to host a number of additional cup finals during the month of May and details will be published on this website shortly.

And last but by no means least…

Don’t forget the End of Season Awards Evening on Saturday 13th May, starting at 7.00 for 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Admission £10 ‘on the door’ which includes a ‘Hog Roast and a Pint’!