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.

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.

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’!

Cheddar Reserves defeat Burnham United in bottom four clash

Saturday 15th April 2017

What a difference five months makes!

November saw Cheddar Reserves entering the reverse fixture on the back of three consecutive defeats.

This home fixture saw the Reserves looking to make it three wins on the bounce, with a team very little changed over the past three months.

Cheddar exploded into the game with Robbie Wallis threading brother Will through and it was only the fingertips that saved the visitors from being 1-0 down within the first 90 seconds.

Cheddar took the game to their visitors and controlled the game well but without really stretching their opponents.

Burnham’s only real chance in the first half came after 20 minutes, and it needed a top drawer save from Kieran Webster to keep the home side level from an excellent 20-yard free kick.

Spurred on, the Cheesemen second string upped the pace of the game and Callum Sully finally converted a chance, outpacing the Burnham defence again and this time slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper on 25 minutes.

Cheddar now had their tails up and were creating chance after chance. A superb Robbie Wallis ball was chased down by Harry Farrell, who squeezed the ball through to Sully to get his second within 10 minutes.

This young Cheddar side were now playing with confidence and fluidity, Mike Carpenter pulling the strings in midfield, using the guile of Heal and Merreywether rampaging down both wings. With five minutes remaining to half time Tom Catling, who was having his game of the season, got beyond the front two and raced onto another defence splitting ball only to see his shot skin the crossbar.

A change in the visitor’s formation to a more defensive set up and Cheddar’s loss of Will Wallis through injury early in the second half saw Cheddar struggle to regain the same dominance, however Cheddar’s defensive partnership of Filer and Buxton were rarely troubled.

The introduction of Davies with 25 minutes remaining added much needed energy and Farrell continued to torment the Burnham backline, earning himself a penalty.

Sam Merreywether was gracious enough to pass the duty of converting the spot kick to Farrell, only to see the goalkeeper pull off a superb save. In the dying minutes, Sully was sacrificed for crowd favourite John Kemp, who was looking for glory in the final minutes, but Burnham remained resolute, the match finishing 2-0.

Cheddar Reserves now have a week’s rest before travelling to Taunton and finishing with their last two games at Bowdens Park in May.

Cheddar Reserves record their second successive win

Cheddar Reserves 3 Banwell 0

Cheddar faced a much improved Banwell side, looking to build on last week’s victory over Kewstoke Lions, although due to circumstances they were without Jake Buxton and Callum French but reinforced by first team players Lewis Matthews, Callum Ham and Adam Jones who made themselves available due to the first team being without a match.

The home side started confidently dominating play without creating any clear-cut chances.

The experienced pairing of Tom Manning and Lewis Matthews controlled the central area, pulling the strings, and allowing full-backs Connor Heal and Sam Merreywether to attack the flanks at will. As the game progressed, Callum Ham and Callum Sully created further opportunities to run at the Banwell back line who never looked comfortable combatting the Cheddar frontline.

Both Harry Farrell and Adam Jones hassled and worked the visitors defence, who were under increasing pressure and it was big centre forward Adam Jones who broke the deadlock on 25 minutes finishing with a powerful header from a well delivered Ham corner.

Despite continued pressure on the visitors, Cheddar were unable to add to their tally and the centre-back pairing of Mike Carpenter and Adam Filer dealt well with occasional pressure from the visitors’ frontline, as Banwell went in at the break on a high after a series of corners in the final few minutes of the half, causing goalkeeper to warm his gloves.

The home side opened the second half determined to put game out of reach for the visitors and it was a touch of class from Ham whose sweet strike on 50 minutes gave them breathing space.

This second goal deflated Banwell and with Cheddar attacking at will and with Ham exploiting some tired legs of the visitors, the darting winger grabbed his brace in the 75th minute for his 25th strike of the season.

Substitutes Stefan Pennington, Carlos Farhina and Tom Catling all did well when they came on and the scorellne could have been more emphatic had Ham, Jones and Catling all converted good chances in the closing 15 minutes. Overall, this was a good win for the Cheddar second-string who have deserved more this season and are looking to finish their final four games strongly.

Meanwhile, Cheddar first team, who were without a match on Saturday, and lying in fourth place in the Toolstation Western League (Division One), gear up for a busy week with three home games in the space of seven days.

They kick off their first match in April on Saturday (1st) hosting eighth placed Chard Town, before entertaining new league-leaders Hengrove Athletic who displaced Wellington on Saturday, winning 3-0 at Roman Glass, Wellington only managing a 1-1 draw at Devizes. Then on Saturday week (8th April) Cheddar face a third-successive home match; when they host Roman Glass St George.

Although now fourth in the table, promotion is still a distinct possibility but all in the Cheesemen camp are acutely aware of the importance of three successive home matches before they move into their last four games, three of which are away from home.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Obviously the last few weeks have been challenging and we have to come through this patch.

“We have been playing well and I know that we can turn things around with a win on Saturday.

“We haven’t had the best of times with officials which hasn’t helped with some very strange decisions going against us, and the decisions both ways against Ashton & Backwell were somewhat confusing.

Now Wellington and Hengrove are favourites and have favourable run-ins but we will just keep going and try to put points pressure on them and see how we go”

Referring to the forthcoming match on Saturday (v Chard Town), the Cheddar manager said:

“Knowing the Chard manager, he will have them well organised and it will be a physical challenge.

“I think that we will need to go back to some basics, understand individually what our roles are and carry them out efficiently and well; the bottom line is that we need a win for confidence and to keep the pressure up on the two favourites, we know only too well after last season what can happen in the last three games.

“We have seven cup finals now and I still believe that we can push into the top two, come the end of the season.”

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…

Cheesemen move to second place in league with a strong performance

Saturday 11th February 2017

Cheddar 2 Keynsham Town 0

Cheddar manager Jared Greenlight was forced to field what appeared to be a weakened side in their top of the table clash with Keynsham Town on Saturday but this match said much for the Cheeseman’s strength in depth, winning the match 2-0 in an at times feisty tussle.

Regular first team starters Mark Armstrong, Sam King, Chris Coombs, and Danny Griffiths were all missing together with long-term injury victims Sam Jones and Lewis Matthews, but with a new-look back-four in place, it was testimony to the Cheddar manager and his squad that they dug in to earn a deserved victory.

Both sides created early opportunities with Keynsham striker Adrian Harvey testing Kieran Webster with a low drive and then Ash Wintle, the visitor’s goalkeeper doing well to save low down at the back post from Adam Jones header.

Cheddar midfielder Billy Vaughan, making his first appearance following a three-match suspension was causing problems for the visitors with his strong running their defence, although he did receive a caution for a challenge on Nathan Curnock having skipped past three defenders, the fourth more a case of over-enthusiasm rather than intent.

Keynsham’s Matt Brown then created a chance out of nothing but goal bound effort on the turn was brilliantly blocked by the impressive Craig Maw ford who was filling at the heart of the Cheddar defence.

The home side who had been marginally the better of the two teams in the opening third of the game took the lead on 34 minutes with a quality goal.

A deep Kristian Bell cross to the back post found the head of Adam Jones, who had peeled away from his marker and his cushioned header cross the face of the six-yard box was skilfully slotted home by Shaun Lambert from close range.

Cheddar could well have been punished just before the half-time break s George Booth was cautioned for a late challenge on Ben Harris who then saw his free kick brilliantly turned to safety by Webster in the Cheddar goal.

The visitors started the second half strongly and on two occasions Adam Jones was forced to make superb headed clearances to deny Harris and Brown the opportunity to get their side back in the game as they lurked at the back post in space.

It was Cheddar though who edged the game in the final third despite losing Shaun Lambert through injury, Adam Jones once again showing his versatility by moving alongside Craig Mawford in central-defence.

Mawford went close for Cheddar late on with a spectacular free-kick and Jones went close with a flying header from a Ricky Bennett corner.

The game was settled on 85 minutes when the hard working Robbi Maggs was bundled over in the penalty area by ‘keeper Wintle as the striker chased Mason Gardener’s long ball.

Substitute Callum Ham stepped up to coolly convert the penalty kick for his 22nd goal of the season to seal the victory for Cheddar

In summary, it was quite remarkable that the game went ahead, groundsman Russell Heal working wonders to make the pitch playable and with it an exciting encounter between two of the top three teams in the league.

Next Saturday (18th February) Cheddar face another potentially difficult match when they travel to eighth placed Portishead Town.

Speaking after the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was our best performance in two years, all 13 players put in a performance today, I’m proud of them”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones added: “I felt that this was our best performance of the season so far with a couple of the lads playing out of position, we dealt with it so well. I think that we dominated the game and bullied them off the park. An all-round great performance from the lads.”

Match Sponsor: Chambers Services (Cheddar)

Man of the match: Adam Jones

Weekend Roundup

Elsewhere on Saturday, Cheddar Reserves travelled to Kewstoke Lions, losing by the only goal in the match. Meanwhile the ‘A’ team lost a five-goal thriller at Sharpham Road, Sam Smith, and Ben Clayton netting for the ‘A’s’.

These two results leave Cheddar Reserves in 10th place in their division with 9 points from 16 games, whereas the ‘A’ team remain seventh in their division (in the Weston & District League Division 4) with 8 points from 12 games. Next Saturday (18th February), the Reserve team entertain Nailsea United Reserves at Bowdens Park, kick-off 2.30pm. The ‘A’ team do not have a match at the weekend.

Cheddar Ladies return to action on Sunday (19th February) when they visit Wellington in the Somerset Women’s League ‘Chairman’s Cup’.