Cheesemen face fixture pile up as the weather continues to disrupt the league programme as manager Shaun Potter and team captain Craig Mawford speak to the website
Cheddar faced further disruption to their league programme at the weekend when their match at Malmebury Victoria fell victim of the weather conditions that appear to have dilapidated the Toolstation Western League’s fixture list since prior to Christmas. Cheddar themselves have played just the one match since Christmas (when they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with visitors Radstock) and now face the difficult prospect of an extremely busy catch up period between now and the season’s end in April. The club are due to play at home tomorrow night (Tuesday 30th January) with further games following in quick succession when they are scheduled to play near neighbours Ashton and Backwell on Saturday (3rd February) followed by a local derby rearrangement at Bishop Sutton. A further home game follows on Saturday week (10th February) against Chippenham Park, then it is an away match (at Portishead) on Saturday 17th February, before a further midweek home game on Tuesday 20th February, where Sherborne Town are the visitors. On Saturday 24th February the Cheesemen faced the difficult prospect of a visit to league leaders Keynsham Town before rounding off a very busy month with a long trek to Wiltshire to face Devizes Town on Tuesday 27. Saturday’s latest postponement (at Malmesbury) has been rearranged for Tuesday 10th April, meaning a further long midweek journey for the Cheesemen.
A frustrated manager, Shaun Potter speaking with the club’s website at the weekend said:
“It’s a frustrating time at the moment for everyone, it’s all very stop-start and it’s tough to prepare with the expectation that gams will be postponed. We are desperate to get a run of games and get some consistency back, we play Warminster on Tuesday at home, we have played them twice this season already so know a little bit about them as they do us. We were very good in the league game against them, but we experimented a little bit in the second [Les Phillips Cup] game with personnel and formation and we were beaten. Hopefully the weather will hold off and the pitch will be ok for Tuesday (and indeed for Saturday); anymore postponements and I think that we will be playing every day of the week come April to get the games in”
Team captain Craig Mawford added:
“It has been a frustrating time due to the lack of games this month. I thought that the last game we played at home to Radstock we grounded out a result in difficult conditions. We did however let ourselves down that day as we should never be going into a game 2-0 up then throwing it away. It took character from the lads and that gives us something to push forward with in the next game. As a unit we need to take responsibility particularly during the set of games that will be coming thick and fast due to the postponements. We need to accept that in the conditions we may need to address some of decision making and adapt where appropriate. We have made a few errors over the past fixtures that have cost us games. We have to make sure that this does not happen again and be willing to respond better when mistakes occur and ensure we recover so that the mistakes do not get punished so severely. It will be good to get playing again tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are fortunate that it is a home game to get ourselves hopefully back on track. Saturday’s game (against Ashton and Backwell) will be difficult too as they are always tricky opponents, and we are well aware that it will be a fight to get a result. With the volume of games that we will have in such a short space of time it is good to have largely the full squad to pick from and allowing ourselves the opportunity to rotate where possible to keep things fresh. Ross (McNab) has done very well since coming in playing alongside Jonah (Adam Jones) I don’t think is a positive experience for opposing defenders. The manager (Shaun Potter) again needs to take credit for the way in which he is preparing the lads and the errors with results have been solely player responsibility and is something which we need to put right. I want to thank everyone that has been turning out for the games and fingers crossed, we can start to string some results together again and have a good go for the remainder of the season”
Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves match at home to Chew Magna on Saturday was again called off, and has been re-arranged for Wednesday 11th April, kick off 7.45pm.
A pitch inspection has been arranged for Tuesday morning (30th January) to determine whether that evening game against Warminster Town goes ahead. Kick off is scheduled for 7.45pm.