Toolstation Western League DivIsion One match report
Saturday 23rd September 2017
ALMONDSBURY 0 CHEDDAR 2
After such an indifferent start to the season, Cheddar secured their second win of the win with a 2-0 at mid-table Almondsbury on Saturday.
Although not their best performance of the season by any means, this result adds to the confidence in the dressing room, in that the Cheesemen have won three of their last four games, and climbed to 13th place in the league because of this latest win.
In a mainly scrappy opening half, the visitors took the lead on 29 minutes with marksman Adam Jones hitting his second goal in two games, suggesting that he is now over his barren spell in front of goal. Twin striker Robbi Maggs slipped the ball through to Jones enabling the big striker to run on and hit a shot at Almondsbury goalkeeper Matt Semple which although the ‘keeper saved, an alert Jones stabbed the rebound home from six yards.
The home side did have the ball in the Cheddar net as the match approached half time but an alert assistant referee noticed an infringement and the ‘goal’ was disallowed.
Cheddar secured the highly valuable three points with two minutes remaining, when Robbie Wallis, making his first appearance for the first team this season, ran in to the second centre forward position and created the space for Jones to cross a high ball which Wallis deposited neatly into the net at the back post.
This result was highly creditable to the number of Reserve and indeed fringe first team players that more than stepped up to the mark when they were called upon to perform in the absence of no less than seven first team regulars.
Cheddar will be looking to continue to improve on their performances, and will be looking for two further wins when they host Chard Town on Tuesday (26th September) (kick off 7.45pm) before a further home game on Saturday (30th September) when Portishead Town are the visitors (kick-off: 3pm)
Man of the match (for the second time in four games): Stephen Pennington
Following the match, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “I was pleased with the result today, not our best performance of the season but these are the sort of games we would have lost a few games ago, it’s a great sign when we cannot be at our best but still pick up the three points, that’s three wins in the last four games now going into Tuesday’s home game against Chard and the lads are focused and determined to keep this run going. The table looks a little bit healthier now but we are still not where we want to be.
“The signs are looking positive though, if we keep our performances at the levels they have been then we will be OK.”
Captain, Craig Mawford added: “If we are honest, this is the first game where we have performed really poorly and got something from the game.
“It was possibly one of the worst performances of the season so a change in luck may be upon us!
“Some real positives came again though in the lads coming through with Cleavesey, Steve and then Olly, Robbie Wallis, and Tom all coming on from the bench and doing a good job.
“Again, we were in the position whereby we were missing seven players but it shows the character of the lads around them and the boys stepping up from the Ressie because they want to play and experience first team football which is how it should be.
“The lads did themselves no harm at all and have given the squad more options. We go into Tuesday’s game with players returning and hopefully a few of the lads recovering from some minor knocks and we can go again.
“Tom Manning getting back and getting involved again will be a positive for everyone involved.
“Potts deserves big credit for the way he has taken the team forward and having Chris before he was back playing and Boothy helping him has definitely settled the boys. The enjoyment is back again with the lads and we hope that we can put a run together and climb the table.
“Every game is a big game and we will hopefully keep this momentum going.”
Cheddar Football Club have formally advertised for the first team manager’s position, and welcome enquiries from candidates who consider that they have the attributes and experience (preferably at Western League or Southern League level) to take the club further Anyone who wishes to apply for the post should do so by e-mailing Cheddar’s football secretary, Alan Cooper, via the club’s website contact page or direct to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications is Monday 2nd October, close of business.