Match report – Almondsbury UWE v Cheddar FC, August 27, 2016

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Almondsbury UWE 2 Cheddar FC 4

Saturday 27th August 2016

Two-goal Ham seals the points as a virtuoso Maggs display continues to drive the Cheesemen

Cheddar FC rounded off their busy opening month of the season with a comprehensive looking victory at Almondsbury on Saturday.

Starting the match in customary pattern, the Cheesemen were on the offensive from the off, Ricky Bennett again launching a series of attacks from the base of the diamond, and both Craig Mawford and Billy Vaughan creating havoc down the left flank and Callum Ham forcing the defenders into a series of fouls with his direct and incisive running.

Forcing no less than four corners in a six-minute spell inside the first quarter the best of the bunch fell to the lively Callum Ham, who forced the ‘keeper to hurriedly punch the ball away under pressure from centre backs Lambert and King.

To the neutral observer, it was something of a surprise that the visitors had not the lead within the first 20 minutes such was their territorial advantage causing their opponents to back-peddle at every opportunity, the hosts finding the Cheesemen’s flowing style difficult to combat.

Returning captain George Booth and striker Robbi Maggs both went close with good strikes from distance on 18 and 20 minutes, the latter constantly bringing his team mates into play with his brave and intelligent running.

On 21 minutes, unusual indecision in midfield led Bury’s Abdi Hussein reacting quickly, threading through to centre forward Stuart Alexander who struck firmly past Kingston for the home side to take an unlikely lead.

Just three minutes later and the Cheesemen were nearly back in the game, Craig Mawford’s stunning 18-yard free kick bringing a quite brilliant reaction save from Matthew Semple, diving full length to get both hands to the ball.

On 50 minutes, a quick thinking Bennett finding space, found Maggs, whose deceptive step-over deceived a defender inside the box and but his firm shot was again well held by Semple.

Three minutes later and Booth was in on the act, his 40-yard pass finding Chris Coombs whose first time shot was clearly handled but clearly not observed by the match referee or his assistant.

The Cheesemen were exerting a lot of pressure on the Almondsbury back line and clearly something had to give, and it did!

On 52 minutes, Billy Vaughan engineering yards of space for himself was unenterprisingly stopped by defender Aaron Jones, his late tackle earning himself a straight red card, whilst Vaughan lay pole-axed on the floor. Inside a minute Cheddar were level, Bennett’s clever lay-off finding Ham, who swerved past two defenders before netting from 10 yards.

Further Ham wizardry followed three minutes later, beating the defence with his unselfish running, and his superb reverse pass falling in Bennett’s path, and the technically gifted midfielder, ghosting past his marker dropping his shoulder hit home a 22-yard volley that will go down as one of the goals of the season, such was the quality of the move.

Cheddar were 3-1 up moments later as they scored their third inside a five-minute purple patch spell. Picking up loose ball wide on the right, Moggs sidestepped the attention of two defenders before crashing home from 25 yards; another quite brilliant textbook goal.

Drama was to occur on 67 minutes when King sent backpacks sailing over his ‘keeper’s head but the home side’s claims were to be of no avail as a clumsy ‘Bury tackle had aided and abetted the

big defender’s back pass, leaving him requiring extensive treatment.

On 69 minutes following two further corners in quick succession, Maggs headed narrowly over before Danny Griffiths had the ball in the Almondsbury net, but was adjudged to have pushed a defender, the match official disallowing the effort.

With 12 minutes remaining, Almondsbury reduced the deficit, Max Gourley beating Kingston at the young keeper’s near post, as the hosts gained a second wind and considerably upped their game.

A spirited fightback by the hosts was to come to nothing as Cheddar sealed the match on 79 minutes, Ham picking up Maggs slide rule pass and netting his second and his side’s fourth, as he cut inside a defender to hit home.

Man of the match: Robbi Maggs

The Cheesemen now have nine points from their first five games travel to Wincanton Town on Saturday before returning to Bowdens Park on Tuesday week (6th September, kick-off: 7.45 pm) where they are hopeful of attracting another 100+ crowd against Radstock Town; their previous home crowd of 122 being the second highest in the league so far this season.

Speaking with the club website after the game, captain George Booth said: “We were disappointed to go in at half time 1-0 down.

“We dominated the game but found them hard to break down. We’re finding that teams are playing with a defensive set up against us, and we are going to have to be patient and work hard to break them down. Once we get one, then the flood gates usually open.

“Second half we had some help with the red card but we moved the ball and scored some good goals. Overall it was a good day at the office and an important three points.”

“It was always going to be a tough game” – Jared Greenhalgh

Speaking after the match, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Saturday was also going to be a tough game.

“We very rarely win at Almondsbury as the pitch is small and doesn’t suit our style of play. Their manager Mr Black knows how to put together a side which is well organised and hardworking.

“They came off a good midweek win against Oldland and conversely we were off the back of a defeat to Ashton, so to collect three points was very satisfying and welcoming.

“I still think we are a little disjointed from the start the start of the season and we have not settled into a rhythm yet.

“We still have players to return , which is nice considering we have made a considerably better start to this season than last, however I think the frustration is we have lost two games we should really have won.

“Again, Saturday we dominated for long periods but a mistake again proved our undoing.

“I think the difference Saturday to Tuesday was the fact we stuck to our plan, and stayed more patient and having George back in the side certainly helped.

“We scored a good equaliser and then a horror tackle and a red card gave us the opportunity to get on top and we never looked liked losing after that.

“I strongly believe when a side is chasing against us , we are the best in the league at exposing space they leave, we have pace and quality on the ball, which gives us a great chance once we get our noses in front, Our pressing game is also coming on well, and if we can just cut out the individual lacks of concentration we will go close this year.”

Pre-match – Almondsbury UWE v Cheddar FC

Ahead of Cheddar’s match on Saturday, Cheddar FC manager spoke to Alan Cooper.

“We are looking to bounce back after Tuesdays game,” said Jared Greenhalgh. “It was disappointing to go down 2-1 and, despite having a lot of chances, I never thought we had control of the game like we do when we are at our best.

“Credit to Ashton and Backwell, they used what they had which was energy and pace to give us little time on the ball. However, we have the quality to deal with that but for many reasons we failed to do so.

“When we got to 1-1 we normally kick on and pressurise the opposition into submission but if anything I think it gave Backwell a renewed vigour.

“In hindsight, we have had a difficult few weeks with six games, extra time and two games with 10 men , and I think this caught up with us, but with players returning all the time, and Sam Jones re-signing, it’s onward and upwards.”

Cheddar signs new photographer, Laura Raisey

Laura Raisey
Laura Raisey

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to announce that they have appointed Laura Raisey (pictured) as the club’s official photographer.
Laura  who has also been voted onto the club’s committee and whose photographic work can be seen on the club’s website is already starting to build up an impressive portfolio and is intending to be present at as many of the club’s home and away games as she is able.

Said Laura “I am delighted to have been offered this position and will do my best to keep the publicity photographs going in the best interests of the club”

Match report – Cheddar v Ashton & Backwell United August 23, 2016

Cheddar 1 Ashton & Backwell United 2

August 23, 2016

Although not quite a local derby, games between these two sides normally have all the ingredients and more of local pride being at stake, and this game was certainly no different.

This was Cheddar’s second successive midweek defeat, but it could all have been so different had the Cheesemen made more of some of their guilt-edged chances in the opening few minutes.

Cheddar V Ashton & Backwell United

Playing with no little confidence and style from the off showing some fluent moves both on and off the ball, the home side could and should have gone ahead on at least two occasions in the opening quarter with Ashton & Backwell, at the time, looking as they were going to be steamrollered!

Cleared off the line

Making their attacking intentions known to the 122 strong Bowdens Park crowd, the Cheesemen forced a corner in the opening minute and from the goalmouth melee that ensued, Joe Grant squared the ball to Adam Jones whose first time shot on the turn was desperately cleared off the line by United’s Allen with his ‘keeper out of position.

Further efforts from Billy Vaughan, following great work by Craig Mawford, and Jones again, who shot wide when clean through were a disappointment to the bumper crowd.

Cheddar continued to up the pace and further efforts from Coombs and Vaughan were cleared to safety by the overstretched visiting defence.

Missed chances cost the match

In short, the missed chances were to cost the home side, and the Stags, backed by an impressive travelling support themselves sensed that the game could turn in their favour and that is exactly what happened.

On 18 minutes, following a period of almost incessant  Cheddar pressure, the game appeared to change, a well flighted Backwell corner found Aaron Read who headed wide from close in, and minutes later Ryan Radford’s rising shot just cleared the crossbar.

Cheddar v Ashton & Backwell United

Backwell went ahead on the half hour; ‘Allen darting through an unusually laboured defence, his shot parried by keeper Kingston, and with his defenders slow to react, Radford who was to have an exceptionally good game, rifled in the rebound

Chris Coombs trademark jinking run in the outside right channel ended with the flying winger blasting high over high over the bar as the official blew the half-time whistle.

The second half opened with Backwell increasing the tempo and looking to control the game from the outset; Read unlucky to see his header bounce from the crossbar.

Goal for the homeside

As has so often been reported, the Cheesemen are not a group to hold up the white flag and within five minutes a beautifully flighted diagonal ball was firmly headed in at the near post.  Game on!

The neutral – not that there were many of that description at the game – could well be excused for thinking that the game could go either way at that point and manager Greenhalgh made tactical changes bringing on Callum Ham (to replace Mason Gardener), Danny Griffiths (replacing Joe Grant) and a change of striker, Robbi Maggs as he sought to re-energise the team, and this brought almost immediate dividends, Callum Ham upended at full speed and unceremoniously floored in the 18 yard box, although the match referee was having none of it.

The visitors were not giving up the fight either, as they urged each other on as if their livelihoods depended on it.

Backwell’ No 10, Radford running in from the inside left channel threaded a super ball to Biggins, completely outwitting the home back line, hammering home past ‘keeper Kingston’s outstretched left arm, for what proved to be the winner, and sparking scenes of tumultuous joy amongst the ‘Backwell bench and their travelling supporters.

Cheddar (Pizza and Kebab) sponsor man-of-the-match: Sam King

Man of the match
Man of the match

“Cheddar have had as very busy start to the season,” said Alan Cooper. “Playing in two energy sapping FA cup games, and losing two influential players for the greater part of two of the five games they have so far played in due to red card offences, which has been tough learning curve for the manager’s young team.

“It is an ‘old adage’ that teams who suffer a defeat home will play the next game with some vengeance, which was exactly the case with Ashton \& Backwell’ defeat (3-5) at the hands of Chippenham Park on Saturday.

“Tiredness from a series of tough opening games for the Cheesemen, has inevitably taken its toll and it showed at times last night.

“The Cheesemen have an opportunity to rest for three days, notwithstanding training, until their next match on Saturday (at Almondsbury UWE) and have influential players due to return to the line up, and with the team in ninth position after two loses and two wins from their opening four league games, Cheddar’s seemingly inconsistent start will I am sure ignite very soon with away games (Wincanton – 3 Sep; Radstock – 6 Sep and the FA vase (v. Elburton Villa – 10 Sep) on the horizon.”

Cheddar FC players to take on Man vs Mountain in memory of Jim Hewlett

A team of 10 will be undertaking Man vs Mountain for Penny Brohn Cancer Care in memory of Jim Hewlett.

Andy Murphy, Jon Filer, Dan Harris, Nick Paton, Martin Davis, George House, Shane Fear, Richie Matthews, Chris Angell and Will Higginbottom  will be taking on the a 22 mile run up and over Mount Snowdon on September 3.

The Challenge includes a 22 mile run up and over Snowden, Lake jump and swim, ending in an assault course. The boys are training hard and really want to raise as much money as possible for a great charity in memory of a great friend to many. Jim

Will said: “Jim was a great friend to us all and many others. He sadly died 5 years ago and we have previously undertaken fund raising events in his memory for charities that we know he would have cared about.”

You can sponsor the boys via their Just Giving page and share the link on your own Facebook:


Pre-match – Cheddar FC v Ashton & Backwell United

Cheddar FC are to play Ashton & Backwell United at Bowdens Park this evening (August 23) in their next Toolstation Western League Division One league match.

Many supporters will remember the two exciting games with Ashton & Backwell last season (2015-16), where the Cheesemen won 3-1 at Ashton & Backwell’s Lancerscott Stadium just prior to Christmas, and the Backwell based side, who were defeated 3-5 on Saturday in an eight goal thriller against high flying Chippenham Park, will be looking to get their season back on track tomorrow night, after narrowly missing out on promotion like ourselves at the end of last season.
Tonight’s match is to be kindly sponsored by Cheddar Kebab and Pizza, in Cheddar Gorge (tel: 01934 743136).

Clashes with Ashton & Backwell are always full-on, entertaining affairs, and Cheddar FC will be hopeful of a big crowd to come along to support the team who defeated Warminster Town 4-0 on Saturday with goals on the day, scored by Chris Coombs who helped himself to hat-trick, and from Adam Jones, who will continue to wear the captains armband, during the enforced absence of George Booth.

Gates open at 6.30pm and the match is to kick off at 7.45pm.

The Cheesemen are to travel to basement side Almondsbury UWE at the weekend, in a game that kicks off at Almondsbury’s ground ‘The Field’ at 3pm on Saturday (August 27).

The Reserve team are now to play in the Somerset Senior Cup 1st round on Saturday week, 3rd September vs Burnham Utd. As the cup match has been drawn at home, the first team’s scheduled home match vs Chippenham Park has been re-arranged for Tuesday 1st November (kick off. 19.45) and as a result the first team are to travel to Wincanton Town on 3rd September (kick off: 3pm).

Cheddar FC’s scheduled home match with Wincanton Town on Tuesday 13th September is now rescheduled for Saturday 14th January 2017 (kick off\: 3pm).

Meanwhile, the first team have been drawn to play Devon side Elburton Villa in the FA Vase on Saturday 10th September The match is to be played at Bowdens Park and is to kick off at 3pm.

Match Report – Cheddar FC v Warminster Town, August 20

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Cheddar 4 Warminster Town 0

Saturday 20th August 2016


Two goals in each half including a stunning hat trick from man-of-the-match Chris Coombs secured the three points for the Cheesemen whose overall display proved too strong for their Wiltshire visitors.

Warminster, looking stronger and more composed than in their meetings with Cheddar FC last term, started the game enterprisingly enough forcing two corners in the first four minutes, Charlie Walton shooting just over the bar.

Louis Sparey followed this with a dipping shot minutes later, as Town aimed to capitalise on their impressive midweek win over a good Corsham side.

As Cheddar began to settle, wide men Coombs and Callum Ham freely found space alternating the channels and the latter could well have put his side in front on 12 minutes cleverly turning a defender before being robbed by centre-back Henry McFearan as he was about to pull the trigger.

On 21 minutes’ stand in ‘skipper Adam Jones, as normal in the thick of the action threaded a sublime pass onto Coombs who made no mistake hitting the net, drawing the keeper from line, and wheeling away in delight as he sunk to his knees in celebration.

The home side were two goals to the good less than two minutes later. Ricky Bennett, a player of great skill and at the top of his game, sending over a perfectly weighted corner for Shaun Lambert’s full on connection, Coombs finishing off job with s deft glancing header; Town’s keeper in no-man’s land.

Five-man move

Shortly after the turn round a clever five man move orchestrated by Bennett at the base of the diamond, could and should have brought better fortune for the Cheddar FC; Coombs bursting forward and forcing keeper Hotine into an acrobatic save. Jones had the ball in the net on the hour although this was disallowed for an infringement.

The visitors were a shad unlucky not to pull a goal back on 67 minutes, Craig Sheppard’s close range header bouncing off as post, but Cheddar FC have learnt very quickly from their FA cup misfortune stamped their authority on the game with a quality move seconds later; Bennett again engineering yards of space for himself, found substitute Billy Vaughan at speed, who with the deftest of touches found Coombs who celebrated his hat trick in style, smashing in a shot inside the near post.

Cheddar FC added their fourth goal with 15 minutes remaining, with Bennett and Kris Bell combining well before the former’s perfect cross found big striker Jones who firm header gave the Town keeper little chance.

Liam Kingston
Liam Kingston makes debut

The Cheesemen who welcomed back manager Jared Greenhalgh fresh from his European travels, also gave a debut to 16-year-old goalkeeper Liam Kingston who repaid the manager’s faith with a highly competent, near faultless display.

Speaking to the club website,, manager Greenhalgh said: “I’m very pleased with our performance today, and I thought that we were a little bit too much for them (Warminster) really, had luck been with us we could have scored a couple more.

“Chris (Coombs) caused problems for them all afternoon with his penetrating runs and his crosses deep into the box and they couldn’t handle him.

“We’ve got three quality players, George Booth, Mark Armstrong and Robbi Maggs not to mention one or two others, looking to return soon after unavoidable absences and if we continue to play like this, it’s a nice problem to have. Ashton & Backwell next up on Tuesday and that’s always a tough one, let’s make no mistake.”

The Cheesemen face Ashton & Backwell in a local derby on Tuesday evening (23rd August) which if recent clashes are anything to go by, has all the ingredients to be as highly lively counter.

The Bowdens Park side then travel to their first away league match at the weekend with trip to currently basement placed team Almondsbury.

Cheddar man of the match Chris Coombs receives his champagne award from joint clubman of the year/head groundsman Russ Heal following the club's 4-0 win over Warminster Town on Saturday.
Cheddar man of the match Chris Coombs receives his champagne award from joint clubman of the year/head groundsman Russ Heal

Match Report – Cheddar FC v Bishop Lydeard, August 16‏

Cheddar 2 Bishop Lydeard 4


Sometimes when fate is against you, fortune doesn’t favour the brave.

Having to endure their fair amount of being dealt bad cards of late, the Cheesemen found themselves severely up against it on Tuesday against Bishop Lydeard when regular goalkeeper turned his ankle in the warm up and was replaced in goal by centre back Danny Griffiths and striker Robbi Maggs failed a late fitness test.

Cheddar were still settling into their rhythm shortly after kick off, when last season’s Somerset Premier Division champions launched a speculative attack. What happened next was to prove a decisive moment in the match as arguably one of the Cheesemen’s players, defender Craig Mawford, was adjudged to have felled a Lydeard striker in the box when being challenged for the ball.

In the commotion that ensued, Mawford was shown the red card and a penalty kick awarded.

First Penalty

Up stepped former Bristol City midfielder Mark Clunie to hit the spot kick wide of Griffiths’ left arm.

More drama was to occur on 14 minutes when Lydeard were to gain a further penalty – the Cheddar keeper being deemed to have felled Lydeard’s Chamberlain.

Clunie stepped up for a second time but on this occasion Griffiths was equal to the task and saved brilliantly but could only sink to his knees in bewilderment as James Quick lived up to his name and stabbed the rebound into the net  – 0-2.

Worse was to follow on the half hour as an unusually jittery Cheddar defence, still readjusting, failed to close their left channel and Chamberlain powerfully shot home.

With a one man and three goal deficit, Cheddar forced their way back into contention ace sniper George Booth along with Callum Ham and archetypal schemer and man of the match Ricky Bennett all tested the visitors defence with penetrating runs and shots that fizzed just wide of the woodwork.

Cheddar scores

A goal was on the cards, and sure enough it came with Adam Jones hitting a close range effort to the left hand corner after goalkeeper Tilley had failed to clear his lines.

Cue a rejuvenated Cheddar as first Coombs and then Grant were thrust into the fray and it was the Cheesemen who laid siege to the visitors goal, goalkeeper Tilley doing well to punch away goal worthy efforts from Bennett’s precise corner kicks, Coombs driven crosses and Grant’s exocet’s!

It came as no surprise when Cheddar pulled a goal back on 67 minutes, Lewis Matthews netting from close range shots from Booth and King had both been blocked on the goal-line.

It looked at this point that it was only a matter of time that the Cheesemen would equalise and maybe even grab a winner, such was their resilience.

But further late drama was to occur with four minutes remaining when a move of individual brilliance saw Lydeard’s Charlie Wilson side step his marker a send a low shot just inside the far upright for a slightly flattering scoreline in favour of the visitors.

Central Asset Finance man-of-the match: Ricky Bennett

Following the game Cheddar caretaker manager Andy Wallis said: “Whilst the result and the crucial refereeing decision were hugely disappointing, I thought yet again that our performance was outstanding.

“I felt that we dominated every area of the pitch and it looked like they had 10 men for most of the game and not us.

“That is a huge credit to the effort and quality of the players and had Lady Luck been on our side we could have got something from the game.

“The measure of true champions is how they bounce back and I truly believe these players will bounce straight back on Saturday.”

Cheddar AFC v Bishop Lydeard FC

The Cheesemen take on league newcomers Bishop Lydeard FC in their second successive home league game tonight, Tuesday 16th August.

Bishop Lydeard who travel to Bowdens Park on the back of a 3-3 home draw with Wincanton (opening day of the season) and a 0-2 defeat at Keynsham (on Saturday) had a highly successful season last term being promoted to the Toolstation Western League Division 1 from the Somerset Premier Division.

Cheddar won their opening game of the season on Saturday defeating Devizes Town 5-0 with second half goals from Robbi Maggs (2), Billy Vaughan, Tom Manning and Callum Ham. Wiltshire side Devizes Town were table toppers prior to Saturday’s game.

Gates open this evening at 6.30pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.

Bishop Lydeard
Cheddar AFC looks forward to welcoming current supporters and welcoming old and new supporters to Bowdens Park for this attractive game.

Tonight sees a sequence of three consecutive games at Bowdens Park as Tuesday’s game is followed by home matches against Warminster Town (Saturday 20th) and a local derby against Ashton & Backwell (Tuesday 23rd).

Following the match on 23rd August the Cheesemen play away at Almondsbury before a further run of four successive home games in early September including an FA Vase match against Devon side Elburton Villa.

Further details follow on all future matches.


Match report – Cheddar hit five in the opening league match of the season

Cheddar 5 Devizes Town 0

Five second half goals secured this impressive looking win for the Cheesemen as they shrugged off their FA cup hangover sufficiently well to signify their intentions to the rest of the league that last season’s good run was by no means a one-off.

In a generally uninspiring first half, the Wiltshire side who topped the league before kick-off made the most of the early exchanges as befitted their early season lofty status, Rory Collins in particular orchestrating some fine moves from his central midfield berth. As the visitors dominated early possession Daniel Sloan twice went close with snap headers following clever free kicks deep into the box, linking well with Robert Mitchell through the channels.

Cheddar v Devizes Town

Gradually, the home side began to introduce more cohesive play and on 15 minutes a Robbi Maggs and Chris Coombs move was well thwarted by keeper Matthew Tilley who raced off his line to block the latter’s shot. Cheddar forced five corners in quick succession as they battled to achieve supremacy but the hard working Maggs saw a goal bound shot deflected off the line on 29 minutes before pivot Sam King’s shot on the half hour was saved instinctively by the keeper. With five minutes remaining of the half, Coombs crisp shot was kicked off the line by a Devizes defender.

Following the turn around, the Cheesemen noticeably upped the pace and inside wo minutes of the re-start striker Maggs opened his account for the season, finishing well from Lewis Matthews incisive cross deep into the 18-yard box. Two minutes later and the home side were two goals to the good, former Hengrove Athletic midfielder Billy Vaughan noticing keeper Tilley advance from his line, executed a 40-yard lob that sailed into the roof of the net.

Cheddar were three goals up on 56 minutes; that man Maggs making a nuisance of himself inside the box, stepping inside a defender’s lunge and hitting a rasping shot past the keeper’s despairing drive.

A further goal came on 59 minutes, substitute Callum Ham finishing off a delightful Matthews – Coombs move, and nutmegging the keeper for Cheddar’s fourth goal. The visitors had Jordan Matthews sent off for a second cautionable offence on 66 minutes although by then the visitors had been reduced to ten men.

Cheddar v Devizes Town

Tom Manning completed the scoring on 72 minutes, netting a lob over the keeper’s head, not wanting to be outdone by Vaughan’s earlier effort, and shooting high into the net from all of 40 yards.

Following the match, Cheddar caretaker manager, Andy Wallis, said: “We were a bit flat in the first half and just couldn’t click but we made a couple of tweaks at half time and had a great start with Robbi’s first goal which settled us down. After that the lads gained in confidence and dominated, and deserved score line, which could well have been more on the day.”

Rotamec (Cheddar) man of match: Chris Coombs

Man of the Match Chris Coombs