Weekend round up – September 24/25

On Saturday, Cheddar Reserves hosted Worle and were unfortunately defeated at Bowdens Park.

Cheddar ‘A’ were due to travel to Selkirk United but the game was called off due to unavoidable circumstances. Cheddar Ladies did not have a match this weekend.

Next Saturday Cheddar Reserves travel to Clevedon United whilst Cheddar ‘A’ host Nailsea ‘A’ in the Knockout Cup.

Meanwhile Cheddar Ladies host Purnell Sports on Sunday (2nd October) in Division Two of the Somerset Women’s League.

Match report – Clevedon Town v Cheddar FC, September 24

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round Match Report and Weekend Review

Clevedon Town 3 Cheddar 1 (After Extra Time)

Saturday 24th September 2016


Cheddar’s participation in national competition came to an abrupt halt at Clevedon Town’s Everyone Active Stadium on Saturday but it wasn’t until extra time that their Toolstation Western League Premier Division hosts were able to inflict the additional resolve to get them through to the next round.

Adopting a game plan to achieve an early goal, Clevedon’s ‘Seasiders’ were frustrated by the quality goalkeeping of Liam Kingston who pushed Daine O’Connor’s drive over the bar on five minutes, but this was the home side’s only sign of early supremacy as the Cheesemen were playing a clever ‘containing’ game.

Cheddar were struck a huge blow on 14 minutes when their inspirational captain, George Booth, himself just returning to the line-up following a spell on the injury list, fell victim to a late tackle and was sent sprawling, and after lengthy treatment where it was clear that Booth couldn’t continue, he was replaced by a not altogether fit Mark Armstrong, Craig Mawford taking the captain’s armband.

Despite the, at times, pass and move style adopted by the home side, there was no real result, and the visitors almost struck first blood on 38 minutes, an incisive Maggs forward pass finding Coombs, whose quick thinking had Clevedon ‘keeper Rhys Hutchings dashing off his line to head clear with his defenders nowhere. Minutes earlier Ricky Bennett’s swerving pile driver had been well saved by the young Clevedon keeper.

Clevedon although starting the game a tadge more positively than their lower-league visitors were finding themselves on the back foot despite off-target efforts from both O’Connor and Liam Knight, but Cheddar’s fate was with them, when the former’s effort on goal deflected off Chris Coombs and bounced off the top of the crossbar.

As the first half drew to a close the Cheesemen were dealt another cruel twist of fate, when long-term injury victim Sam Jones, who had been the scourge of the Clevedon defence through the opening 45 minutes, fell awkwardly following a tackle on the edge of the box, and lay worryingly prostrate as physio Sophie Jones administered treatment.

Sadly, Jones was to take no further part in the game and looks to another member of Cheddar’s growing injury list. Deep into first half injury time Sam King was desperately unlucky to see his powerful header well saved by the keeper.

Visitors substitute Callum Ham made his presence immediately felt on the change round, causing the home defenders all kinds of problems with his mazy runs, and on 51 minutes the determined Ham put his side in front with a goal of quality as he swept home past the ‘keeper’s despairing drive from an equally quality Maggs cross-field ball.

Moments later came the best move of the match when a delightful three-man Cheddar move involving Vaughan – Maggs and Armstrong, completely split the home defence wide open, the latter shot bouncing inches wide of the post. A little against the pattern of play, Clevedon levelled on 62 minutes, Kevin Camargo’s 25-yard volley for once beating Kingston.

The equaliser seemed to give the home side fresh impetus and Toby Yeate headed just wide on 70 minutes.

Robbi Maggs was next to suffer injury problems as he hobbled off to be replaced by Mason Gardener on 72 minutes, but still the Cheesemen were not finished and a brilliant Mawford drive was tipped over the bar by Hutchings in the closing minutes of normal time, and then in the dying minutes a clever Billy Vaughan flick found Armstrong who headed just over. At the other end Clevedon’s Jamie Fisher tested Kingston with a low drive.

Cheddar despite injuries to arguably three of their best players in the 90 minutes had given everything but went behind in the eighth minute of extra when a speculative Yeates cross, took a sharp turn in the wind, the ball nestling itself inside Kingston’s near post.

The increased fitness of the home side was their benefactor as injury hit Cheddar began to suffer with tired limbs and their subjection at times to some dangerously high tackles.

Unfortunately for Cheddar, who to their great credit never gave up the cause, they conceded a third goal on 103 minutes, Liam Knight hitting home Clevedon’s third to give the home side a slightly flatteringly score line.

The Cheesemen are away to table-topping Wellington Town on Wednesday night (28th September) in the Somerset Premier Cup before travelling to second placed Keysham Town in the Toolstation Western League on Saturday (1st October). Cheddar host Calne Town on Tuesday 4th October (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Man of the match: Sam King

Cooper’s Player Ratings;

Kingston 7; Grant 7; Mawford 8; Booth 7 (Inj); KING * 8; Lambert 7; Coombs 7; Bennett 8; Maggs 8; Vaughan 8; Jones 7 (inj)

Substitutes; Armstrong 7; Ham 7; Gardener (not scored as 15 mins play)


Match Report – Cheddar v Welton Rovers, September 20

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Tuesday 20th September 2016

Cheddar 4 Welton Rovers 0

Cheddar Football Club were urged to get back to winning ways following the side’s disappointing display at Corsham on Saturday and the Cheesemen responded in the best possible fashion with as complete a most ‘complete’ performance for some time.

On 14 minutes, Sam Jones hugging the left berth weaved his way into the penalty area, leaving three defenders in his wake and was unceremoniously tumbled over as he sped into the box, but despite exasperated claims the match referee was not moved by the claims of the gazelle-like striker.

Billy Vaughan, who was to go on to have his best game since joining the club in the summer was revelling in his central midfield berth, initiated several incisive moves with his quick thinking and from one such move, his combination play with Shaun Lambert set up an alert Callum Ham, who rounded the ‘keeper to side foot the ball home on 36 minutes.

Sam Jones was clean through just three minutes later, his angled drive hammering off the crossbar, then upright as goalkeeper Owen Knight scurried across his line to clear.

The home side were awarded a penalty kick for a handball offence on 40 minutes but the normally lethal Callum Ham cheekily tried to lop the keeper and the Rovers shot-stopper saved the spot kick at the second attempt as Ham ran in to follow up his spot kick.

In between the late first half action in the Welton Rovers 18-yard box the visitors bellied their lowly league position with good individual efforts; both Jackson Hamilton and Chris Pilz both going close, initially with a 30-yard lawn fizzer before Pilz tested the in-form Liam Kingston who was equal to the challenge.

Therein lay the problem for the Welton Rovers team; players within the side not short on talent but not quite jelling as a unit.

The Cheesemen doubled their advantage on 48 minutes, Jones’ clever forward pass finding Ham, whose first time shot was saved by the keeper, but Jones who had continued his run, hit home a rocket of a shot from 10-yards to double his side’s advantage.

Cheddar were 3-0 up on 68 minutes, the industrious Ricky Bennett, who made a big impression as the game wore on, setting up Sam Jones who hit home a venomous drive from just inside the area for his fourth goal in five games since his long overdue return to lead the attack, and what a goal this was.

On 75 minutes a foul on Chris Coombs set up Bennett for a direct free kick in a central position but his perfectly struck 20-yard free kick bounced off the cross bar with the keeper for once rooted to his line.

With two minutes remaining on the clock another cleverly engineered Vaughan midfield move, found Bennett whose curling pass to the left flank was drilled goal wards by Kris Bell, finding Ham running in from deep who capitalised on a poor clearance to drill home from six yards for his second goal and his side’s fourth of the night, to the delight of another 100+ crowd at Bowdens Park.

This result is entirely what was needed by the Cheesemen as they prepare for their FA Vase (2nd Qualifying Round) tie Western League Premier Division side Clevedon Town on Saturday (24th September) the winners of which will go forward to the First Round Proper on Saturday 22nd October.

Should Saturday’s game end all square after extra time, then the replay will take place at Bowdens Park on Wednesday (28th September) kick-off 7.45pm. Should Cheddar not be in replay action on the night they will travel to high-flying Wellington Town in the Somerset Premier Cup competition, kick off 7.45pm.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s game manager Jared Greenhalgh said:: “We bounced back well tonight from Saturday, we were a lot more together in all of our play. We punished them [Welton Rovers] and dominated everything and we had six or seven normal first time starters out.

“We still have to improve in certain areas but overall I was really pleased. We move on now to Saturday’s [FA Vase] game at Clevedon in good spirit but let’s make no mistake, Clevedon will be tough, they may be at the lower end of the table, they are a Premier Division side with good pedigree; they were only narrowly beaten tonight by rampant Bristol Manor Farm side (2-1) and they [Clevedon] will be up or the game, they have some good finishers in their squad but we have to match them and we definitely have a chance, we can do well if we perform as we did tonight.”

Roosters County Music Club Man-of-the-Match: Sam King

Cooper’s Player Ratings;

Kingston 8; Griffiths 7; Mawford 7; Gardener 7; King 8; Lambert 7; Coombs 7; Bennett 8; Ham 8; Vaughan 9; JONES * 9

Substitutes: Manning 7; Grant 7; Bell 7

Weekend Round Up – September 17/18

Cheddar Reserves were held 2-2 by Long Ashton in the County League Cup Finding themselves two goals down at the turnround, the Reserve team were down and out but Toby Jones who had earlier had shots off target reduced the deficit on 70 minutes before a delightful move involving Robbi Wallis and Jones saw the latter sweep home an equaliser for his brace on the day.

Shane Fear who had a very good game in goal pulled off a great save in the dying second to earn the Reserves a share of the spoils.

Not to be outdone Cheddar ‘A’ fought back from two goals down to draw 3-3 against Wrington Redhill. John Edwards put the ‘A’ team back into the game with a great half-volley set up by marauding centre-back Alex Cooper.

With 15 minutes remaining, Cheddar keeper Finn Travis gave away a penalty kick, the visitors scoring a third from the spot, but Travis more than redeemed himself with a string of quality saves.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Cheddar further reduced the arrears with a superb James Parker finish following good work by Cooper. With two minutes remaining Parker finished off a great Edwards cross to earn the ‘A’ team a deserved point. Cheddar ‘A’ team man of the match was James Parker.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies went goal crazy for the second week in succession with an amazing 18-0 win at Minehead on Sunday, sending the Cheesegirls to second place in their league.

Captain Jade Burton helped herself to a hat-trick while Holly Hael scored four goals.

Charlotte Fay-Fineran, Linda Sharp helped themselves to two goals apiece, while Char Scriven scored one from outside the box.

But Valerie Walsh took all the plaudits with a double-hat-trick.

The Cheesegirls were 14-0 up at half-time, with Minehead not fully realising what had happened to them.

Second half substitute Charlotte Fay-Fineran caused the home side all kinds of problems with selfless running and the West Somerset side crumbled, conceding four further goals in this incredible hammering.

Cheddar star player was Valerie Walsh, who has now scored eight goals in the last three outings.

Manager Russ Heal said: “After the improvements the girls have made ,I knew they were capable of getting a result from a team we had never beaten – but I wasn’t expecting that.”

Val Walsh, Player of the Match against Minehead, September 18
Val Walsh, Player of the Match

Team of the week for the second successive week; Cheddar Ladies…..

Corsham Town v Cheddar FC, September 17

Toolstation Western League Division One

Match report and Weekend Review

Saturday 17th September 2016



Cheddar last visited Corsham in a league match in February, and lost by a three goal margin.

On that cold winter’s evening, they lost an influential player midway through the game, and yesterday, as if fate was to shown its ugly face again, history reoccurred.

Having won their last four matches, and visiting a team lying in 16th position, and on the back of a 6-0 hammering (at Hengrove) in midweek, the Cheesemen camp’s mood was affirmative and starting the game like an express-train with fluent flowing football, it looked only a matter of minutes before the visitors would open the scoring and the floodgates would open.

Corsham v Cheddar
Captain George Booth challenging for the ball

Cheddar’s ascendancy in the opening minutes obvious, Sam Jones going agonisingly close on 4 minutes speeding past two defenders but his shot finding the side-netting; the athletic looking striker was again in on the action two minutes later receiving a sublime ball from George Booth and shooting well, but home keeper Sam Thomson, averted the danger with his feet.

On 9 minutes an incisive Ricky Bennett – Mark Armstrong move found Callum Ham whose 18-yard drive skimmed the crossbar, before Sam Jones on 16 minutes was denied by the Corsham ‘keeper after good work again from Booth.

To the neutral eye, the visitors could and should have been two to three goals to the good after 30 minutes, but the Wiltshire side had seemingly done their homework to thwart Cheddar’s free-flowing style and hit the Cheesemen on the break and on 35 minutes, this is exactly what happened.

The hosts launched a quick counter attack down the left flank, Josh Bright making his first appearance for Town, sending a diagonal ball across the face of the Cheddar defence, that should have been dealt with far more positively and Jon Bazley was allowed the time and space to slot past ‘keeper Kieran Webster.

The visitors had the chance to equalise on 40 minutes, Booth being unceremoniously tumbled over on the edge of the box, but Craig Mawford’s stunning free-kick was somehow stopped by the Corsham keeper.

Booth had a good effort bravely blocked by the keeper on 42 minutes but on the stroke of half-time the visitors lost their talisman and captain as he was helped from the field of play with a nasty looking cut, requiring hospital treatment following a challenge from the Corsham centre-back.

Within two minutes of the re-start Cheddar were too goals down, and game was turned on its head and rhythm of the visitors looked a long way from its best as the visitors couldn’t believe that they had conceded two goals after being in control of the game for so long.

Jaiden Savery’s shot hit keeper Webster’s stomach, and with his defenders slow to clear the danger, Bright hit home from 10 yards in a crowded penalty box.

Cheddar’s momentum was lost for a period following the home side’s second goal, with too many passes being ‘half-hit’ and either finding their destination, or simply not winning the second ball, and with their work rate level deteriorating as if to concede the match, Corsham went further ahead on

72 minutes, a further defensive mix-up allowing Russell to cross for Lewis Russel to hit home into an empty net.

The three goal deficit finally spurred on the Cheesemen to get something from the game, although midfield supremo Mark Armstrong limped off with 15 or so minutes remaining, as the tempo of the game became bruising to an extent and was in danger of becoming over-heated.

An ugly looking attempted kick on Craig Mawford saw Corsham’s Savery shown an immediate red card, but with 10 minutes or so remaining it was too little too late for the Cheesemen to get themselves back in the game in spite of forcing two corners in the dying minutes, and both keeper Thomson and his uncompromising centre back doing well to keep out stinging shots from Jones and substitute Billy Vaughan, the latter getting through an immense amount of work.

So, Cheddar’s four match unbeaten run is halted, but they have the opportunity to put this game behind them on Tuesday night (20th September) when Welton Rovers visit Bowdens Park (kick-off: 7.45pm).

The Cheesemen travel to (former Southern League side) Clevedon Town on Saturday (24th September) in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round, although they will have to improve on this performance to be in with a chance of getting anything from the game.

Should the game require to go to a replay, it will take place as Bowdens Park on Wednesday evening (28th September) otherwise the Cheesemen will travel to Wellington that evening for in the Somerset Premier Cup (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Cooper Player Ratings:

Webster 6; Mawford 6; Griffiths 6; Lambert 6 ; Grant 6; Armstrong 6; Coombs 6; Bennett 6; Jones 7; * BOOTH (inj) 7; Ham 6

Substitutions: Vaughan (for Booth) 7; Bell (for Grant) and Gardener (for Armstrong), score not included due to only 10-15 mInutes play

Manager Jared Greenhalgh speaking to the club website following the game, said: “It was an all-round disappointing day today; firstly, losing in form ‘keeper Liam Kingston to what I thought was an excellent opportunity playing in the FA cup for Weston, only to find out that he was on the bench!

“We were missing seven key players today and having no recognised centre forward also made it tough to start with, but losing both George Booth and Mark Armstrong made it doubly difficult.

“I thought that we worked hard but all the changes left us a little disjointed against a side that to be fair got their tactics spot on; they sat off us and hit us on the break.

“I think that we lacked a little sparkle in the final third, but we certainly had chances to get on the scoresheet which didn’t fall for us.

“We got ‘sucker punched’ twice in the second half due to a lack of concentration, and we needed to stay in the game rather than push for a win, we had the upper-hand in the last 15 minutes but by then it was too late.

“I will shoulder some of the blame but our squad is only so big and as it is, you can only apply temporary fixes for so long before we start to struggle and that was the case on today.

“One game doesn’t make a season though and we need to re-group against Welton Rovers on Tuesday. We will be without several key players but I am hopeful to have a few back too as win on Tuesday is vital.”

Mark Armstrong, who took the captain’s armband from (the injured) George Booth at half-time, said: “I think it’s important that we don’t get too down about this loss, we completely controlled the first 25 minutes of the match but had nothing to show for it.

“Maybe our tempo and intensity was slightly lacking despite retaining possession well and creating a few chances.

“When the goal doesn’t come early on you have to be patient but more importantly you have to keep concentration and ensure that you don’t concede. After the break when we conceded the second goal so early on, that was extremely disappointing.

“Before the game we had won four on the bounce so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much but we must improve for the game on Tuesday.”

Match Report – Cheddar Ladies v Evercreech, September 11

Evercreech 3 – Cheddar Ladies 7

The Cheddar Ladies FC secured their first win of the season in style over the weekend.

The girls travelled to Evercreech for a 2pm kick-off against an 8 sided team. Within the first few minutes, Cheddar’s 9-sided team already began showing their dominance with the ball spending most of its time around the home team’s goal mouth.

After a few close calls which were saved by Evercreech’s keeper, Cheddar’s Valerie Walsh found the back of the net, scoring her second goal in two games for the team.

Cheddar followed this up shortly after with another goal by Char Scriven, who took a strong shot from just short of the half way line which the keeper just couldn’t get near.

Evercreech, 2 goals down, tried to make the most of a corner but it was an unlucky own goal by Cheddar when trying to clear the ball in the air that gave the hometeam their first goal.

With the score at 2-1, it wasn’t long before the gap began to widen with Linda Sharpe scoring her first goal of the season.

Within 10 minutes of being on the pitch, coming on for Ashle Bennett, Holly Hael put her name on the scoresheet, bringing the score to 4-1.

Shortly after the second half began, Evercreech made the most of a free kick just outside the six yard box and grabbed a goal, making the score 4-2.

Not long after, the score was brought to 4-3, after Evercreech managed to sneak one past Cheddar keeper Rachael Rousell.

Not wanting to lose their chance of their first win of the season, Cheddar Ladies pushed forward again, with Jade Burton grabbing her first goal of the match and second goal of the season so far.

Cheddar quickly thwarted any attacks by Evercreech for goal and continued to pile on the pressure.

In the final 10 minutes, Linda scored her second goal of the match quickly followed by Bella Jonas, bringing the final score to 7-3 to Cheddar.

Manager Russell Heal said: “The girls stayed calm and were very organised, which enabled them to create and play some fantastic football, getting a very well deserved victory.”

Weekend Round-Up – September 10-11

Cheddar Reserves lost a seven goal thriller at Long Ashton, the Reserve team going in 3-1 up at half-time, goals from Liam Hathway, George Booth and Danny Griffiths, but a dubious penalty changed the course of the game and the Reserves lost the match 4-3, although they have their chance to put matters straight when they host Long Ashton at Bowdens Park next Saturday (17TH September).

There were better fortunes for Cheddar ‘A’ team who beat Portishead Town ‘B’ 3-1 at Sharpham Road. After dominating possession James Parker missed a header from four yards out but shortly afterwards he was put through on goal to put his side in front.

Alex Cooper had the ball in the Portishead net early in the second half but was deemed to be offside, Portishead then equalised with Fin Travis being caught off his line from 30 yards. Cheddar then scored their second through man-of-the-match Tom Catling with a great volley, then John Edwards made it 3-1 with a quality run past four defenders, poking the past the keeper from 10 yards.

Very many thanks to Pizza Magic for sponsoring the Cheddar ‘A’ team new kit this season.

The result of the weekend has to be the Cheddar Ladies thumping 7-3 win at Evercreech….Read the full match report.

After playing some great football Valerie Welsh opened the scoring on 20 minutes, before Char Scriven added a second five minutes later from 30 yards. Unfortunately, the ladies conceded an own goal, but player of the match Holly Hael then made in 3-1.

Linda Sharp made it 4-1 with an amazing 25-yard lob over the keeper. At the turnaround Evercreech pressed hard to back into the game and scored from a free kick and a long range shot bringing the score to 3-4 but Cheddar sorted themselves out and once again took control of the match, scoring three more goals through Jade Burton, a second from Linda Sharp and Bella Jonas to put the game out of reach for Evercreech.

A fantastic performance from each player and a well-deserved victory

Match report – Cheddar FC v Elburton Villa, September 10


Cheddar 2 Elburton Villa 1

Saturday 10th September 2016


Cheddar in many respects have to be thankful to have got through this tie. Playing well below their best for long periods in a generally uninspiring first half, the hosts appeared to have underestimated their lower league opponents, who visited from the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division One, and were almost punished for a lack of concentration on 9 minutes, Villa’s centre forward Jed Smale steeled in to send a snap header inches over the bar.

The hosts were unusually finding themselves flat footed as they struggled to put together some cohesive play although on the half hour Robbi Maggs was upended in the 18-yard box only to find himself cautioned for his trouble. It was that sort of game!

The Plymouth based visitors broke well from defence, putting together a good game plan which frustrated the home side and on 36 minutes the Cheesemen were indebted to Craig Mawford’s timely tackle as Lewis Chrimes steadied himself to pull the trigger.

Cheddar found themselves some good fortune on the stroke of half time though as Tom Manning broke the deadlock with a close range finish following Sam Jones inch perfect cross.

The linesman originally flagged for offside, but referee Mark Loughlin overruled his assistant, being better placed.

Frustrated his side’s lack of penetration, manager Jared Greenhalgh sent on Chris Coombs at the change around which almost brought significant dividends; the flying winger skipping past two defenders and shooting well although visiting ‘keeper Jack Dixon was equal to the task and saved bravely.

Coombs combined well with Joe Grant on 71 minutes sending his shot skimming past the upright and then Mawford’s trademark pile driver free kick was just wide after Jones had been fouled just on the edge of the box.

Disaster struck for the Cheesemen four minutes later as ever-reliable centre-back Sam King injured himself, falling badly as he cleared the ball.

As Cheddar reorganised themselves at the back, the hosts caught by momentary distraction gave away a simple goal and presented the visitors with a gift-edged opportunity as they were temporarily reduced to 10 players.

Mawford played a harmless looking back-pass to ‘keeper Liam Kingston, and young shot stopper slipping as he went to retrieve the ball and allowing an alert Ray Card to nip in between goalkeeper and defender to tap the ball into an empty net to equalise.

It was game on as the visitors sensed they could create an upset, and thrust on substitute Kevin Yetton who caused immediate difficulty to the home defence with his physical presence.

Manager Greenhalgh having used two substitutes, was left with little option but to bring himself on as a substitute on 80 minutes, making his first appearance for the club and throwing caution to the wind pushed himself up front, bravely leading the line, and amazingly inside as minute the Cheesemen went in front for a second time; a superb long throw from Joe Grant was back-headed onto Jones finding himself for once unmarked smashed past the keeper from five yards sparking delirious delight amongst the Cheddar players.

The visitors simply refused to throw in towel ad were denied an equaliser in the dying seconds as Kingston instinctively dived to his right to keep out a point blank header with an incredible save that saved the Cheeemen’s blushes and into the 2nd Qualifying round tie at Clevedon Town awaiting on Saturday 24th September.

Cooper Player Ratings:

KINGSTON * 8; Mawford 7; Bennett 6; Armstrong 7; King 7 (inj); Lambert 7; Vaughan 7; Gardener 6; Maggs 7; Manning 6; JONES * 8

Subs; Grant 7; Coombs 6; Greenhalgh (no playing rating owing to 10 mins play)

Joint Man of the Match: Sam Jones and Liam Kingston

Match Sponsor: Trevor Harvey

Manager said:“We looked tired from Tuesday’s game and never really got out of second gear.

“Injuries didn’t help but when we are not at our best and can carve out a win then luck has to be on our side.

“Elburton Villa pressed us but we made them look good at times today.

“Taking the positives from the game we got the win we needed today and we’re in the hat for the next round (at Clevedon) on Saturday week but we will need to play better than this on Saturday if we are to get anything at Corsham, and at Clevedon on Saturday week.”