Update on Cheddar AFC and Boxing Day preview
Before we move onto the last match of 2016, and for those who are unaware of last weekend’s results, here is a resume…
Results – Saturday 17 December 2016
Almondsbury UWE 1 Radstock Town 3
Bishop Sutton 3 Devizes Town 0
Bishops Lydeard 4 Malmesbury Victoria 0
Calne Town 1 Welton Rovers 1
Corsham Town 1 Keynsham Town 1
Hengrove Athletic 2 Chard Town 5
Oldland Abbotonians 0 Portishead Town 2
Roman Glass St George 3 Wincanton Town 2
Westbury Utd 0 Wellington 3
In terms of the above results, the Toolstation Western League Division One league leaders are Wellington who have played 24 games have 56 points. In second place are Keynsham Town who have played 25 games and have 53 points. We (Cheddar FC) have 50 points from 24 games, therefore have a game in hand over Keynsham, and our goal average is (currently) +6 better than Keynsham.
The next Toolstation Western League Division One league fixtures are to be played on Boxing Day (Monday 26 December 2016), the fixtures for which are as follows:
Cheddar v Bishop Sutton
Ashton & Backwell v Portishead
Chippenham Park v Calne Town
Devizes Town v Corsham Town
Keynsham Town v Hengrove Athletic
Malmesbury Victoria v Oldland Abbotonians
Roman Glass St George v Almondsbury UWE
Wellington v Bishops Lydeard
Welton Rovers v Radstock Town
Westbury Utd v Warminster Town
Wincanton Town v Chard Town
As will be seen from the above, three points for Hengrove (at Keynsham) and three points for ourselves (at home to Bishop Sutton) will see the Cheesemen move to second place.
Last season (2015-16) the Cheesemen gained six points against Bishop Sutton, winning 3-1 away and 3-0 at home in the last game of the season.
Bishop Sutton are currently in 16th position in the league, but this is by no means a reflection on their current form, as they (Bishop Sutton) are currently on a four-match unbeaten run, having scored nine goals in the process and not having conceded for the past three games.
Prior to their 3-0 home win on Saturday (against Devizes) they defeated Warminster (away) by the same score on the previous weekend.
By all accounts, Bishop Sutton have considerably ‘strengthened’ this season having signed several new players, following the disappointment of finishing at the bottom of the league last season.
Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh, said: “After a difficult away game to Warminster last weekend, I believe that our Boxing Day match will be equally as tough. Recent weeks have seen a string of convincing wins for Bishop Sutton taking them to mid table.
“We are going to be without both of our centre backs on Monday, both of whom have been outstanding this season as well as Kris Bell who has shown over recent weeks that he is coming into his own and contributing well to the first team.
“I am anticipating a heavy slog again but I am relying on Russ (our groundsman) to give us a pitch which suits us as opposed to what we have faced recently which to be honest have been no better that park pitches.
“This is a difficult period of games, where we are playing infrequently and the season is barely halfway through so the next six games are critical – we need to keep the pressure on the sides above us, in particular Wellington who are in as very good place right now.
“Boxing Day will give us an opportunity though as Keynsham play Hengrove and Wellington have a tough game away at Bishops Lydeard.
“Hopefully we can take some points out of all three sides into the New Year. However, it will be tough with the players we have missing but hopefully we can put a smile on everyone’s faces with a win and go into the New Year stretching our unbeaten run to 15 games.”
Gates open for the Big Boxing Day clash at 11.00 a.m for the game which kicks off at 12.00 midday.
Hot and Cold drinks and hot snacks will be readily available before and during the match and a Christmas raffle will follow the match.
The match has been kindly sponsored by Paul Walkinshaw of Paul Walkinshaw Consulting and the match ball has been kindly sponsored by Steve Sage.