Cheddar AFC update and Boxing Day preview

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.

Bowdens Park
Bowdens Park

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.

Cheddar V Warminster – Cheddar Cheesemen extend their unbeaten run with hard fought draw at Warminster

Cheddar Cheesemen extend their unbeaten run with hard fought draw at Warminster

Toolstation Western League Division 1 Match Report and Weekend Review

Warminster Town 1 Cheddar 1

Saturday 17th December 2016

During the past two seasons Cheddar had faced Warminster on no less than five occasions scoring 13 goals, conceding only three, therefore on paper Saturday’s match might be have been foreseen as a comparatively safe three points against a team lying in 14th position, and who in their previous home fixture, had succumbed 0-3 also against lower league opposition.

What followed was a well-motivated Wiltshire side intent on putting on a performance in front of a good-sized Weymouth Street crowd.

Having the luxury with a squad of 16 fit players’ ahead of the game the Cheddar manager selected an attacking 4-3-3 formation but as early as ten minutes the heavy pitch suggested that it could well create difficulties for the normal free-flowing style of football has become synonymous with Cheddars approach this season.

Cheddar v Warminster

After a cautious opening exchange between the two sides, Cheddar’s top scorer Callum Ham found space for himself on 12 minutes, firing a dipping shot over the bar whilst at the other end, Warminster striker François Allen was equally making a nuisance of himself, twin centre-backs Shaun Lambert and Sam King having to keep their wits about them to cope with the threat of the big striker.

With George Booth and the wily Ricky Bennett doing their level best from their midfield berths to launch attacks for the visitors, the latter’s cleverly directed cross field ball found Chris Coombs on 13 minutes, and the flying winger leaving his marker in his wake, sent in a low hard cross penetrating deep into the penalty box, that was turned past home goalkeeper Graham Kitley by defender Ryan Baggs, attempting to clear the danger.

Booth revelling in the conditions was a good combination between the visitor’s midfield and their strike force but the midfielder hobbled off on the half hour with a recurrence of a groin strain to be replaced by an effervescent Tom Manning.

To his credit, Manning was quickly in on the act and carved out a good opportunity for himself within three minutes of entering play, forcing a good save from keeper Kitley.

Cheddar v Warminster

On 35 minutes, captain Jones, again leading the line manfully and unperturbed by occasional heavy knocks, perhaps deserved better fate, connecting well 8 yards out from Coombs incisive cross although the goalkeeper’s feet well intercepted his effort.

The general feeling to the neutral observer at the turnaround was that a further goal would secure all three points for the visitors but the loss of Booth and perhaps one or two knocks and an inability, on the day, to come to terms with the surface was to prove difficult for the normally indefatigable visitors and the Wiltshire side unquestionably raising their game against their high flying visitors, levelled the scores on the hour, Eben Mortimer-Taylor for once getting past the attentions of his marker and working his way down the by-line, lobbed keeper Webster and with the Cheddar defence doing their level best to clear their lines, Jack Miluk was quickest to react and crashed home from eight yards, past Webster’s outstretched left hand to level the scores on the hour.

The Wiltshire side sensing a possible shock-result continued to up the tempo and could well have added a further goal on two occasions, when Mark Robinson and then captain Tom Welch managed to outwit Cheddar’s offside trap but poor finishing was to be their nemesis although the accurately positioned Webster was the visitor’s saviour on more than one occasion.

Cheddar v Warminster

It was going to take a special moment of magic to separate these teams as both went for the winner in the closing stages, and a chance inevitably fell to Cheddar dangerman Ham, taking a thigh high ball in his stride and throwing his body goalwards to connect found the Warminster ‘keeper equal to the task saving defiantly at the second attempt.

A draw was just about the right result on the day but with Cheddar’s recent displays preceding them, and having won their previous seven games, the word on the street is that to many, Cheddar are title favourites, but if this side are to be in with a chance of silverware, they will doubtless find that many teams, like Warminster, will doubtless raise their game and will face several potential ‘cup finals’ in their remaining 19 or so games, but this Cheddar team are indeed capable, and if they can instil added belief to their undoubted flair, 2017 could well produce historic results.

Man of the match: Ricky Bennett (Cheddar)

Speaking after the game, Cheddar manager Jared Greenalgh said: “It was a point gained today. It was a sticky pitch out there, but it was the same for both teams, and Warminster worked hard and were right up for the game.

“We were by no means complacent but I’ll take that point and we’ll go again (against Bishop Sutton) on Boxing Day.

“We are still third in the table, (fourth placed) Hengrove were well beaten at home today and (second placed) Keynsham were held to a draw (at Corsham) so we’re just three points behind second place, and we’ll be continuing to give it a really good go!”

Captain Adam Jones added: “It was hard to get our normal rhythm going today and the pitch was a great leveller.

“We didn’t create enough today. They (Warminster) felt they were in it and it was hard to see our players sometimes because of the fog that came down. We’re on a good run though and we have to keep it going. Results went our way today and we need to win (at home) on Boxing Day, to start us off positively in the New Year.”

Senior Player George Booth also added: “The pitch was a bit of a leveller today. We lacked a bit of quality in some areas going forward but we can’t fault anyone for their commitment and effort. It was a tough pitch but we managed to get a point and keep our unbeaten run going.”

Elsewhere at the weekend both the Reserve team and the Ladies team were without a game and the ‘A’ team’s match at Wrington Redhill fell foul to a waterlogged pitch and the game was called off on Saturday morning.

Cheddar host a vastly improved Bishop Sutton on Boxing Day, kick off 12.00 midday. Gates open at 11.00 a.m.

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Weekend preview December 17/18

When Saturday comes – Weekend Preview

The Cheesemen travel to Wiltshire tomorrow, Saturday 17th December in their final game prior to Christmas to take on 14th placed Warminster Town.
Games between the two sides have been eminently rewarding for Cheddar in the past two seasons, resulting in four straight wins for the ‘Cheese’, results for which are shown below:
Season 2015-16
17 Oct 15 Cheddar 2 Warminster Town 0
12 Dec 15 Warminster Town 2 Cheddar 3
20 Feb 16 Warminster Town 1 Cheddar 4*

* Les Phillips Cup

Season 2016-17

20 Aug 16 Cheddar 4 Warminster Town 0

The past four games therefore have yielded 13 goals for the Cheesemen whilst only 3 have been conceded.

Warminster although lying just below mid-table have had some mixed fortunes in their previous 6-7 games, and whilst they have lost to Bishop Sutton, Hengrove and Keynsham (0-3, 1-2 and 0-1 respectfully) they have recorded good wins (3-0 at Radstock) and 4-1 at home to Roman Glass St George and also achieving a creditable draw away at Corsham, so more than capable of gaining creditable results.

Speaking with the website earlier today, manager Jared Greenhalgh said:

“It’s another difficult game as Warminster are essentially a tough team to beat particularly at home – however we have nearly a full squad to choose from and after a great win last week we hope to continue doing the same. We have goals all over the pitch and confidence will be high, but it showed last week that even a team at the bottom of the table can produce some good football at times and we have to guard against over confidence and complacency. We have worked really hard to get back in touch with the top three and now we must add resolve for the next ten or so games. It is important that we keep this run going, the attitude and application of what I have asked the guys to do is really showing through in the performance and results so we hope we can deliver again me tomorrow. This is a crucial part of the season now to make sure we are in contention come the run in so it will be ‘heads on’ tomorrow to hopefully collect another three points”

For the record, the Cheesemen are in third position with 49 points from 23 games. Wellington who currently lead the league table with 53 points from 23 games visit Westbury United, whereas Keynsham Town (52 points from 24 games) visit Corsham Town. Should the Cheesemen win at Warminster and Keynsham lose at Corsham, then Cheddar will move to second place, due to a better goal difference.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves are without a match tomorrow (Saturday) and the ‘A’ team visit Wrington Redhill in Division Four of the Weston super Mare & District league, aiming to improve on their 3-5 home defeat at the hands of Selkirk United last weekend. A win for the ‘A’ team tomorrow will enable them to leapfrog Wrington into sixth position in the league. For the record, Wrington have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 3, whereas Cheddar ‘A’ have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 6, therefore a pre-Christmas win ‘on the road’ would be just what the Doctor ordered, and a result for which the ‘A’s are well capable.

Elsewhere, Cheddar Ladies (who feature well this weekend in the Weston Mercury) are without a game this weekend.

Good luck to both Cheddar teams this weekend….

Match report – Jones grabs a hat-trick as Almondsbury are crushed

Toolstation Western League Division One match report
Saturday 10th December 2016
Cheddar 6 Almondsbury UWE 1
Jones grabs a hat-trick as Almondsbury are crushed

Cheddar captain Adam Jones stole the show at a soggy Bowdens Park with a well-taken hat trick to put the skids under an organised but under fire Almondsbury side.
Earlier, the visitors had defied their basement position when led by twin strikers Joe Black and Joe Weare, the latter raced into Cheddar’s 18-yard box, side stepped a challenge and sent his shot skimming past goalkeeper Kieran Webster, on 8 minutes.

Despite Almondsbury’s early probing , former Bristol Manor Farm strike Ashley Knight, noticeably prominent, the Cheesemen were back in the game on 18 minutes; Ricky Bennett’s precision corner causing some disarray in the six yard box and a visiting defender under pressure from Jones and George Booth, headed past his goalkeeper.
Almondsbury ‘keeper Matthew Semple positioned himself well to keep out shots from Danny Griffiths and Callum Ham and the former was unlucky to see his close range shot cross the line only to be ruled out for an infringement.

With the home side’s Bennett becoming ever more dangerous with probing and passing, the midfielder was deserving of better fortune on the stroke of half time, his 26 yard half-volley striking the cross bar with the Almondsbury ‘keeper for once out of position. 

Upping the pace, and adapting extremely well to the conditions from the off In the second half this Cheddar side had a mean look about them in the second half, and extended their lead on the hour, Jones finishing powerfully after good work from Chris Coombs.

The Cheesemen added a third five minutes later, Shaun Lambert’s finish from close in quite rightly adjusted to have crossed the line by an alert assistant referee, despite valiant attempts to clear the ball by an overworked Almondsbury defence.
The home side were unlucky not to add a fourth on 68 minutes.

Following a handball offence in the penalty area, the normally lethal, and Cheddar’s leading scorer, Callum Ham, hit his penalty well but his aim bounced off the crossbar, the second occasion on the afternoon that the woodwork had denied them.

Adding to the pressure the Cheddar side were four up less than two minutes later with a textbook move of some quality, Adam Jones diving full length to thump home Bennett’s well flighted corner kick.
The visitors introduced three substitutes in an effort to add some respectability to the proceedings but it was all too little too late as a rampant Cheddar proved to be a bit too much for a willing, but outclassed Almondsbury side.

A delightful four man move involving Griffiths – Bennett – Ham and Jones ended with the latter claiming his hat-trick on 78 minutes with the sweetest of volleys, before Ham wrapped up the scoring on 90 minutes with a fine individual goal to firmly secure his side’s seventh successive win and their 13th match unbeaten.

This win for the Cheesemen means that they overtake Hengrove Athletic to move into third place, and was unquestionably a thoroughbred performance.
On Saturday, the Cheesemen travel to 14th placed Warminster Town.

Man of the match: Adam Jones

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “The match didn’t start particularly well for us today, we were a bit slow out of the blocks, they came at us like I expected them to do and adapted to the conditions (initially) better than we did.

“Their early goal caught us knapping a bit.

“But this was much of a wakeup call and we pressurised them really from 10 minutes in.

“After our equaliser, that was always going to come to be honest, with Adam Jones and George Booth pushing them back it was only a matter of time before we added to the score line and both Adam and Ricky Bennett were unlucky with their efforts, which on another day would have gone in.

“Second half we totally outplayed them and to score seven or eight wouldn’t have flattered us.

“Adam took his goals very well and Callum (Ham) also could have scored a couple more with luck on his side.

“Chris Coombs is still recovering from his long layoff but did very well before he tired, and we must remember that we were without two of our defenders (Sam King and Craig Mawford) today plus Billy (Vaughan) and Mason (Gardener) in midfield (who was suffering from illness) plus Robbi Maggs up front.

“We’re up to third now and with players coming back into contention (for our match at Warminster) next week we should be practically at full strength and I will have a selection dilemma although it’s a good ‘dilemma’ to be in!

“With teams around us (Keynsham and Hengrove) both losing, it opens things up. Our next 5-6 games are all winnable and we have to keep up the momentum, we are quite capable of extending this winning run.”

Captain, Adam Jones added: “After going down 1-0 we came back strongly and started playing well, like we have been doing for the past few weeks.

“The pitch made it harder for us to play our normal game but we adapted well and had a fine second half display that produced five goals. ”
Cheddar FC facts…
Callum Ham who has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far, this season, is currently the Toolstation Western League (Division One’s) leading goal scorer with 17 goals.

Weekend review December 10/11

As previously published, the first team’s impressive home win over Almondsbury UWE on Saturday (10th December 2016) catapulted the Cheesemen to third place, where they leapfrogged Hengrove Athletic. Goals on Saturday came courtesy of a second half hat-trick from captain Adam Jones, who celebrated the win with his second man of the match performance in three games; the game’s other goals were scored by Shaun Lambert and Callum Ham and an own goal from an Almondsbury defender. The weekend’s other Toolstation Western League results were:
Bishops Lydeard 3 Chippenham Park 0
Chard Town 4 Keynsham Town 2
Devizes Town 0 Portishead Town 2
Hengrove Athletic 0 Malmesbury Victoria 1
Radstock Town 3 Calne Town 0
Roman Glass St George 1 Westbury United 1
Warminster Town 0 Bishop Sutton 3
Wellington 3 Corsham Town 0
Welton Rovers 3 Ashton & Backwell Utd 4
Wincanton Town 7 Oldland Abbotonians 0

Wellington currently lead the league with 53 points from 23 games followed by Keynsham Town in second place with 52 points from 24 games and ourselves in third with 49 points from 23 games. Cheddar have so far scored 60 goals this season which is the best ‘goals for ratio’ in the league at the moment.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves travelled to Nailsea United Reserves, with the only change to last week’s starting eleven seeing Robbie Wallis replace Chris Coombs who was recalled by the first team.

Cheddar started the game strongly and following some great team were rewarded with the opening goal after 15 minutes from Jake Buxton, who brought the ball down well in the box, cleverly side-stepped a defender and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. Nailsea battled well and with pitch conditions deteriorating rapidly, Nailsea’s first attack saw a strong header blaze past Recce Joint in the Cheddar goal for the equaliser

The visitors kept their shape and game plan, keeping good possession, and threatening the Nailsea goal at will. The pressure soon told with Buxton getting his second of the game on the half hour with a well worked corner; powering in a header after the ball was flicked on at the near post.
In the second half Cheddar continued to dominate play and Will Wallis got his second goal in as many matches, when his accurate right foot shot left the Nailsea ‘keeper with no chance. It continued to be all Cheddar until the final 10 minutes when the pitch became more like an ice-rink; Nailsea took the direct approach from a long free kick to scramble the ball over the line. With only minutes remaining Nailsea continued to pump the ball forward and got lucky again, the ball falling fortuitously to the feet of a home striker in the 6-yard box, grabbing a point in the dying seconds, leaving Cheddar wondering how they came away with so little after dominating the game for 80 minutes. Cheddar Reserves remain in eleventh place.
Cheddar Reserves caretaker manager Sean Burrough said:

“This young and improving Cheddar side were professional and responsive; we played great football on a poor playing surface.”

Elsewhere on Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ unluckily lost 3-5 to Selkirk United, with Cheddar’s goals coming from Mike Carpenter, Ben Clayton and Ben Harris. Cheddar ‘A’ remain in 7th place in WSM League Division Four on seven points

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies hosted Hamilton at Sharpham Road. The girls went into this game full of confidence after an outstanding performance (at Glastonbury) last weekend, and as they were playing league bottom placed team Hamilton they set up an attacking system and straight away ut pressure on the visitor’s defence. Jade Burton opened the scoring on 4 minutes and the Cheesegirls created many more chances before Judith Salmon made it 2-0 on 16 minutes after sending the ‘keeper the wrong way with a well taken and controlled effort. Burton scored her second goal with a very good individual effort, beating three defenders and slotting past the goalkeeper. Val Walsh got her first of the game to make it 4-0 at half time. The second half got under way and the goals kept coming with a second from Judit Salmon and with outstanding performances and hat-tricks from Charlotte Fay-Fineran and Valerie Walsh, Cheddar moved on to a 10-0 lead. Cheddar were getting problems all day from the Hamilton’s right back all day until she decided to catch the ball with both hands right on the goal-line, surely it should have been a red card but the referee only awarded a penalty. After Cheddar had already missed a penalty in the first half and two other penalties in previous games, the manager ordered Holly Hael to take the spot kick. A perfect penalty into the corner of the net and a well-deserved goal to make the final score 11-0 in favour of the Cheddar Girls.

Cheddar Ladies moved up to third place in the Somerset Women’s League (Division Two) with this great win.

The Player of the Match Award went to Ashle Bennett playing left midfield for most of the game with so much determination; an outstanding performance.

Team of the Week: Cheddar Ladies

Player of the Week: Adam Jones

Weekend Preview – December 10/11

The Cheesemen return to home action for the first time in 40 days…yes 40 days when they host 22nd placed Almondsbury UWE at Bowdens Park, tomorrow (Saturday) 10th December, in an earlier kick off than would normally be scheduled, at 2pm.
The clubhouse will of course be open from 12.00 midday selling hot and cold snacks, and even a cup of tea or coffee to warm all our supporters up on these cold winter afternoons.
Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Almondsbury might well be bottom if the table but this is deceiving as thei rmanager, John Black, has put together well organised and youthful team so will need to be at our best to compete.  They (Almondsbury) are coming off the back of drawing away at (2nd placed) Wellington so their confidence will be sky high.
“We’ll be without Craig Mawford, Mason Gardener and Billy Vaughan but I hope to be able to welcome back Shaun Lambert, Chris Coombs and Mark Armstrong.  This is a critical part of the season; the next 8 games are all winnable and after catching the top three we now need to keep the pressure up by continuously winning games.
“With Robbi Maggs making an appearance last Saturday after so long out, and Chris Coombs doing 60 minutes in the reserves we are getting back to full strength and over the coming two months this will be invaluable as I think the best from us is still to come.”
Should Hengrove fail to beat Malmesbury tomorrow at home, then the Cheesmeen will go clear third with three points against Almondsbury.
All supporters will be urging the team to a seventh successive win and as 13th game unbeaten as they continue to put pressure on the top two (Keynsham who currently lead the league travel to Chard and second place Wellington entertain Corsham).
Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves travel to Nailsea Utd, the ‘A’ team host (Nailsea base) Selkirk Utd at Sharpham Road, and on Sunday, Cheddar Ladies play Hamilton (at Bowdens Park).
All matches kick off at 2pm.
Any late changes to the weekend fixtures will be advised on the club Facebook page.

Weekend Review – December 3/4

Away from first team action, Cheddar Reserves hosted Weston St Johns hopeful of following on from their win at Burnham last weekend.

It was the visitors who started the more confidently and looked like a side who were used to winning, dominating the early encounters but it was Cheddar who created the first clear cut chance when the unmarked French blasted over from 10 yards closely followed by Parker’s diving header which flashed just wide of the back post.

This Cheddar moved spurred on St Johns and the visitors went ahead two minutes later when the home side failed to clear a lofted free kick from the half-way line, which was subsequently scrambled in from five yards out.

However Cheddar fought back and within as minute, Chris Coombs returning to fitness was released just inside the Weston half and sped past two defenders before clipping the ball past the ‘keeper.

Both teams traded blows for 10 minutes until as poor clearance from the normally reliable Reece Joint, was punished by a 30-yard lob.

Cheddar, still in shock from this unlucky blow, let the Weston striker time and space to turn his defender and get his shot in the box to give the visitors a three goal lead on 20 minutes.

Earlier in the season Cheddar would have crumbled but this side showed real courage and played with added determination and belief in the second half.

Callum French and Will Wallis started to dominate the centre of the pitch, consistently releasing Morgan Rose and Will Price who took advantage of the space out wide.

This positive play was rewarded on 65 minutes, Jake Buxton deftly heading in Adam Davies’ superb free kick. Cheddar’s back line looked far more composed and were able to launch after attack, and the pressure told again on 78 minutes when Will Wallis fastening on to a loose ball just outside the box, let fly with a rasping left foot drive that sailed past a despairing ‘keeper

Now it was all Cheddar with both Sam Merreywether and Adam Price surging forward on either flank and both were denied strong penalty shouts in the final minutes, but the experienced St Johns just about held on for all three points.

However, this young and talented Cheddar side should take a lot of positives against a strong and experienced opposition that had not lost in the league since the beginning of September.

Final score: Cheddar Reserves 3 Weston St Johns 4

Meanwhile, Cheddar ‘A’ entertained Portishead ‘B’ in the Vardon Cup. Cheddar ‘A’ went into the game with as bare 11 and were unfortunate to lose James Burke on 20 minutes with a dislocated shoulder.

After going in 2-0 down at half time, the 10 men turned the game round and missed a hatful of chances to even go on and win the game, but succumbed to a 2-1 defeat. The ‘A’ team can take great heart from this performance and move on to the next game.

Final score: Cheddar ‘A’ 1 Portishead ‘B’ 2

Meanwhile on Sunday…

Cheddar Ladies travelled to Glastonbury knowing it was going to be a very difficult game against an in-form, well organised Glastonbury team.

The home side started well, stayed organised and played some good football but the Cheesegirls settled they then also played some great football.

With both teams creating and defending really well chances on goal were at a premium but the home side broke the deadlock midway through the first half although probably against the run of play.

Cheddar Ladies never wobbled and began to press hard again and got their just reward 10 minutes later, Megan Dyer composing herself well and slotting home through a congested penalty area to level the scores.

Cheddar continued to press and won several corners but could not get that elusive second goal.

As the second half got under way it was the visitors who exerted much of the pressure but could still not get past a near-faultless Cheddar defence.

The Cheesegirls nearly took the lead midway through the second half as Jade Burton’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar only to bounce straight down the goal line and back out again. Cheddar forced several more corners but still couldn’t find the back of the net.

The final 15 minutes were end to end and entertaining football with both sides looking for that winning goal.

Both goalkeepers were kept busy with the home side hitting the post in the dying minutes. The game could have gone either way but both teams shared the points, after a very good and entertaining game.

After a hard decision the player of the match award went to Char Scriven for a faultless and commanding performance.

Final score: Glastonbury Ladies 1 Cheddar Ladies 1

Team of the Week: Cheddar First Team

Player of the week: Sam King

Match report – Callum Ham grabs two further goals as the Cheesemen cruise to victory

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Welton Rovers 0 Cheddar 3

This latest win for Cheddar, their sixth in succession propelled their recent eye-catching form to 12 games without defeat as they join Hengrove Athletic on level third place, with this comfortable victory.

Honours were fairly even in the first half although it could be argued that this much improved Welton, with a lively front line of Aaron Saviour and Shakiel Green that caused problems for the visitors inside the opening 20 minutes, and credit should be given to the Cheesmen rear-guard superbly marshalled on the day by centre-back and man-of-the-match Sam King, and goalkeeper Kieran Webster who pulled off two to three outstanding saves.

An ever patient and hardworking Cheddar stuck to their game plan and on 26 minutes they opened the scoring.

Joe Grant’s long throw found captain for the day Adam Jones, who forced a save from ‘keeper Owen Knight, only for the ball to rebound to the unmarked Callum Ham who nodded home.

At the turnaround and knowing that they had to ‘dig in’ to make the game safe, the visitors went further ahead on the hour, Jones cleverly outjumping a defender with an outstanding assist, slotting the ball onto the on running Billy Vaughan whose inch-perfect pass found Kristian Bell, but although the quick-fire winger still had much to do, he sidestepped his marker and drilled home from 15 yards for his side’s second goal.

The Cheesemen secured the match on 83 minutes following a quality breakaway move. Callum Ham receiving the ball on the edge of the Welton 18-yard box, turned two defenders inside out and rifled the ball past the ‘keeper, for his fifth goal in his last two outings, taking his season’s League tally to 15 goals.

Cheddar have now scored 21 goals in their last six games, conceding just six, and on this form, they appear to be a match for anyone in league. Matches at the turn of the year; at Calne, Wellington and Portishead, and home clashes with Hengrove Athletic and Malmesbury Victoria could well prove interesting as the Cheesemen continue to exert pressure on the top two places.

A satisfied Cheddar manager, Jared Greenhalgh said: “I was particularly pleased today, we had numerous absentees including Mark Armstrong, Craig Mawford, Shaun Lambert and Mason Gardener.

“It was a good performance and three well-deserved points. In truth, the pitch the pitch and the opposition didn’t suit us so to come away with a 3-0 victory is very pleasing.

“The pitch was boggy and cut up early making quick flow passing almost impossible. The lads deserve huge credit for adapting their normal game.

“Adam Jones led the line manfully and with George Booth having one of his best games of the season we drove on and put Welton under severe pressure.

“This was a truly satisfying win, as Welton had only lost one in eight and that was last week at (second placed) Wellington where by all accounts they had the better of the chances.”

The Cheesemen return to league action at Bowdens Park on Saturday (10th December) when they face basement side Almondsbury UWE in the day’s early kick off at 2pm.

The game, starting earlier than the normal scheduled 3pm kick off, has been brought forward to the club’s current floodlight problems as is their last home game prior to Christmas.