Cheddar AFC Presentation Night 2017

Cheddar Football Club held their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) when they were delighted to welcome Mr Ashley Wilson, Sales Director of club sponsors Wyke Farms Ltd, who kindly agreed to present the awards.

Club Chairman Matt Postins, welcoming the club sponsors and the 100+ attendance paid tribute to all the club’s players, supporters, team managers and volunteers that had helped the club achieve its aims during the season

He stated that the football season had been most enjoyable and it was most encouraging to see such a large attendance from all the club’s active teams (first team, reserves, ‘A’ team and ladies team) attending the evening.

Mr Postins looked forward to leading the club into its 125th anniversary celebrations and hoped that all teams could continue to improve on the last season’s third place finish by the first team!

Mr Postins also looked forward to seeing the re-establishment of the club’s Under 18’s team.

First team manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Each year our presentation evening gets better and better; the room was fantastic, the food superb, and everyone had a great time.

“It’s brilliant to see the whole Ladies team here tonight and their performances under guide of their manager (Russell Heal) improving so much, and they are a welcome addition to the club.

“We have a special club with great people and to see all the teams mixing and supporting each other fills all of us with great optimism for the future.”

A summary of the awards presented on the evening is as follows:

First Team

Players Player of the Year: Adam Jones

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Mark Armstrong

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Reserve Team

Top Goalscorer: Callum Sully

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Players Player of the Year: Connor Heal

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Jake Buxton

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‘A’ Team

Manager’s Player of the Year: Sam Smith

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Player’s Player of the Year: Ryan Llewyllyn

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Top Goalscorer: James Parker

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Ladies Team

Top Goalscorer: Valerie Walsh

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Most improved Player: Charlotte Caley

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Players Player of the Year: Jade Burton

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Megan Dyer

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Special Award

Performance of the Season Adam Jones

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(* first team award)


Club Awards

Golden Boot/club leading goalscorer: Callum Ham

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Young Player of the Year: Tom Catling

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Clubman of the Year Award: Karen & Russell Heal (joint award)

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In addition, club secretary Alan Cooper was presented with a framed signed shirt by the first team squad for his efforts during the season.

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Cheddar Ladies’ guest of honour and team sponsor Jacqui Lewis of the Bath Arms was presented with a bunch of flowers

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Karen was also thanked for all her hard work and effort this season for the club and teams

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Cheesemen receive Infrastructure Grant

Cheddar Football Club started working together with GrassRoots Power when they stepped up to help the Cheesemen following storm damage to one of their floodlight pylons last winter.

Where other suppliers were quoting long lead times, Grassroots bent over backwards to achieve a cost-effective repair enabling an end of season evening fixture to be completed.

As a Community Interest Company, GrassRoots have subsequently enabled Cheddar Football Club to apply for a grant towards infrastructure improvements.

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GrassRoots CEO Harry Riste is pictured presenting a cheque for £1847.43 to Cheddar chairman, Matt Postins at the club’s annual presentation evening on Saturday (13th May).

Cup Finals Update

Cheddar Football Club are to host the Somerset FA Sunday Challenge Cup Final on Wednesday 17th May 2017 with a 7.30pm kick off. Gates will open at 6.15pm and the clubhouse will offer its normal high variety of hot and cold snacks, and beverages.

This is an ‘all pay fixture and admission prices are: Adults £3 and concessions £1.

The club are also to host two Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals on Saturday (20th May) which are to kick off at 11.30 and 3.30pm respectively.

Admission to the Saturday’s cup finals is free. Details of Saturday’s cup finals are:

Keyes Cup Final (kick off 11.30pm) Axbridge Town Reserve vs. Uphill Castle ‘A’

Attwell Shield (kick-off: 3.30pm) Draycott FC vs Hutton FC

Reserves narrowly lose to the League Champions

Reserves narrowly lose to the League Champions whilst Cheddar Juniors enjoy an excursion to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium on Sunday

Cheddar Reserves match report

Somerset County League Division Two (West)

Cheddar Reserves 1 Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves 2

Saturday 6th May 2017

Cheddar Reserves put in a strong performance at Bowdens Park on Saturday against a Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves side who arrived at the game as league champions, with two games remaining.

Whilst Cheddar Reserves went into the game unbeaten in their last five games this was going to be a best of how far the team had come over the last few weeks.

As expected, Nailsea started with confidence and dominated the opening quarter and the pressure told on 18 minutes when James Locker in the Cheddar goal misjudged a cross and Nailsea were quick to punish the error.

The home side changed their shape and were soon making chances and finished the first half in the ascendancy but could not convert their chances with both Robbie Wallis and Callum Sully going close.

Cheddar went two goals down immediately after half-time when they conceded direct from a free kick but this did not damage their confidence.

Cheddar pushed the champions and their captain, Jake Buxton finished unconventionally from Callum Ham’s free kick to make the remaining 25 minutes much of a nail biting affair.

The hard-working Harry Farrell was denied by a last-ditch tackle and substitute Danny Griffiths dragged a shot wide in last minute.

Cheddar should take confidence from this inspiring performance and play their final game of the season when they entertain Clevedon United Reserves on Thursday evening (11 May 2017), kick-off: 7.45pm.

Turning to other news…

The Cheesemen arrange a special day out for their Junior Section as they attend Bristol City’s last game of the season as official flag bearers…

Cheddar Football Club were delighted to offer a hand of friendship and encouragement to their Junior section on Sunday last (7th May) when the club arranged to take a coach party of 16 children and their parents to Bristol City’s final Sky Bet Championship game of the season against Birmingham City where the Ashton Gate stadium welcomed a sell-out crowd of over 25,000.

The children, all under the age of 12 and some as young as 8 years old were additionally given the opportunity to stand pitch side, waving flags and welcoming the players onto the pitch at the start of the game before taking their seats in the Ashton Gate stadium’s impressive new South Stand.

The Junior Cheesemen were all transported to the game courtesy of a special coach that had been arranged for the day and kindly sponsored by Chris Isgar of CJI Buildings (Cheddar) and Andy Chambers of Chambers Services (Cheddar).

All the children, and indeed their parents, had a day to remember and were eager to comment on their day out.

Billy Chambers (aged 8) said “I enjoyed the day very much and the flag waving was really good.”

And ten-year-old James Handford said “The day was very interesting and there was a very lively atmosphere.”

The last word goes to eight-year-old Rueben Snelgrove who said: “The referee should be fired, he should have given at least two penalties.”

And…the season may have drawn to a close but life goes on for the busy Cheesemen…

The club are to hold their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) starting at 7 for 7.30pm entrance for which is £10 per head and tickets will include a Hog Roast hot buffet and a ‘pint’!

Dress for the evening is smart casual and any club member or supporter who wishes to make any enquiry should contact the club secretary by sending a message via the website contact page.

We are also pleased to continue to be able to host cup finals, the next final taking place on Sunday 14th May which will be the Woodspring Under 14’s cup final, followed the Somerset Sunday Challenge Cup Final which is to take place on Wednesday 17th May.

Kick off times for both the aforementioned cup finals will be advised on the club Facebook page.

As club members and supporters will recall, the club hosted the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday last, 2nd May, which was won by Bath Villa FC who defeated the then holders of the trophy, Baltonsborough FC, 1-0 courtesy of a 78th minute goal.

The Cheesemen are also to hold three further cup finals, news on which will be made available shortly.

Cheddar FC are also pleased to announce a dramatic increase in their attendances, and for the (2016-17) season just completed, the gate average was 93 which was the third highest in the Toolstation Western League Division One, and also eclipsed many of the attendance figures in the Toolstation Premier Division which was a tremendous achievement by all concerned.

In other news, the club’s captain, Adam Jones has been confirmed as the Toolstation Western League Division One’s third highest goalscorer with 24 goals. Callum Ham was the league’s fifth highest goalscorer with 21 league goals.

And finally…

Cheddar Reserves play their final game of the season on Thursday evening (11th May) when they host Clevedon United, at Bowdens Park, kick-off: 7.45pm. All are most welcome and entrance is free.

The Reserves play their final two games as Cheddar Juniors are offered a very day out on Sunday

Cheddar Reserves face the prospect of two home games in the space of five days when they take on league champions Nailsea & Tickenham on Saturday (6th May), kick off 3pm before facing Clevedon United in their final league game of the current season on Thursday night, 11th May (kick off 7.45pm).

The Reserves manager, Andy Wallis, said: “I’m really pleased for the team as we’re starting to get the results that our performances deserve over the last few weeks.

“We go into the last two games of the season with four wins and a draw from our last five games, including three clean sheets and eleven goals scored.

“We have a young squad, with some talented players. It’s taken a bit of time for them to gel and for me to work out a style of play that suits us, but we’re starting to get there and it’s a shame that the season is ending just as we’re hitting some form.

“The newcomers like Harry Farrell and the promising Tom Catling are starting to settle into the side and importantly scored goals.

“However, we have a really tough game this week (Saturday) against Nailsea and Tickenham, who are already worthy champions and who we lost to on New Year’s Day, 4-0.

“We’re without Sam Merreywether and Will Wallis, which will be a blow as they have both been playing well.

“The good news is we welcome back our captain Adam Filer and Robbie Wallis which shows we have strength in depth and can still perform without key players, which wasn’t the case earlier in the season.

“I’m hoping that we continue to play with confidence and put on a show for those coming to support us.

“We’ll need to continue to be clinical in front of goal, as a side like Nailsea & Tickenham will punish you for missed chances but I just want the boys to enjoy the next two games with no pressure on them.”

And on to Cheddar Juniors….

Several children from Cheddar Juniors are to be given the opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday (7th May) when they are to be taken by coach to watch the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Birmingham City, which is to kick off at 12.00pm and is expected to feature majorly on Sky TV!

Not only that, but negotiation between Cheddar Football Club and Bristol City Football Club has resulted in no less than 16 children form Cheddar Juniors being given the opportunity to be ‘Flag Bearers’ on the pitch to welcome the two teams onto the field of play just prior to kick off.

Both Cheddar Football Club and indeed Cheddar Juniors are most grateful to Chris Isgar of CJI Building and to Andy Chambers of Chambers Services for their most kind sponsorship of the coach (to be provided by Coombs Travel) which will transporting the children and some of the parents to the Ashton Gate Stadium on Sunday, which is expected to draw a 25,000 plus crowd on Sunday.

Prior to departure from the Cheddar Football Club car park on Sunday, the clubhouse is to offer the children and their parents tea and toast (from 9 a.m.), after which there will be a photo opportunity prior to boarding the coach.

A Cheddar Cheesemen news release will follow to the local and regional media.

Cup Final News

For those supporters who are not already aware, Cheddar Football Club were delighted to host the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May that was played between Baltonsborough FC (the cup holders…) and Bath Villa FC.

Bath Villa won the final tie with a 78th minute goal scored in dramatic fashion with a diving header.

The game was watched by a large and enthusiastic crowd and was enjoyed by everyone that attended.
The next cup finals to take place at Bowdens Park will be held on Sunday 14th May, when two Woodspring Cup Finals will be held.

The Woodspring finals will be followed in hot pursuit when the club host the Somerset FA Sunday Challenge Cup on Wednesday 17th May before we host two Weston & District Cup Finals on Saturday 20th May, one of which features Axbridge and the other, Draycott, therefore a large crowd will be expected!

Cheesemen End Season In Third Place But With A Disappointing DisplayAt Nursteed Road


Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 29th April 2017


After a season of so much promise the Cheesemen ended their season with a disappointing defeat and display at mid-table Devizes on Saturday.

Failing to score themselves for the first time in nine games this was not the result that Cheddar would have wanted to round off their season.

It was unfortunate that manager Jared Greenhalgh was left with just fourteen fit players for this final game of the season but in truth, this Cheddar side should have had two much skill amongst those available players to secure the points at Nursteed Road but after dominating the match for long periods in the first half and playing possession football for a good deal of that time without going in front, one wondered that the longer the game went on if the home side, who had produced a good win against fourth placed Keynsham Town and had taken a point from champions elect Wellington, would have the spirit to snatch a goal, even two, which is exactly what happened.

Demonstrating their undoubted prowess, Cheddar started the game well enough, moving up through the gears and causing their Wiltshire opponents to back pedal on more than enough occasions as proceedings got underway.

Hardly had the game kicked off when a long Joe Grant throw had the Devizes defence in all kinds of trouble, captain Adam Jones muscling past the defence and laying a sweet ball into the path of Kristian Bell who forced goalkeeper Adam Walters to go full length, then on 11 minutes a beautifully flighted Ricky Bennett 30-yard free kick was caught full on by Danny Griffiths but the big defender’s headed effort went wide of the post.

With less than 15 minutes played came a moment in the match that many will feel majorly disrupted Cheddar’s performance, their defensive midfielder and talisman for much of the season, Mark Armstrong suffering the effects of a shocking tackle that left him writhing in pain and literally a passenger for the remainder of the half (after which he was substituted), the match official surprisingly only administering a yellow card to the perpetrator.

The incident had a noticeably unsettling effect on the visitors as they could well have gone behind twice in the following five minutes.

Cheddar could have gone behind had it not been for the wild and inaccurate shooting firstly by Ali Bradley, then Tom Slater when both players were clean through. Some indecision seemed to occur in the Cheddar backline for ten minutes or so before they settled down again to play the fluent football which has so often been the hallmark of their season; another superb move started and finished by Bennett, evading two tackles before finding Jones who had his effort saved by Walters.

Twice in the next three minutes Cheddar ought to have taken the lead firstly after Coombs and Bell had jointly caused difficulties to the Devizes defence, the latter forcing the keeper to save dramatically on his goal-line before a further incisive Bennett cross found Robbi Maggs in front of goal, but the in-form striker, with four goals in his last five appearances, delayed his strike attempt and the danger was cleared.

On the half hour Devizes were unfortunate themselves not to go in front, Tom Slater’s angled strike from just inside the 18-yard box being pushed over the bar by ‘keeper Webster before, just two

minutes later, with the Cheddar backline retreating, Ashley Lock latched on to Dan Sloan’s sideways pass but blazed high and wide when well placed.

Again, Cheddar raised their performance level and Maggs, Jones and Bennett were all off target with efforts as the match hurtled towards the break.

To the neutral it was a matter of time before the third placed Cheesemen were to go in front to seal the game and the points, and minutes after the turnaround a superb low cross from Maggs found Coombs in space but the goalkeeper somehow got his foot to the ball before the Cheddar winger could fire the trigger on the rebound.

On 55 minutes Maggs had a further effort stopped as the Devizes goalkeeper seemed to have fate on his side but on 63 minutes the match moved into the home side’s favour.

A long ball from defence found Devizes Town’s best player Rob Mitchell, who side stepped Cheddar’s George Booth, filling in at left back and Mitchell’s crossfield shoulder high ball found Dan Sloan who headed neatly past Webster from close range. Just six minutes later and Devizes had doubled their lead, the Cheddar defence failing to clear a corner positively and Ali Bradley atoning for his miss earlier in the game, smashed the ball home from 12 yards, as the visitors defence tried in vain to close down the Devizes inside forward.

It was disappointing that the Cheesemen’s earlier lack of penetration in front of goal had seen them fall to two successive sucker punches, but as the Somerset side played out the last 25 or so minutes in what appeared to be a lack-lustre style they were perhaps fortunate not to go further behind in the final ten minutes; Mitchell’s right sided cross-cum-shot beating the goalkeeper but flying just wide of his right-hand post with just six minutes remaining.

To their credit, Cheddar end the season in the highest ever position in the Western League, but as they look back on some of their finer performances this season, Saturday’s performance is not one that they will wish to remember with relish.

Joint Cheddar man of the match: Ricky Bennett & Kris Bell

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today was disappointing in some ways. I thought we controlled the game brilliantly in the first half with some great movement and football.

“We could have been three maybe four ahead with Devizes not really testing Kieran (Webster), apart from once which the guy was offside.

“Second halve we did concede twice through some switching off which is unsurprising considering the back four was a mix of midfield players and players out of position. We missed three one-one-ones second half so it was a disappointing day and to see Mark (Armstrong) leave the field after a horrendous challenge on him just compounded the day.

“We finish the season though in third place and full of what might have been, we have played some breath-taking football, and have lost to very direct sides. I will not abandon the way we play, to combat long ball teams but I do think we need to improve our understanding positionally and we will work hard in the off season to really mature this side.

“I believe if we can add three players and mature the squad into a position we could have one of the best seasons ever, so for now thank you to everyone and hopefully we will see you in pre-season.”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones said: “It’s gutting to end the season with a 2-0 loss.

“I felt that we played well in the first half but didn’t take our chances. To play like we did and get nothing out of the game is hard to take.

“We didn’t turn up for the second half, we had players playing out of position which didn’t help us but we still should not have lost the game. It was two sloppy goals to concede.

“I’d just like to thank the people that travelled up to Devizes to watch our final game and thank them for their support throughout the season.”

Ricky Bennett said: “It’s been a season full of ups and downs which will definitely eat up some reflecting on throughout the summer.

“Outside looking in it looks like a very successful season with it being the highest finish in Cheddar’s history, however inside the camp, we can’t hide from the disappointment and a feeling of underachievement.

“Two years on the bounce now we have fallen short in the later stages of the season and that is a tough pill to swallow.

“On behalf of the players I’d like to thank all the supporters for following us home and away and for always backing us until the very end.

“I’d also like to thank Russell for all his hard work and effort that’s gone into the pitch for us to play on this season.

“You’ve turned a cow field into a pitch that allows us to play our best football on. And thanks go to Karen for all the efforts in washing our kit week in week out, especially through the winter months…although mine never got dirty!

“And the biggest shootout to the mighty Alan Cooper.

“You are an absolute diamond and we are extremely lucky to have you. The club wouldn’t function without you and you deserve the biggest praise of all.

“Now is the time to go and reflect on the season, take a break, and put things in place ready to put things right next season.

“One thing’s for sure, I’m not prepared to fall just short three years on the trot – Up the Cheese!”

Elsewhere the Reserve team notched up an impressive 4-2 win at Taunton United on Saturday; here is the report on the match kindly supplied by Andy Wallis…

The Reserve team were looking to extend their winning streak to four in four as they travelled to Taunton on the Bank Holiday weekend to face an inconsistent Taunton United.

A Cheddar team full of confidence were explosive in the first five minutes, with Sam Merreywether blasting over the ball from six yards and the Taunton goalkeeper making a point blank save from Harry Farrell.

Cheddar got their breakthrough on 19 minutes, with Connor Heal attacking down the right, linking well with Farrell, and sliding in the young Tom Catling who coolly slotted home for his well-deserved first county league goal.

Two minutes later Farrell pounced on a loose back pass, after some great work by Carlos Farhina and Callum Sully pressuring the Taunton back-line and clinically slotting past the keeper.

Taunton were in no mood to just fold and a missed tackle in midfield allowed the ball to be played wide and a superb whipped cross was met by a smashing back post header, 2-1.

Cheddar were unfazed and bounced straight back. Farrell should have added to his tally when he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to see his shot slide inches past the post.

Cheddar’s midfield three of Will Wallis, French and Farhina dominated the centre of the pit, sliding pass after pass into the front three.

It was Farhina’s superbly delivered free kick that couldn’t be cleared and was subsequently bundled in to the net by Callum Sully to return Cheddar’s two goal cushion.

Cheddar were now cruising and with Mike Carpenter pinging 50 yard passes at ease and causing Taunton all sorts of problems, only to be punished in the last play of the first half.

A lapse of concentration and not clearing their lines, saw the ball bundled past Lockyer, to see the sides go into the break 3-2.

Cheddar stuck to their formation and style of play and were rewarded just four minutes after the re-start.

Farrell’s tireless running paid dividends again when he muscled the ball from Taunton’s centre back and slot past the advancing goalkeeper.

The same player should have claimed his hat-trick just minutes later following Sully’s through ball but again saw his shot trickle agonisingly past the post.

Taunton tried in vain to get back into the game but Cheddar absorbed the pressure, with captain Jake Buxton, impenetrable defending never giving the opposition any real hope.

The introduction of Dom Underhill’s fresh legs only continued to cause Taunton’s backline problems and create further chances for this improving young Cheddar team.

The Reserve team now finish their season with back-to-back games at Bowdens Park, initially facing a tough test against league champions Nailsea & Tickenham on Saturday (6 May) kick-off: 3pm, followed by their final game of the season against Clevedon United on Thursday evening (11 May) kick-off: 7.45pm.

And finally……

Don’t forgot the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May. The cup final is to be played between Bath Villa FC and Baltonsborough FC and is to kick off at 7.30pm.

Gates open at 5.45pm and admission prices are £3.00 (Adults) and £1 (Concessions).

Cheddar Football Club are to host a number of additional cup finals during the month of May and details will be published on this website shortly.

And last but by no means least…

Don’t forget the End of Season Awards Evening on Saturday 13th May, starting at 7.00 for 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Admission £10 ‘on the door’ which includes a ‘Hog Roast and a Pint’!