Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review August 26

Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review

Reports from Saturday 26th August 2017



The Cheesemen were without lady luck by their side when they went down 4-2 at league leaders Bristol Telephones at the weekend.

A hat-trick for Bristol’s Dhani Gouuding got the headlines in the Sunday newsheets at the weekend, as his three goals were more than the ‘Cheese’ could counteract.

Cheddar, who have now added club captain Adam Jones to their injury list along with long term injury victims George Booth and Tom Manning, went behind to a ‘Telephones’ opener in the tenth minute after Leon Britton’s cross was headed into his own net by defender Nathan Best.  

But with fifteen minutes on the clock a long ball from Craig Mawford captaining the side, caught out the home defence and Chris Coombs was the quickest to react, slotting past Will Osborne in the ‘Phones goal.

Mike Grist was guilty of a missed chance to put the home side into the lead from the penalty spot, following an alleged foul on former Wells City striker Lee Pitman, Liam Kingston pulling off a terrific one handed save shortly after the turn-round but shortly after his penalty ignominy Grist set up Goulding who scored with a spectacular looking overhead kick.

With an hour played, Cheddar levelled the scores, Alex Graham turning the ball past his own ‘keeper following Danny Griffiths smart downward header.

 Minutes afterwards, defender-turned-midfielder Sam King had an opportunity to net his third goal of the season, but was thwarted at the last moment by the Osborne.

In an unfortunate last twenty minutes, Cheddar’s Joe Grant received his second yellow card, harshly in the eyes of many and with the Cheesemen defence reorganising themselves Goulding ran through and beat Liam Kingston at his near post.  

Then with less than ten minutes remaining Goulding completed his hat-trick with crisp drive.

This result leaves the Cheesemen in 16th position in the league, having played five games, winning one, drawing one and losing three.   

After losing their last two games, Cheddar will be looking to reverse their fortunes with a win against Keynsham Town on Tuesday night (29th August), kick-off: 7.45pm.   

Cheddar, without a match this forthcoming weekend, face a local derby at Ashton & Backwell United on Tuesday week (5th September) kick-off: 7.30pm.

Speaking after the match in Bristol, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a game we should have been winning again, disappointingly all the goals were avoidable and all due to mistakes, and at the other end we didn’t take our chances.

“Joe Grant’s sending off was pivotal again but we can have no complaints over the decision or the referee who controlled the game well.  What makes it worse is that Joe was playing extremely well and at 2-2 we were on top.  

“On a positive side, with so many players out injured we still were creating chances, and the mistakes can be corrected.  We just need to dig in and turn this around.

“Tuesday’s game with Keynsham will be a tough test. Keynsham haven’t had the best start but they will be combative and strong. We need to match the desire, cut out the mistakes and be clinical in front of goal”

Returning defender Lewis Matthews added“They (Bristol Telephones) were a good side and it was pretty even until the red card.  

“We need to take control of the game and work harder defensively for each other.”

And captain, Craig Mawford explained“I think all the boys are really frustrated following today’s result.

“We want to get a run going and start putting in performances but it isn’t quite clicking for us now. We didn’t take the chances we created and we’re not good enough defensively.

“It is important for our future success that we start to have strong squads when we are going into games and the injuries that we have has limited this.  

“Tuesday’s game is a match where we are all desperate for a result and the support that we receive at home could make a real difference.  

“I think it’s fair to say that all involved are frustrated and desperate to start to put a run together.  I am very hopeful that Tuesday could be a real turning point”.

Cheddar Reserves hosted AFC Brislington on Saturday and here is Andy Wallis’s report from the Reserves unfortunate 5-1 defeat at Bowdens Park….

The Reserve team went into this early top of the table clash with AFC Brislington with no less than eight changes to their starting line up from last week’s victory at Banwell, but it was the first minute that defined the game.  

A lose back pass by captain Adam Filer to Cheddar’s debutant Connell Edwards left the youngster faced with Brislington’s pacey centre-forward and the match official determined that Edwards clash with the visitor’s player warranted a straight red card after just 40 seconds play.

Cheddar however worked hard and looked the stronger team for the remainder of the half.

Until the 46th minute, a deflected Jay Murray attempt on 26 minutes was the closest either side went as Brislington struggled to find any real penetration.

The visitors got lucky in the last minute of the half when Cheddar failed to clear a corner and the resulting cross was bundled into the net.

Cheddar were then caught out twice in a ten-minute spell just after half time, failing to deal with Brislington’s direct approach.   The Cheesemen reserve team bounced straight back across goal by Harry Hughes and fired in by Jack Griffiths.

Cheddar’s come back was thwarted with minutes by a long-range effort, the fifth goal arriving in the closing minutes when Cheddar’s tired legs could no longer chase down. This was a very valiant effort over the 90 minutes by the ten men of Cheddar on a very hot afternoon, and the score line, as often is the case didn’t reflect the balance of play.

Joint Man of the Match:  Jay Murray and John Edwards

Cheddar Reserves face Tunley Athletic in the first round of the Somerset Senior Cup at Bowdens Park, on Saturday (2nd September) kick-off: 2.30pm.

Disappointment at Bowdens Park as Wincanton Town take all three points

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Cheddar 0   Wincanton Town 1


Cheddar’s disappointing start to the season continued last evening as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Wincanton Town. The opening half of the game was fairly evenly balanced, although the ‘Cheese’ did much have the better of the opening 20 minutes of the game, but failed to impose their superiority into goalmouth opportunities.

The second half saw the visitors take an early control and only the brilliance of Liam Kingston in the Cheddar goal kept his side on level terms in the opening minutes of the second period.

The Cheesemen at the moment do not appear to be playing well, they look low on confidence, look goal shy in front of the goal posts and their self-belief appears to be missing, added on is they are trying hard to get their season on a roll and this is proving to be difficult.

Cheddar never really looked like forcing an equaliser, the chances they created, they failed to hit the target and their frustrations hit them hard towards the end of the game with the sending off of Robbi Maggs and it also turned out to be a difficult second half for the young match official.

Former Shepton Mallet goalkeeper Jamie Rothwell made two superb saves early on to deny the Cheesemen as he turned aside a fierce Adam Jones volley and was then at full stretch to deny Mason Gardener.

The visitors however were denied midway through the period as Danny Gorden, Marcus Cook and Matt Morley linked up brilliantly with Morley’s shot bringing out the very best in Kingston who somehow turned the ball on the crossbar.

Cheddar could have been overrun in the opening five minutes of the second half as Kingston again saved brilliantly to deny both Dan Wise and Marcus Cook.

Adam Jones then missed a comparatively easy looking opportunity and that proved costly as the only goal of the game came on 52 minutes as a Danny Gorden corner kick was headed into his own net by Danny Griffiths, attempting to clear the ball.

Cheddar failed to respond to the challenge although several poor refereeing decisions took the game to another level as the football as a spectacle was cast aside and too much emphasis was put on late tackles, diving and any other ground-breaking rules that was not at all good for the game.   

This was unfortunately made worse as Robbi Maggs was red carded as he brushed aside the arms of Dan Wise on the centre circle following an unfair challenge.  

The inexperienced official then sent off Maggs with no action taken against the Wincanton perpetrator of the offence.  

 It further appears that some seasoned players are in the habit, on occasions, at getting other players sent off and this is spoiling our national game and sadly it would further appear that some match officials are being ‘conned’ all too often.

The home side should have equalised in the final minute as an inch perfect cross from Ricky Bennett found the head of substitute Anthony Cleave but that chance went begging as well as Cleave headed the ball into the arms of the Wincanton ‘keeper.

Man of the Match:  Liam Kingston

Cheddar Football Club are most grateful to Merv Colenutt, leading sports reporter with the Mid Somerset Newspapers for his report from which our report has been adapted.

Following last night’s match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Disappointingly another contentious decision has affected the game.

“The sending off of Robbi Maggs was an unbelievable decision; he was being restrained from behind by the Wincanton player and Robbi tried to shrug him off, the Wincanton player then fell to the floor holding his face, and the referee took the view that he had elbowed him intentionally.  

“The clear view we had was that there was no intent or clenched fist or looking where the Wincanton player was, so how the referee saw differently, I can only put down to a lack of game experience and understanding.

“To compound this the Wincanton player in question had already been cautioned and so would have been yellow-carded and sent off himself but both the referee and his assistant “could find him (?)” despite being the injured party.

“We certainly didn’t lose because of this though, and right throughout the game, I thought that we played well, our problem is at the moment putting the ball in the back of the net, it was a rare off day for Adam [Jones], and a group we didn’t step up and put one of our chances away.

“Their goal was unlucky for Danny [Griffiths] who I thought was outstanding, as I whole I thought we defended really well.

“Our distribution from the back could have been better, and certainly our final third play could have been more precise, and clinical but the heart and performance is certainly there.

“We will go away and regroup and come back fighting on Saturday, and I have no doubt in my mind that we will turn the corner, this group is certainly the most talented and committed squad we have ever had so we just need to keep positive and turning in performances and results will come.”

In further reports….

Cheddar travel to league leaders Bristol Telephones on Saturday (26th August) in a Toolstation Western League (Division One) fixture (kick-off: 3pm) and then face a further home league fixture on Tuesday next (29th August) kindly sponsored by Andy Chambers of Chambers Services, when the ‘Cheese’ host Keynsham Town.

The Cheesemen, after last night’s match are in 15th position in the league with four points from four games (one win, one draw and two defeats thus far).

Cheesemen take on Wincanton while Cheese Ladies raise money for charity

Cheddar face Wincanton Town on Tuesday night (22nd August) (kick-off: 7.45pm) before visiting Gloucestershire League champions Bristol Telephones who are currently riding high at the top of the ToolstatIon League Division One having won all four of their games, on Saturday 26th August (kick-off: 3.00pm) before returning to Bowdens Park on Tuesday week (29th August) for a march against old adversaries Keynsham Town (kick-off: 7.45pm).    

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s match with Wincanton Town, manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This match is definitely a banana skin, as you never know what to expect from Wincanton.

“Hopefully our confidence gained from Saturday will get us back to back wins and (again hopefully) start us moving up the table.

“We will be welcoming back Coombsie [Chris Coombs] and Maggsie [Robbi Maggs] although Lewis [Matthews] and Bestie [Nathan Best] are out with knocks and Boothy [George Booth] is long term.”

Also on Saturday 26th August, Cheddar are holding a charity football match between Cheddar Ladies and Draycott Ladies, to raise money for the Breast Cancer care charity.  The match kicks off at 7pm, and will be followed by a free disco.  

Weekend review – August 19/20

Cheddar Reserves maintained their 100% record so far, this season, with a 3-0 win at Banwell in the County league.  

Travelling to nearby Banwell with both sides looking to build on their opening first week wins, the Reserves started well against a strong and experienced Banwell team and soon they showed the football they are beginning to play.

 A move started at left back found the advancing right back, Kris Willmott, whose penetrating pass found striker Harry Hughes, who initially stumbled but his determination saw him retrieve the ball and drive a shot from a tight angle only to see his effort hit a post.   

Taryn Selway-Joseph pounced on the rebound to stab home his first goal of the season.

The rest of the first half was a cagey affair with neither side really testing the ‘keepers, with strong defensive displays from man of the match Tom Davies alongside brother Adam, dealt with everything thrown at them centrally and Willmott and Sully snuffing out the wide play.  Callum French, Robbie Wallis and Will Wallis ably coped with the experience and physicality of the Banwell midfield.

At the turnaround, Cheddar started to exploit the space and pace out wide, with Tom Catling and Selway-Joseph always a threat.

But it was the quick thinking of Will Wallis who called for a quick throw into the box and was felled before dispatching his shot.  

Captain Adam Davies claimed his second penalty in two games to boost Cheddar’s advantage.

With 20 minutes remaining, Wallis released Catling down the right and the winger’s pinpoint cross found Hughes who put the game beyond Banwell’s reach.  Selway-Joseph hit a rasping volley with eight minutes to go but the woodwork denied him his second goal.

Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “I’m really pleased with today’s performance as it’s always a tough place to come and get anything against Banwell.

“We had a few changes from last week’s team and have some new players who are still settling in, so it’s really encouraging that we’ve played so well and got the results we deserved.

“It was great to see Harry and Taryn getting off the mark for the season and importantly keeping another clean sheet.

“Next week will be another big challenge, as AFC Brislington have also got maximum points so far and we have a lot of players away so we will need to be at our best again.”

Not to be outdone, the Cheddar ‘A’ kept up their good pre-season form with a 4-2 victory over Banwell ‘B’

Looking to build on their impressive start to the campaign.

Unfortunately, the 4-3-3 formation wasn’t working in the first half and Cheddar were to concede two goals without reply.

After a change of formation to 4-4-2 Cheddar came out and managed to win the game by four goals to two.  

Goals coming from Jamie Claridge, Shane Fear, Connell Edwards, and an own goal.

‘A’s manager Jack Griffiths said: “This was another great performance and I’m proud of the lads.  

“They didn’t let their heads drop after going 2-0 down.” 

Cheddar ‘A’s now move on to their first game of the season in a rival match up against Axbridge Reserves, more news on which will follow shortly.

King’s strike gains the Cheesemen’s first three points of the season

Cheddar FC vs Roman Glass St George FC – Saturday 19th August 2017

After misfiring in their previous two matches, Cheddar who were many pundits tip for promotion last term, finally got their season underway with a narrow 1-0 victory over former Weston-Super-Mare manager Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George side on Saturday.

Surviving an early scare in the opening minute, Cheddar ‘keeper Liam Kingston diving forward to overt an on-target Ken Oni effort, the Cheesemen were in front on four minutes when defender turned midfielder Sam King drove home from 18-yards following an astute crossfield pass from Adam Jones, a stunning goal!

With 22 minutes gone, the visitors thought that they had levelled the scores but the match official correct noticed an infringement on Kingston and disallowed the effort.

Despite the home side going in front early on and their early approach play showing much promise they were made to look quite lethargic on occasions as Roman Glass pressed upfield to thwart the rhythmic moves that have become synonymous with Cheddar’s attacking play over the past two seasons, and shots from both Jacob Watson and Rhys Hodgson could well have caused the home side problems had they been on target; indeed a mazy run from the latter lofted head high into the box saw Joe Swift just fail to connect as he closed in.

On the half time whistle, a superb through ball from Cheddar captain Craig Mawford to the on running Kristian Bell deserved better fortune but ‘Glass keeper Dempsey was equal to the task and saved well as the younger striker pulled the trigger from ten yards.

At the turnaround, energetic striker Adam Jones had the ball in the net for the home side sliding home Mason Gardener’s inch perfect cross but as the club captain turned away to celebrate his joy was short-lived due to a linesman’s offside flag.

Two further efforts from the visitors front two of Cox and Oni may well have changed the course of the game but again their finishing was not to be their best ally as the Cheesemen struggled to find their normal rhythm, although with four first teamers (George Booth, Chris Coombs, Robbi Maggs and Lewis Matthews) all missing through injury or enforced absence, Cheddar fans could forgive their team’s performance that was on occasions disjointed.

The Cheesemen did show some much-needed fluency to their game in the last 20 minutes with good efforts from Ricky Bennett and Dean Grubb being palmed to safety by an overworked Dempsey as the home side forced four corners in quick succession.

With 15 minutes remain, ‘Glass’s Ryan Dunn was a tide unlucky not to connect with Watson’s low drive into the 18-yard box whilst at the other end Gardener was perilously close to finishing at the near post from Jones’s cross, the midfielder’s header again being well-saved by the Roman Glass custodian.

No further goals were to come and King’s quality finish in the opening five minutes was very much the difference between the two sides.

Man of the match: Sam King

Speaking after the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said“At last a victory!

“After twice considering past the 90 minutes mark in the last two games we finally saw a game out.

“Sam King’s strike gave us a fantastic start but we failed to capitalise.

“Roman Glass worked hard and tried to press us high. Being critical we needed to move the ball quicker and with more accuracy left to right and back to front, the few times we did this we broke their lines, and Kristian Bell really should have finished from ten yards although the ‘keeper did stand up well.

“After half time, we were unlucky not to go further ahead when Kristian strayed offside when finishing from close range.  After Bestie (Nathan Best) we had to reshuffle and I thought that Cleavesey (Anthony Cleave) did well when he came on.

“It was a bit ‘backs to the wall’ in the last ten minutes but thankfully Liam (Kingston) marshalled things well and the back four were outstanding to deny Roman Glass.”

Captain Craig Mawford said“We’ll take the three points today knowing that we didn’t perform at our best.

“What is pleasing is that we know we have a lot more to give and know that we are getting players back into the squad for Tuesday’s match (with Wincanton) with Tom [Manning], Chris [Coombs], Robbi [Maggs] and (hopefully) Lewis [Matthews) all back and fit again.

“We have shown that we have good depth to our squad and the additions that we have made with Scotty [Holland], Nathan [Best] and Dean [Grubb] have been real positives.

“We have a strong squad and everyone that has been involved has done well and brought something to the side.

“The boys are determined to start stringing a set of results together and hopefully a better performance on Tuesday.

“The lads have been brilliant and has made stepping in for George [since his injury] enjoyable and a positive experience for myself.

“We are hoping that George has some positive news with his injury this week and look forward to seeing him back in training.

“Everyone at the club wants to achieve and to push forwards and hopefully we can do that after a frustrating start.”

Cheesemen’s FA Cup dream over but go down fighting

There was no FA Cup romance for the Cheesemen as they were beaten at the first hurdle by Toolstation Premier League side Willand Rovers

In an enthralling match, watched by an impressive and noisy 173 crowd, the game was evenly balanced until the last 13 minutes as he visitors struck twice in the closing stages, Rovers former Barnstaple Town striker James Blake netting both goals.

Earlier, with just five minutes played, the visitors were unlucky not to take the lead, Joe Curtis’s goal bound shot from 10 yards being brilliantly and acrobatically tipped round the post by ‘keeper Kieran Webster, a save of pure class!

After 15 minutes home winger Chris Coombs found Adam Jones who shot wide.  

A further Willand chance engineered by the tricky left-wing back Luke Alden was driven wide by Luke Mortimer when it seemed easier to score, then minutes later at the other end, Danny Griffiths just failed to connect at the far post as Ricky Bennett’s free kick skidded into the danger area.

The match ebbed and flowed throughout the first half as both teams gave nothing away in their battle for midfield supremacy but with less than ten minutes gone in the second half, a spectacular Craig Mawford 35-yard free kick drew loud gasps from the crowd as visiting ‘keeper Mike Searle propelled himself through the air to pluck Mawford’s stinging drive to safety, and then on 55 minutes ‘Rovers centre forward Blake, in space, headed just over despite the close attention of Cheddar’s new signing Nathan Blake.

With an hour gone, Jones again marauding forward for the ‘Cheese’, the big striker hit a curling shot just wide after he had linked well with fellow striker Robbi Maggs.

This pulsating cup tie was to change in pace just minutes as Ricky Bennett was sent off for receiving two cautions in the space of less than three minutes, sparking terrace talk that an FA cup hoodoo was to affect the ‘Cheese’ for the second time in two seasons, having had a player sent off in the Extra Preliminary Round replay of the same competition last season.

The sending off had an obvious effect on the home side as they reorganised themselves, as the normal lethal Adam Jones was obviously feeling the effects of a heavy cold although Kristian Bell and new signing Scott Holland did exceptionally well to get themselves into the pace of the game very quickly, but the visitors were handed something of a fortuitous lead on 77 minutes.

 Brad Ansden’s chip into the Cheddar box connected with defender Lewis Matthews head and flew on to the angle of the crossbar and upright, and the situation gave ‘keeper Webster little or no chance as Blake dashed in to force the ball over the line for an opportunist goal to open the scoring for Willand.

The home side had a wonderful chance to equalise with 10 minutes remaining as Chris Coombs free kick from wide left, after George Booth had been hauled down by a Willand defender, evaded the complete visitors defence and was missed by a hairs-breath as both Maggs and Griffiths ran in to prod the ball home.

Further drama occurred on 85 minutes as Cheddar talisman and inspirational captain George Booth fell badly following a collision and was taken to hospital with a serious looking injury as play was held up for a good five minutes.

With minutes remaining on the referee’s watch, Willand Rovers secured a home tie in the next round against Southern League side Bristol Manor Farm, Blake finishing well from close range injury time from Jason Kennard’s measured cross.

Despite exiting the FA cup at the first stage for the second successive season, Cheddar can hold their heads high after this brave and battling performance, as they competed on equal footing for long periods with their visitors who finished in sixth position in the Toolstation Premier Division last season.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today’s game held a range of emotions. Pride in the way we acquit td ourselves against a top six team from the Prem; disappointment that we didn’t take our chances, and frustration over the lack of consistency by the officials which ultimately played a huge factor in the outcome of the game.

“Firstly, on the decisions, Ricky’s (Bennett) tackle was a clear yellow card however the second yellow was a soft (and in my opinion) never a yellow card offence, the referee was berated by four Willand players (and in my opinion) succumbed under pressure.   

“However, we talk a lot about giving the ‘ref’ a decision to make and that that is exactly what Ricky did.

“It was a disappointment for Ricky whose work rate prior to the bookings was of the highest order, as was the rest of the team.

“What is frustrating is at one nothing down, the Willand number six, after seven or eight fouls eventually got a yellow card, thirty seconds later he practically rugby tacked George (Booth) preventing him entering the penalty area, no yellow.

“I spoke to a watching official after the game and here lies my frustration with referees and their ‘committees’, the consensus was, ‘he had a good game’, apart from he should have sent off the Willand number six’.  

“In my opinion, this was the one decision he needed to get correct and he didn’t and I say that because the whole dynamic of the game would have changed if he had made the correct decision.  

“At one-nil down, if he had sent the six off with fifteen to go, Willand would have sat on that lead, and the momentum shift would have led I believe to a lot more chances for us, instead with a man advantage.  

“Willand were able to thwart and counter.

“Refereeing decisions don’t decide games, but they have a huge bearing on the direction of momentum and ultimately the tactics employed.  

“On to the game, I thought it gave us an insight on where we have to improve to get into the next division’s top halve.  

“Willand were well organised and played areas football, thirty-yard clips into areas, playing off a strong front two, with a combative midfield and in particular a strong left wing.  

“I thought we didn’t have the opportunity to dictate the game and this was mainly due to the high well drilled press.  

“We needed to adapt quicker to overcome this and first half hour I think we struggled to do this.  After that, using the pace and a little more direct play I think we pushed Willand back and it was pretty attritional come half time.

“Kieran (Webster) made one outstanding save in the first half but on chances, I think we had two or three very good opportunities.  

“Ricky’s sending off obviously changed things but I still thought we competed very well, and our misfortune for their first goal was undeserved.  

“Still we committed to the task and were literally an inch from Danny (Griffiths) equalising.  The second goal was just due to us throwing all we could forward.

“I was really proud of the commitment of the squad and the desire to compete with probably one of the strongest sides I’ve seen to visit Cheddar.  

“I thought that Willand weren’t a side I would want to watch, but they certainly were well organised and football smart and used this to their advantage.  

“I am sure we will have a successful campaign if we continue with the desire and commitment we showed today.  

“On George’s (Booth) condition, I will know later this week.  I hope it’s a short-term injury and he is back on his feet as soon as possible.  

“Thank you to the fans for their support and I hope to see everyone visiting regularly this season.”

Cheddar start their league season on Saturday (12th August) with a visit to Oldland Abbotonians (kick off; 3pm) and host Welton Rovers for their first home league game on Tuesday (15th August) kick-off: 7.45pm.

Cheddar Reserves play Burnham United in their first home game of the season on Saturday (12th August) at Bowdens Park, kick-off: 3pm. .

Cheesemen announce new signings

The Cheesemen have added to their squad over the weekend with the signing the experienced and former Weston super Mare attacking winger, Dean Grubb, 30, together with centre back Scott Holland. 37, from Toolstation Premier Division side Bridport.

Grubb played regularly for Weston super Mare’s Conference South side and Holland was a regular for Bridport In the Toolstation Western League Premier Division last season.

Holland has also played for Chard and Bishops Lydeard.

Cheddar manager said: “I was really pleased that we managed to get Dean [Grubb] along.

“He is an obvious talent and has been lacking football for some time.  I hope that we can offer him a new home to enjoy his football again and realise the ability we all know he has.

“For Dean, it is about getting some football fitness over the coming months and then I think he will be a real asset to both the club and the team.

“I look forward to working with him, and I believe he could be a real asset as the season progresses.

“Regarding Scott [Holland] I was looking for a versatile ‘ready to go’ player and Scott I believe offers this.

“He has bags of experience at this level, he can play in a variety of position and has hit the ground running.

“He has made his presence felt immediately from the first training session and his communications through the team, is certainly a dimension I believe we have missed.

“Again, a real asset to the team and the club.”

And the response from the players concerned…

Dean Grubb said: “It’s well known out there that Cheddar is a well run club, a lot of my mates are here, Robbi (Maggs) and Ricky (Bennett) among them.  I’m sure that we can have a successful season, and I want to do my best to be part of that success.”

Scott Holland said: “I’ve heard a lot about the club before I came here and from what I’ve seen already, it looks very positive from all angles, both on and off the field. I have played with Craig (Mawford) for a number of years and I look forward to settling in quickly and getting a few good results under our belts!”

Cheesemen complete their pre-season schedule with five straight wins

Cheesemen have completed their pre-season schedule with five straight wins as striker Adam Jones hits five in their final warm up game

Cheddar Football Club rounded off their pre-season schedule on Saturday with an amazing 8-1 thrashing of Welsh League Division Three side, Ely Rangers, effectively taking their total ‘goals for’ tally in their five warm up games to 19, conceding just 4.

The Cheesemen made their mark early in the match on, defender Lewis Matthews finding the net after just four minutes following a surging individual run from midfield, crashing his shot past visiting goalkeeper Scott Mack.   

Adam Jones was next to add his name to the scoresheet on 12 minutes, finishing off a delightful Ricky Bennett free kick, and the big striker was again on hand a minute later to finish strongly from close range after he had again been set up by Bennett.

 A shell-shocked Ely Rangers rallied themselves late in the first half and with better fortune could well have netted a goal after some unusual indecision in the home side’s defence but Jones, Bennett, and Joe Grant, restored to his favoured right back role, could well have added further goals before the break.

Jones completed his hat trick with his third and his team’s fourth goal on 54 minutes latching on to another wonderful Bennett assist.  

The Welsh side made a triple substitution in an attempt to stem the tide on the hour, but it was to no avail as Jones scored his side’s fifth goal from an incisive George Booth through ball on 67 minutes.  

Rangers were awarded a free kick just outside the Cheddar penalty area on 70 minutes, which Josh Beedis safely deposited wide of Kieran Webster’s dive but a comeback by the visitors was not to be as with just eight minutes remaining, Craig Mawford launched a 40-yard Exocet free kick that literally screeched into the net past a startled Mack.

There was still time remaining for Jones to net a further goal on 87 minutes, as the Cheddar club captain outwitted a tiring Ely defence to slot past the goalkeeper.

With seconds remaining, Kristian Bell was through on goal and unceremoniously bundled over by two defenders.  

The young winger picked himself up to hit home the resulting penalty kick for a resounding win over a deflated Ely Rangers side.

Two days earlier, Cheddar had played host to a young but highly organised, fit, disciplined and very fit Yeovil Town XI who visited Bowdens Park under the watchful eye of Academy Director, former Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers star Paul Wilson and Under 18’s manager, former Crystal Palace coach Antonio Falanga.   

Despite their relative inexperience at top level, the Yeovil team were in no mood to just make up the numbers for the evening, and with a squad of 20 players, they retained possession well and were unlucky not to take the lead in the match before Cheddar flying winger Chris Coombs opened the scoring on 43 minutes.   

The Cheesemen added a second goal on 74 minutes through a neat near post header from Adam Jones but this was by no means an easy ride for the Bowdens Park club.

Speaking to the website following his side’s last two warm up games, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Both games gave us a chance to look at players in certain positions and finalise our plans for the start of the season.

“I thought Yeovil had good lateral movement which allowed us to practice our shape against a very effective team.

“I thought that they (Yeovil) lacked penetration and a lot of that was to do with the shape of our back line.

“What was also pleasing was the pace and accuracy of four breaks and finishing.

“This was also a feature of Saturday’s game against Ely Rangers.  I thought we knocked Ely early with three goals with some excellent finishes.

“The scoreline was partly due to a few absentees from Ely but I certainly thought our whole game was effective in not allowing them into the game.”

Cheddar Football Club wish to add their thanks to Maggs Group  of Cheddar who kindly sponsored the Yeovil match, particularly to Tony and Ben Mages, who also sponsored the match against a Yeovil Town XI prior to the start of last (2016-17) season.  


In other news, Cheddar Reserves maintained their good pre-season form with a highly creditable 0-0 draw at Street Reserves last Friday night (28th July). Cheesemen FM understands that this match wasn’t a ‘bore draw’ by any means.

A few good saves from Kieran Webster and a goal-line clearance from Tom Davies ensured that the Reserves maintained a clean sheet and at the other end, Anthony Cleaves went very close in the first half as did Sam Smith with a header in the dying seconds of the game.

Cheddar Reserve’s manager Andy Wallis said: “Overall this was a good team performance against a side who pushed for promotion in the Division above us last season.”

The Reserve team are also unbeaten in their three pre-season matches, scoring seven goals.

Cheddar Ladies will take on Wellington tomorrow night in their first pre-season friendly.

The  Cheesemen are in FA Cup action this weekend (Saturday 5th August) at Bowdens Park when they host Toolstation Premier Division outfit Willand Rovers in the Extra Preliminary Round of the competition, kick-off: 3pm.

Should the game end in a draw, the replay will take place at Willand’s Silver Street ground on Wednesday 9th August, kick-off: 7.30pm.  

Further news on this weekend’s FA cup action, is that this match has even further historical importance as it is the first time in the club’s long history that they have received a home tie in the competition.

Club officials are hopeful for a repeat of the near 400 crowd that witnessed the incredible FA cup replay with Bodmin last season, which the Cheesemen cruelly lost by three goals to two after extra time, in a match which simply had to be seen to be believed, such was the phenomenal effort and spirt by every single player who wore a Cheddar shirt for those two epic games, that will long be remembered in the history books.

Admission prices for Saturday, which due to FA regulations is ALL PAY (sorry everyone!) is:

Adults:  £3

Concessions: £1

Matchday programmes will be on sale at £1 (there will be a cash prize for one lucky programme winner!



Cheesemen FM stop press:

  • A further FA Cup website bulletin will be on line prior to the end of the week…as well as regular (up to the minute) updates on the club Facebook page;