Cheddar FC Website Weekend Review
Reports from Saturday 26th August 2017
INJURY HIT CHEESEMEN LOSE OUT TO THE LEAGUE LEADERS AND THE RESERVE TEAM ARE BEATEN AT BOWDENS AS BOTH TEAMS SEE RED CARDS!
BRISTOL TELEPHONES 4 CHEDDAR 2
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.