Toolstation Western League Division One match report
Tuesday 26th September 2017
CHEDDAR 3 CHARD TOWN 2
A stunning hat trick from Cheddar captain Adam Jones ensured three points stayed at Bowdens Park after an all action match.
An early strike from way out was cancelled out virtually straight away but a far post volley just before the half hour and another fine finish with fifteen minutes remaining did for Chard who played their part in front of a crowd of 67 who had ventured out in what threatened to turn into a murky evening at one stage.
Managerless Cheddar went into the game with three wins from four games under caretaker boss Shaun Potter whilst Chard were still smarting from their abandoned game against league leaders Westbury United but having beaten Keynsham Town on Saturday.
Chard were without striker Taufik Ben Salem who was recovering from an operation on his hand whilst Steve Friend was recovering from becoming a father, but the visitors began well and Max Westlake fed Bradley Miles who volleyed wide and then Westlake tested Kingston in the home goal who was not displeased to see Westlake’s effort cleared off the line.
The home side struck soon after their first meaningful foray into the Chard half as Jones was afforded space down the middle to thrash a 35-yard screamer on 8 minutes.
A moment later Jones robbed a defender but his lobbed effort over the goalkeeper’s head was inches over as Chard felt relieved.
The Robins were looking lively in the early stages and Miles drove over from an angle before Cheddar raided once again and Oli Pearson just kept out Jones with a final tackle.
An equaliser was always coming and it arrived after 13 minutes when Miles fed the excellent Westlake whose cross found the late arriving Liam Cleal who finished well.
It was almost 2-1 with the next attack as Chard’s forward momentum broke down and Chris Coombs escaped, and found Jake Mawford who was in on goal but his shocked lacked pace
It mattered little as on the half hour Mawford released Stephen Pennington and the recently promoted former Reserve team player floated over an inch-perfect cross to the far post, which Jones then shot wide as he looked for a first half hat-trick before, at the other end, Westlake’s pass was just too hot for former Sherborne Town striker Alexandru Stafie who could only guide it wide.
The end to end play continued as Joe Grant put through Chris Coombs whose effort beat Hill but hit the woodwork and was hacked away by the busy Andy Holmes.
Holmes was even busier moments later when Westlake’s free kick was missed by everybody except Holmes who completely miscued from a yard out.
After the break there was no let-up in the action and Jones almost posted his treble, his overhead kick from Joe Grant’s long throw hit the bar and it seemed as though that this would come back to haunt the Cheesemen as on the hour Westlake deservedly equalised for Chard, the Chard man finding room on the right and moved inside to shoot through a sea of bodies and into the corner past an unsighted Kingston to make it 2-2.
Mawford then watched a shot deflected wide with Hill wrong footed and another long pass found Jones and Hill clashing outside the box but the Cheddar ‘skipper was just shepherded away for a corner.
When the ball came in, Mawford’s trickery ended with a wicked cross which was met by Danny Griffiths but his shot was straight at Hill and Chard survived again.
It was Coombs who set up the winner for Jones as his fine cross fell for Jones who took a touch before sliding the ball past Hill for a memorable hat-trick.
Hill then flew across goal to keep out Robbi Maggs before a grandstand finish. Chard substitute James Boyland, on the bench due to an illness, crashed his shot against the Cheddar crossbar and the ball bounced on the line and away before he wriggled across the by-line but the danger snuffled out and Cheddar went home the happiest from the Theatre of Cheese.
Man of the match: Adam Jones
Cheddar Football Club are very grateful to Kerry Miller, the Toolstation Western League Press and Media Officer who provided a report from which the above has been adapted
Caretaker manager Shaun Potter said: “I was very pleased with our performance tonight, we stuck to our philosophy, created chances and took them. We are still conceding more goals than we would like but overall a great three points against a strong Chard side.”
Midfielder Ricky Bennett said: “Another result grounded out tonight which shows that we’ve turned the corner over the past few weeks. The performances throughout the season have always been there but we’ve struggled to find the back of the net and the luck just hasn’t gone our way.
“But the tables have turned now and momentum is starting to build as we climb our way back up the table to where we should be.
“Confidence is high now and you can see and it helps with the likes of Adam who’s scoring for fun. There’s still a lot to do from here but we will take each game as it comes, there’s a long season ahead of us.”
Striker Robbi Maggs said: “I thought that it was another good performance from the lads; we created a lot of chances and thankfully we are starting to put them away and Jonah is back doing what he does best! We need to ensure that we don’t sit back too much towards the end of matches and invite pressure on to us because we were lucky not to concede in the last five minutes.
“The atmosphere in the changing room is back to where we need it to be and we are all looking forward to keeping our little run going on Saturday. It’s important not to concentrate on the league table and just take things game by game, that’s when we are at our best.”
Cheddar first team are at home on Saturday (30th September) to Portishead Town, whilst the Reserve team travel to a further away match at Pensford. The ‘A’ team travel to Congresbury whilst
on Sunday (1st October) Cheddar Ladies travel to Evercreech (kick-off: 2pm). All Saturday’s games kick off at 3pm.