Cheddar Reserves and Cheddar ‘A’ team to fly the flag which they did in some style.
Here is Andy Wallis’s report from Saturday’s 4-0 win over Tunley Athletic.
The Reserve team were looking to bounce back from last week’s cup defeat to Division One side, Keynsham Town Reserves. In the opening quarter, Tunley showed the confidence of a team who had won two of their last three games and proved very difficult to break down.
Cheddar then dominated the second quarter of the game with chances falling to the hard-working Harry Hughes, Billy Manning misfiring and the crossbar denying man-of-the-match Tom Manning twice and Stephen Pennington who was just unable to connect from three yards.
With the score remaining equal at half time Cheddar could have made rash changes but remained patient and the post denied a curling Tom Manning free kick six minutes after the restart. Ten minutes later Pennington picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove through the Tunley midfield and a deft pass found Billy Manning’s run on the right side of the box and his finish with the outside of his right foot deceived the ‘keeper to edge Cheddar into the lead.
Cheddar were now in full flow and in under ten minutes doubled their lead with Tom Catling finding substitute Dan Flowers who outstripped the Tunley defence and fired the ball across the face of goal and Taryn Selway-Joseph raced towards the back post to fire home.
Cheddar’s third and fourth goals were courtesy of substitute Sam Talbot with a powerful header from six yards and John Edwards’s excellent control and finish on the edge of the box.
On Saturday next (21st October), the Reserve team host local rivals Draycott at Bowdens Park, the match kicks off at 3pm.
Cheddar ‘A’ team also recorded an excellent 3-1 win. Here is Jack Griffith’s report.
The ‘A’ team followed up last week’s battering of Axbridge with a solid victory on the road at Banwell. Three goals scored within the first 25 minutes managed to prove enough to kill the game off.
The first goal came from Cameron Willies following a corner which was flicked on to the back post where the right back volleyed the ball home. Will Price made it two, after finishing off a similar corner. After some great work by Dom Underhill and Anthony Cleave, Price managed to hit an 18-yard volley with the outside of his right foot which flew into the top left-hand corner of the net. Cheddar then let performance level slip and before half time the hosts pulled a goal back. Yet a half time team talk managed a ‘gathering of heads’ and Cheddar then put in a solid defensive performance, whilst still creating chances to see the game out with a 3-1 win.
The ‘A’ team now sit joint third trailing the team at the top of the league by just three points.
Man of the match: Ed Parsons
Cheddar ‘A’ face Worle Rangers in the first round of the Somerset Intermediate Cup on Saturday (21st October) at Sharpham Road, with an earlier kick off time of 1.45pm.
Cheddar Ladies were in action on Sunday (15th October)
Here is manager Russ Heal’s report…
Gabi Underhill opened the scoring for Cheddar in the 26th minute with low shot from the left that squeezed under the goalkeeper and made it over the line but Combe equalised four minutes later with a long range shot that left the Cheddar goalkeeper stranded.
Linda Sharpe who came down from Gloucester to ‘stand in’, made it 2-1 for the Cheese girls in the 32nd minute with a blast of a shot from the right that hit the far top corner of the net. As the second half got under way it seemed as though Cheddar had control of the game until another long range shot from Combe left the Cheddar ‘keeper with no chance on 63 minutes. Cheddar appeared to let their heads go down a little after conceding against the run of play and that allowed Combe to grab a third goal on 70 minutes to make the final score 3-2 in favour of visitors Combe Ladies.
Player of the match was Linda Sharpe.