Weekend Review September 30/October 1

Cheddar Reserves deservedly secured all three points at Pensford with a good 2-0 win. Here is Andy Wallis’s report:

The Reserves were back to winning ways and bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

Facing a Pensford side determined to turn things round were resilient opponents but the in-form John Edwards was denied a goal by a clearance off the line after 15 minutes.

The Pensford goalkeeper kept the scores level minutes later when Adam Filer, found Edwards in space once again. Cheddar’s flank players Jay Murray and Callum Sully were a constant threat but couldn’t find the final killer ball.

On 37 minutes the Pensford stopper managed to get a toe-end clearance to deny Harry Hughes from adding to the score.

With Robbie Wallis and man-of-the-match Tom Manning dominating the centre and captain Adam Davies marshalling the defence, Cheddar stuck to their guns and thought that they had broken the deadlock just after the hour, only for Robbie Wallis’s 20-yard effort to shave the post.

With just 20 minutes remaining, Edwards guile and application became apparent as he danced past three defenders before slotting the ball back to Tom Manning who hammered home from 12 yards.

The rampant Reserve team were now in total control and Edwards raced onto a through ball only to see his effort clip the bar.

But the same player made no mistake a minute later as he outpaced the home defence from Kieran Webster’s intelligent long clearance and coolly slid the ball pas the advancing Pensford goalkeeper. Late in the game Jay Murray was denied a third goal by the match

official, not noticing that the ball had crossed the line before it was hastily cleared by the Pensford centre back.

Man of the match: Tom Manning

After the game, Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis said: “It was really pleasing to see the lads bounce back from back-to-back defeats and get back to winning ways. Whilst Penford were bottom of the league, they were resilient and robust and it was good to see us have the confidence, patience, and skill to break them down.

“Having the added quality of Tom Manning again this week was a bonus and it was good to see him break the deadlock. John Edwards deserved the get the second and seal the victory. What was most pleasing was the way the team pulled together after the last few results and we’re looking to build on this in the coming weeks.”

Next Saturday (7th October) Cheddar Reserves are at home to Keynsham Town Reserves in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd round), kick-off: 2.30pm.

Also on Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ travelled to Congresbury ‘A’ although unfortunately this wasn’t to be their day and they finished on the wrong side of a 6-1 score line; Liam Jones scoring for Cheddar.

Next Saturday, the ‘A’ team host Axbridge Town Reserves.

And now, onto Sunday’s match, and the Cheddar Ladies, the team they’re all talking about…

After last weekend’s amazing result (12-1 at Crewkerne), the Cheesegirls followed this up with an equally eye-catching 4-3 victory ‘on the road’ at Evercreech.

Here is manager Russ Heal’s report:

Another away game, this time at Evercreech. The game started with the home side applying the greater pressure but this well soaked up by the visitors.

The Cheesegirls started to take control of the fast forward moving of Evercreech but on 14 minutes Cheddar were caught out by a long ball from Evercreech who scored with a one-on-one with the Cheddar goalkeeper.

The Cheddar team then started to get in behind the Evercreech defence creating their own chances.

Then on 20 minutes Judit Salamon finally got her reward with a fine low shot, making the score 1-1 at half-time. Cheddar re-organised themselves for the second half and it appeared that they (Cheddar) had control of the game as Valerie Walsh blasted her first of the game on 69 minutes.

Cheddar continued to create chances but it was Evercreech who scored again to make the scores 2-2. Valerie Walsh then scored again for Cheddar, striking in both the 76th and 79th minutes to secure her second hat-trick in two games.

On 83 minutes the home side reduced the deficit but Cheddar could well have scored more goals with both Bella Jonas and Judit Salamon both hitting the crossbar with good efforts, and Jade Burton’s effort being scrambled off the line.

This was a very entertaining game with end-to-end football but the Cheddar girls deservedly took all three points.

Next weekend the girls returning to home soil when they host Portishead Ladies (kick-off: 2pm).

Cheesemen Hit Four As They Move Up To Eighth Place In The League Table

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 30th September 2017

Cheddar 4 Portishead Town

Cheddar Football Club appear to have gained a new lease of life under the guidance of caretaker manager Shaun Potter as they swept aside second-bottom Portishead Town by four goals, with no reply on Saturday.

For a team that were bottom of the table at the start of the month, the Cheesemen appear to have undertaken something of a transformation following this uncompromising demolition of their luckless opponents.

The home side were in the ascendancy from the start and took the lead on eight minutes, Jake Mawford finding Ricky Bennett and the cultured midfielder quickly found striker Adam Jones with an excellent lofted ball. Jones clearly had the legs on the Portishead defence who were, frankly, left stumbling in his wake, and the big striker with just the goalkeeper to beat made no mistake, hitting his shot firmly past Portishead goalkeeper Ryan Scott. 1-0.

Jones was again on target shortly afterwards, Chris Coombs’ brilliant crossfield ball finding the striker lurking at the back post, and although off-balance Jones somehow steered his volley goal wards only for Scott to save with his legs.

The only threat from the visitors was being posed by their centre-forward Dan Elson, who went close twice before the home side doubled their advantage midway through the half, Robbi Maggy brilliantly setting up Coombs with a pin-point accurate pass into the danger area allowing the fleet-footed winger to slot home with the most delicate of side foot strikes from close range.

Elson, the Portishead No 9 again went close moments before the half time break with a good effort from 30-yards but overall it was the home side that deservedly went in at half time well worthy of their two-goal lead

The Cheesemen added a third goal on 58 minutes from an infringement on Coombs, 27 yards from goal. A brilliantly executed free kick, right out of the coaching manual, observed a Ricky Bennett step-over and what followed was a cannonball free kick from Craig Mawford which rebounded off the upright with such force that the ball was hardly noticed by the Portishead ‘keeper before he stooped to retrieve the ball from the back of his net.

Shortly after Cheddar’s third goal, Ricky Bennett who was in imperious form, had another free kick brilliantly turned over the crossbar by the back-pedalling Portishead ‘keeper and it came as no surprise when the home side added a fourth on 63 minutes. A long clearance by man-of-the-match Stephen Pennington found Adam Jones on the left flank. And Jones, running at full speed quickly redefined the meaning of a ‘lost cause’ as he superbly kept the ball in play, then crossing sublimely for Chris Coombs to smash home his second of the afternoon. The winger did brilliantly to read the situation and grab his brace for the afternoon to secure this emphatic win for the Cheesemen who appear to be playing with more belief and confidence than they have all season.

With 25 minutes remaining, Adam Jones was withdrawn from the action, and the match became a little scrappy, but by then the Cheesemen had done their duty, and the team had secured a very worthy three points.

Speaking to the club’s website following the match, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said;

“I couldn’t be happier with today’s performance, we executed our game plan very well. I felt that we controlled the game from the start with a high tempo and some real quality in possession. I was pleased also to get a clean sheet, we were solid back there today and we dealt with everything that they (Portishead) threw at us. Overall, September has been a very good month, we’ve managed to string together some wins and climb the table which is testament to how hard these lads work every week. We look forward to a nice eight-day break now before we play Bishops Lydeard (away) next Sunday (kick-off: 2.15pm). The lads will be back, fresh and raring to go again”.

Cheddar captain Craig Mawford, also provided his thoughts were:

“It was a good performance today, lots of positives to take from the game. We looked dangerous going forward and made a lot of chances. We took our foot off the gas a little bit in the second half but we gathered some real momentum going forwards and are looking very forceful again. It is very pleasing that we are back to a point where we have competition for places. Robbi has put in some fantastic performances on the left side of midfield which has given us more options again, Adam is looking sharp and we can continue to build week by week. It is good to have an eight-day break so we can recover from knocks. The game on Sunday won’t be an easy one but it is one that the boys are looking forward to, fingers crossed for another win. C’mon you Cheesemen!”

Man of the match: Stephen Pennington

Next weekend, the first team visit Bishops Lydeard (as part of the ‘Western League’s ground hop weekend) in a league match that kicks off at 2.15pm on Sunday (not Saturday) 8th October