Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Saturday 25th November 2017



Cheddar’s Callum Ham was the talk of the Westbury’s Meadow Lane ground as his superb second half brace brought back full points for the Cheesemen on Saturday.  

Interestingly, Ham who had left the club in close season to seek his fortune with Bridgwater Town and latterly Oldland Abbotonians, only returned to the Bowdens Park some 24 hours prior to the game so his strikes were dually rewarding.

The thought of facing the league leaders on their own ground was no easy prospect and the match had been billed as the ‘game of the day’ by the regional press, the home side still smarting from their elimination from the League cup the previous weekend, and had voiced determination to get their season back on track at the expense of their challenging visitors.

True enough the first half saw the home side force the pace, but to the credit of both teams, who showed obvious respect for one another, the game took some 30 minutes or so to settle down as neither side forced real chances of any note, despite United forcing six first half corners and several free-kicks, for which Westbury have gained notoriety this season although to their credit, the visitors defence were equal to the threat of the league leaders.   

As the game levelled into more of pattern, the home side thought they had taken the lead on 21 minutes as Jordan Pinder headed home from a corner kick, but an alert match official Ali Francis noticed an infringement on goalkeeper Liam Kingston and the effort was disallowed.  

The visitors themselves were unlucky not to take the lead on 40 minutes, as Craig’s Mawford’s thunderous 25-yard free kick headed towards the top left-hand corner of the goal, but his effort was acrobatically tipped over the cross bar by Lewis Porter, in the Westbury goal.

In a controversial looking incident as the minutes ticked away to half-time, centre-forward Adam Jones appeared to be the victim of a so-called professional foul as the all-action striker was laid prostrate on the floor following a challenge form Westbury central-defender and ‘skipper Dan Price, but the Cheddar captain, despite looking dazed quickly resumed his all-action to the contest between two of the league’s undoubted heavyweights this term.

Following a first 45-minute spell noticeably dominated by both defences, the game opened out to a degree in the second half and Cheddar began to force the pace, forcing a succession of corners themselves as indeed the home side had done in the first half.   

Largely, the Westbury defence held firm but on the hour mark came a further controversial incident, again with Cheddar’s front man Adam Jones at the centre of the action.   

The Cheesemen were gaining overall control at this stage, and this clearly frustrated the home side but as Jones, fed by an imperious Ricky Bennett, dashed through he was pulled back by the Westbury centre back, who only received a caution for his efforts, despite appearing to be the last man, to loud hails of derision by the Cheddar travelling faithful.

The boggy, leg sapping conditions were naturally taking their toll on both sets of players, and sensibly, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter introduced substitutes on the hour mark, with new signings Shaun Lambert and Callum Ham being introduced in relatively quick succession.  

There is little doubt that these tactical switches changed the course of the game.  Within five minutes of the introduction of Ham, the visitors were in the lead.

Darting about with sublime energy, Ham was causing mayhem to the Westbury rear-guard and the diminutive winger/striker dashed into the penalty box to finish off a glorious Chris Coombs cross from eight yards on 73 minutes.

Then, just six minutes later came the moment that will be talked about for some time.   

Westbury’s Steve Hulbert strongly headed away Bennett’s corner as the visitors went in search of a further goal, but Ham was first to react.

Despite being closely monitored by two Westbury players, Cheddar’s latest signing, superbly pivoted his body, creating space for himself and from all of 40-yards struck the sweetest of volley’s that rocketed past the Westbury ‘keeper, sparking wild celebrations in and around the Cheddar bench.  

This was quite simply an amazing strike and will be a candidate for goal of the season at any level!

With 15 minutes remaining Cheddar introduced lengthy injury victim Jake Harris, replacing the tiring Robbi Maggs, who himself had played his full part in Cheddar’s display throughout the afternoon. Combining with Jones and Coombs the former Weston super Mare striker was most unlucky with a stinging 18-yard drive that skimmed the upright.   Ham who had formed an immediate telepathic understanding with Jones was close to completing his hat-trick on 80 minutes; Jones intelligent crossfield pass finding his co-striker, but Ham’s goal bound effort fizzed just wide of the woodwork.

The league leaders, understandably not used to being on the ‘receiving end’ such has been their form this season, finished the game strongly but Cheddar’s young goalkeeper Liam Kingston coped well with all of Westbury’s efforts and was well protected by centre backs Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best, who were all at their very best throughout the afternoon, as they survived a late onslaught to record a momentous victory.

Man, of the match:  Nathan Best (Cheddar)

Cheddar manager, Shaun Potter summing his thoughts on the game to the club’s website, said: “What a result!  I couldn’t be happier with the way the lads performed.

“It’s not an easy place to go, they (Westbury) have been top for most of the season, they have big budget, the pitch didn’t suit us, but we were outstanding, we never looked like losing the game and I thought that we controlled the game from the first whistle, all 14 players put in a shift and we showed that on our day, we are the best side in this league.

“We worked hard, were patient and got our rewards.  

“The lads are showing unbelievable character, to maintain performances like this, week in, week out and it’s what makes winners.  

“I’m excited about the group we have at the moment and I’m looking forward to see what we can do this season, we’ve got a tough December, but we are all focussed on the challenge and are ready for it.”

Two members of the team who made the headlines on Saturday, spoke with the website, firstly new signing Callum Ham“It was always going to be a tough game. Westbury aren’t top of the league by coincidence however I thought that we conducted ourselves perfectly right from the warm up all the way to the final whistle.

“They (Westbury) didn’t really looking threatening going forward, personally I thought that they got men behind the ball and to be fair to them they were hard to break down.  

“The way we (Cheddar) play is to get the ball down and play it out from the back.  We had to adapt due to pitch conditions and playing conditions were tough.  

“As a team we were solid defensively and good going forward.

“The first goal was a great cross by Chris Coombs and Adam (Jones) cleverly left the ball for the goal to be gaping; the second, well, I will never hit a ball like that ever again.

“I guess that Westbury is just the ground for me, but with that aside the feeling around the changing room and around the club is truly impressive and we are a SQUAD, not individual players and I am sure that we will do well this season and need to keep focussed and I am sure that we will get our reward come the end of the season.”

Next to give his thoughts was man-of-the-match Nathan Best: “I’m delighted with the result today, beating the top of the table side.  The lads showed real grit and tenacity but most of all it was a great team performance.

“We look a lot more solid as a defensive unit and getting Callum Ham back gives us something extra which he showed when he came on. Long may this winning run continue”.

Additionally, the Cheesemen’s performance at Westbury achieved the ‘Team of the Day’ accolade from regional newspaper ‘The Sunday Independent’

Weekend Review – 25/26 November

Elsewhere on Saturday last, the Reserve team put together, arguably one of their finest displays of the season, at Radstock; here is Andy Wallis’s match summary:

Cheddar Reserves showed that they have strength in depth with five players out and backed up last weekend’s win at home to high flying Banwell to secure a second successive win away from home against second place Radstock Town Reserves.  

A superb curling strike on 20 minutes from Anthony Cleave gave Cheddar an early advantage.  

Radstock pegged Cheddar back on the hour but Harry Hughes got his second winner in two weeks, his determination getting the better of the Radstock backline and goalkeeper to secure all three points.  

Manager Andy Wallis commented: “This was a huge performance from the lads, given that we were missing key players.

“The lads stepped up and weren’t phased against a Radstock team who had suffered only one defeat all season.   I thought that we were the better team for most of the and showed not only belief but rea grit and determination.   There were some great performances out there today and I thought that youngsters Ollie Hucker and Jay Murray deserved their joint man-of-the-match accolade.

“Ollie had a great first half and Jay was very assured at full back. We need to build on these two great results and get a run going.” 

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, the ‘A’ team were beaten 3-1 at Congresbury although new signing Cameron Gray scored Cheddar’s goal.  

And on Sunday, Cheddar Ladies hosted Yeovil Intermediate in the Somerset Women’s League Cup competition.  

It was a difficult afternoon to endure for the Cheese girls against a top-class team which included international players, and it was definitely a learning curve for our Ladies.  

The final score, Cheddar Ladies 0 Yeovil Intermediate 15. 

A look forward to the weekend

Cheddar first team who have now recorded ten straight wins, this season and after consecutive away trips to Wiltshire in the past fortnight, then host old-adversaries Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday (2nd December) kick off 3pm, in what is sure to be a further test of character for the fourth place Cheesemen.

The Reserve team travel away to Chew Magna (kick off 2pm) looking for their third successive win and the ‘A’ team travel away to Uphill Castle, with a 1.30pm kick off.  On Sunday (3rd December) Cheddar Ladies travel to Welton Rovers where they are to be hosted by Purnell Sports.

Weekend review November 18/19

Toolstation Western League Les Phillips League Cup

Match Report – Saturday 18th November 2017





All the omens were looking towards a comfortable package for Cheddar to Round two of the Western League’s Les Phillips Cup competition as they eyed the possibility of a league and cup double over the Wiltside, that the current form of the Somerset side suggested would prevent little problem.

Warminster were on the back of a an eleven match spell without a win and had been hammered 5-1 by the Cheesemen just two weeks earlier.  To exacerbate matters for the home side they were forced to play their manager Mark Brefitt and his side had conceded some 25 goals in their seven previous games but happily for the Wiltshire side there was never any chance that they would ship goals again as their defence mounted a brave rear-guard in the second half to send Cheddar home with inter-club honour restored.

Warminster’s Weymouth Street pitch appeared heavy from the start, but the visitors began quickly and used the width with influential midfielder Ricky Bennett’s left foot rarely far from the ball until Town had their first clear chance. Eben Mortimer-Taylor and Reece Collyer combined for Matt Dyer to fire wide from a promising spot then Brefitt drove over from distance, shortly afterwards the same player was in battle with Bennett whose free-kick came out to Anthony Cleave who lobbed just over.

Cheddar then gave away the initiative when they conceded a needless corner and Collyer’s dead ball found Kevin Shinn at the far post, and he nodded home on 20 minutes.  Mortimer-Taylor’s good work created space for Lewis Graham to power a shot straight at Liam Kingston in the Cheddar goal, but the visitors were always looking to dangerous and Bennett’s 30-yarder was parried by Nathan Farquharson and cleared.   Graham nodded Collyer’s free kick wide on the half hour then at the other end, Farquharson pulled off a fine save from Robbi Maggs in a one-on-one situation.

The visitors still looked the more likely to score and Jones who had little luck all afternoon, crossed for Danny Griffiths to direct his header across goal and inches wide and when Cleave was through on goal and put another chance wide, the alarm bells began to ring for Cheddar’s travelling support. Bennett then set up Jones who volleyed just over and to end an entertaining half Mortimer-Taylor broke away but scuffed his shot with Cheddar ‘keeper Kingston beaten.

After the break the Cheesemen began to lose some of their shape as frustration set in but Cleave was again in a good position to pull back for Jones but again his effort took a deflection and went to safety.  Warminster were forced to defend deep with Cheddar pressing hard and with a succession of corners and free-kicks they had most of the possession, Maggs firing over again on the hour.

Five minutes later, and against the run of play, Warminster were two goals to the good with a remarkable effort from, Collyer who launched a lob from the half way line with Kingston off his line and the ball dropped in the net off an upright, with many of the spectators confused as to what had happened.

The seemingly ‘freak’ goal should have taken the wind out of the visitors sails but after Griffiths had nodded Bennett’s cross over the bar, Graham’s 25-yard effort at the other end almost sealed the win but his shot flew inches wide.

With minutes remaining, Cheddar sniffed a way back when Bennett lined up another free-kick from 20-yards and his curling shot went in before anyone could read it and it set up a frantic last few minutes, but Warminster somehow clung on for a remarkable win.

Cheddar man of the match:  Joe Grant

Speaking to the club website following the match, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said:

“It was one of those days today, we were poor by our own standards.  Warminster made it difficult, very negatively sat 11 men behind the ball from the first whistle but we were not patient enough and failed to convert opportunities even when we created them. Although we weren’t at our best, we probably did enough to win the game I think.  Nothing went our way today and the referee wasn’t great, he missed a blatant hand ball in their box and allowed Warminster to waste time constantly throughout the game. Their first goal was from a corner, Liam Kingston (our goalkeeper) was clattered which left their lad with a free header against the run of play, then their second goal; we had given the ball away cheaply on the half way line and their lad has hit it from inside his own half and it’s gone in off the post.  He’ll probably never hit a shot like that again!  Overall, I think that it was just one of those days where everything went wrong, and we had no luck! We wouldn’t have minded a run in the cup, but it’s a bonus for us, the league is our focus and now it’s our only focus, which helps us.  It’s important that we put this behind us, and go to Westbury on Saturday and bounce back”.

Player/coach George Booth added:

“We have set a high level across the last ten games and we were nowhere near it today.  We missed so many opportunities and were sloppy on the ball.  The conditions of the pitch weren’t great, and Warminster played ten men behind the ball for 90 minutes, it was a very frustrating afternoon! They (Warminster) had a plan to get men behind the ball, take their time on every set piece and throw in and to kill the game’s tempo, it’s not how I think football should be played but it worked for them so good luck to them in the next round.  Their second goal was a great strike from the half way line and deserved to win the game.  We must learn from it and get ready to go back to the league action next Saturday. Results in the league went in our favour so that is a positive.  The players have done so well to get ourselves into a position where we can say Saturday is a big game. We will put today’s result as one of those things and move on quickly!


Midfielder Ricky Bennett was more than active in the match, trying to engineer moves to inspire the team, and indeed scored our goal in the final few minutes, and here is Ricky’s ‘take’ on the match:

“After we white washed them (Warminster) 5-1 in the league just two weeks ago, we came up against a side who had a clear game plan; sit every man behind the ball and stop us from playing which we didn’t adapt to very well in the first half.  They (Warminster) had no interest in being in possession of the ball and just wanted it as far away from their goal as possible with as many men in between as possible.  Having said that, we had enough chances to win 2/3 games and gave away two soft goals.  It is important we don’t let this have an impact on our league run with Saturday being a bit test for us, it’s important that we continue the form we are in”

New signing, a disappointed Shaun Lambert said:

“Yeah, it was a shame that we lost, we didn’t deserve to lose the game, they (Warminster) parked the buss from the start and we missed chances. They (Warminster) had two or three chances and took them!  Their second goal was a wonder strike and there was not much you could do about it.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves were in action at Bowdens Park, here is Andy Wallis’s summary from the game

Cheddar Reserves manager Andy Wallis was looking for a reaction following the disappointing loss at Nailsea United last weekend and he wasn’t to be disappointed with a dominating performance against Banwell who hadn’t lost in the league since August.  With his team ruing three good chances in the first half it was left to a speculative shot from Harry Hughes that was fumbled by the Banwell goalkeeper, who until that point had thwarted everything Cheddar had thrown at him.  Cheddar stayed in control and were resolute in the final ten minutes when Banwell themselves through everything at the backline and the home side saw out the game as 1-0 winners.

Man of the match:  Jake Buxton

Manager Andy Wallis commented:

“I was really pleased with the reaction of the lads. The performance and attitude was just what we needed and really we should have been well clear by half time.  Recently we have been punished by those missed opportunities and the games have gone against us, but we battled on and whilst we were a shade fortunate with our goal we go the result we deserved.  The only downside was Robbie’s [Robbie Wallis] injury in the final few seconds of the game.  He’s fractured his fibula and, so we are waiting to see how long he’s out for.  It’s a real shame and as he’s only missed a couple of games and his performances have been top notch, so it’s a big loss to the team. All the lads want to wish him a speedy recovery”

Elsewhere, the ‘A’ team, have had a string of very good results of late, and last weekend were pared with Bath Villa (the holders of the Somerset Intermediate Cup) in the third round of that competition, at Sharpham Road, in the day’s early kick off

Here are manager Jack Griffiths thoughts on the game:

Cheddar started the game brilliantly, scoring straight from the kick off with a great cross from Dom Underhill met by Mark Claridge to put the Cheese 1-0 up.  Bath Villa, the current holders of the County Intermediate Cup, didn’t take long to get back into the game and scored a free kick five minutes after Cheddar’s opener.  Almost straight away, the visitors won themselves a debatable penalty, which gave them a 2-1 lead. The Bath side looked a solid unit and showed their class by winning the first half 4-1.  Yet the referee appeared to struggle to control the game and sent off a Bath player at half time and cautioned the Cheddar goalkeeper, Ed Parsons for apparent ‘fighting’. Cheddar tried to get back into the game, but they were put to the sword when trying to go forward and paid the price by conceding a final goal in the second half.  Dom Underhill had a goal disallowed but in footballing terms, Bath were the better side.

The ‘A’ team manager spoke to the website after the game:

“In my honest opinion, and many players agreed with me, the Bath Villa side were a good footballing team, yet their ‘attitude’ at times left much to be desired, they were perhaps a little over physical at times, and the referee was in our opinion, struggling to gain control of the game”.

Cheddar ‘A’ move on to playing Uphill Castle on Saturday (25th November) in a crucial top four fixture, in the Weston and District League Division Four.

Talk of the club continues to be Cheddar Ladies, who not content with hitting eight last weekend on their travels, went one better on Sunday, hitting nine past Evercreech….  Here are manager Russell Heal’s thoughts on the game…

Cheddar Ladies entertained Crewkerne in their first of four home games on Sunday.  It took Valerie Walsh just twelve minutes to grab her fifth hat-trick of the season, putting the Cheese girls 3-0 up.  Judit Salamon made it four in the 13th minute and Megan Dyer made it five goals on 23 minutes.  Crewkerne managed to grab one back ten minutes into the second half but Valerie Walsh once again got her fourth goal of the game and 19th of the season taking her to top goal scorer in the Women’s Somerset County League.  Jo Reeve, Cheddar’s only substitute joined the play and grabbed herself two fantastic goals.  The visitors managed to claw back a goal and could have scored one or two further goals, but stand-in goalkeeper Sophie Jones was forced to make a couple of outstanding saves.  Judit Salamon finished off the scoring for the Cheese girls in the 87th minute earning herself the player of the match accolade. Final score was Cheddar Ladies 9 Crewkerne Rangers 2.

On Sunday (26th November) Cheddar Ladies host Yeovil Town Intermediate in County cup match.

Cheddar first team visit league leaders Westbury United on Saturday (25th November) in their second successive journey to Wiltshire in the space of a week whilst the Reserves travel to play Radstock Town Reserves and the ‘A’ team are also away from home, playing at Uphill Castle.

The ‘A’s Lose Their Table Topping Clash, But Cheddar Ladies Pull Off An Amazing Result On Their Sunday Trip To Porlock

With the first team’s scheduled home Toolstation Western League (Division One) match against Calne Town last Saturday (11th November) falling foul of the weather conditions that saturated the Bowdens Park pitch, Shaun Potter’s boys were without a game last weekend. 

As has transpired owing to the results of the past week, the ‘Cheese’ have dropped to fourth place in the league, Radstock Town having now climbed to second place courtesy of their 1-0 victory over Bishop Sutton on Tuesday (14th November) evening.  ‘The Miners’ (alias Radstock Town) are now on 33 points from 17 games.   

Keynsham Town (who were in second place following (last) Saturday’s results are in third place on 32 points (from 17 games) and ‘The Cheese’ are in fourth place with 31 points (also from 17 games).  In fifth place currently are Welton Rovers who the Cheese visit on Saturday 16th December.  

Rovers have 30 points (from 17 games) and in sixth are Oldland Abbotonians who travel to Bowdens Park on Saturday 2nd December, for the first of two December home games, the second being Sherborne Town, who visit on Saturday 23rd December, in the final home league game of 2017.

Westbury United continue to lead the league with 35 points (also from 17 games) and are two points ahead of Radstock, three ahead of Keynsham and four points ahead of ourselves.   

Interestingly, the Wiltshire side are to visit Keynsham on Tuesday next (21st November) before hosting ourselves on the Saturday (25th November) in what are two eye-catching games.

In other first team news, as many supporters will already be aware, steely (and popular) defender Shaun ‘Lambo’ Lambert has returned to the club following a spell at Bridgwater Town.  

Weston based Shaun who signed terms on Monday of this week, said: “I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pitch with the lads and hopefully this year we can go up!

” I can’t wait to get back playing, it’s going to be a good season!”

Manager Shaun Potter on completing his latest signing, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Shaun back to the club, he has been a vital member of the squad over the past few seasons and gives us something different to what we have already, as well as adding some depth to our back four.

“‘Lambo’ is a popular figure in the dressing room so I’m sure that he’ll slot back in quickly.

“He will be available for selection this weekend.”

The first team are back in action on Saturday (18th November) when they travel to Warminster Town in the first round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup.  Kick off at Warminster’s Weymouth Street ground on Saturday is 3pm.

Turning to the Reserve team, there was also no game for the Reserves last weekend, but Andy Wallis’s lads are back in action this Saturday when they host Banwell in the Somerset County League (Division Two).  The match kicks off at 3pm.

The ‘A’ team have been enjoying a string of good results of late and on Saturday they hosted a table-topping clash with Weston super Mare & District League Division Four leaders, Burnham United ‘A’.

Unfortunately, the ‘A’ team were to lose their good run of form at the weekend and were defeated 3-5 by a Burnham team, despite the Cheddar team leading the match 3-2 at one stage in the match.  Cheddar goal scorers were John Edwards (with two goals) and Sam Smith.

The ‘A’ team are in action again at Sharpham Road this coming weekend when they take on Bath Villa in the Somerset Intermediate Cup, in an earlier kick off time of 1.45pm.

Flying the flag again for the club last weekend was again Cheddar Ladies.  Here is manager Russell Heal’s report on an amazing result at Porlock…

The Cheese girls travelled to Porlock and knew that the match would be a tough encounter against the second placed team in the league and it turned out to be a very entertaining game with both sides playing some fantastic football.  

The home side started very strongly and energetically, creating some early chances and took the lead in the third minute when a Jo Reason volley put the home side in the lead, after the Cheddar full back steered the ball past her own goalkeeper but six minutes later Valerie Walsh grabbed an equaliser.  

Porlock then regained the lead two minutes later but then Lauren Faulkner equalised again with a great long range shot that cleared the goalkeeper and dropped into the net just under the crossbar.

 Valerie Walsh then got her hat-trick by scoring in both the 29th and 31st minutes.  Megan Dyer then grabbed a fifth for Cheddar just before half time.  The home side started the second half very strongly grabbing their third goal after just three second half minutes, but the Cheese girls took total control of the game with two further goals coming from Holly Hael and one from Charlotte Caley to make the final score Porlock 3 Cheddar Ladies 8.

Player of the match was Valerie Walsh, but this was an outstanding performance by the complete team.

Cheddar Ladies play at home to Crewkerne on Sunday (19th November), kick off 2.00pm.

Weekend review November 4/5

The Reserve team were also in action last weekend at Nailsea United; here Is manager Andy Wallis’s summary of the game…

Cheddar Reserves yo-yo season continued last weekend.  Following the previous week’s 4-0 over Stockwood Green the young Cheesemen slumped to a 3-0 away defeat at Nailsea United Reserves.  

This was not a poor performance by the Reserve team but one with lapses of concentration that were punished by a quick and confident Nailsea forward line and a lack of luck and confidence in front of goal by the Cheesemen who left ruing missed chances.

Manager Andy Wallis commented: “It was disappointing after last week’s win that we couldn’t get a result here and start to get some momentum going.  I was pleased with the lads who battled to the end, but it just didn’t happen for us in front of goal today.

“It goes like that some weeks and you have to look at our overall play and take the positive and learn from your mistakes.”

Cheddar Reserves have a free weekend this coming Saturday (11th November),

Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team continued their good form with another win on Saturday.  Here is assistant manager Sam Smith’s report from the game:

Cheddar entered the field of play at a cold, windy Sharpham Road without manager Jack Griffiths and key players James Bowen and Shane Fear who were unavailable for various reasons, but the match still attracted a lively crowd who have been entertained by some scintillating football so far, this season.

 Looking to extend their consecutive winning run of four games, the ‘A’ team should have gone in at half time with a comfortable lead, as stand-in manager Sam Smith squandered several chances including one from just five yards out.

Cheddar remained patient in the second half and Smith made amends for his woeful finishing with a superb run and cut back for Liam Jones to notch his third goal of the season.  Cheddar began to dictate the play and there was some impressive support through full backs Ryan Llewellyn and Mark Claridge.  

As Cheddar pressed for a second goal, the dazzling attacking foursome of Smith, Clayton, Underhill, and Jones caused regular havoc amongst the Sporting Weston back line.  

Eventually, the second goal game when goalkeeper Ed Parsons produced the biggest kick of his career, right down the throat of the Weston defence, with Ben Clayton chasing the ball down to lash home.

 As a win was looking inevitable, Cheddar typically made the next ten minutes hard work as a defensive mix up between Parsons and Cam Willies allowed Sporting Weston to stab home through a scrappy finish.  

Stand in captain Scott Harris and man of the match Jack Tinton got Cheddar going again and Dom Underhill made sure that the three points were secure.   The ‘A’ team home to improve on their recent good form on Saturday (11th November) with another three points from a home game against Burnham United ‘A’ at Sharpham Road (kick-off: 2.30pm).

Also, last weekend, on Sunday to be exact the Cheese girls were in action.  Here is manager Russ Heal’s report from the match.

Cheddar Ladies hosted Evercreech Ladies last weekend.  The Cheddar girls started very brightly, attacking the visitors goal, and creating many chances, the best being by Jade Burton who hit the crossbar in the second minute but with a scramble, the girls just couldn’t get the ball over the line.

 On eight minutes, Evercreech hit a long ball that caught out the Cheddar left back but as the defence raced back the Cheddar goalkeeper managed to get a hand to the ball, but to her astonishment the ball tricked over the line and into the far corner of the net.   

From then on Cheddar completely dominated the game with some great football being played and once again Megan Dyer at the heart of it all with some super moves to create plenty more chances for the girls, but they just could not find the back of the net.  

The Cheese girls surely must have created ten chances in the second half, the closest being by Charlotte Caley who hit the woodwork in the dying minutes.

This was a very harsh defeat for the Ladies as Megan Dyer was fantastic in the middle and goalkeeper Rachael Roussell had another great game between the sticks.

Player of the match went to stand-in centre-back Ashle Bennett for a fantastically strong performance against the Evercreech’s tough strikers.

Final score:  Cheddar Ladies   0   Evercreech    1

On Saturday night (11th November), Cheddar will be holding a Variety Night and Dinner at their clubhouse. Doors open at 6.30pm for the dinner and entertainment that starts at 7.00pm.  Some tickets are still available, priced £20, and the club welcome enquiries for the remaining few tickets  For tickets please contact the clubhouse on any evening or any committee member who will be pleased to assist.

Nine successive wins for the Cheesemen as Maggs blasts winner





This clash between the league’s two in-form teams with 14 straight wins (8 for Cheddar and 6 for Almondsbury) between them might arguably have been a pre-match candidate for game of the day, and it didn’t disappoint.

Although not at their cohesive best at times throughout their first half performance, the Cheesemen were sufficiently resolute at the back with towering performances from their defence, with both central pairing Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best dominant throughout, to outwit the danger of the visitor’s muscular front man, the former Bristol Manor Farm striker Ashley Knight, who was proving to be more than a handful, aided, and abetted by lively front players Alex Bisp and Matthew Baker.

At the other end, the unselfish running of Cheddar’s twin strike-force, the irrepressible Adam Jones and the indefatigable Robbi Maggs were proving an equal handful, the former going agonisingly close on two occasions on the half hour, at one stage bringing an outstanding save from goalkeeper Matthew Semple to keep the score goalless at the break.

The all-important goal came on 61 minutes, almost immediately following a double substitution and the introduction of Stephen Pennington, who has been something of a revelation in midfield following his promotion from the Reserve team earlier this term.  

Pennington’s quick switch to Craig Mawford, overlapping on the outside left channel, saw the stylish defender side step his marker to beautifully float his pass onto the path of Maggs in space to fire an angled right foot shot past Semple from 10 yards. 

Cheddar’s second half performance and intelligent ball usage was well worthy of the three points as they moved into second place in the league, taking their winning sequence to nine successive games.

The Cheesemen play a further home game at their Bowdens Park home on Saturday (11th November) when the visitors are Calne Town who themselves caused something of an upset with a 1-0 defeat of leaders Westbury last weekend.

Following their latest win, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “I was pleased to come away with a 1-0 win today, we were very poor by our standards; we were flat and couldn’t really get going the way we usually do.

“It’s a great sign though that we can not be at our best and still come away with three points.

“It shows me that the lads have character and can still work hard and grind out results when things are going against them so that’s the positive we take from today.

“We are not a team that focus on results only, we want to perform how we know we can every single game so next week (at home to Calne) we’ll be doing all we can to put it right.”

Craig Mawford said: “The game today was not one of the most entertaining of games but we managed to again get a result.  You could see why Almondsbury had been picking up results as they got a lot of bodies behind the ball and tried to disrupt the game as much as possible.

“We are starting to get some heavier weather which means that a lot of the pitches are slightly less predictable, and the ball does not travel as quickly or smoothly as previous which is something we are going to have to adapt to.

“This win was a very important one as other results went our way.  The lads are focused, and we are not getting carried away.

“It is a huge credit to everyone involved that the turnaround in form has been as it is, but it is vital we keep it going and take every game as it comes.”

Cheddar FC update – November 2

Toolstation League Division One Match Report

Saturday 28th October 2017



Fifthteenth placed Warminster Town were hit by a five-goal barrage as the Cheesemen overtook Bristol Telephones to move into second place at Warminster’s Weymouth Street ground on Saturday.

At times this high-octane performance by this Cheddar team, who have seen their energy levels rise quite considerably over the past month, was too much for a young but ‘keen to battle’ Warminster team, and visitors’ captain Adam Jones was latterly on fire as he plundered his second hat-trick in just four league games.

It was evident from the kick-off that Cheddar’s recent good form had been highly noticeable and Warminster had obviously considered hitting their visitors with an early forage, forcing a corner in the opening minute of the game, but Shaun Potter’s team settled into the game extremely quickly and forced a corner of their own on three minutes; Ricky Bennett’s sweetly struck dead ball kick found the effervescent Adam Jones, who appeared to be barged off the ball by a defender as he was preparing to pull the trigger, close to the penalty spot.  This early activity launched something of a purple patch for the in-form visitors and an incisive run by the impressive Stephen Pennington saw the midfielder look up to see Sam King in space, but the big defender, turned midfielder’s angled strike on eight minutes found the side netting.  Less than a minute later, Ricky Bennett, arguably one of the most gifted technical players in the league, wizardry run from deep caught the complete Warminster defence napping and his 20-yard strike was brilliantly saved two-handed by the Stewart Lisowski in the Town goal.

On 22 minutes came a highly innovative move by the visitors as Pennington, again given too much by a retreating Warminster midfield trio, played an excellent one-two with his captain, Craig Mawford, and from the same player’s intelligent lay off, King ran in on the blind side, but his stinging 18 yard shot fizzed wide of the left-hand post.

Cheddar’s captain and centre forward Adam Jones who has been in such rich form of late, had two shots of equal good measure inside a minute of King’s effort but it was clear that it wouldn’t be long before the big striker was to be on target, and this exactly what happened on 27 minutes.  Bennett and King combined wonderfully in midfield, feeding Robbi Maggs whose intricacy in tight spaces appears to be his forte; and the bearded inside-forward’s astute pass found Jones who was in no mood to miss the target from ten yards.   At this stage it would hardly have been unjust had the Cheesemen found themselves three or four goals to the good but as can happen when a team are so much on top, they very nearly allowed the visitors into the game on the half hour with a very good move of their own; Eben Mortimer-Taylor for once getting the better of Nathan Best at the heart of the visitors defence and drawing Liam Kingston from his goal-line but seeing his shot, almost comically, trickle wide.

The visitors however were to up the tempo once again and on 37 minutes they were 2-0 in the lead as Jones rasping drive gave Lisowski little or no chance.  Robbi Maggs thought he had extended his side’s lead a minute later, but his effort was disallowed for an apparent push on a defender.

As the home side tried to force their way back into the game approaching half time, centre-back Kevin Shinn’s dangerous looking 20-yard free kick skimmed the Cheddar woodwork.

At the restart, following the Cheesemen’s greater control of the opening 45 minutes, it was clear that instructions from the home bench were for Warminster to pull themselves back into the contest and surging runs from flank players Reece Collyer and Mortimer-Taylor were deserving of better fate, but tight and controlled marking from full backs Joe Grant and Craig Mawford was often too much for the comparatively inexperienced, but eager Wiltshire side.  Additionally, centre-back Dany Griffiths who appears to grow in stature with every game, controlled the back line exceptionally well together with his counterpart Nathan Best.

Managing to effectively deal with the threat of an exuberant Warminster fight back, the Cheesemen wet further ahead on the hour; Sam King solidly driving home from close range after further intricate play by Maggs.   Then, after just two further minutes play, Jones headed strongly past goalkeeper Lisowski from Bennett’s inch-perfect cross to put the visitors into an impressive 4-0 lead.

The home side reduced the deficit on 67 minutes from the spot after an uncharacteristic in cohesiveness in the Cheddar backline allowed Mortimer-Taylor to wriggle through, and as Kingston attempted to grab the ball, the young goalkeeper grabbed the striker’s legs, leaving the match official with little option to award a penalty kick, which Mortimer-Taylor hammered home in impressive fashion.

With some twelve minutes remaining the home side were awarded a further free kick, Lewis Graham testing Cheddar’s young goalkeeper, but Kingston was equal to the task and saved competently.

Chris Coombs always a threat for Cheddar, made the score 5-1 on 81 minutes, sliding the ball home from six yards after Danny Griffiths header had rebounded off the crossbar and into his path.

With the minutes ticking away, Robbi Maggs was unlucky not to add a sixth goal for the visitors, the striker weaving his way through the Warminster defence, but although his shot was on target, quick thinking from Lisowski allowed the, at times, Town ‘keeper to save with his feet.

This was a very impressive win for a Cheddar team who have won eight of their last nine games, and now face two home games in successive weeks against Almondsbury and Calne Town respectively.

Following the game, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter, speaking to the club website, said:

“I was pleased with today, Warminster is not an easy place to come to, so to come away with a 5-1 win is very pleasing.  We are playing with a real confidence at the moment, and we are converting we create which is killing teams off.  Some of the football we played today was superb.  There are a few things we still need to work on to be where we want to be, but we are pleased with our current run and we will be working hard to make sure it continues.  We’ve had a very good October, we how have some crucial games and a very busy schedule in November and December and we want this run to continue, starting with two home games on the bounce”.


Cheddar captain Craig Mawford added:

“Today’s game was a very good team performance. The front three looked dangerous, the competition in midfield is huge and we are still welcoming back players into the squad.  Things are definitely looking good at the moment. The reason why we are performing so well at the moment is due to players as a full unit.  The 11 that are on the pitch all work for each other and allow others to do the things that they are good at. When the lads are coming on from the bench again they are contributing, and the attitude has been spot on.   It gives Potts a difficult decision going into every game. We want to keep pushing and see what we can do, we are however focused on taking one game at a time and hope at the end of the season we are where we want to be”

Comment:   Keynsham Town defeated Ashton & Backwell by three goals to two in midweek, meaning that they (Keynsham) have leap-frogged the Cheesemen to move into second place, albeit with the same number of points (28) but with a superior goal difference (+15) as opposed to Cheddar’s +9.  Keynsham have played two games fewer than the Cheesemen who have played 16 games as opposed to Keynsham’s 14.   Interestingly, week beginning 20th November, Keynsham are due play leaders Westbury United (played 15, won 9, drawn 5 and lost just 1) and the Cheesemen are due to visit the leaders on the Saturday (25th November).

Next up for the Cheesemen in the Toolstation Western League (Division One) is a home match against 10th placed, much-improved Almondsbury FC (kick-off: 3pm).

Meanwhile. Cheddar Reserves got the result they wanted at the weekend; here is manager Andy Wallis’s match report…

Cheddar Reserves roller-coaster season was in desperate need of an ‘up’ after last weekend’s 0-4 defeat at the hands of local rivals Draycott.  Home again, this week’s opposition were struggling Stockwood Green Reserves.

The Cheese took a one goal lead inside 15 minutes when the in-form John Edwards fired into the top corner from 12 yards, following a good passing move between Dan Flowers and Taryn Selway-Joseph.  Five minutes later, the rampaging Flowers was fouled just outside the box.  The Stockwood ‘keeper spilled Billy Manning’s curling free-kick and Jay Murray was on hand to tap in for Cheddar’s second.  Within minutes of the restart, Edwards found himself with just the keeper to beat but unselfishly squared the ball to Joseph, only to see the Stockwood captain deny another tap in.

Cheddar squandered several chances before the hard-working Robbie Wallis won the ball back and cleverly released Harry Hughes, whose fresh legs swept past the Stockwood defence to powerfully fire past the advancing keeper.  Three minutes later Hughes turned provider, when he cleverly changed play from right to left, finding Flowers in acres of space.  This time the winger made no mistake with a deft low drive to make the game over with 15 minutes remaining.

Cheddar’s defensive partnership of Adam’s Davies and Filer gave a solid and assured performance, but Sam Talbot’s deserved clean sheet was denied when a speculative 35-yard punt forward caught the goalkeeper off his line to give the visitors a consolation goal.

Final score: Cheddar Reserves   4   Stockwood Green Reserves   1

On Saturday (4th November) the Reserve team travel to Nailsea to play Nailsea United, kick-off: 2.30pm.


Also last Saturday, Cheddar ‘A’ team continued their recent good form, with an excellent result against Congresbury ‘A’

Here is manager Jack Griffiths’ report from the game….

Cheddar went into the game on a high following their defeat of higher division side Worle Rangers the previous week.

Hosting Congresbury ‘A’ who had previously defeated the ‘A’ team by six goals to one, Cheddar knew that they had a point to prove.

First half was non-stop Cheddar attacks, but they failed to score, and the sides went in at the half time whistle all square at 0-0.

The second half started, and Cheddar scored after five minutes, Will Price adding to his tally from the previous week with a great volley, well set up by number 9, Sam Smith.  Cheddar then doubled their lead through Dan ‘Connell’ Harris with an outstanding header.

This 2-0 win keeps Cheddar in 4th place with the top four teams separated by just three points.

Of his team’s latest win, Cheddar ‘A’ team manager Jack Griffiths said:

“The boys all believe that we have that something extra this season and we are hoping for a promotion push”