CHEDDAR FOOTBALL CLUB WEBSITE UPDATE
WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2018
CHEESEMEN GAIN POINT AT BISHOP SUTTON IN MIDWEEK AT A BLEAK LAKEVIEW GROUND AND FOUR CHEDDAR TEAMS IN ACTION IN BOTH LEAGUE AND CUP ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Toolstation Western League (Division One) Match Report
BISHOP SUTTON 0 CHEDDAR 0 (Tuesday 6th February 2018)
Match report courtesy of Merv Coleutt from the Cheddar Valley Gazette
Cheddar’s slim hopes of staying in the promotion mix became even slimmer following Tuesday’s goalless draw at Bishop Sutton. The pitch was heavy, the weather cold and Cheddar were lethargic in their approach although they had the greater share of possession in the second half, a draw and a point for each side summed up a drab display on a drab night.
The opening half was evenly balanced with both sides creating goal scoring opportunities but chances in the second half were in the main created by Cheddar, but the lack of a cutting edge and several poor crosses summed up Cheddar’s inability to pick up three needed points to say on the fringes of promotion.
The opening exchanges saw chances created at both ends as Adam Jones and Callum Ham had opportunities well saved by Bishop Sutton goalkeeper Fraser Thomas and at the other end Liam Kingston made a superb one handed save to deny Otis Williams. Bishop Sutton might feel unlucky to be denied a goal on 18 minutes as Josh Keen sent a superb log over Kingston only for the ‘goal’ to be ruled out for offside.
Despite having the greater share of possession Cheddar rarely looked capable of getting their noses in front and with Callum Ham and Chris Coombs both having off nights down the flanks, the supply line to Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs was in short supply.
The nearest Cheddar came to scoring in the opening half was when Bishop Sutton keeper Fraser Thomas in attempting to clear saw Adam Jones quickly charge down the clearance with the ball trickling agonisingly wide of an upright by no more than a couple of inches, that in itself was a pity as the game needed a lift.
Cheddar by far the better side at the start of the second half and both Ricky Bennett and Robbi Maggs were denied by brilliant goal-bound efforts saved on the line by Adam Crooks.
On the hour mark Cheddar made two substitutions and that should have worked in their favour as Jake Harris picked up on a mistake by John Reech, but with only Thomas to beat, the striker fired high and wide of the target. Harris however in the time that he was on the pitch looked the most likely player to score on either side and he saw a deflected shot off Jack Keen brilliantly turned to safety by Thomas and a second opportunity from a Joe Grant long throw that was hastily cleared, saw Harris volley inches wide of the target from 15 yards.
Sam Downes missed two opportunities for Bishop Sutton midway through the second period, but in truth neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock despite Robbi Maggs going close at the death as he twisted and turned three defenders in the penalty box only to see his effort find the side netting. This was a disappointing result for Cheddar against an improving Bishop Sutton side, but overall you would have to question whether Cheddar on a bleak night were really up for the fight.
Merv’s merit marks. L Kingston 7; C Mawford 6; J Grant 6; A Davies 5; N Best 6; D GRIFFITHS 7; c Coombs 5; R Bennett 6; A Jones 6; R Maggs 6; C Ham 5. Subs: A Cleave 5; J Harris 6
Speaking to the website directly after the match, manager Shaun Potter said:
“It was a difficult game tonight, we had a very depleted squad, the conditions were poor, and the preparation was difficult, having a 7.30pm kick off and playing away in midweek is tough, we have lads working two hours away and finishing work at 5pm which is far from ideal. It showed in the first half, we were sluggish and lacked the work rate required to play our style. Bishop Sutton were a physical, hard working side and caused us a few problems in the first half. I thought that after half time we came out much much better, we worked harder and won every second ball, we just didn’t get the rub of the green in the final third and couldn’t get that goal to win us the game. On a positive note I think that in previous seasons, those are the sort of games we would have conceded late in and maybe lost 1-0 so we are turning a corner. Based on our first half display, a draw was probably a fair result”
Questioned as to his thoughts on Saturday’s (10th February) home game with Chippenham Park, the manager said:
“We look forward to playing at home again on Saturday, our home record is very good and that’s how we would like to keep it. We were superb when we played Chippenham at their place and will be looking to put in a performance on Saturday, the lads are taking each game as it come and trying not to look too far ahead so Saturday will be no different. We have a few injuries and suspensions but I’m confident we have the depth throughout the club to not let it affect us”
A philosophical team captain Craig Mawford also summed up his thoughts after the Bishop Sutton game which were:
“Tonight, was not a good performance and we are being well below the standards that we set for ourselves. We came away with a point when really in order for us to push forward we should have only been considering three. The second half performance was much better but still not the standards as to what it should have been. We look forward to Saturday in the hope that a bit of dry weather and the positive work of Russ that we will be looking at a reasonably good surface which will allow the team to play the type of football that we are accustomed to. Chippenham were a good outfit in the last game and played their pitch well. We enjoy playing at home and I think that we control games when we play at Bowdens Park, but we are due a bit performance and will need one to go on and get three points from the game. We know that we need to be targeting a win every week and hope that consistency of weather and more regular football can make this more achievable.
Craig finished his interview by thanking the Cheddar supporters who follow the team at home and away and hoped that the team could reward them with a good performance.
Weekend Preview – Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th February 2018
As we previously mentioned, the first team are at home tomorrow (Saturday) to 12th placed Chippenham Park, in a Toolstation Western League (Division One) fixture in a match that kicks off at Bowdens Park at 3pm. The club are exceedingly grateful to Mr Dickie Day, who has kindly stepped in at short notice to sponsor the game. The last meeting of the two clubs was on 21st October when a thoroughbred performance saw the Cheesemen defeat the hosts with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Hardenhuish Park.
Chippenham lost a close fought league match to leaders Westbury United by two goals to one last weekend, but our opponents on Saturday have had some notable wins in recent weeks, hitting four goals past Oldland Abbotonians (at Oldland Common) and another five at home to Wincanton recently. They have also taken a point from games at home to Bristol Telephones and on the road at Wincanton. These results will give our supporters some idea of the task that faces the ‘Cheese’ at the weekend. For the statisticians amongst you, here are the results of our matches with Chippenham over the past two seasons.
- Cheddar 4 Chippenham Park 0
- Chippenham Park 1 Cheddar 1
- Chippenham Park 0 Cheddar 2
- Cheddar 2 Chippenham 2
Chippenham Park are currently in twelfth position in the league having won 8, drawn 11 and lost 11 of their 30 games so far, with 11 games drawn they have a wide reputation of being draw specialists. The Cheesemen will be looking to gain all three points on Saturday and will be looking at the Welton Rovers v Chard Town fixture, as anything less than a win for Welton and a win for Cheddar on Saturday will see the team leapfrog the Radstock based side back into fourth position.
Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves are in in Somerset League Division Two action at eighth placed Hutton Reserves on Saturday knowing that three further points could take them possibly to two points behind second placed Radstock Town Reserves (who travel away to Tunley on the day).
Cheddar ‘A’ are in Attwell Shield (cup) action on Saturday at Worle Reserves and Cheddar Ladies are also in action again on Sunday (11th February) when they take on Purnell Sports in the Somerset Ladies league cup.
ALL OF US HERE AT CHEESEMEN FM WISH THE VERY BEST OF LUCK TO ALL FOUR CHEDDAR TEAMS THE VERY BEST OF LUCK IN THEIR QUEST FOR HONOURS AT THE WEEKEND
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