CHEESEMEN GAIN POINT AT BISHOP SUTTON IN MIDWEEK AT A BLEAK LAKEVIEW GROUND

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.

Season 2016/17

  • Cheddar 4 Chippenham Park 0
  • Chippenham Park 1 Cheddar 1

Season 2015/16

  • 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

THE WEBSITE WILL BE BACK WITH WEEKEND REPORT EARLY NEXT WEEK

Cheddar have further match postponement as fixtures continue to pile up

CHEDDAR FC WEBSITE UPDATE – MONDAY 5tb FEBRUARY 2018

The Cheesemen’s fixture list increased again this week as their match against Ashton & Backwell United was called off again following the horrendous weather conditions that have disrupted the league fixture programme since prior to Christmas. This means that in effect that most clubs in the Toolstation Western League will be playing two games per week until the end of the season, with the league officials becoming perplexed with the postponement of over 100 fixtures and the associated headache of match rearrangements that accompanies the situation.

Manager, Shaun Potter speaking with club website on Monday morning said:

“Regarding Saturday’s further postponement, again It’s very frustrating for everyone, a lot of preparation goes into each game and its not ideal when games are called off, we are in a situation where we need games, the way games are stop-start affects what we are trying to do and makes it difficult to get any consistency.  We look forward to the Bishop Sutton game (on Tuesday night, 6th February) and hope that the weather will be kind to us.  It’s always a tough place to go but coming off the back of the Warminster game, the lads are up for it and if we pay how we know we can then hopefully it can be another 3 points to keep us in touch with the top three”.

Cheddar’s first team are next in action on Tuesday (6th February) at Bishop Sutton, kick off 7.30pm.

On Saturday (10th February) Cheddar are due to play Chippenham Park at Bowdens Park (kick off 3pm) but (for the time being) find that they are without a midweek game next week, prior to a further away trip on Saturday (17th February) at bottom placed Portishead Town, before a home match on Tuesday 20th February against Sherborne Town, then complete their February fixtures with two successive away games at league leaders Keynsham Town on Saturday 24th prior to a long trek to Devizes on Tuesday 27th February.

Cheddar Reserves, also without a match at the weekend, are next in action on Saturday (10th February) at Hutton Reserves and follow this later this month with league games at home to Nailsea Reserves on Saturday 17th February, completing their February league fixtures with a match at Burnham United Reserves on Saturday 24th.

The ‘A’ team’s schedule have also been affected by the poor weather conditions and the team are next in action on Saturday 10th February when they visit Worle Reserves in the Attwell Shield cup competition; they then host Banwell ‘A’ in the Vardon Cup competition.   The ‘A’ team complete their February schedule with a league match at home to Uphill ‘A’

Cheddar Ladies were back in the action at the weekend, when they travelled to Pen Mill Reserves (Yeovil) on Sunday.

Ladies manager Russell Heal reports that his team were down to just nine available players whereas their opponents, Penn Mill had five substitutes and several first team players in their playing squad on the day.  Penn Mill opened the scoring on 8 minutes, but Jade Burton and Valerie Walsh put Cheddar Ladies 2-1 up before the break scoring on 18 and 29 minutes. There could well have been more goals for the Cheesegirls, but a couple of golden chances were missed and hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions.   Cheddar Ladies dominated the first half and in the second half they missed further chances and allowed the home side to equalise.  Penn Mill took the lead as their first team players and constant flow of substitutes showed.

The home side then got a fourth goal which looked to be a poor decision from the match official as a Penn Mill striker charged down a goal-kick and scored as the player concerned should not have been in the penalty area although the official did not see that as an offence.  Valerie Walsh then got her second goal in the 90th minute to make the score 4-3 in favour of the home side but a battling Cheddar Ladies side continued to create chances in injury time but despite their valiant efforts couldn’t quite force an equaliser.  Overall this as a very good entertaining game but was ruined by a major error by the match official who appeared not to know the final score at the end of the game.

Cheddar Ladies move into fifth position in the Somerset Women’s League (Division Two) with 21 points from 13 games.  Their next scheduled match is away to Portishead Reserves on Sunday 25th February, kick-of 12.00 midday.

Final score:  Penn Mill Reserves   4   Cheddar Ladies   3

Away from the field of play, the Cheddar first team have launched an initiative for the donation of football boots for under-privileged children.    A club spokesman said “we are looking to donate football boots to children who for whatever reason cannot access a pair. All sizes would be most welcome” If anyone would wish to donate a pair of football boots, the club would be most grateful if they were taken to the football club at Bowdens Park and handed to a member of the club’s bar staff or a committee member.

The club are also to hold a ‘Horseracing night’ on Saturday evening 3rd March, starting at 7.30pm, to raise funds for the club. The club intends to publicise further information on both their ‘football boots donation’ initiative and the club’s ‘Horseracing night’ on this website (www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk) and Facebook page soon.

WARMINSTER SHATTERED AS TEN-MAN CHEESEMEN GET BACK TO WINNIGN WAYS AND CLIMB BACK UP TO FOURTH PLACE

Toolstation Western League (Division One) Match Report

Tuesday 30th January 2018

CHEDDAR  4   WARMINSTER TOWN  1

The Cheesemen went into Tuesday’s home clash with Warminster Town knowing that a victory by two clear goals would mean that they would leapfrog three teams and move into fourth place in the Toolstation Western League (Division One).

Doubtless that Cheddar manager Shaun Potter would have been unprepared for what was in the end a bizarre match which had seen a sending off and three bookings, three goals and an own-goal from the visitors and both managers being lectured more than once, before the first half had been completed.

The home side played for over an hour with ten-men but saw captain and centre-forward Adam Jones net twice in the last five minutes to give them that fourth place and a deserved three points.

For some reason, best known to the players, it appeared from the touchline that the sides and the benches had taken a dislike to each other from the start and with both managers not helping the situation with their behaviour towards all and sundry, referee Jack Clench had his hands full but didn’t panic and came out the other end intact.

For a while it represented the Theatre of Sleaze as opposed to ‘Cheese’ as no less than six players found their way into the referee’s notebook and in the end, it was Ross MacNab who overstepped the mark on 22 minutes and was shown a straight red card following an alteration with Town defender Kevin Shinn.

By then, Warminster had weathered an early home storm before, on five minutes, Henry McFerran nodded home Eben Mortimer-Taylor’s corner from close range for an early lead.  Warminster’s lead lasted barely three minutes as MacNab found room to blast home the equaliser past Nathan Ball.  Charlie Walton then brought a fine save out of home keeper Liam Kingston who must have gone perilously close to the man-of-the-match award but by then the arguments had begun and a caution each was exacerbated by a penalty appeal by Cheddar which went unanswered.   On 21 minutes, Robbi Maggs piercing crossfield ball and Shinn’s accuracy was unerring as he sliced the ball home to give Cheddar the lead.  Seconds later and MacNab was in the dressing room leaving his side to face more than an hour with ten men as Warminster upped the tempo and the temperature raised equally between the two sides.

Both Mortimer and Dyer were denied by Kingston then Walton shot wide before Mark Young drove towards goal and his effort was deflected for a corner by Danny Griffiths.

Kingston again kept out a Walton strike around the half-hour before the home side regrouped and the unusually quiet Ricky Bennett stung Ball’s goalkeeping gloves from distance.

Cheddar defender Joe Grant succumbed to a knock at the break and moments later Maggs joined him leaving another reshaping job for manager Potter, but the action continued, and Jones went close with the visitors appearing to tire and heads started to go down.

Further cautions followed around the hour mark in what in truth was never a dirty game whilst often niggly and far too vocal, but it was far from boring and Chris Coombs latched on to a stunning crossfield ball from Callum Ham but somehow Ball, in the Warminster goal kept out the winger’s effort from close range.

As the match closed out Warminster were still in with a shout but the ten-men of Cheddar by then had vastly changed in shape and personnel became stronger.  Adam Jones beat the Warminster offside trap to slot home from ten yards to give breathing space and a two-goal cushion.  Minutes later, the Cheddar centre-forward rubbed salt into Warminster’s open wound when he charged down Ball’s clearance as he scored a quality goal from an acute angle, taking his season’s league total to fifteen goals to complete a victory on the night when lesser referees could have caved in under the pressure but the fact that it was handshakes all round at full time displayed that common-sense had prevailed.

Man of the Match:  Adam Jones (Cheddar)

Match Sponsor:  Roosters Country Music Club (Cheddar)

Attendance:  79

CHEDDAR FOOTBALL CLUB ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO KERRY MILLER, TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE MEDIA OFFICER FOR HIS REPORT FROM THE MATCH, FROM WHICH OUR REPORT HAS BEEN ADAPTED (OTHER THAN COPIED)

Post-Match Interviews

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

“I was really pleased with our performance tonight, I thought that we were superb form the first whistle, we controlled the game from the start and were unlucky to go behind against the run of play, we didn’t let that affect us though and equalised shortly afterwards, even after going down to ten men I thought that we controlled the game.  There are a lot of positives that we can take from tonight, we showed togetherness, strong character, great work rate and the ability to adapt to the conditions.  Hopefully we can have a run of games now and start getting some wins on the board.  We’re looking forward to welcoming Ashton & Backwell on Saturday (3rd February), it’s always a good competitive game and I’m sure that’s that this one won’t be any different  Our match tonight (against Warminster) was perfect for us to blow off the cobwebs and get a win on the board, the boys worked hard and showed some real quality despite the conditions, we will go into the match on Saturday looking to keep up the performance levels from our match tonight”

Cheddar team-captain Craig Mawford also added his thoughts on the match, as he too looks forward to the visit of Ashton and Backwell on Saturday:

“It felt very good to get back to playing again after such a long time without a game.  The pitch was not far from perfect, but credit must go to Russ (Russell Heal) for getting the game on. It was a pleasing result tonight and we showed great character after going down to ten-men and still dominating the game, and in all honesty, being quite comfortable.  At times we moved the ball nicely on an awkward surface, but a large part of tonight’s win was due to grit and desire. I thought that Danny and Besty worked well together and limited their (Warminster’s) chances.  Liam (when called upon) looked safe and secure and handled the ball well in testing conditions.   Adam looked a threat and scored two well taken goals. Stevie P (Stephen Pennington) will now be gutted because Jonah as now scored more than him this calendar year!  Saturday’s game (against Ashton & Backwell) will be a difficult one and we are hopeful of a positive result.  It’s one game at a time though and we’ll see where we end up at the end of the year”

    Weekend Preview – For Saturday 3rd February 2018

Cheddar are back in Toolstation Western League (Division One) action on Saturday (3rd February) in a match kindly sponsored by Loud Alarms, when they face their second home game in four days, taking on 19th placed Ashton & Backwell at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.  Although Ashton and Backwell lie just three placed off the bottom, games with the ‘Stags’ are notoriously full-blooded affairs, and Ashton & Backwell are always a tough prospect, no-matter their league position.  Earlier this season they inflicted a defeat in their home fixture against the Cheesemen, winning by a single-goal in September.  Last season, the Cheesemen suffered a 4-2 defeat at the Lancer Scott Stadium and won the corresponding fixture at Bowdens Park scoring a late winner in their 2-1 win.  The Cheesemen’s best performance against Ashton & Backwell in recent seasons was our 3-1 win at a drenched Lancer Scott Stadium in late November 2015 with a superb treble of outstanding goals from Mason Gardener, Craig Mawford and Callum Ham.  United won their first game in eight when they beat bottom club Portishead Town 1-0 on Tuesday night, which probably has given them a huge lift, after losing four and drawing three of their last seven games, their last win (before Tuesday) being their 2-0 victory over Bristol Telephones on 25th November.  Prior to Tuesday night’s win, the ‘Stags’ had drawn (1-1) at home to Chard, and prior to that they lost two successive home games to Oldland Abbotonians (0-1) and Corsham Town (0-2).  On the player injuries front, Robbi Maggs. Joe Grant and Ricky Bennett all suffered knocks against Warminster on Tuesday night, but manager Shaun Potter is understood to be giving all three players fitness tests and hopes to include them in his squad on Saturday.  

As at the time of writing this ‘website-release’ (11pm Thursday evening, 1st February) we are unsure of Ross MacNab’s fate regarding his (possible) suspension because of his sending off on Tuesday night but will keep our supporters advised via our Facebook page.

Looking ahead, the Cheesemen are back in action at Bishop Sutton’s Lakeview stadium on Tuesday night (6th February), kick off 7.30pm

Both Cheddar Reserves and Cheddar ‘A’ team are without a game this weekend, but are both back in league (and cup) action next weekend (10th February)

Cheesemen face fixture pile up as the weather continues to disrupt the league programme

Cheesemen face fixture pile up as the weather continues to disrupt the league programme as manager Shaun Potter and team captain Craig Mawford speak to the website

Cheddar faced further disruption to their league programme at the weekend when their match at Malmebury Victoria fell victim of the weather conditions that appear to have dilapidated the Toolstation Western League’s fixture list since prior to Christmas.  Cheddar themselves have played just the one match since Christmas (when they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with visitors Radstock) and now face the difficult prospect of an extremely busy catch up period between now and the season’s end in April.   The club are due to play at home tomorrow night (Tuesday 30th January) with further games following in quick succession when they are scheduled to play near neighbours Ashton and Backwell on Saturday (3rd February) followed by a local derby rearrangement at Bishop Sutton. A further home game follows on Saturday week (10th February) against Chippenham Park, then it is an away match (at Portishead) on Saturday 17th February, before a further midweek home game on Tuesday 20th February, where Sherborne Town are the visitors.  On Saturday 24th February the Cheesemen faced the difficult prospect of a visit to league leaders Keynsham Town before rounding off a very busy month with a long trek to Wiltshire to face Devizes Town on Tuesday 27.  Saturday’s latest postponement (at Malmesbury) has been rearranged for Tuesday 10th April, meaning a further long midweek journey for the Cheesemen.

A frustrated manager, Shaun Potter speaking with the club’s website at the weekend said:

“It’s a frustrating time at the moment for everyone, it’s all very stop-start and it’s tough to prepare with the expectation that gams will be postponed.  We are desperate to get a run of games and get some consistency back, we play Warminster on Tuesday at home, we have played them twice this season already so know a little bit about them as they do us.  We were very good in the league game against them, but we experimented a little bit in the second [Les Phillips Cup] game with personnel and formation and we were beaten.  Hopefully the weather will hold off and the pitch will be ok for Tuesday (and indeed for Saturday); anymore postponements and I think that we will be playing every day of the week come April to get the games in”

Team captain Craig Mawford added:

“It has been a frustrating time due to the lack of games this month.  I thought that the last game we played at home to Radstock we grounded out a result in difficult conditions.  We did however let ourselves down that day as we should never be going into a game 2-0 up then throwing it away.  It took character from the lads and that gives us something to push forward with in the next game. As a unit we need to take responsibility particularly during the set of games that will be coming thick and fast due to the postponements.  We need to accept that in the conditions we may need to address some of decision making and adapt where appropriate.  We have made a few errors over the past fixtures that have cost us games. We have to make sure that this does not happen again and be willing to respond better when mistakes occur and ensure we recover so that the mistakes do not get punished so severely.  It will be good to get playing again tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are fortunate that it is a home game to get ourselves hopefully back on track.  Saturday’s game (against Ashton and Backwell) will be difficult too as they are always tricky opponents, and we are well aware that it will be a fight to get a result. With the volume of games that we will have in such a short space of time it is good to have largely the full squad to pick from and allowing ourselves the opportunity to rotate where possible to keep things fresh.  Ross (McNab) has done very well since coming in playing alongside Jonah (Adam Jones) I don’t think is a positive experience for opposing defenders.  The manager (Shaun Potter) again needs to take credit for the way in which he is preparing the lads and the errors with results have been solely player responsibility and is something which we need to put right.  I want to thank everyone that has been turning out for the games and fingers crossed, we can start to string some results together again and have a good go for the remainder of the season”

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves match at home to Chew Magna on Saturday was again called off, and has been re-arranged for Wednesday 11th April, kick off 7.45pm.

A pitch inspection has been arranged for Tuesday morning (30th January) to determine whether that evening game against Warminster Town goes ahead.  Kick off is scheduled for 7.45pm.

CHEESEMEN ROCKED BY FURTHER POSTPONEMENT AS THEIR MATCH ON SATURDAY IS CALLED OFF AGAIN

Cheddar’s season was again forced to a further stop-start situation when their match at Wincanton was called off on Saturday morning, meaning the second time in three games that their League match had faced a late postponement thanks to the wintry weather!

Manager Shaun Potter speaking with the club’s website said:

“It’s a frustrating time having games postponed every week as we are desperate to get out there and get a winning run together.  The backlog of fixtures we are going to get between now and the end of the season isn’t ideal but we will aim to use this to our advantage, playing games in quick succession will benefit us when trying to go on a run and we are also hoping that the pitches improve between now and the end of the season which also benefits us with the way we play  The lads are itching to get these games played and are more determined than ever to climb the table.  Hopefully our game next Saturday will be on and we can get going again”

The Cheesemen’s next game is scheduled to be on Saturday (27th January) at Malmesbury Victoria, kick off 3.00pm, and they are due to return to return to home soil where they are to play Warminster Town on Tuesday night (30th January) in a league match, kindly sponsored by Roosters Country and Western Music Club, kick off 7.45pm.

Cheddar’s Reserve team were also without a match at the weekend but are due to host Chew Magna on Saturday, kick off 3pm.  The club’s ‘A’ team’s match was also called off on Saturday at Sporting Weston, but the team are due to be back in action on Saturday when they travel to FC Milton.

Cheddar’s Under 18s team also faced a postponement when their scheduled match at home on Tuesday night (23rd January) also fell victim to the weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Cheddar’s match at Wincanton Town has been re-arranged for Tuesday 13th March, kick off 7.30pm.

CHEESEMEN GRAB THEIR FIRST POINT IN THREE GAMES THANKS TO STUNNING MAWFORD EQUALISER IN LAST TWO MINUTES

Toolstation Western League Division One Match Report

Saturday 13th January 2018

CHEDDAR 3 RADSTOCK TOWN 3

Whenever these sides have met during the past three seasons, the match is either tinged with excitement or controversy or both, and this match was certainly true to form for these promotion hopefuls who took it upon themselves to serve up an early New Year cracker for the Cheesemen’s first home game for some six weeks.   On the last occasion Cheddar played at home the supporters were treated to four goals, and with this game serving up a further six, then Bowdens Park would appear to be the place to be for fans seeking goals and entertainment.

True enough, Cheddar (in seventh place and with games in hand prior to the start of the game) adapted to the sticky conditions quicker than their fourth placed opponents, who had understandably caught the eye with their recent emphatic 3-0 victory over Welton Rovers, as the home side’s new signing, Ross McNab, making his home debut, who had had just two minutes earlier narrowly missed the target, hammered his side in front from six yards latching on to Adam Jones’s back header. McNab went close again on 22 minutes although goalkeeper Glen Murley was unable to hold the striker’s stinging drive and midfielder Stephen Pennington was first to react, driving the lose ball home from close range, giving Murley no chance.

Cheddar could perhaps be forgiven that after having scored two quick fire goals in the opening quarter, that the game was as good as won, although they equally neglected to remember that the game wasn’t over until the final whistle, and they really ought to have learned this from previous encounters with this good, hard-working Radstock team, that there is never an easy game at this level. The visitors, as is spurned by this two-goal set back were soon back in this game less than two minutes after conceding, Fin Haines scoring a quality individual goal, appearing to effortlessly weave past two defenders to slot past Kingston after Jack Biddiscombe had been afforded two much space, and too little attention on the right flank, allowing the nippy winger to deliver a relatively unchallenged cross.

On 38 minutes a telepathic move of some note between Jones and Ricky Bennett saw the latter unleash a powerful 20-yard shot that agonisingly served past the woodwork, but then with less than five minutes remaining on the referee’s watch the visitors were again on level terms.  A needless looking back pass form the Cheddar midfield caused all kinds of issues for the Cheddar backline and Morgan Skipp, running in from deep, didn’t waste his opportunity and lobbed the outrushing Kingston as Town reduced the deficit after having been two goals down just twenty minutes earlier.

The second period of the game notably increased in pace if inasmuch in style, as both sides huffed and puffed for possession, with both sides going close to adding a decisive third goal.  On 50 minutes, Town’s Will Stead went close with Kingston saving at the second attempt and Chris Coombs who had been moved up front to a more customary wide-attacking role, forced Murley into an impressive back-peddling save as the goalkeeper arched backwards, appearing to be off-balance but still managed to tip Coombs’s effort over the cross bar.  The hard-working Adam Jones had the ball in the Radstock net on 73 minutes but to be fair to the assistant match official who adjudged the Cheddar frontman to have strayed offside, the official was up with play and had to be given the benefit of the doubt.  Two minutes later though the burly Jones running at full pace, to connect with substitute Joe Grant’s low throw, hit a goal bound shot that beat the goalkeeper but was bravely diverted off the goal-line by the Radstock central-defender and captain Tom Stocks.

With the home side continuing to push upfield for a third goal they were again to leave themselves overly open for a counter punch and this is exactly what happened with 14 minutes remaining. Matt Minnis was felled in the Cheddar box following Danny Griffith’s last-ditch tackle and Town’s leading goal scorer added to his tally sending Kingston the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Sensing the game was won, the visitors changed their formation in an attempt to close down the game and steal all three points but captain Craig Mawford, so often Cheddar’s talisman hit a thunderous free kick that the goalkeeper did exceptionally well to turn round the post to safety and then with just two minutes of normal time remaining, Mawford was giving the sort of opportunity that the player of his class doesn’t miss, and hitting the all-important equaliser from 10-yards after the match official had correctly noticed a pass-back in the box hand been  handled by the goalkeeper. The goal was simply a stunning effort and the Cheddar captain crashed his effort into the net despite the close attentions of six defenders and goalkeeper Murley trying to prevent the ball crossing the line.

A draw however was just about a fair result in this all-action game as both teams pushed for a winner as the minutes ticked away.  Defences were so often the Achilles heel for both teams, whose motives on the day were quite clearly to go on the all-out attack but it is thought highly likely that that they will both be in the mix when the season ends in April.

Man of the match:  Ross McNab (Cheddar)

With six draws in the league on Saturday the Cheesmen remain in seventh position, although should they achieve a win at sixth placed Devizes on Tuesday night (16th January) (kick-off: 7.30pm) that they could well advance their league position, possibly as high as fourth position.  

On Saturday (20th January), Shaun Potter’s side are again away from home with a match at fourteenth placed Wincanton Town.  On Saturday week (27th January) the Cheesemen play a third successive away match (at Malmesbury Victoria) before returning to Bowdens Park for two homes games in a week (30th January vs Warminster Town and Saturday 3rd February vs local rivals Ashton and Backwell).

Following the match, manager Shaun Potter spoke to the club website, saying:

“It was a tough one to take today, we started very well, we were in control at 2-0 up and then got a little bit complacent and allowed Radstock back into the game.  We came out second half a little bit sluggish and again allowed Radstock to take the lead, we showed a bit of fight towards the end and managed to get a draw, but this is a game we all know we should have won, we paid the price for not being switched on for 90 minutes.  it’s something we will learn from and put right, we’ve got a lot of games in a short period of time coming up which I think we need, it will help us get that flow back and get some consistency back into our game”!

Further postponements for the Cheesemen manager Shaun Potter gives is mid-season review and the club announce major plans for their 125th Anniversary Weekend in May

The unpredictable weather that has been playing having with the festive season fixture list struck a further blow at the weekend, the Cheesemen having the ignominy of further match postponed when their match against Warminster Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bowdens Park, causing even more headaches for the club’s hardworking groundsman Russell Heal.  Saturday’s postponement has in effect meant that their last match day action on home soil was almost six weeks ago when they defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-0 on 2nd December.   Matches after that outstanding win and team performance have seen Shaun Potter’s team suffer an abandonment at Devizes and defeats on the road at Welton Rovers and Roman Glass, as well as three successive league postponements.  Matches will of course be rearranged, but Shaun Potter’s team, with just one game under their belts since mid-December, now find themselves in catch up mode with re-arranged matches at Devizes (16th January); Bishop Sutton (6th February) both away and home games with Sherborne Town (20th February) and now Warminster Town (30th January).  Due to a fixture re-arrangement headache the Bowdens Park club find they have dropped to seventh position in the Toolstation League Division One, albeit they have four games in hand over league leaders, Westbury United, but are scheduled to be back in league action on Saturday (13th January) when they host fourth placed Radstock Town, who are just three points ahead of the Cheesemen who have a game in hand over their visitors.  Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.

Speaking with the club website at the weekend, manager Shaun Potter, reviewing his team’s season so far said:

“We’ve had a good overall season so far; a shaky start perhaps but since the Sherborne game in September we have been very good.  We were rock bottom in early September, so to even be in the promotion mix now is a great achievement and it’s what the lads deserve.  Since taking on the job on a permanent basis I’ve tried to give the lads some belief and put some enjoyment back into the game and the players have responded really well.  In my opinion we are the best footballing side in the league, so the winter months are usually the trickiest for a side like us, but we have dug in and picked up some great results.  The last two games haven’t quite gone as we had planned and the Christmas period was a little bit stop-start due to postponements which hasn’t really helped but these lads have a great attitude and those two defeats have really hurt them so I’m expecting a big response this month.  We have quite a few games in January which will only be good for us as we look to get back to winning ways and put another run together.  My aim is of course to get promotion this season but more than that, it’s to enjoy the game every week and play good football. We do that by being consistent and sticking to our principles. The players trust the philosophy and there is a real belief that we can win every game we play.  We take it game by game and try not to look too far ahead; we know that if we perform week in, week out the end goal is inevitable.  It’s a great club to be involved in and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go in the next few seasons”

What was particularly impressive was the evidence of high team morale and an excellent spirit this weekend, as the full first team squad gathered as one at a leading gym in Weston super Mare at the weekend to undertake a period of strenuous exercise and ‘Boxercise’ training.

 

Elsewhere last weekend (6th January) the Reserve team continued their recent good form with a great 2-0 win at Tunley Athletic.  Here are assistant manager Mike Carpenter’s thoughts on the game:

Cheddar Reserves went into the game with an unchanged squad for the fourth successive game. Tunley however started the brightest earning an early free from just outside the box which went uncapitalised.   From that moment it was all Cheddar; the midfield of Callum French, Tom Manning and John Edwards dictated play, moving the ball freely and creating vast opportunities in the final third

The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes when Manning found Hughes out wide and with a lot to do he managed to get in a cross-shot which aided by a small deflection found the back of the net. The Cheesemen Reserves had several attempts on goal throughout the half and through Billy Manning and John Edwards, but these were to no avail.

The second half began, and Cheddar started to make their presence felt with substitute Connell Edwards making an immediate impact in the defensive line.  The width of Hughes and Selway-Joseph was causing early problems for the home defence.   After ten minutes second half play, Hughes was found by a brilliant French through ball, but the striker hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper.  The Cheese maintained their pressure with substitute Tom Caitlin hitting the bar and the Tunley goalkeeper pulling off some fine saves.

Cheddar’s second goal came on 67 minutes, Tom Manning finding his namesake Billy with a delightful chipped pass and the latter made no mistake, slotting the ball past the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty box.  The visitors remained well disciplined and retained their shape, sticking to their game plan, and could easily have gone for more goals.   The last few minutes of the game were played out with neither side pushing for goals with Sam Talbot in the Cheddar goal a virtual bystander to another good performance.

Speaking to the website after the game, Mike Carpenter said:

“The boys did a great job, and all realise the job in hand regarding our strong promotion push.  Today we could have thrown it away looking for goals, but we remained well disciplined and kept it safe with the result going our way.  Our focus is now onto the next game to look for those next three points”

Meanwhile, the club have announced some important diary dates for the Spring.

The club are to hold their Annual Presentation and Awards Evening on Saturday evening 28th April, starting at 7.00 for 7.30pm, and two weeks afterwards are to hold their very special 125th Anniversary weekend, which is to take the form of two successive evenings in a marquee at the club’s Bowdens Park ground.  The first of two major events to hosted by the club is to take place on Friday 18th May when the club have literally pulled off what they consider something of a coup, when they are to welcome former Arsenal and England top name Ray Parlour to a Sportsman’s Evening.  The eloquent Ray Parlour who is additionally current talkSPORT and Sky TV pundit is expected to be big draw for the local public and will be accompanied by a top comedian.   A ‘Harvest Home’ styled dinner dance that will feature top entertainment will take place on the Saturday night (19th May). The club have advised that ticketing arrangements together with further news on these major events will follow shortly here on the club website and its Facebook www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballlClub

Finally, onto the weekend (Saturday 13th January), with just the first team in action (as reported earlier in this update the Cheesemen are in action at Bowdens Park for the first time since early December with a home Toolstation League Division One clash against fourth placed Radstock Town, kick-off is at 3pm)  Both the Reserve team and the ‘A’ team are without a match this weekend, with the Under 18’s match on Tuesday night (9th January) also having seen a late call-off due to an unsuitable playing surface.

PENALTY SUCCESS EVADES THE CHEESEMEN AS THEY LOSE THEIR SECOND SUCCESSIVE AWAY MATCH AS THE CHEDDAR MANAGER LAMBASTS HIS SIDE’S PERFORMANCE

ROMAN GLASS ST GEORGE  4 CHEDDAR  2

Faced with the prospect of playing this match without his two key strikers for this important top-six clash, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter was forced to take urgent remedial action on the eve of this game, drafting in former Taunton Town and Mangotsfield United striker, Ross MacNab to bolster his attack.   The inclusion of the former Southern League striker could well have paid dividends as his agility won his side a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which was in effect the game changer.

The windy and near freezing conditions on Roman Glass’s artificial surface made flowing football a premium and the first-half was inasmuch devoid of any real chances, although the home side did however open the scoring penalty kick on 15 minutes after Ken Oni was upended in the 18-yard box by a Cheddar defender.

In what was generally thought to be a game changer by the neutral spectator, the Cheesemen were awarded a penalty kick on 45-minutes following MacNab’s foray into the box that saw him barged off the ball, and the normal lethal Chris Coombs subsequent penalty-kick thudded against a post and was cleared to safety.

After the turn-round, both teams fought hard for supremacy, but it was Roman Glass who edged further in front on 50 minutes, Rhys Hodgson taking full advantage of a poor clearance from Cheddar’s back-line, his shot beating Liam Kingston’s dive.  Roman Glass’s two goal lead was reduced just after the hour when the lively Callum Ham, maintained his record of scoring in each game since his return to the tCheddar line-up, and he beat the home goalkeeper with a well-taken shot on the turn.  This goal however further energised the home side who regained control of the game with two quick goals in a five-minute spell.  Substitute Jordan Yeo fired an unstoppable shot past the helpless Kingston following another mistake in Cheddar’s backline and virtually from the re-start Roman Glass added to their lead with an effort from Lewis Wentland, before the visitors could regain their composure.

With the game entering its final ten minutes. Cheddar reduced the deficit, Danny Griffiths heading home strongly from a Coombs corner but despite the best efforts of the Cheesemen to get something from the game, their performance levels on the day sadly didn’t merit any reward. The result did in fact tell its own story as Roman Glass who had been imperious form at their Oakland’s Park home took their unbeaten run to 13 games as Cheddar, who up until three games ago had won ten straight games slumped to their second successive away defeat and have conceded seven goals on their travels, scoring four in return.   

Asked how the game went from his point of view, Roman Glass’s (former Weston super Mare manager) Andy Gurney said, “Your boys didn’t really create a lot; we had a bit more quality in the final third and that I think was the difference”

After such a promising start at the beginning of the month, with a 4-0 thumping of Oldland Abbotonians, December has been a source of disappointment for the Cheddar manager, who will now look to put in a plan of action to get his side’s season back on track, his side having their first opportunity to do this on Saturday (6th January) when they host Warminster Town, kick off 3pm.  The Cheesemen are again at home on the following Saturday (13th January) when they host Radstock Town.   The Bowdens Park club end the first month of the New Year with three successive away games details of which are below.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the game. Potter said:

“It was a tough one to take today, we were nowhere near the level we’ve set for ourselves over the last few months.  Not playing at all over the Christmas period didn’t help, we had a few key players missing (Adam Jones, Robbi Maggs and Ricky Bennett) and those things showed out on the pitch.   Roman Glass were a decent side, but they beat us on hunger and desire which is something we don’t accept at this club, the players aren’t happy and will do everything possible to put this right next week.  The referee was another thing against us on the day.  I haven’t got long enough to explain the poor decisions that went against us, so I’ll leave it there”

Also offering his views on the match was team captain Craig Mawford:

“We didn’t do ourselves any favours in todays game, and in fairness Roman Glass managed the conditions a lot better than we did. We need to get back to increasing our standards and working harder for each other. The thing that the last two results has done is given the boys a big wake up call and given all of us an opportunity to start turning the tide again and stringing results together.  We have to look to the New Year and focus on pushing forward and seeing where it takes us.  We need to play without pressure and play with enjoyment again. We are capable and there is enough quality in the dressing room to make something happen.  I am very hopeful of a very good second half to the season.

Summing up with his thoughts on the match, young goalkeeper Liam Kingston said:

“I believe that we didn’t work hard enough day. Ability wise we are there, but I think we need to show more desire on and off the pitch. I thought that Ross (MacNab) did well coming in, he held the ball up well and looked good in behind. I thought that we could have been braver on the ball, moving it quicker and breaking through the lines.  It just wasn’t our day on this occasion.

In other news there are to be a few match re-arrangements (caused solely by the wintry conditions of late) and the first team are to visit Devizes Town on Tuesday 16th January; Bishop Sutton on Tuesday 6th February (both kick off at 7.30pm) and are to host Sherborne Town on Tuesday 20th February (kick off 7.45pm).

January sees the first team kick off the second of the season with a Toolstation League (Division One) match with Warminster Town on Saturday (6th January) which kicks off at the normal time of 3pm.  The Cheesemen, who start off 2018 in sixth position ‘could’ well leapfrog Welton Rovers and Radstock Town to move into fourth position, depending of course on the results of Welton (who host second placed Westbury) and Radstock (who host league leaders Keynsham); two very interesting games indeed.  Warminster, who start the New Year in 19th position, have hosted the Cheesemen twice already this season, losing 1-5 at home to ourselves in a league game on 23rd October where Adam Jones stole the headlines on the day with a well-taken hat-trick. The game’s two other goals came through Chris Coombs and an own-goal.   In the second fixture, Warminster Town defeated the Cheesemen 2-1 in the Les Phillips (League) Cup just three weeks afterwards, Cheddar’s goal coming from Ricky Bennett.  

In recent results over the two seasons with Warminster Town held the ‘Cheese’ to a 1-1 draw on 17th December 2016 at their Weymouth Street ground, whereas in the corresponding fixture at Bowdens Park, in only the third game of the 2016-17 season, Warminster were hit by a four-goal barrage with no reply from the Wiltshire side.  In the previous (2015-16) results saw a 4-1 win at Weymouth Street in the Les Phillips cup, a further 3-2 for the Cheese in their league encounter in Wiltshire and a 2-0 for ourselves at Bowdens Park.   So, in summary, the past three seasons has (so far seen) seven tussles between the two teams, with the Cheese winning five, Warminster winning one, and one game ending in a draw.

Warminster’s last six league results have seen them lose 7-2 at Keynsham, 2-1 at Malmesbury, defeat Chard Town (3-1) before conceding another seven goals at home to Devizes, thence losing 3-0 at Calne before a home defeat to their local rivals (Westbury) to whom they suffered a 3-1 defeat on Boxing Day.

Also on Saturday (6th January) Cheddar Reserves could well move into second place with a win at Tunley Athletic, depending on Radstock Town Reserves result at fourth placed Chew Magna. Saturday’s match at Tunley kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm.  In the day’s other fixture, the ‘A’ team (in fourth place) host (eighth placed) FC Milton at Sharpham Road in a Weston super Mare and District League Division Four fixture, a win for the ‘A’s on the day could well take them to level third position.

The best of good luck to all Cheddar teams playing this weekend

WEATHER PUTS PAID TO THE FESTIVE FIXTURES FOR THE CHEESEMEN AS BOTH GAMES ARE CALLED OFF, BUT THE RESERVES GET DRAW AT DRAYCOTT

The disappointingly bad weather over the festive season all but put paid to the Cheesemen’s Christmas fixture schedule as their matches (at home to Sherborne Town on Saturday 23rd December) and the equally eagerly anticipated Boxing Day midday clash at Bishop Sutton, both fell foul to the conditions.

Because of these two postponements the Toolstation Western League have quickly reacted, and the Sherborne Town game have hastily arranged games is now to be played at Bowdens Park on Tuesday evening 20th February (with a 7.45pm kick off) and the Bishop Sutton game is now to take place on Tuesday 6th February (at Bishop Sutton’s Lakeview ground) with a 7.30pm kick off.

Owing to the postponed games, the (Toolstation Western League Division One) leaders are Keynsham Town (whose game on Boxing Day also fell foul to the weather conditions), and the Bath and North-East Somerset side are on 49 points from 23 games.  In second place are Westbury United (who appear to have gotten back on track well and truly) after their 3-1 defeat of Warminster in front of a big crowd at Weymouth Street on Tuesday afternoon.  Keynsham’s game at Oldland Abbotonians was another that failed to get the green-light owing to the torrent of rain that visited the area of the Christmas period, ruining the sporting fixtures for players and fans alike.

In third place are Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George (who Shaun Potter’s team visit on Saturday 30th December, kick off 3pm, details of which are on the club’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub).  Roman Glass are on 44 points (from 22 games), although their game (at Almondsbury) on Boxing Day was also postponed.

In fourth place, just behind Roman Glass are Radstock Town, who triumphed 3-0 in their local derby against Welton Rovers.  Town are on 40 points from 22 games.  Interestingly, Rovers who are now in fifth position share equal points and goal difference with Radstock although Town have won one more game hence their slightest differential advantage.

The Cheesemen are now in sixth place, owing in small context to the recent abandonment at Devizes Town (the re-arranged game now to be played at Town’s Nursteed Road ground) on Tuesday 16th January (not the ideal place to go on a cold January evening but if the Cheesemen are to be in contention for honours come April/May then these are the places they will need to go to, to come up with the goods).  Shaun Potter’s side are on 37 points from 20 games, but have three games hand over both leaders Keynsham and second placed Westbury.

In the few Boxing Day fixtures that were give the go ahead in the Division, Chippenham Park succumbed to a 0-3 defeat to Calne Town in front of a good-sized crowd at Chippenham Town’s Hardenhuish Park Stadium.  In another Wiltshire derby, Corsham were also defeated (0-1) at home to a revitalised Devizes Town, and towards the lower regions of the league, Sherborne Town were held to a goalless draw at home to Wincanton Town in the Somerset/Dorset borders clash at Raleigh Grove.

Turning to Cheddar Reserves.  Andy Wallis’s high-flying Reserve team were in action in a local derby at Draycott which attracted more than 100 spectators, and although the pitch was heavy it was perfectly playable writes Cheddar Valley Gazette’s Merv Coleneutt.  

Draycott were looking the complete the double over their local rivals and although they dominated the first half it was Cheddar who came out the stronger in the second half and a draw at the end of the 90 minutes summed up the two sides who served up a very competitive game.  The hosts started the match well nut it was Cheddar who created the first real opportunity; Will Wallis’s crossfield ball found Harry Hughes out wide and the cut inside a defender only to see his decent effort saved at the second attempt by George Smith in the Draycott goal. Despite dominating the early exchanges, Draycott had to wait until the 15th to create their first real opportunity as former Cheeseman Wayne Scorse, from 20-yards saw his low drive comfortably saved by Cheddar ‘keeper Sam Talbot

Draycott began to edge ahead in terms of possession and a deep Doug Smith cross was volleyed over the crossbar by another former Cheddar player, Alex Brandrick.   The home side eventually edged in front following a sweeping move between Ollie Sealey and Brandrick enabling the striker to send a fine left foot sot beyond Talbot from just inside the box. Scorse then went close with a volley as Draycott looked to double their advantage and both Brandrick and Sealey had efforts blocked. Cheddar did however end the half looking as though they were capable of getting themselves back into the game with Tom Manning in particular looking a threat in and around the opposing penalty area.

Draycott suffered an early blow in the second half as Brandrick was forced out of the game with injury and with Cheddar making a couple of substitutions the game began to turn more in the favour of the visitors.

Stephen Pennington certainly stamped his authority on the game alongside Tom Manning with the latter beginning to run the show by spreading the ball well to both flanks and creating opportunities for the front runners.  

The equalising goal that Cheddar deserved came on 70 minutes as Manning’s cross was parried by Smith, but it was Hughes who reacted the quickest to slot the ball home from close range.

Cheddar ended the game strongly with Tom Manning probing for openings in the Draycott defence and it was the home side who did well to hang on for a point.

Final score:  Draycott 1   Cheddar Reserves    1

Cheddar Reserves are back in Somerset County League (Division Two) action on Saturday (30th December) when they host Nailsea Reserves at Bowdens Park, in a 3pm kick-off.

In other news, Cheddar Football Club are to officially celebrate their 125th Anniversary in the New Year (2018) news of which will appear in the next website update next week (week beginning Monday 1st January).

 

WE WISH ALL CLUB MEMBERS, PLAYERS OF ALL FIVE TEAMS, TEAM MANAGEMENT AND OF COURSE YOUR FAMILIES, A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, AND SUCCESSFUL 2018

Christmas 2017 preview

Shaun Potter’s first team will be looking to gain (temporarily) loss ground when they face three games in seven days, starting off with Saturday’s match (23rd December) against Sherborne Town, which kicks off at Bowdens Park at 3pm.   The Dorset side, who were relegated from the Toolstation Premier Division at the end of last (2016-17) have not endured the best of starts to the season, and are second bottom of the league with just 16 points gained from 20 games played, although they have three games in hand over third bottom side Ashton & Backwell United.  Sherborne pulled off a surprise 4-2 win over Radstock Town last weekend, to do their survival hopes the power of good, and will be in no mood to easily surrender when they visit the Theatre of Cheese tomorrow (Saturday).  The website understands that Shaun Potter has a strong squad to select from tomorrow although he will be without the services of Ricky Bennett who is suspended for one game, following five cautions.

Following tomorrow’s game, the Cheesemen visit local rivals Bishop Sutton on Boxing Day (Tuesday 26th December) in an early (12.00 midday) kick-off at Lakeview, Wick Road BS39 5XN.  ‘Sutton are in seventh place at the time of writing this preview and had good (2-1) win at home to Wincanton Town last time out   It is understood that Bishop Sutton are without a game tomorrow.

A week tomorrow (Saturday 30th December) the ‘Cheese ‘are at Roman Glass St George against Andy Gurney’s vastly improved ‘Glass side that has recently seen them top the table.   Roman Glass are currently third in the table, (41 points from 21 games) and were surprisingly held (2-2) at home by Chard Town last time out.  Tomorrow (Saturday) Roman Glass face Bristol Telephones.

It is normally currently of year that the Division, evens out bit, and current leaders (Keynsham Town) who top the league now with 46 points from 22 games, face games with Ashton and Backwell tomorrow (Saturday) at home, then on Boxing Day they visit Oldland Abbotonians although we understand that they are without a match on Saturday 30th December.

Second placed Westbury United (42 points from 21 games) visit Malmesbury Victoria tomorrow, and visit Warminster Town in a (very) local derby on Boxing Day, then on Saturday 30th December they face Bishops Lydeard.

We have highlighted third placed Roman Glass’s current fortunes, so on now, to Welton Rovers, who leap-frogged the Cheesemen with that 3-2 defeat last weekend.  Rovers who are on the same points total as ourselves (37 from 21 games) and have a +17-goal difference (which is +2 better than ourselves) visit Almondsbury on Saturday, then on Boxing Day they visit Radstock Town in another local derby.  On Saturday 30th December, Welton Rovers are away again with a trip to Bristol Telephones.  The Cheesemen have one game in hand over Rovers; this being the Devizes Town match which is to be re-played (at Devizes) on Tuesday 16th January 2018 (kick off 7.30pm).

 

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves, riding high third place, visit local rivals (7th placed) Draycott tomorrow (Saturday) kick off 2pm.  Andy Wallis’s team will be looking for all three points following their reversal at Bowdens Park earlier this season.  The Reserves complete their 2017 fixtures with a home match against Nailsea United Reserves, who occupy 9th place. kick off 3pm.

WE WISH ALL OUR CLUB MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY YEAR NEW YEAR, CULMIMATING IN PROMOTION FOR ALL FOUR CHEDDAR TEAMS