Press Report Cheddar Football Club – Sunday 10th September 2017
FA Vase First Qualifying Round match report
Cheesemen exit FA Vase competition as they enter a crucial week
Cheddar 1 Radstock Town 3
The Cheesemen exited both FA competitions this season with a 3-1 defeat against old adversaries Radstock Town in the FA Vase (First Qualifying Round) at Bowdens Park on Saturday, their opponents relatively simple long ball, and occasional ‘delaying’ tactics proving to be just a step two far for the Bowdens Park club as Town took full advantage of just four goal scoring opportunities, scoring three times against this Cheddar side who are finding that converting chances is not currently going as they would wish, and their rhythm appears to be have been badly effected with the absences from the squad of injury victims George Booth, Adam Jones, Chris Coombs, Tom Manning and Lewis Matthews together with the suspended Robbi Maggs.
Cheddar’s visitors made their intentions clear direct from the kick-off, Jack Witcombe’s effort hitting the upright as he quickly latched-on to Josh Howe’s swerving free kick.
Radstock appeared to settle quicker than their hosts for whom their opening play appeared a little jittery, perhaps understandably, following four successive defeats.
On 10 minutes, however a great run from home winger Dean Grubb, was nearly converted by Danny Griffiths, visitors ‘keeper Murley getting down at his near post to save well at the second attempt but then within a minute, the visitors were ahead.
Morgan Skipp seizing on a defensive mistake and shooting home from a tight angle despite the valiant efforts of Nathan Best to clear the ball from under the crossbar.
With 17 minutes gone, Cheddar’s new signing Jake Harris, quickly finding space evaded his marker and sent in a stinging 20-yard shot which brought off an acrobatic save from Murley, the Radstock ‘keeper doing well to turn the ball over the crossbar.
Cheddar must have thought their luck had deserted them completely as on 19 minutes they found themselves two goals behind and with a mountain to club to get back into the game.
Josh Witcombe, without doubt Radstock’s most effective player won his battle against a retreating Cheddar midfield combination and threaded a superb diagonal ball that on another day should really have been forcibly cleared by the home defence and James Rustell was on hand to rifle the ball home between two Cheddar defenders, to put the visitors two goals to the good.
Sam King’s surging run from defence on 24 minutes almost paid dividends for the home as his intelligent crossfield pass found Harris, but although the burly centre-forward’s effort was on target and beat the keeper, the ball skimmed the crossbar and landed on the roof-netting. A minute later Harris had a further effort but his shot fizzed just wide of the woodwork.
On the half hour, Harris was again in the thick of the action, bursting past two defenders but his shot clipped the outside of the upright.
The former Newport County striker was left cursing his luck again after his 22-yard effort, from Dean Grubb’s wonderfully weighted cross as he headed just over.
The Cheesemen two goals down at the interval altered their formation and playing Sam King in a more advanced role in an attempt to get back into the match, but it was again Radstock who were to add to their score with a third goal, emanating from slack marking at the back being their downfall, two defenders ought to have cleared the danger before Jack Witcombe was allowed to run in blindly from the outside left channel to stab home at the near post, frankly giving ‘keeper Kingston no chance.
Ricky Bennett reduced the arrears for Cheddar on 67 minutes with a precision spot kick, after Anthony Cleave had been bundled over in the box.
In the final quarter of the match, Cheddar laid siege to the Radstock goalmouth, with the hosts forcing three corners and quality free kicks, all well executed by man of the match Bennett, together with some ferocious throws by substitute Joe Grant, but it was to be no avail, as scoring just at the moment as well as a lack of concentration at the back on occasions, appears not to be the team’s best attributes as they search for their first win since beating Roman Glass on 19th August.
In the dying minutes, Danny Griffiths smart header, from a Bennett corner, summed up their day as his effort cannoned back into play from the woodwork.
Man of the match: Ricky Bennett
Match Sponsor: Mr Tim Lamb, Managing Director McDonald’s Restaurant’s (Somerset)
Cheddar who currently share bottom position in the league with Corsham Town, face the Wiltshire side at home on Saturday (16th September) but face a potentially difficult encounter at Sherborne Town on Wednesday night (13th September) (kick-off: 7.30pm) when they face the third bottom Dorset side at their Terrace Playing Field ground.
Speaking after the match on Saturday, Cheddar’s caretaker manager Shaun Potter, who replaced former manager Jared Greenhalgh in midweek, said: “Overall there were a lot of positives we can take from the game, I thought that we applied ourselves very well, the players attitudes were superb, we showed character after conceding two early goals to come back to dominate the rest of the game in my opinion.
“We’ve hit the bar twice, the post twice, had one cleared off the line, but sometimes I guess it’s just not your day.
“I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the lads, we stuck to our principles and played some lovely stuff, and on another day, we will win that game four or five nothing.
“We have had a few tough weeks but today shows me that we are coming out the other side and I’m excited to take this performance into Wednesdays game at Sherborne.”
In other news, Cheddar Football Club have announced a further agreement this season for the first team to be sponsored by Wyke Farms Ltd, the deal of which was formally agreed at Wyke Farms headquarters at Bruton early last week.
In a joint statement, a club spokesman said: “We are delighted to have secured this agreement with Wyke Farms for a third successive season and are delighted that such a leading company wish to be associated with ourselves as we move forward on many matters of the field as well as continuing to build on our successes on the field of play.”