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.







Toolstation Western League Division One

Match Report – Saturday 16th December 2017

WELTON ROVERS  3 CHEDDAR  2 (Attendance: 78)


This match had all the ingredients for a pre-Christmas cracker and it didn’t disappoint as spectators were treated to a five-goal thriller at Welton Rovers on Saturday.  With the teams being evenly poised prior to the game, Cheddar holding fourth place and their hosts just three points behind them in fifth place, anything was likely to happen, and supporters of both teams were given edge-of-the-seat entertainment throughout the afternoon, where defenders, at times, found it difficult to control the pace of the game in the sticky conditions that Madame weather had produced leading up to this clash of two of the season’s front-runners

The Cheesemen started the match very brightly pushing the ball around with ease as they exerted pressure on the home side from the off and they were rewarded after just three minutes when two efforts from Adam Jones were both cleared off the goal-line by Joe Garland for a corner  Ricky Bennett’s delivery was spot on and the loose ball fell to Callum Ham on the edge of the box and his crisp right foot shot took the slightest deflection and flew into the net, on just three minutes.  The home side responded quickly and earned two free kicks on the edge of the Cheddar penalty area in quick succession. Liam Kingston safely gathered Chris Piles free kick, before Callum Elms skied his shot over the bar.  Kyle Norris then broke through for Welton, but Danny Griffiths was on hand with a final tackle to thwart the Welton striker, and the ball rolled past the upright to safety.  Chris Coombs then launched a power-driver of a shot for the visitors which was gathered, somewhat fortuitously at the second attempt by Welton goalkeeper Tom Drewitt.  

Welton equalised on 25 minutes when a long throw from Elms was headed on by Garland to Shakiel Green who scored from close range as the Cheddar defence hesitated to clear their lines.  With 35 minutes played Welton were unlucky not to have a netted a second goal when Norris with an open goal at his mercy fired over the crossbar. With five minutes remaining before half time Cheddar regained the lead following a period of sustained pressure by Shaun Potter’s side.  At last three shots on target rained at the Welton goal from Jones, Coombs, and Griffiths, who had pushed up from the back, as the visitors brought heroic defending from the Rovers back-line, but the ball eventually fell to Robbi Maggs on the left, who crashed home from 12 yards; a stunning finish

The home side started the second half in lively fashion and drew level after just three minutes of play.  Good play from Dylan Hall found Elms in space just outside the 18-yard box and with Cheddar’s defence again not clearing their lines sufficiently quickly, the striker calmly lined up his shot to give Kingston little or no chance.   Neither side were settling for a point and play switched quickly from end to end as the referee had to be on top of his game to oversee what can only be described as some swashbuckling tackles in the central midfield area.  Maggs saw a goal bound effort beat Drewit low down only to hit the upright, just as the bearded striker turned away thinking he had notched his second of the game and his side’s third goal.

With fifteen minutes remaining Welton scored what was to be the decisive third goal, Manchester United look-a-like Marouane Fellani, Elms long cross-field pass was failed to be cut out by the retreating Cheddar defence and Welton’s Allen was onto the loose ball in a flash and fired home from an acute angle.   Cheddar though were in no mood to lie down and take defeat on the chin and Drewitt produced a remarkable two-handed save, throwing is body to his left to deny top-scorer Jones, then Craig Mawford’s thunderous free-kick from 18-yards, after Bennett had been upended, went uncharacteristically wide of the target, as the visitors pressed hard for an equaliser.  Then in stoppage time as Cheddar threw everything forward to grab a share of the points, both Jones and substitute Anthony Cleave were denied by an outstanding double save by Brewitt, reminiscent of Gordon Banks notorious stop from Pele in the World Cup some decades ago, to secure the points for the home side, and enable Rovers to swap places with the Cheesemen who move to fifth place.

Following the match, and speaking with the club website following the game, manager Shaun Potter said:

“I was really disappointed with the result today; we were lacking in too many areas and we were punished.  We created more than enough chances to win the game but never converted them. We then made too many basis errors which ended up costing us the three points and ending our winning run.  We lack a bit of grit and determination today, it’s completely out of character and I can assure everyone that it’s a one-off!  We will be doing all within or power to put things right next Saturday (against Sherborne). The referee (in my opinion) was very poor, we had a clear penalty kick not given to the amazement of everyone in the ground, we also had Ricky (Bennett) fouled on the edge of their box by the lad who was their last man and he only got a yellow card!  Unbelievable!  I’m not putting the loss down to refereeing decisions as we only have ourselves to blame, but you don’t expect the officials at this level to get those huge obvious decisions wrong and it’s frustrating. We have a busy Christmas coming up so it’s important that we don’t dwell on this for too long and we come out next Saturday and put things right”

Team captain Craig Mawford also aired his views on the match….

“Today’s game (and result) was a very hard one to take.  We should never be losing a game after taking the lead and going in at half time 2-1 up.  We made errors and needed to be more decisive in front of goal and we didn’t take those opportunities today.   We have to look onto next week and another game against Sherborne.  It is a comfort to be at home and we hope that the weather during the week will do us a favour with the pitch.  Hopefully in the long run we can look at this as a moment where we need a wake-up call and can look at putting another set of results together.   We all feel very deflated at the moment, but we can only look forward to and try our utmost to ensure that on Saturday we put in a positive result and learn from today.  We want to thank all of those that travelled to support us today and offer our apologies for the result”

Man of the match: Robbi Maggs

Robbi was also asked for his thoughts on the match…

“Today’s result was disappointing.  I’m personally gutted that our run has come to an end, but I think that this will be a wake-up call for all of us.  We didn’t deserve to win the game although we did create a lot of chances throughout the game.  We have set ourselves a standard and we were way below that today which is really frustrating.  Luckily, games are coming up thick and fast now, so we now need to put it right, starting weekend against Sherborne”

Cheddar Reserves were at home last Saturday in the first of two local derbies; the first, against Winscombe Reserves.  Here are the thoughts on the game by Reserves manager Andy Wallis:

Cheddar Reserves faced a Winscombe Reserve team who were determined to make the most of a free weekend for their first team and were bolstered by three ‘ever presents’ including this season’s leading goal scorer, Mike Flint.

Cheddar however edged the first quarter of the game, taking the lead after just ten minutes when John Edwards exquisitely curled a 20-yard free kick over the wall into the top corner.   This Winscombe side weren’t going to be swept aside and were soon back on level terms when first-teamer Ware drifted fifteen yards from right to left, 25-yards from goal, taking advantage of the lack of pressure to unleash a ferocious left-foot drive past Kieran Webster in the Cheddar goal.   

The silky-smooth Tom Manning nearly put Cheddar straight back into the lead only to see his deft 20-yard volley ripple the top of the net.  With both teams battling hard on a very difficult surface it was Manning who spotted his namesake Billy Manning and fed the striker’s perfectly timed run over to see his cheeky chip over the advancing Freeman touched over the bar.   Edwards strike from the resulting corner was well blocked but Cheddar’s captain, Adam Davies pounced and fired his side into a half time advantage.

Winscombe came out for the second half looking to take advantage of the breeze, adding young Jamie Moss to the frontline and a more direct approach.  Cheddar struggled to deal with this more robust approach and needed the staunch defending of Davies, Talbot and Hucker who threw bodies at the ball to protect their goalkeeper, Webster.   The visitors were also denied by the woodwork on at least three occasions and the pressure eventually told, when Webster was clattered leaving a free strike at goal putting the game level on the hour.

The home side added fresh legs and soon benefitted when the quick-thinking Will Wallis released the in-form Harry Hughes on the left flank.   Hughes held off his defender and sweetly struck the ball into the far side of the net to give Cheddar the advantage for the third time in the game.  Winscombe’s frustrations and a heavy pitch led to a mistimed Norris tackle who was given his marching orders for a second yellow card.   This game the home side just enough breathing space to hold onto the lead to the final whistle and give them the points in this well contested game.

Final score:  Cheddar Reserves 3 Winscombe Reserves 2

Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team were looking to capitalise on their recent good form in the league with another win, at Sharpham Road against AFC Nailsea; here are manager Jack Griffiths’ thoughts on the game…

The ‘A’ went into the game following their huge win the previous week, brimming with confidence, yet they came up against an AFC Nailsea side six points below them, that have improved and become stronger since the start of the season.  The game started at a very fast pace with the home side dominating affairs with, with a few close shots at goal from Jamie Claridge and Dom Underhill narrowly missing the target.

Cheddar were on top of the game, but then a lack of concentration allowed the visitors with a shot on goal, which unfortunately for the ‘Cheese’ was ‘on target’ and went into the net.  The Yellow and Black’s kept knocking on Nailsea’s door but just could not break through.   The home side must have had all of fifteen shots on goal throughout the game, yet the match finished 1-0 to the visitors, who to their credit defended well and ‘dug-in’ when they needed to.  Cheddar ‘A’ now sit three points off the pace and need to win all their remaining games to maintain a hope of promotion.  They now finish for the Christmas period, and have a well-earned rest before resuming their season in January.

Man of the Match:  Shane Fear

Also, last weekend, Cheddar Ladies were looking to the possibility of finishing their last game prior to Christmas with a win at Combe St Nicolas; but matters didn’t go the Cheese girl’s way on the day and they were defeated 0-2



Toolstation Western League Match Report

Saturday 9th December 2017


(Match Abandoned after 83 minutes; floodlight failure)


There is little doubt that the past two performances by the Cheesemen (at Westbury on 25th November) and at home to Oldland Abbotonians last weekend were in the ‘outstanding’ class but whether Saturday’s performance by Shaun Potter’s promotion chasers fell into that category is debatable.

Fielding a strong side, Cheddar went ahead on 8 minutes, Callum Ham, in only his second full appearance since rejoining the club lashing home with the outside of his right foot from all of twenty yards, picking up a Chris Coombs glorious pass following a headed clearance by the home side’s back line, swerving the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.  

The visitors continued to dominate although a Mike Roberts free-kick for the home side flew goalward and then upwards as it skied over the Cheddar crossbar.

The visitors continued to push forward in the second period without managing to find a decisive second goal, leading scorer Adam Jones going close on two or three occasions and Ricky Bennett also off target with two free kicks from good positions.  

In fact, when the second goal of the game did arrive, it came midway through the second half and went in favour of the home side.

 Jack Hopper was first to react as a poor back-pass from a Cheddar midfield player went sadly astray, and Hopper nipped in to draw goalkeeper Liam Kingston to slot past the young shot stopper, the first goal the on-loan Weston super Mare goalkeeper had conceded in over 250 minutes of Toolstation League football!

The equaliser, scored on 67 minutes, stirred the Cheesemen and they went firmly in search of a further goal as they at times, laid siege to the Wiltshire side’s goal but as they mounted relentless pressure darkness descended at one end of the Nursteed Road ground as the floodlights failed, bringing an early end to the game with seven minutes remaining, and a fixture to be re-arranged.

The Devizes manager, Bud Walters, said after the game: “All credit to Cheddar who were very strong; the last thing anyone expected was floodlight failure.  

“It’s never happened to me before in all the years I’ve been involved in football!”

Man of the match:  Callum Ham (Cheddar)

Cheddar, who because of this abandoned game have now fallen to fourth place, six points behind leaders Keynsham Town albeit they have two games in hand over the North-East Somerset based club.  

The fourth placed Cheesemen have a difficult looking trip to Midsomer Norton on Saturday (16th December) to face the team immediately below them, Welton Rovers who were held to a one-goal each draw by Ashton & Backwell on Saturday.  

Speaking with the club website following the game, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “It was a frustrating end to a frustrating day!  We dominated the game today; we took the lead through Callum (Ham) but then never capitalised on our dominance after that, which gave Devizes that bit of hope that they (Devizes) could nick an equaliser which they did after a mistake from us.

“It’s a learning curve for us, we know unless we kill games off it always gives the opposition a chance, we were pressing for a winner for the last 15 minutes before the lights went out and the game was abandoned.  

“We look forward to another trip to Devizes at the end of the season.”

Winger Chris Coombs added: “We were missing a few plyers but still had a very strong team and I feel that we are settling well and with few boys returning in the coming weeks, competition for places is strong and healthy.

“We started well today and took the game to Devizes.  We were free in our movement and patient on the ball waiting to play in the right areas.  

“We were rewarded with great finish from Callum after some good build up play.  

“We tried to build on that and Devizes had no answers and never looked like scoring.  We began to get frustrated and lose a bit of patience.

“The second half started like the first and we looked like the only winners with Devizes trying to frustrate us at every opportunity and began to work harder and gain some confidence.   

“However, they still created very little but to their credit they capitalised on a rare mistake and punished us.  

“Towards the end of the game we were pushing on trying to get the win until the floodlights failed.  

“We were grateful for this as we didn’t drop points and we didn’t play to our normal capabilities.

“We are looking forward to next week and putting more pressure on our league rivals.  Thanks, as always, to the travelling support.”

Midfielder, turned defender (on Saturday) Ricky Bennett said: “We started the game strong and dominated possession. Hammy scored a good finish and we won the first half comfortably.

“They never looked like scoring throughout the game until I had that horrible feeling after playing the ball back to Liam and seeing their striker latch on to it.  

“Luckily for me I’ve got an opportunity to put it right which could be critical come the end of the season”

This Saturday (16th December) the first team visit Midsomer Norton to take on fifth placed Welton Rovers, who are just one place below the Cheesemen on 34 points although they have played one game (20) more.  

After last weekend’s postponement, the first team have (temporarily we are sure) dropped to fourth position, behind Westbury United in third (who have 39 points from 20 games), Roman Glass St George are in second place with 40 points from 20 games and the league leaders are currently Keynsham Town who are on 43 points from 21 games.

Meanwhile, the Reserve team were in action at Bowdens Park on Saturday.

Here is manager Andy Wallis’s report from the game.

Cheddar Reserves needed to put last week’s poor result behind them as they welcomed an equally inconsistent Yatton & Cleeve Reserves to Bowdens Park.  

Cheddar showed their intent from the start and were unlucky to fall behind following a bewildering penalty decision on 20 minutes.

 This didn’t deter Cheddar’s intent and they were soon back on level terms when Tom Manning’s inch-perfect pass found Harry Hughes charging in and slotting past the advancing goalkeeper.  

Cheddar took the lead in the second half when Billy Manning pounced on the goalkeeper’s fumble and John Edwards 70th minute finish claimed all three points for Cheddar.

This latest win for the Reserve team takes them to third place, three points behind second place Radstock and eleven points behind runaway leaders AFC Brislington.

Man of the match:   Tom Manning

Reserve team manager Andy Wallis speaking after the game said:   “We needed a reaction after last week’s disappointment and I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads.

“We dominated throughout the game and there wasn’t a poor performance across the team.

“This is just what we needed and sets us up nicely as we go into back to back derbies with Winscombe and Draycott”

On Saturday (16th December) Cheddar Reserves host Winscombe Reserves at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.

Also, last weekend the ‘A’ team were in action against Hutton Reserves, at Sharpham Road.  Here is manager Jack Griffiths report from the game…

Cheddar started the game positively and piled pressure on early with Jamie Claridge taking aim at the Hutton goal on a few occasions.

After a few unsuccessful attempts Claridge eventually broke the deadlock after a well-worked team gaol ended up with Dom Underhill heading into Claridge’s path to rifle his shot past the Hutton goalkeeper.  

Cheddar then let their lead slip and conceded a cheap goal minutes later.   

After a great solo run from Claridge Cheddar once more took the lead through Liam Jones after Jamie Claridge had worked hard to recover a bad pass and crossed the ball to the unmarked Jones to make it two goals to one.

 But like the first goal, Cheddar were only leading for a matter of minutes before conceding just before the break.  

 Following half time, Cheddar came out strong and were again battering the Hutton goal.  

It wasn’t long before Dan Flowers nestled one in to the top right-hand corner of the goal to take the score line to 3-2 in favour of Cheddar.

The home side then had to exercise caution and learn from their mistakes in the first half and really battened down the hatches.   

With 25 minutes remaining Cheddar ‘A’ were placed under heavy pressure but some ‘world-class’ saves from man-of-the-match Scott Harris kept their lead intact and gave Cheddar their first win in four.

Cheddar ‘A’ now happily sit in fourth place, just three points off third place.  The ‘A’ team face fifth-placed AFC Nailsea on Saturday (16th December).

Man of the match; Scott Harris

On Sunday last (10th December) Cheddar Ladies scheduled home game with Pen Mill Reserves was subjected to a late postponement on Sunday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.  

The Cheese girls are back in action on Sunday (17th December) when they travel to Combe Ladies; kick off 2pm.




Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 2nd December 2017




In as comprehensive a victory as befits the expression, Cheddar hit four goals for no response past eighth place Oldland Abbotonians to move menacingly into the top three in the division, three points and a game in hand behind leaders Roman Glass St George.

Oldland’s who had previously only been beaten on four occasions were a little shell-shocked by the performance of their hosts, who could and should have scored more goals on the afternoon as despite their previously impressive showing on the road, the visitors did not really pose any real threat to the Cheddar back line such was the commanding performance of the hosts backline, superbly marshalled by the impressive centre-back partnership of Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best, whose dual-performance is improving with every game.

As early as the 11th minute came a controversial incident that chartered the course of the game; Sam King bravely chasing down the Oldland’s goalkeeper’s hesitating clearance saw the ball launch skyward and in a moment Adam Jones was on the scene to stab the loose ball home, but as he attempted to do so, he was pushed from behind by central defender Scott Gregory, the force of which spun both players into a collision with home goalkeeper Chris Manns. With the home fans baying for a penalty and the visitors defence clearly expecting the same, the apparently unsighted match official consulted with his assistant and bizarrely a free kick was awarded to the home defender, one of many bewildering decisions by the officials on the afternoon.

The home side did however take a deserved lead on 24 minutes, as a brilliant angled Chris Coombs assist was met full by Jones who made no mistake, rifling the ball home from 20 yards despite Manns’ despairing dive, for the striker’s 13th league strike of the season. Seven minutes later and Cheddar were two goals to the good; Sam King, in imperious form, weaved his way into the 18-yard box and his dangerous cross was prodded past his own ‘keeper by full-back Luke LeCrass to clear the ball.

Jones went close on two further occasions leading to the break, his first effort being cleared off the line by Shomani Sengor and his second attempt, from another glorious pass, then he dragged inches wide of the woodwork, but the striker missed something of a golden opportunity just minutes into the re-start following a brilliant Robbi Maggs run that had seen the bearded striker weave his way past no less than four defenders before finding Jones who had ghosted past his marker but with just the goalkeeper to beat he hit his shot wide of the target.

Cheddar were 3-0 up on the hour when Ricky Bennett’s superb corner kick curled in at the far post; interestingly the third occasion in Cheddar colours that Bennett had achieved such a feat.   

Manns, the Oldland’s keeper vigorously complained that he had been fouled, although Nathan Best the alleged offender appeared to make little or no contact with his alleged assailant. The Oldland’s keeper however ensured that he kept his side in the game as an avalanche of goals was on the cards, the goalkeeper saving brilliantly well on two occasions from Jones and then denying Danny Griffiths with a flying save from the centre-back’s close-range header, before the home side were awarded a penalty for a foul on Stephen Pennington.  The midfielder, returning to the starting line-up from an extended break in his native Italy, opted to take the spot kick himself and Manns denied the Italian with a superb double save, an outstanding show of athleticism.   Manns again saved brilliantly following man-of-the-match Steve Sokol’s inch-perfect cross, but the goalkeeper ran out of luck on the stroke of injury time when substitute Anthony Cleave stabbed home from close range for his first goal for the club and his side’s fourth of the afternoon to compete the rout.

The Oldland manager Scott Armstrong said of his side’s performance: “We didn’t turn up today, Cheddar look in great form”

Man of the match: Steve Sokol

Match ball sponsor: Dave Jones

Cheddar manager Shaun Potter speaking with the club website following the match, said:

“I was delighted with the performance today, probably the best performance of the season for me. Oldland’s are a good side that a right up there.  We had a depleted squad and the pitch didn’t suit us at all but the way we applied ourselves was superb, we dominated from the first whistle and were solid defensively.  It takes a lot of mental strength to put in a performance like that off the back of the Westbury win last week to be able to keep performing at the level we have, week in week out is superb and deserves a great deal of credit. December is a very busy month in terms of fixtures, but as we have shown previously we can adapt to any circumstances, so we go into the Christmas period full of confidence and aim to keep this winning run going for as long as possible”

Cheddar’s Anthony Cleave, who came on as substitute and scored both his first goal for the club and his side’s fourth goal, said:

“I was extremely delighted for the win and to get my first goal for the team!  It was a fantastic result today and a performance to match, from starting on the bench watching the game, the commitment and desire from the team was immense, the football being played was positive and great to watch.  We controlled the game and it was only a matter of time before we scored.  The team is working extremely hard for each other and playing with confidence.  On a personal note I was very happy to be selected and have the chance to play.  Onto the next game! Up the Cheese!”

Finally, man-of-the-match Steve Sokol, who gave his best performance so far since joining from Wells City, said:

“I thought that we put in a professional performance today against a side that are also challenging near the top of the table.  We made plenty of chances and played some decent football on a heavy pitch.  Our defence prevented Oldland’s from creating many clear-cut chances and our win was fully deserved.  Hopefully we can keep this momentum going in our upcoming games”.


Cheddar FC further commented:

Goalkeeper Liam Kingston has been awarded the November 2017 Toolstation Western League (Division One) ‘Safe Hands’ Award following a string of outstanding performances for the Cheesemen.

Meanwhile, the Bowdens Park club are seeking a motivated and committed individual to fill the role of assistant manager/first team coach; preferably the successful applicant should hold the Level Two coaching qualification. Applicants are encouraged to contact first team manager Shaun Potter by email to for further details and/to register their interest.

Cheddar now face two testing away games at Devizes Town (on Saturday 9th December) and at Welton Rovers the following Saturday (16th December) before they return to Bowdens Park for their final home game of the year on Saturday 23rd December when they host Sherborne Town.

Meanwhile, Cheddar Reserves travelled to Chew Magna on Saturday looking for three further points; here are manager Andy Wallis’s thoughts on the game…

Cheddar Reserves couldn’t capitalise on back to back wins against top three teams when they faced Chew Magna at the weekend.   Cheddar struggled to adapt to a desperately poor playing surface and an equally agricultural style of play employed by their opponents.   Despite Cheddar creating the better chances it was Chew Magna who took the points with one of few chances of the game when the normally dependable Cheddar defensive line were caught out by a huge kick from the Chew Magna goalkeeper and two touches later and the ball was in the back of net.   This was a disappointing performance from the Reserve team who never really had the forefront, and despite the quality in the squad they never really showed it.  Credit must however be paid to Jake Buxton and Ollie Hucker who had outstanding games and it was the youngster Hucker who was awarded his second successive Man of the Match award.

In his post-match response, manager Andy Wallis said:

“I’m so gutted for the lads; we came into this game bouncing but didn’t really show up in the first half and gave away a cheap goal in the first 20 minutes.  Chew Magna then made it hard for us, constantly getting 10 or 11 men behind the ball and defending valiantly.  The pitch seemed to help them rather than us. We need to put this game behind us and get back to winning ways at Bowdens over the next two weeks so that we go into the Draycott game with some confidence behind us”

Cheddar Reserves host Yatton & Cleeve United on Saturday (9th December) at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.

Also on Saturday, the ‘A’ team were in action ‘on the road’, with a difficult looking match at Uphill Castle for the second week running in the League Knockout Cup.

The game got off to a bad start as the hosts bagged an early goal but Cheddar soon found their feet and began to dominate the game midway through the first half as centre midfield trio Price, Fear and Catling controlled the game, with the latter bending a free-kick into the top corner to level for the visitors.   Both sides had their chances, but the Cheddar defence held strong against opposition three league’s higher than themselves, however they couldn’t quite close the game out until half time with a long ball catching them out just before the break to put the ‘A’s 2-1 behind.


A half-time team talk proved positive as both sides had been closely matched throughout.  However, an early goal for Uphill left the ‘A’s with a mountain to climb.  Man of the match Harris kept Cheddar ‘just about in the game’ saving acrobatically at times!  But whilst Cheddar’s front three of Underhill, Clayton and Gray through everything at the opposition, the ‘A’s just could not break through.  Two late goals saw Uphill kill off the game as they cruised to a 5-1 victory.

The ‘A’ team will be looking to bounce back on Saturday (9th December) in league (Division Four) action against Hutton Reserves at Sharpham Road in the earlier kick off time of 2pm

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies were back in action at Bowdens Park on Sunday last; here is manager Russell Heal’s match report…

Cheddar Ladies hosted Purnell Reserves and knew that it was going to be a tough and close game. Both teams started very determinedly which made it quite a rough but entertaining game with both teams giving as good as they took.  Charlotte Caley did open the scoring midway through the first half, only to see the offside flag deny her.  Purnell then beat Cheddar’s offside trap to take the lead about five minutes before the break.  In the second half, Cheddar pressed high but despite their dominance and playing some great football, they couldn’t get that goal back.

Manager Russell Heal said:

“This was a very good and very entertaining game when the score, but it was Purnell that finally won the game 1-0 at our expense”

Cheddar’s Player of the Match was Sarah McGee, with an outstanding and solid performance at centre-back.

Next Sunday, Cheddar Ladies are again at home when they host Penn Mill in a Somerset Women’s League Division Two match.


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.

Cheddar FC weekend review – 7/8 October 2017

Reserves lose in Somerset Senior Cup, Ladies lose their unbeaten record but the ‘A’ team hit Axbridge Reserves for six!


Cheddar Reserves, despite the inclusion of new signings Steve Sokol and Billy Manning on the bench, lost out to a strong Keynsham Town Reserve team on Saturday in the Somerset Senior Cup (2nd Round); here is Andy Wallis’s report from the game:

Keynsham took advantage, when an excellently taken corner was met with a powerful near post header, leaving Sam Talbot with little chance in the Cheddar goal on 10 minutes.

The home side refused to panic and with 15 minutes played, man of the match Tom Catling intercepted on the half way line and drove through the Keynsham midfield and patiently waited for an opening.  Catling’s slide-rule pass found John Edwards running at speed and his superb cross found Billy Manning in space and the former Clevedon Town player steered his shot beyond the visitors ‘keeper.  However, Cheddar’s lead was short lived, with a stunning 25-yard curling free kick which found the top corner of the net some five minutes later.

Cheddar resumed the second half with the same determination but were thwarted by a well organised and experienced Keynsham team and were soon three goals to one down when the home side failed to deal with a cross and were clinically punished by a Keynsham forward.

Tom Manning was unlucky not to pull a goal back minutes later when his curling free-kick was tipped over; but then Cheddar hit the self-destruct button with a poor back pass which was easily intercepted and easily converted to make the score four goals to one.

Cheddar committed to work hard and recruit Steve Sokol nearly made an instant impact, finding Taryn Selway-Joseph six-yards out, only to see his effort drift inches past the post.  In the final minutes, Town punished another defensive lapse to give them a flattering score line.

Final score:  Cheddar Reserves 1    Keynsham Town Reserves    5

Meanwhile, Cheddar Ladies fresh and eager to go following consecutive away victories and played host to Portishead Ladies on Sunday; Portishead being the only team in the league not to have lost a game:

Here is Russell Heal’s report on the game:

Cheddar had the best of the play and created the better chances in the first half and the score stayed 0-0 at half time.  

In the second half Cheddar Ladies were unable to cope with Portishead’s pressure with too many players playing out of position, after what looked like the hot sun had drained the energy of the Cheddar girls, they still worked hard but made it additionally difficult for themselves as the visitors scored four second half goals.

Cheddar’s player of the match was Rachel Rousell with some spectacular and important saves that prevented the score line from being higher.

Final score:  Cheddar Ladies 0 Portishead Ladies 4

Pride of place this week must go to Jack Griffiths’ ‘A’ team who demolished Axbridge Reserves by six goals to nothing.

Here are Jack’s comments on the game:

Cheddar reacted to their 6-1 loss last week at Congresbury with an emphatic 6-0 drilling of rivals Axbridge Town Reserves.   Debutant Dan Flowers with four goals and two assists won him the man of the match award with Ben Clayton and Liam Jones notching the other two goals. Cheddar ‘A’ moved to fourth place because of this brilliant win.

Final score:  Cheddar ‘A   6 Axbridge Town Reserves   0

Weekend Review September 30/October 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man of the match: Tom Manning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is manager Russ Heal’s report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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