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WEEK ENDING FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2017
Toolstation Western League Division One
Match Report – Saturday 16th December 2017
WELTON ROVERS 3 CHEDDAR 2 (Attendance: 78)
CHEESEMEN LOSE THEIR UNBEATEN RUN IN FIVE GOAL THRILLER AT WEST CLEWES AS WELTON’S GOALKEEPER PULLS OFF A MIRACULOUS DOUBLE SAVE INJURY TIME
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