Weekend review October 14/15

Cheddar Reserves and Cheddar ‘A’ team to fly the flag which they did in some style.

Here is Andy Wallis’s report from Saturday’s 4-0 win over Tunley Athletic.

The Reserve team were looking to bounce back from last week’s cup defeat to Division One side, Keynsham Town Reserves.  In the opening quarter, Tunley showed the confidence of a team who had won two of their last three games and proved very difficult to break down.

Cheddar then dominated the second quarter of the game with chances falling to the hard-working Harry Hughes, Billy Manning misfiring and the crossbar denying man-of-the-match Tom Manning twice and Stephen Pennington who was just unable to connect from three yards.

With the score remaining equal at half time Cheddar could have made rash changes but remained patient and the post denied a curling Tom Manning free kick six minutes after the restart. Ten minutes later Pennington picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove through the Tunley midfield and a deft pass found Billy Manning’s run on the right side of the box and his finish with the outside of his right foot deceived the ‘keeper to edge Cheddar into the lead.

Cheddar were now in full flow and in under ten minutes doubled their lead with Tom Catling finding substitute Dan Flowers who outstripped the Tunley defence and fired the ball across the face of goal and Taryn Selway-Joseph raced towards the back post to fire home.

Cheddar’s third and fourth goals were courtesy of substitute Sam Talbot with a powerful header from six yards and John Edwards’s excellent control and finish on the edge of the box.

On Saturday next (21st October), the Reserve team host local rivals Draycott at Bowdens Park, the match kicks off at 3pm.

Cheddar ‘A’ team also recorded an excellent 3-1 win.  Here is Jack Griffith’s report.

The ‘A’ team followed up last week’s battering of Axbridge with a solid victory on the road at Banwell.  Three goals scored within the first 25 minutes managed to prove enough to kill the game off.

The first goal came from Cameron Willies following a corner which was flicked on to the back post where the right back volleyed the ball home.  Will Price made it two, after finishing off a similar corner. After some great work by Dom Underhill and Anthony Cleave, Price managed to hit an 18-yard volley with the outside of his right foot which flew into the top left-hand corner of the net. Cheddar then let performance level slip and before half time the hosts pulled a goal back. Yet a half time team talk managed a ‘gathering of heads’ and Cheddar then put in a solid defensive performance, whilst still creating chances to see the game out with a 3-1 win.

The ‘A’ team now sit joint third trailing the team at the top of the league by just three points.

Man of the match:  Ed Parsons

Cheddar ‘A’ face Worle Rangers in the first round of the Somerset Intermediate Cup on Saturday (21st October) at Sharpham Road, with an earlier kick off time of 1.45pm.

Cheddar Ladies were in action on Sunday (15th October)

Here is manager Russ Heal’s report…

Gabi Underhill opened the scoring for Cheddar in the 26th minute with low shot from the left that squeezed under the goalkeeper and made it over the line but Combe equalised four minutes later with a long range shot that left the Cheddar goalkeeper stranded.

Linda Sharpe who came down from Gloucester to ‘stand in’, made it 2-1 for the Cheese girls in the 32nd minute with a blast of a shot from the right that hit the far top corner of the net.  As the second half got under way it seemed as though Cheddar had control of the game until another long range shot from Combe left the Cheddar ‘keeper with no chance on 63 minutes.  Cheddar appeared to let their heads go down a little after conceding against the run of play and that allowed Combe to grab a third goal on 70 minutes to make the final score 3-2 in favour of visitors Combe Ladies.

Player of the match was Linda Sharpe.

King’s strike gains the Cheesemen’s first three points of the season

Cheddar FC vs Roman Glass St George FC – Saturday 19th August 2017

After misfiring in their previous two matches, Cheddar who were many pundits tip for promotion last term, finally got their season underway with a narrow 1-0 victory over former Weston-Super-Mare manager Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George side on Saturday.

Surviving an early scare in the opening minute, Cheddar ‘keeper Liam Kingston diving forward to overt an on-target Ken Oni effort, the Cheesemen were in front on four minutes when defender turned midfielder Sam King drove home from 18-yards following an astute crossfield pass from Adam Jones, a stunning goal!

With 22 minutes gone, the visitors thought that they had levelled the scores but the match official correct noticed an infringement on Kingston and disallowed the effort.

Despite the home side going in front early on and their early approach play showing much promise they were made to look quite lethargic on occasions as Roman Glass pressed upfield to thwart the rhythmic moves that have become synonymous with Cheddar’s attacking play over the past two seasons, and shots from both Jacob Watson and Rhys Hodgson could well have caused the home side problems had they been on target; indeed a mazy run from the latter lofted head high into the box saw Joe Swift just fail to connect as he closed in.

On the half time whistle, a superb through ball from Cheddar captain Craig Mawford to the on running Kristian Bell deserved better fortune but ‘Glass keeper Dempsey was equal to the task and saved well as the younger striker pulled the trigger from ten yards.

At the turnaround, energetic striker Adam Jones had the ball in the net for the home side sliding home Mason Gardener’s inch perfect cross but as the club captain turned away to celebrate his joy was short-lived due to a linesman’s offside flag.

Two further efforts from the visitors front two of Cox and Oni may well have changed the course of the game but again their finishing was not to be their best ally as the Cheesemen struggled to find their normal rhythm, although with four first teamers (George Booth, Chris Coombs, Robbi Maggs and Lewis Matthews) all missing through injury or enforced absence, Cheddar fans could forgive their team’s performance that was on occasions disjointed.

The Cheesemen did show some much-needed fluency to their game in the last 20 minutes with good efforts from Ricky Bennett and Dean Grubb being palmed to safety by an overworked Dempsey as the home side forced four corners in quick succession.

With 15 minutes remain, ‘Glass’s Ryan Dunn was a tide unlucky not to connect with Watson’s low drive into the 18-yard box whilst at the other end Gardener was perilously close to finishing at the near post from Jones’s cross, the midfielder’s header again being well-saved by the Roman Glass custodian.

No further goals were to come and King’s quality finish in the opening five minutes was very much the difference between the two sides.

Man of the match: Sam King

Speaking after the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said“At last a victory!

“After twice considering past the 90 minutes mark in the last two games we finally saw a game out.

“Sam King’s strike gave us a fantastic start but we failed to capitalise.

“Roman Glass worked hard and tried to press us high. Being critical we needed to move the ball quicker and with more accuracy left to right and back to front, the few times we did this we broke their lines, and Kristian Bell really should have finished from ten yards although the ‘keeper did stand up well.

“After half time, we were unlucky not to go further ahead when Kristian strayed offside when finishing from close range.  After Bestie (Nathan Best) we had to reshuffle and I thought that Cleavesey (Anthony Cleave) did well when he came on.

“It was a bit ‘backs to the wall’ in the last ten minutes but thankfully Liam (Kingston) marshalled things well and the back four were outstanding to deny Roman Glass.”

Captain Craig Mawford said“We’ll take the three points today knowing that we didn’t perform at our best.

“What is pleasing is that we know we have a lot more to give and know that we are getting players back into the squad for Tuesday’s match (with Wincanton) with Tom [Manning], Chris [Coombs], Robbi [Maggs] and (hopefully) Lewis [Matthews) all back and fit again.

“We have shown that we have good depth to our squad and the additions that we have made with Scotty [Holland], Nathan [Best] and Dean [Grubb] have been real positives.

“We have a strong squad and everyone that has been involved has done well and brought something to the side.

“The boys are determined to start stringing a set of results together and hopefully a better performance on Tuesday.

“The lads have been brilliant and has made stepping in for George [since his injury] enjoyable and a positive experience for myself.

“We are hoping that George has some positive news with his injury this week and look forward to seeing him back in training.

“Everyone at the club wants to achieve and to push forwards and hopefully we can do that after a frustrating start.”

Cheesemen look forward to two home matches in a week before the big kick off in the FA cup

Cheddar Football Club completed their ‘away’ friendlies with a rather disjointed performance at Somerset County league side Burnham United on Saturday, winning by three goals to two, but making hard work of the game by scoring three second half goals to win the match after the hosts had taken a 2-0 lead.

Centre back Sam King pulled a goal back for the Cheesemen on 72 minutes, adding his second and the equalising goal just three minutes later, for his third goal in three games for the Western League club.

Craig Mawford’s quality strike from outside the box secured the win with just ten minutes remaining.

Cheddar’s third win ‘on the road’ meant that they have scored three goals in each of their games, conceding just four goals.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a frustrating performance in many ways.  

“Burnham certainly gave us some of the treatment we are likely to face this season.

“We again had a number of chances but either failed to progress in the final third or ended up with long strikes which didn’t trouble their ‘keeper.  

“The scattered approach of Burnham and a little lethargic approach by ourselves allowed them (Burnham) to get into the game, and it was a lapse of concentration and ball watching which led to a good back post header allowing Burnham to take the lead.  

“In the second half, we started again in control of the pitch, but a deflected shot gave Burnham a 2-0 lead.  

“Moving Sam King into ‘holding midfield’ seemed to give us some traction and forward movement and it wasn’t long before he (Sam) netted twice and Craig (Mawford) once to seal our win.  

“Again, I think that in spells we showed real quality and endeavour and I hope it won’t be long before the new shape and team gel together and we offer a complete performance.  

“Both on and off the pitch we all need to pull together and raise the standards and with it the expectation!  

“Yeovil will be a good test on Wednesday as we certainly had the run about against them last year but sneaked a one nil victory so I think that this will be a good yardstick for us.” 

Cheddar captain George Booth said: “This was a sloppy game for us.  We only started playing in the last 20 minutes. Burnham weren’t a bad side but we didn’t match their workrate.

“We need to up it, all over the pitch in our last two friendlies.”

And finally, match winner Craig Mawford said: “We didn’t turn up until the last 20 minutes. We were very poor today.

“We had a real lack of pace and the urgency wasn’t there. Sam did well when he came on and it was nice to see Lewis back.

“Anthony Cleave took up some good positions over the pitch and on another day he might have scored one or two.

“Nathan has settled in well and offers good competition at the back.  We know we have got to improve a great deal in the next two weeks.”

Not wishing to be outdone at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves also recorded their second successive pre-season away win, as they secured a good 3-2 win over a spirited Churchill Club 70 side, goals coming from Sam Smith, Harry Hughes, and a penalty from Taryn Selway-Joseph.   

Called up to bolster the squad on the day were ‘A’ team stalwarts Sam Smith, Alex Cooper and Jack Griffiths plus young guns Jamie and Mark Claridge and Henry Favre.  

The opening 20 minutes saw Cheddar looking a little rusty, the home side looking the stronger of the two teams, as they forced two goals from individual errors.   

Cheddar retained their composure with the midfield three of Adam Davies, John Edwards and Tom Catling starting to dominate to allow Callum Sully and Taryn Selway-Joseph to attack at will.  Injuries to Mike Carpenter and Alex Cooper saw the introduction of Sam Smith, who took no time in making an impact.  

Picking up a loose ball in the box and showing great composure he drilled a loose ball into the top corner to lift Cheddar’s spirits. Five minutes later, Selway-Joseph was unended following another strong run from the young winger, and that same player calmly slotted home the resulting penalty.

The home side were struggling to cope with Cheddar’s wing play and Sully was scythed down. Adam Davies’ beautifully flighted free kick was met by Harry Hughes who made no mistake from close range.

At the turn round, Edwards went close before Selway-Joseph’s effort smashed off the bar.  Match fitness started to tell in the last 20 minutes  for this Cheddar side although Favre replicated Edwards earlier chance.

 In the dying minutes Smith was adjusted to have handled in the box but new signing Garth Flynn was equal to the task and brought off a superb double save.

Reserve team manager Andy Wallis said: “I’m really pleased with the effort and performance from the team today.  We had a few players that had to play in positions  that they’re not used to and also we had lot of players playing together for the first time.  

“What was most encouraging was how we stuck together when things went wrong and carried on playing how we’d agreed before the game.  

“Whilst the result isn’t the most important thing at this stage of the season it was a really good performance against opposition from the division above ourselves.”

Cheddar’s Reserve team play their third successive away pre-season fixture on Friday (28th July) with a match with their Street counterparts, to be played at the Tannery Ground, Street, kick-off time will be advised on the club Facebook page.

The Bowdens Park club now look forward to their final two ‘warm up’ home matches against a Yeovil Town XI (on Wednesday of this week (26th July) before facing Welsh League Division Three side Ely Rangers on Saturday 29th July (kick off 3pm) in their last pre-season match prior to the club’s eagerly anticipated FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers on Saturday week (5th August), more details on which will feature on the website next week.   

It is understood that Yeovil Town will be bringing a squad of 18 players to Bowdens Park.  Equally, Ely Rangers will be bringing a strong side to Cheddar Valley on Saturday, so with the launch of their club shop in midweek, the Cheesemen are intent on continuing their special 125th Anniversary season as they mean to start; hopefully on a high!   

Admission costs for the Cheesemen’s final two pre-season games are £3.00 (Adults), £2 (concessions) and £1 for Under 16s. Programmes for the Yeovil match (which kicks off at 7pm) will be available at £1 each.

 There will also be a limited programme issue for Saturday’s game (which kicks off at 3pm).  

Gates open on Wednesday night at 5.45pm and on Saturday at 1.45pm.

The Cheesemen complete their ‘Away’ pre-season schedule

The Cheesemen complete their pre-season ‘away’ schedule this weekend (Saturday 22nd July) when they travel to Somerset County League side Burnham United in a match that kicks off the earlier time of 2pm.

With two straight 3-1 wins under their belts, manager Jared Greenhalgh will no doubt be looking for a ‘performance’ from his charges at Cassis Lane (postal code TA8 1NN for all those travelling).

On their last outing, the ‘Cheese’ overcame a stubborn resistance of County League side Glastonbury FC, with two goals from flying winger Chris Coombs and another strike from ‘captain George Booth, to make it six goals for the Cheesemen in the past two away games, with just two conceded.

Following Tuesday’s match at Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor Stadium, manager Greenhalgh said: “This was a good test for, Glastonbury although lacking in quality played a similar style to many Western League sides, and certainly offered a physical challenge.  

“I thought it was a bit scrappy in places and our dominance led to impatience at times, where we looked to finish moves with a low percentage pass or finish.

“Our finishing also was not to the standard required, and certainly this frustrated many of the players.  

“Looking at the positives I thought some our attacking movements were good at times, and defensively our shape was good, it also gave me a chance to look again at players such as Jake Buxton, who I thought did well when he came on.

“Everything is aimed towards the big kick off on 5th August and I’m confident that are moving in the right direction.

“We play at Burnham on Saturday and to be honest I am looking for a little bit more sharpness and for us to concentrate on the things that we do well.  

“If I am honest, when we are in full flow as a team, we move the ball around well so I’ll be looking for a ‘performance’ on Saturday as the team starts to take its shape, before we entertain Yeovil Town and Ely Rangers in two successive home games next Wednesday (26th July) and next Saturday (29th July).”

Team captain George Booth wasn’t over enamoured with his team’s performance on Tuesday night.

George said: “It was a bit of a lack-lustre performance but it was another much-needed game and minutes in the legs.  They (Glastonbury) were big and strong but didn’t offer much.

“We should’ve scored a few more to be honest, even in friendlies we need to be a bit more clinical.  It was good to see a few new faces get some more game time, they have bedded in well so far. ”

Elsewhere, the Reserves, have had a few changes to their own pre-season schedule and are now to travel to Churchill Club 70 on Saturday (22nd July, kick off 3pm), due to the game at Trowbridge Town having been called off.

Meanwhile, the Cheesemen look forward to completing their pre-season schedule with two exciting looking friendly matches inside the next week.

On Wednesday (29th July) the first team host a Yeovil Town XI at Bowdens Park, in a match that kicks off at the earlier time of 7pm, and on Saturday (29th July) the ‘Cheese’ host Welsh League Division Three side Ely Rangers, which kicks off at 3pm.

Cheddar Football Club are producing a match programme for the Yeovil Town match and hope to do likewise for the Ely Rangers game.

Admission prices for both matches is Adults (£3); Concessions/club members (£2) and Under 16’s (£1). There will be free admission for children under 12 years old.

The next website update, which will include a summary of the weekend action and all the latest news on the build-up to the Yeovil and Ely Rangers games, will be published as soon as is possible in the early part of next week…

Cup Finals Update

Cheddar Football Club are to host the Somerset FA Sunday Challenge Cup Final on Wednesday 17th May 2017 with a 7.30pm kick off. Gates will open at 6.15pm and the clubhouse will offer its normal high variety of hot and cold snacks, and beverages.

This is an ‘all pay fixture and admission prices are: Adults £3 and concessions £1.

The club are also to host two Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals on Saturday (20th May) which are to kick off at 11.30 and 3.30pm respectively.

Admission to the Saturday’s cup finals is free. Details of Saturday’s cup finals are:

Keyes Cup Final (kick off 11.30pm) Axbridge Town Reserve vs. Uphill Castle ‘A’

Attwell Shield (kick-off: 3.30pm) Draycott FC vs Hutton FC

Cheddar Held By Roman Glass In Below Par Performance

Toolstation Western League Division One match report

Saturday 8th April 2017


On paper this match against 15th placed Roman Glass was a home banker as the Cheesemen set about catching the top three to boost their own promotion campaign but sometimes the visiting teams don’t always read the pre-match script.

Despite the apparent fielding of a depleted team the visitors were a different proposition from the team that Cheddar had easily beaten (4-1) at Oaklands Park earlier in the season, as this was a side that had recently beaten Western League champions elect Bristol Manor Farm in the Les Phillips Cup.

In similar vein to that of Chard, who had visited Bowdens Park just seven days earlier, Roman Glass appeared to have done their homework on the promotion chasing Cheesemen, and whenever the opportunity arose, Andy Gurney’s men would make every attempt to slow the game down to frustrate the normal energetic play of the home side.

Sure enough, it was Cheddar who showed the early initiative forcing four corners in the opening ten minutes but the expected onslaught failed to arrive.

Admittedly the home side were without their defensive talismen Danny Griffiths, Shaun Lambert and Craig Mawford, all missing due to suspension and injury; together with defensive midfielder Mark Armstrong and this may have had an effect in the team’s cohesion, nonetheless it took the Cheesemen twenty minutes to find their rhythm and they could well have counted the cost on 18 minutes when Jake Thomas’s deceptive 30-yard angled free kick deceived the Cheddar defence , his dipping free kick turned over the junction of the crossbar and upright by ‘keeper Kieran Webster.

Striker Robbi Maggs, ably assisted by strike partner Adam Jones fought tirelessly to give their side inspiration to outwit the visitors frustrating tactics, the former latching on to Ricky Bennett’s intelligent ball through the inside left channel but firing his effort just wide of the far post from an acute angle on 23 minutes, although a minute later the Cheesemen were in front.

Joe Grant’s long throw from deep, completely outwitted the visitors defence and Jones was on hand to dash into the area almost unsighted, to smash a well hit volley past the Roman Glass goalkeeper for his 23rd strike of the season.

The next ten minutes or so saw the home side inexplicably sit back on their lead and this again was almost to prove costly for Jared Greenhalgh’s men, as giving warning signs of their intent, the visitors won two successive corners on 26 minutes, before Bennett was on hand to head the ball off the line a minute later.

On 28 minutes the home side were given a further let off when Adam Snook’s swerving 18-yard free kick was again turned over the bar by Webster, but quickly finding space at the other end, Maggs strike out of nowhere from 10 yard was brilliantly stopped by Nahan John in the Roman Glass goal.

But the visitors were in on the act and on 32 minutes, given space in midfield Gurney’s speculative 40-yard shot bounced off the crossbar to serve a further warning to the strangely lethargic looking Cheesemen.

As if they needed a further warning, Ken Oni was allowed space and the muscly looking striker foraged forward almost unchallenged, shooting wide of the post from 18 yards.

Again, the industrious Maggs was in the thick of the action and linking well with his strike-partner Jones, the bearded striker brushed past two defenders and was desperately unlucky with his well hit but rising 12-yard shot that flew just over the crossbar.

With Cheddar pushing forward in search of their second goal they were caught flat-footed on the left flank on 41 minutes, Ken Oni finding space to cross, and with Kris Douglas outwitting the defence with a clever step-over, Snook was on hand to give Webster no chance from 10 yards to level the scores sending shock waves through the near 100 home crowd, but on the stroke of half time cue Maggs, who hit a great second goal from 16 yards after Jones had played his co-striker in with a delicious pin-point pass.

Following the turn round Tom Manning had a great chance to put his side further ahead but his shot from the edge of the area curled just wide of the left-hand post. From that point the match deteriorated as a spectacle and even threated to get out of hand at one point following a crude tackle on Cheddar substitute Billy Vaughan as the midfielder was sent sprawling near the halfway line fencing.

It was intriguing that this Cheddar team who had played so outstandingly well in their midweek showing against Hengrove failed to close the game down, and this was to prove their undoing with just 10 minutes remaining.

There seemed little danger from a long upfield punt by the Roman Glass ‘keeper that found both Cheddar’s stand-in centre-back Lewis Matthews and ‘keeper Webster in an indecisive situation and Oni nipped in between them both to slot home from close range for an unlikely looking equaliser.

Things might have been all-together worse for the Cheesemen on 85 minutes as substitute Josh Morris blazed wide from 10 yards with just Webster to beat having been played in by Snook, Morris sinking to his knees in disbelief on missing this excellent opportunity.

The home side gathered themselves and got a point from the match but it could have could have been worse had Morris’s effort been converted, and the Cheesemen can feel relieved.

Despite this generally below par performance they are still not beyond all hope in the promotion race with Hengrove dropping a point at home to Ashton & Backwell.

Cheddar visit Bishop Sutton on Good Friday (kick off: 12 midday) and Chippenham Park on Monday (kick off: 3pm) for two crucial away games over the Easter weekend which could well determine their season.

Following Saturday’s match Cheesemen FM caught up with the manager, the team captain and one of the senior players…

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “After the highs of Tuesday, today was a massive let down. I never make excuses and today is no different, we didn’t deserve the three points over the 90 minutes.

“I do feel that Lady Luck doesn’t help us though, losing Shaun (Lambert) on Tuesday, was a massive blow, from an innocuous challenge, and the Kinger (Sam King) half way through today’s game was a blow.

“Defence’s win leagues, and ours has been decimated all season. The lads who have come in certainly didn’t lack effort but the constant disruption means they struggle to get.

“When you add to that the pitch conditions, and a side hellbent on destroying the game, it is frustrating to say the least, and to be honest, the constant abuse of officials by the Roman Glass players should have led to a yellow card at least, when the referee is called a cheat and nothing is done about it, really frustrates me.

“The Roman Glass equaliser was frustrating as it came after the first three passes they strung together and it was poor defending from us.

“But again, we struck back with a well taken goal. Their equaliser again was one long ball, our line was too high, and we didn’t react and Kieran was left in no man’s land again presenting them an opportunity.

“We have scored twice now and lead in games against Ashton & Backwell, Chard and Roman Glass and only taken two points from nine. That is where the league has been lost. Unfortunately, we will now even struggle to get the second promotion place (in effect six with goal difference) behind second placed Hengrove, who we dismantled on Tuesday.

“What’s even more disappointing is they [Hengrove] struggled to overcome Ashton & Backwell so two points on Saturday would have put us within a game.

“We now have to win all four of our remaining games, which will be tough and hope that Hengrove lose two.

“Hopefully we can win on Friday, and Keynsham (who are back in form) can do us a favour against Hengrove as they are not out of the picture yet. If we can go into Monday’s game (at Chippenham) just two points behind Hengrove the outlook may look slightly more positive, but we are running out of games.”

Cheddar captain Adam Jones said: “Today was disappointing not to pick up all three points as Hengrove drew.

“We struggled to get out of second gear at times with a few players carrying injuries from a tough midweek game so I think that there were some heavy legs in the team which stopped us playing our normal game.

“The team will be right up for Friday’s game at Bishop Sutton to get the win and keep pushing hard until the end.”

Sam King said: “It was disappointing today after a great win in the week. We didn’t really turn up today and I feel we should really be winning against team’s like that. Regarding my injury today, I got a pretty bad knock and I had to come off; my knee isn’t great at the moment but hopefully I’ll get myself through our final four games this season and then rest it.”

For the benefit of Cheesemen fans everywhere here is how the remainder of the season stands… Wellington current lead the league on 82 points from 38 games. Wellington’s remaining games are:

14 Apr  Bishops Lydeard away

17 Apr Chard home

22 Apr Malmesbury away

29 Apr Radstock away

Wellington’s current goal difference is 51. In second place are Hengrove with 80 points from 38 games. Hengrove’s remaining games are:

14 Apr Keynsham home

17 Apr Portishead away

22 Apr Almondsbury home

29 Apr Westbury away

Hengrove’s current goal difference is 64. In third place are Keynsham with 78 points from 39 games.

Keynsham have only three games remaining, these being:

14 Apr Hengrove away

17 Apr Devizes away

29 Apr Ashton & Backwell home

Keynsham’s current goal difference is 33.

And in fourth place are ourselves with 75 points from 38 games.

Our last four games are:

14 Apr Bishop Sutton away

17 Apr Chippenham Park away

22 Apr Westbury home

29 Apr Devizes away

Our current goal difference is 40. Continuing the statistical front, gates for the last three (home games) have been 91, 153 and 88 respectively, which means a total of 332 supporters have come through the turnstiles over the last week, meaning an average of 110 per game, which is a quite fantastic effort, so a big thank you to everyone for their brilliant support.

The forthcoming Easter weekend sees all three Cheddar teams back in action, with the first team at Bishop Sutton on Good Friday (kick off 12 midday) and at Chippenham Park on Easter Monday (kick off 3pm).

The Reserve team are at home to Easter Saturday to Burnham United Reserves (kick off 3pm) and the ‘A’ team are in action at Wrington & Redhill, also with a 3pm kick off. Penultimately some Cup

Final news….

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to have been requested to host two Weston & District Cup Finals on Saturday 20th May, these being:

Keye’s Cup Final – 1130 a.m.

Axbridge Town Reserves vs Uphill Castle ‘A’ Attwell

Shield Final – 3.30 p.m.

Draycott vs Hutton

vs Hutton Cheddar Football Club have also been selected to host two Somerset County Finals, details of which will be published in our next website update.

And finally… Don’t forget Weekend Review later this week….

Cheddar FC Website Update – ‘Monday Supplement’

CHEDDAR 2 CHARD TOWN 2 (Saturday 1st April 2017)

Cheesemen held but substitutes grab vital goals and manager Greenhalgh ‘Very Proud’ of his side’s fightback

The Cheesemen were made to work hard for their share of the spoils at Bowdens Park on Saturday against a well organised and workmanlike Chard side, which some might observe that the away side came to frustrate Cheddar on the day.

With the home side anxious to dampen the memory of their last two results (defeats at Wellington and Ashton & Backwell respectively), Cheddar stared like greyhounds out of the trap but were thwarted by a determined visitor’s backline, their centre-back pairing of Kieran Bailey and Jack Dicker effectively dealing with early efforts from Robbi Maggs and Adam Jones.

As early as the 3rd minute, Cheddar defender Craig Mawford trademark thunderous 22-yard free kick stung the hands of visiting ‘keeper John Hill but a minute later the visitors gave notice that they hadn’t travelled up the M5 to make up the numbers, and encouraged by several Chard supporters in the near 100 crowd, Scott Jakeman’s curling cross-cum-shot was deflected over his own crossbar by stand-in centre back Mark Armstrong.

It was Chard who opened the scoring on 6 minutes; a long Jakeman throw level with the 18-yard box completely deceiving the Cheddar backline, and with Jack Dicker pushing up almost unnoticed from his defensive berth, the centre-back was on hand to back-head on, in a training ground copybook manoeuvre, and James Boylan stealing in at an unmarked back-post to slot home.

The visitors had obviously done their homework on the Cheddar promotion chasers and didn’t allow the home side to settle into their rhythm or adopt their normal fluency, and it wasn’t until the 21st minute that Jones got in on the act to carve out a goalmouth opportunity of note shooting wide when wellplaced and then on 24 minutes the big striker literally threw himself at Mason Gardener’s delicate cross but the Chard stopper was equal to the task.

On the half hour Chard, could well have added to their opening goal, Boylan forcing Webster into a smart save and visitors finished the half playing what can only described as possession football to frustrate the ‘footballing’ of the home side.

The Cheesemen had the appeals for a penalty turned away by the match official as Callum Ham appeared to be tripped inside the box on 40 minutes, but the decision in favour of the home side may have been fortuitous had it been given.

Cheddar’s approach play was less predictable at the turn round with George Booth getting through an immense amount of work in a central midfield position, and with 50 minutes gone, the tigerish midfielder released Jones in space, who beat his defender but shot just wide from 16 yards.

With the visitors relying on the counter-attack a quick-fire move for the visitors could have proved curtains for the Cheesemen on the hour, Boylan picking up a tremendous Jakeman angled pass, but shooting high over the crossbar from 20 yards after getting goal side of defender Sam King. With time running out the match approaching the final quarter, substitutes Chris Coombs and Billy Vaughan were thrust into the fray in quick succession, and with Coombs fleet of foot testing the Chard left defensive channel, his fine threaded ball found the hard-working Robbi Maggs whose excellent assist found Vaughan who finished with a glorious left foot drive from 10 yards to level the 2 scores.

There seemed only one winner as the game neared the last ten minutes, but with the Cheesemen pressing forward for the winner, they were caught out at the back, a long goalkeeper clearance finding substitute Dave Durate who home ‘keeper from his line and slotted home from an acute angle for what the neutral observer may have considered to be the winner, and ‘curtains’ for the home side but the game wasn’t over as Cheddar simply refused to lie down, and it was Booth again who found Jones running at full speed goalward, as the burly Cheddar ‘skipper burst into the area he was unceremoniously stopped by goalkeeper Hill, who surprisingly was only shown a yellow card, but up stepped Chris Coombs who gave Hill no chance from the spot, with a well taken penalty kick.

In the heat of the final few minutes Chard’s assistant manager was dismissed from the dugout following an altercation with the match referee and although Cheddar’s Sam King was denied in the final minute by Hill, a draw was just about a fair result.

The Cheesemen take on league leaders Hengrove on Tuesday night (4th April) in what is a potentially huge game for both teams.

Man of the match: George Booth Match Sponsor: Cheddar Pizza and Kebab Kitchen (Cheddar Gorge)

Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Another game where I ask, what could have been?

“Chard came with the intention of spoiling the game, the time wasting was really poor form, this was demonstrated by the 6 minutes of added time in the first half and similar in the second. If I had one complaint about the officials it would be that the ‘keeper was warned nine times in the first half, yet no yellow card.

“He then went onto receive correctly a yellow card for the penalty, which really should have been his second.

“However, that wasn’t the reason we didn’t win; the pitch as showing signs of wear and tear which disrupted our play but our first half performance was about over complication and not getting to grips with the conditions, it was a poor goal to concede but bar this Kieran (Webster) really had little to do.

“I think it was a pretty even first half with no real clear cut chances, but the first half chances all came to us, with Maggsie [Robbi Maggs], Adam [Jones] and Callum [Ham] all scuffing shots.

“Second half was all us, we changed the emphasis at half time and the lateral movement was excellent creating chance after chance.

“Billy [Vaughan] came on and scored a deserved equaliser.

“Then came the sucker punch, Chard’s only attack, and miscommunication led to them [Chard] re-taking the lead.

“Lesser teams would have folded, but I am very proud of the way we scrapped and showed that while we may be down we certainly aren’t out.

“We got the equaliser and then had several chances to win the game. We will keep fighting every game and if will alone was enough to lift us into the top two, we will get there.”

Hard-working striker, Robbi Maggs added: “It was a bit disappointing not being able to get the three points.

“I thought we played some great football in the second half but they [Chard] got their second on the break and it made our task a massive uphill battle with 20 minutes to go, but our subs came on and made a big difference and in some ways, we have done well to get a point being behind in the game on two occasions.

“We have to take that tight into Tuesday now and anything can happen in the next month.”

Cheesemen substitute on Saturday, Billy Vaughan, who scored that all important equaliser a minute after coming on, said: “I thought we moved the ball well but it is always difficult when a team comes purely to get men behind the ball and counter attack, always seems a bit strange when a team who can’t get promoted or relegated celebrate a draw.

“We will go again on Tuesday which will be a tough game but I believe we’ve got enough quality to get a result. I thought that the three lads in midfield on Saturday played very well especially Tom Manning.

“I look forward to the game on Tuesday seeing some old faces, close friends, my boss and now my girlfriend’s brother who is the Hengrove assistant manager. But as they say, there are no friends in football.”

Hengrove match Preview

The Cheesemen take on league leaders Hengrove on Tuesday night (4th April) at Bowdens Park (kick off 7.45pm) in what many observers may describe as the match of the season so far and an important game for both teams.

Cheddar manager (in his programme notes for the evening) pays credit to the 12 match unbeaten run enjoyed by the visitors, but Jared Greenhalgh maintains that his side can do justice to their own promotion campaign and urges supporters to get behind the team on the night, saying that he has “faith in the team to do things no other team in the league is capable of” that his team “have a plan, and we are confident that if we can execute it , we can give Hengrove a game”

Games with Hengrove have always been tight, good footballing occasions.

Earlier this season, in the match played at Hengrove the match ended 1-1 (on 15th October to exact), Adam Jones scoring for the Cheesemen.

Fans are urged to get to the ground early on the night in anticipation of a bumper crowd. Gates open at 6.15pm. Should the Cheesemen gain all three points on the evening then they will be just two points behind second placed Wellington who make the long midweek trip to Warminster on Wednesday night.

Cheddar team have a message for the supporters

Cheddar Football Club Weekend Preview

Ricky Bennett, Chris Coombs and Mark Armstrong with a message to the supporters…

The Cheesemen, with just seven league games remaining start a very busy schedule of three consecutive home league games tomorrow (Saturday 1st April) when they host eighth place Chard Town in the Toolstation Western League (Division One), kick-off: 3pm. The match has been kindly sponsored by Cheddar Pizza and Kebab Takeaway of Cheddar Gorge.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh reports a clean bill of health for his players although the side will be without two senior players due to suspension, namely Ricky Bennett (one match) and Danny Griffiths (three matches) following their dismissals (due to technical offences) in the last two away games at Wellington and Ashton and Backwell respectively.

Speaking with Cheesemen FM earlier today, the players seemed very much in the mind to put matters straight on Saturday….judge for yourself from the interviews below:

Ricky Bennett, was first up to the microphone and said:

“Tomorrow (Saturday) is where we get things back on track and get back to winning ways.

“We’ve suffered a little blip but it’s better to do it now then right at the end of the season where we can’t fix it.

“I’m banned on Saturday which I’m gutted about but I’m fully confident the lads will get us over the line.”

Next up to the ‘mike’ was Chris Coombs, who went into some detail…..read on….

“As a team we can only apologise to our tremendous supporters for our last two performances.

“Regardless of decisions against us we know we are good enough to beat both of those teams and we weren’t at the races.

“From then, we have trained hard and put things right mentally and tactically and I can assure supporters that they will see a hungry, energetic and determined Cheese side on Saturday.

“It’s a big loss losing Ricky [Bennett] to suspension and we will miss his physicality and creativeness.

“However we are pleased to have Kingy [Sam King] back to add some pace to the back line.

“We have some massive games coming up and we all know what is expected of us and we will endeavour to deliver maximum points in these coming games.

“As a team we are very grateful of the support we receive and promotion is very much our priority”

Finally, Mark Armstrong, summed up the mood of the Cheesemen camp….

“The team is looking forward to getting back to winning ways tomorrow (Saturday).

“It will be an extremely tough game but the feeing within the squad Is very positive, we will take each game as it comes now until the end of the season.

“We need a reaction tomorrow, Jared and Shaun will no doubt have us fired up but if you don’t feel determined to put things right then you shouldn’t be on that pitch and wear the shirt.”

[Cooper’s comment…. Enough said!]

Following Saturday’s game, Hengrove Athletic are the visitors on Tuesday night (4th April), kick off 7.45pm, in a match kindly sponsored by Steve Chivers (Builders) of Cheddaar.

Hengrove who convincingly beat Oldland Abbotonians on their own ground by four goals to nil on Wednesday night (29th March), meant that they (Hengrove now lead the division by three clear points (79 from 36 games) over second placed Wellington.

In third place are Keynsham Town on 75 points (from 38 games) whereas ourselves are on 70 points from 35 games. Interestingly, Hengrove are in Les Phillips (League) Cup Quarter Final action this weekend at Willand Rovers, and Wellington are without a game.

Third place Keynsham are also without a game this weekend.

Should the Cheesemen secure all three points tomorrow, the team will retain fourth place and be just two points behind Keynsham (with two games in hand), three points behind Wellington (on the same number of games) and six points behind Hengrove, and on the same number of games.

More information follows in ‘Monday Supplement’ on Monday of course, but in the meantime Cheddar Football Club urge the great Cheddar public to get behind the team for these three crucial home games, and swell Bowdens Park to a crescendo of tumultuous noise!!

For the benefit of Cheesemen supporters, the teams around us (Hengrove, Wellington & Keynsham) have six, six and four games left respectively.

Here is a look at all the remaining fixtures:

Cheddar (a)
Ashton & Backwell (h)
Keynsham (h)
Portishead (a)
Almondsbury (h)
Westbury (a)
Warminster (a)
Calne (h)
Bishop Lydeard (a)
Chard (h)
Malmesbury (a)
Radstock (a)
Warminster (h)
Hengrove (a)
Devizes (a)
Ashton & Backwell (h)
Chard (h)
Hengrove (h)
Roman Glass St George (h)
Bishop Sutton (a)
Chippenham Park (a)
Westbury Utd (h)
Devizes (a)

Both Cheddar Reserves and Cheddar ‘A’ team are without a match this weekend.

Cheesemen lose unbeaten league record

Toolstation Western League Division One match report – Saturday 25th February 2017

Cheddar 1 Malmesbury Victoria 2

Cheddar lost their 21-match unbeaten league record with a surprise home defeat the hands of league newcomers Malmesbury Victoria.

The hosts were without captain Adam Jones, pivot Sam King – who sustained an injury in the warm-up – and leading scorer Callum Ham, their unavailability on the day was to prove crucial to Jared Greenhalgh’s side seeking to regain the league leadership whereas the visitors were in uplifted mood following the appointment of a new management team, the side’s last manager having decided to step down following a string of disappointing results.

And it was the mid-table Wiltshire visitors who appeared to adapt better to the conditions than their high-flying hosts from the start as the home side’s goalkeeper Kieran Webster was forced to pull off several quality sides to keep the scores level as the visitors launched a series of attacks. Full back Danny Cook tested Webster after just 6 minutes, his stunning volley brilliantly turned wide of the post by the goalkeeper at full-stretch.

Following the resulting corner Jamie Parker’s header was again pushed to safety by the Cheddar ‘keeper. Webster then brought off a quite miraculous save at full stretch to deny Anthony Brown as Cheddar struggled to find their rhythm in the conditions.

The home side were again thankful to Webster midway through the opening half he bravely saved at the feet of Parker.

Against the run of play, Cheddar took the lead on 26 minutes, Chris Coombs volleying home from just inside the 18-yard box after the Vics defence had failed to clear a Craig Mawford free-kick.

Webster then came to Cheddar’s rescue once more just before the half time break as he turned aside another effort from Josh Hughes.

The visitors were back in the game shortly after the restart, when on 50 minutes they were awarded a penalty-kick after George Booth was adjudged to have committed an illegal tackle inside the box, Anthony Brown hitting his spot kick firmly past Webster’s despairing dive. Malmesbury went further ahead six minutes later, Josh Russell’s cross headed home powerfully by Sam Parker.

Jamie Packer almost added s third moments later as Malmesbury threatened to control the game. Jamie Parker had an effort cleared off the line by centre-back Shaun Lambert late in the game, but despite late pressure, and shots on target by George Booth, Chris Coombs and Robbi Maggs, Josh Langley in the Malmesbury goal was equal to everything that the home side had to offer. This was just was not to be Cheddar’s day with the score line reflecting the difference between the two sides.

With league leaders also losing at Keynsham on the day, this result moves the Cheesemen back to third place on 67 points although they are just two points behind the leaders with a game in hand, as well as being just a point behind second placed Keynsham Town with two games in hand over the BANES based side.

With just ten games remaining Cheddar now gear up for a visit to much improved Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday (4th March) who have had a noticeable resurgence in form of late. Entering March, Cheddar face a difficult trip to leaders Wellington in a re-arranged match scheduled for Wednesday 15th March, kick-off 7.45 with an equally difficult encounter to follow at Ashton & Backwell the following Saturday 18th March.

With the Cheesemen hopeful that work will at last be given the go ahead to repair their floodlghts, the club’s evening game against Hengrove Athletic has been re-arranged for Tuesday 4th April, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Cheddar Football Club Host Sporting Dinner with former Spurs Legend Steve Perryman

The Cheddar Cheesemen ‘kicked off’ their off-field celebrations for their 125th year with a sporting ‘Fundraising dinner’ held in their clubhouse on Saturday (25th February).

The special guest for the evening was Steve Perryman MBE who was the most successful captain in Tottenham Hotspur’s history.

Perryman is Tottenham’s most prized asset in terms of appearances and their youngest ever captain in a playing career that saw him play for Spurs on 866 occasions in a playing career that spanned 17 years. Perryman is still very much involved in football and is the Director of Football at League Two side Exeter City.

The former Tottenham Hotspur legend spent hours talking to many of the fans who have followed his career, also speaking to the sell-out audience on the highs and lows of being a professional footballer.

The highs were emphasised by his manager during much of his playing career, Bill Nicholson, and the lows included a nine-hour heart operation he had some years ago.

Amongst the players that the Spurs legend held in high regard were Pat Jennings, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardilles, Ricky Villa and Gary Mabbutt.

There was also plenty of humour his address a including how much looking he was compared with Gary Neville and how he turned down a trip as a 12-year old to visit Cheddar Gorge! Perryman also added that at grass roots level the work that had gone on behind the scenes in making the event such a successful night was the input of Cheddar secretary Alan Cooper and commented that this had been the best organised dinner he had attended.

A raffle and auction was also held on the evening raising funds for the club.

Photographs by Kim Wall Photography.