Cheddar have further match postponement as fixtures continue to pile up


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final score:  Penn Mill Reserves   4   Cheddar Ladies   3

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

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

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