Toolstation Western League Division One match report
Saturday 30th September 2017
Cheddar 4 Portishead Town
Cheddar Football Club appear to have gained a new lease of life under the guidance of caretaker manager Shaun Potter as they swept aside second-bottom Portishead Town by four goals, with no reply on Saturday.
For a team that were bottom of the table at the start of the month, the Cheesemen appear to have undertaken something of a transformation following this uncompromising demolition of their luckless opponents.
The home side were in the ascendancy from the start and took the lead on eight minutes, Jake Mawford finding Ricky Bennett and the cultured midfielder quickly found striker Adam Jones with an excellent lofted ball. Jones clearly had the legs on the Portishead defence who were, frankly, left stumbling in his wake, and the big striker with just the goalkeeper to beat made no mistake, hitting his shot firmly past Portishead goalkeeper Ryan Scott. 1-0.
Jones was again on target shortly afterwards, Chris Coombs’ brilliant crossfield ball finding the striker lurking at the back post, and although off-balance Jones somehow steered his volley goal wards only for Scott to save with his legs.
The only threat from the visitors was being posed by their centre-forward Dan Elson, who went close twice before the home side doubled their advantage midway through the half, Robbi Maggy brilliantly setting up Coombs with a pin-point accurate pass into the danger area allowing the fleet-footed winger to slot home with the most delicate of side foot strikes from close range.
Elson, the Portishead No 9 again went close moments before the half time break with a good effort from 30-yards but overall it was the home side that deservedly went in at half time well worthy of their two-goal lead
The Cheesemen added a third goal on 58 minutes from an infringement on Coombs, 27 yards from goal. A brilliantly executed free kick, right out of the coaching manual, observed a Ricky Bennett step-over and what followed was a cannonball free kick from Craig Mawford which rebounded off the upright with such force that the ball was hardly noticed by the Portishead ‘keeper before he stooped to retrieve the ball from the back of his net.
Shortly after Cheddar’s third goal, Ricky Bennett who was in imperious form, had another free kick brilliantly turned over the crossbar by the back-pedalling Portishead ‘keeper and it came as no surprise when the home side added a fourth on 63 minutes. A long clearance by man-of-the-match Stephen Pennington found Adam Jones on the left flank. And Jones, running at full speed quickly redefined the meaning of a ‘lost cause’ as he superbly kept the ball in play, then crossing sublimely for Chris Coombs to smash home his second of the afternoon. The winger did brilliantly to read the situation and grab his brace for the afternoon to secure this emphatic win for the Cheesemen who appear to be playing with more belief and confidence than they have all season.
With 25 minutes remaining, Adam Jones was withdrawn from the action, and the match became a little scrappy, but by then the Cheesemen had done their duty, and the team had secured a very worthy three points.
Speaking to the club’s website following the match, caretaker manager Shaun Potter said;
“I couldn’t be happier with today’s performance, we executed our game plan very well. I felt that we controlled the game from the start with a high tempo and some real quality in possession. I was pleased also to get a clean sheet, we were solid back there today and we dealt with everything that they (Portishead) threw at us. Overall, September has been a very good month, we’ve managed to string together some wins and climb the table which is testament to how hard these lads work every week. We look forward to a nice eight-day break now before we play Bishops Lydeard (away) next Sunday (kick-off: 2.15pm). The lads will be back, fresh and raring to go again”.
Cheddar captain Craig Mawford, also provided his thoughts were:
“It was a good performance today, lots of positives to take from the game. We looked dangerous going forward and made a lot of chances. We took our foot off the gas a little bit in the second half but we gathered some real momentum going forwards and are looking very forceful again. It is very pleasing that we are back to a point where we have competition for places. Robbi has put in some fantastic performances on the left side of midfield which has given us more options again, Adam is looking sharp and we can continue to build week by week. It is good to have an eight-day break so we can recover from knocks. The game on Sunday won’t be an easy one but it is one that the boys are looking forward to, fingers crossed for another win. C’mon you Cheesemen!”
Man of the match: Stephen Pennington
Next weekend, the first team visit Bishops Lydeard (as part of the ‘Western League’s ground hop weekend) in a league match that kicks off at 2.15pm on Sunday (not Saturday) 8th October