ROMAN GLASS ST GEORGE 4 CHEDDAR 2
Faced with the prospect of playing this match without his two key strikers for this important top-six clash, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter was forced to take urgent remedial action on the eve of this game, drafting in former Taunton Town and Mangotsfield United striker, Ross MacNab to bolster his attack. The inclusion of the former Southern League striker could well have paid dividends as his agility won his side a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which was in effect the game changer.
The windy and near freezing conditions on Roman Glass’s artificial surface made flowing football a premium and the first-half was inasmuch devoid of any real chances, although the home side did however open the scoring penalty kick on 15 minutes after Ken Oni was upended in the 18-yard box by a Cheddar defender.
In what was generally thought to be a game changer by the neutral spectator, the Cheesemen were awarded a penalty kick on 45-minutes following MacNab’s foray into the box that saw him barged off the ball, and the normal lethal Chris Coombs subsequent penalty-kick thudded against a post and was cleared to safety.
After the turn-round, both teams fought hard for supremacy, but it was Roman Glass who edged further in front on 50 minutes, Rhys Hodgson taking full advantage of a poor clearance from Cheddar’s back-line, his shot beating Liam Kingston’s dive. Roman Glass’s two goal lead was reduced just after the hour when the lively Callum Ham, maintained his record of scoring in each game since his return to the tCheddar line-up, and he beat the home goalkeeper with a well-taken shot on the turn. This goal however further energised the home side who regained control of the game with two quick goals in a five-minute spell. Substitute Jordan Yeo fired an unstoppable shot past the helpless Kingston following another mistake in Cheddar’s backline and virtually from the re-start Roman Glass added to their lead with an effort from Lewis Wentland, before the visitors could regain their composure.
With the game entering its final ten minutes. Cheddar reduced the deficit, Danny Griffiths heading home strongly from a Coombs corner but despite the best efforts of the Cheesemen to get something from the game, their performance levels on the day sadly didn’t merit any reward. The result did in fact tell its own story as Roman Glass who had been imperious form at their Oakland’s Park home took their unbeaten run to 13 games as Cheddar, who up until three games ago had won ten straight games slumped to their second successive away defeat and have conceded seven goals on their travels, scoring four in return.
Asked how the game went from his point of view, Roman Glass’s (former Weston super Mare manager) Andy Gurney said, “Your boys didn’t really create a lot; we had a bit more quality in the final third and that I think was the difference”
After such a promising start at the beginning of the month, with a 4-0 thumping of Oldland Abbotonians, December has been a source of disappointment for the Cheddar manager, who will now look to put in a plan of action to get his side’s season back on track, his side having their first opportunity to do this on Saturday (6th January) when they host Warminster Town, kick off 3pm. The Cheesemen are again at home on the following Saturday (13th January) when they host Radstock Town. The Bowdens Park club end the first month of the New Year with three successive away games details of which are below.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the game. Potter said:
“It was a tough one to take today, we were nowhere near the level we’ve set for ourselves over the last few months. Not playing at all over the Christmas period didn’t help, we had a few key players missing (Adam Jones, Robbi Maggs and Ricky Bennett) and those things showed out on the pitch. Roman Glass were a decent side, but they beat us on hunger and desire which is something we don’t accept at this club, the players aren’t happy and will do everything possible to put this right next week. The referee was another thing against us on the day. I haven’t got long enough to explain the poor decisions that went against us, so I’ll leave it there”
Also offering his views on the match was team captain Craig Mawford:
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours in todays game, and in fairness Roman Glass managed the conditions a lot better than we did. We need to get back to increasing our standards and working harder for each other. The thing that the last two results has done is given the boys a big wake up call and given all of us an opportunity to start turning the tide again and stringing results together. We have to look to the New Year and focus on pushing forward and seeing where it takes us. We need to play without pressure and play with enjoyment again. We are capable and there is enough quality in the dressing room to make something happen. I am very hopeful of a very good second half to the season.
Summing up with his thoughts on the match, young goalkeeper Liam Kingston said:
“I believe that we didn’t work hard enough day. Ability wise we are there, but I think we need to show more desire on and off the pitch. I thought that Ross (MacNab) did well coming in, he held the ball up well and looked good in behind. I thought that we could have been braver on the ball, moving it quicker and breaking through the lines. It just wasn’t our day on this occasion.
In other news there are to be a few match re-arrangements (caused solely by the wintry conditions of late) and the first team are to visit Devizes Town on Tuesday 16th January; Bishop Sutton on Tuesday 6th February (both kick off at 7.30pm) and are to host Sherborne Town on Tuesday 20th February (kick off 7.45pm).
January sees the first team kick off the second of the season with a Toolstation League (Division One) match with Warminster Town on Saturday (6th January) which kicks off at the normal time of 3pm. The Cheesemen, who start off 2018 in sixth position ‘could’ well leapfrog Welton Rovers and Radstock Town to move into fourth position, depending of course on the results of Welton (who host second placed Westbury) and Radstock (who host league leaders Keynsham); two very interesting games indeed. Warminster, who start the New Year in 19th position, have hosted the Cheesemen twice already this season, losing 1-5 at home to ourselves in a league game on 23rd October where Adam Jones stole the headlines on the day with a well-taken hat-trick. The game’s two other goals came through Chris Coombs and an own-goal. In the second fixture, Warminster Town defeated the Cheesemen 2-1 in the Les Phillips (League) Cup just three weeks afterwards, Cheddar’s goal coming from Ricky Bennett.
In recent results over the two seasons with Warminster Town held the ‘Cheese’ to a 1-1 draw on 17th December 2016 at their Weymouth Street ground, whereas in the corresponding fixture at Bowdens Park, in only the third game of the 2016-17 season, Warminster were hit by a four-goal barrage with no reply from the Wiltshire side. In the previous (2015-16) results saw a 4-1 win at Weymouth Street in the Les Phillips cup, a further 3-2 for the Cheese in their league encounter in Wiltshire and a 2-0 for ourselves at Bowdens Park. So, in summary, the past three seasons has (so far seen) seven tussles between the two teams, with the Cheese winning five, Warminster winning one, and one game ending in a draw.
Warminster’s last six league results have seen them lose 7-2 at Keynsham, 2-1 at Malmesbury, defeat Chard Town (3-1) before conceding another seven goals at home to Devizes, thence losing 3-0 at Calne before a home defeat to their local rivals (Westbury) to whom they suffered a 3-1 defeat on Boxing Day.
Also on Saturday (6th January) Cheddar Reserves could well move into second place with a win at Tunley Athletic, depending on Radstock Town Reserves result at fourth placed Chew Magna. Saturday’s match at Tunley kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm. In the day’s other fixture, the ‘A’ team (in fourth place) host (eighth placed) FC Milton at Sharpham Road in a Weston super Mare and District League Division Four fixture, a win for the ‘A’s on the day could well take them to level third position.
The best of good luck to all Cheddar teams playing this weekend