5th February 2018 0 By Charlotte

Toolstation Western League (Division One) Match Report

Tuesday 30th January 2018


The Cheesemen went into Tuesday’s home clash with Warminster Town knowing that a victory by two clear goals would mean that they would leapfrog three teams and move into fourth place in the Toolstation Western League (Division One).

Doubtless that Cheddar manager Shaun Potter would have been unprepared for what was in the end a bizarre match which had seen a sending off and three bookings, three goals and an own-goal from the visitors and both managers being lectured more than once, before the first half had been completed.

The home side played for over an hour with ten-men but saw captain and centre-forward Adam Jones net twice in the last five minutes to give them that fourth place and a deserved three points.

For some reason, best known to the players, it appeared from the touchline that the sides and the benches had taken a dislike to each other from the start and with both managers not helping the situation with their behaviour towards all and sundry, referee Jack Clench had his hands full but didn’t panic and came out the other end intact.

For a while it represented the Theatre of Sleaze as opposed to ‘Cheese’ as no less than six players found their way into the referee’s notebook and in the end, it was Ross MacNab who overstepped the mark on 22 minutes and was shown a straight red card following an alteration with Town defender Kevin Shinn.

By then, Warminster had weathered an early home storm before, on five minutes, Henry McFerran nodded home Eben Mortimer-Taylor’s corner from close range for an early lead.  Warminster’s lead lasted barely three minutes as MacNab found room to blast home the equaliser past Nathan Ball.  Charlie Walton then brought a fine save out of home keeper Liam Kingston who must have gone perilously close to the man-of-the-match award but by then the arguments had begun and a caution each was exacerbated by a penalty appeal by Cheddar which went unanswered.   On 21 minutes, Robbi Maggs piercing crossfield ball and Shinn’s accuracy was unerring as he sliced the ball home to give Cheddar the lead.  Seconds later and MacNab was in the dressing room leaving his side to face more than an hour with ten men as Warminster upped the tempo and the temperature raised equally between the two sides.

Both Mortimer and Dyer were denied by Kingston then Walton shot wide before Mark Young drove towards goal and his effort was deflected for a corner by Danny Griffiths.

Kingston again kept out a Walton strike around the half-hour before the home side regrouped and the unusually quiet Ricky Bennett stung Ball’s goalkeeping gloves from distance.

Cheddar defender Joe Grant succumbed to a knock at the break and moments later Maggs joined him leaving another reshaping job for manager Potter, but the action continued, and Jones went close with the visitors appearing to tire and heads started to go down.

Further cautions followed around the hour mark in what in truth was never a dirty game whilst often niggly and far too vocal, but it was far from boring and Chris Coombs latched on to a stunning crossfield ball from Callum Ham but somehow Ball, in the Warminster goal kept out the winger’s effort from close range.

As the match closed out Warminster were still in with a shout but the ten-men of Cheddar by then had vastly changed in shape and personnel became stronger.  Adam Jones beat the Warminster offside trap to slot home from ten yards to give breathing space and a two-goal cushion.  Minutes later, the Cheddar centre-forward rubbed salt into Warminster’s open wound when he charged down Ball’s clearance as he scored a quality goal from an acute angle, taking his season’s league total to fifteen goals to complete a victory on the night when lesser referees could have caved in under the pressure but the fact that it was handshakes all round at full time displayed that common-sense had prevailed.

Man of the Match:  Adam Jones (Cheddar)

Match Sponsor:  Roosters Country Music Club (Cheddar)

Attendance:  79


Post-Match Interviews

Speaking to the club website after the match, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said:

“I was really pleased with our performance tonight, I thought that we were superb form the first whistle, we controlled the game from the start and were unlucky to go behind against the run of play, we didn’t let that affect us though and equalised shortly afterwards, even after going down to ten men I thought that we controlled the game.  There are a lot of positives that we can take from tonight, we showed togetherness, strong character, great work rate and the ability to adapt to the conditions.  Hopefully we can have a run of games now and start getting some wins on the board.  We’re looking forward to welcoming Ashton & Backwell on Saturday (3rd February), it’s always a good competitive game and I’m sure that’s that this one won’t be any different  Our match tonight (against Warminster) was perfect for us to blow off the cobwebs and get a win on the board, the boys worked hard and showed some real quality despite the conditions, we will go into the match on Saturday looking to keep up the performance levels from our match tonight”

Cheddar team-captain Craig Mawford also added his thoughts on the match, as he too looks forward to the visit of Ashton and Backwell on Saturday:

“It felt very good to get back to playing again after such a long time without a game.  The pitch was not far from perfect, but credit must go to Russ (Russell Heal) for getting the game on. It was a pleasing result tonight and we showed great character after going down to ten-men and still dominating the game, and in all honesty, being quite comfortable.  At times we moved the ball nicely on an awkward surface, but a large part of tonight’s win was due to grit and desire. I thought that Danny and Besty worked well together and limited their (Warminster’s) chances.  Liam (when called upon) looked safe and secure and handled the ball well in testing conditions.   Adam looked a threat and scored two well taken goals. Stevie P (Stephen Pennington) will now be gutted because Jonah as now scored more than him this calendar year!  Saturday’s game (against Ashton & Backwell) will be a difficult one and we are hopeful of a positive result.  It’s one game at a time though and we’ll see where we end up at the end of the year”

    Weekend Preview – For Saturday 3rd February 2018

Cheddar are back in Toolstation Western League (Division One) action on Saturday (3rd February) in a match kindly sponsored by Loud Alarms, when they face their second home game in four days, taking on 19th placed Ashton & Backwell at Bowdens Park, kick off 3pm.  Although Ashton and Backwell lie just three placed off the bottom, games with the ‘Stags’ are notoriously full-blooded affairs, and Ashton & Backwell are always a tough prospect, no-matter their league position.  Earlier this season they inflicted a defeat in their home fixture against the Cheesemen, winning by a single-goal in September.  Last season, the Cheesemen suffered a 4-2 defeat at the Lancer Scott Stadium and won the corresponding fixture at Bowdens Park scoring a late winner in their 2-1 win.  The Cheesemen’s best performance against Ashton & Backwell in recent seasons was our 3-1 win at a drenched Lancer Scott Stadium in late November 2015 with a superb treble of outstanding goals from Mason Gardener, Craig Mawford and Callum Ham.  United won their first game in eight when they beat bottom club Portishead Town 1-0 on Tuesday night, which probably has given them a huge lift, after losing four and drawing three of their last seven games, their last win (before Tuesday) being their 2-0 victory over Bristol Telephones on 25th November.  Prior to Tuesday night’s win, the ‘Stags’ had drawn (1-1) at home to Chard, and prior to that they lost two successive home games to Oldland Abbotonians (0-1) and Corsham Town (0-2).  On the player injuries front, Robbi Maggs. Joe Grant and Ricky Bennett all suffered knocks against Warminster on Tuesday night, but manager Shaun Potter is understood to be giving all three players fitness tests and hopes to include them in his squad on Saturday.  

As at the time of writing this ‘website-release’ (11pm Thursday evening, 1st February) we are unsure of Ross MacNab’s fate regarding his (possible) suspension because of his sending off on Tuesday night but will keep our supporters advised via our Facebook page.

Looking ahead, the Cheesemen are back in action at Bishop Sutton’s Lakeview stadium on Tuesday night (6th February), kick off 7.30pm

Both Cheddar Reserves and Cheddar ‘A’ team are without a game this weekend, but are both back in league (and cup) action next weekend (10th February)