Another postponement adds to fixture pile-up for the Cheesemen

PUBLISHED: 09:40 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 January 2018

Cheddar Football Club.

Cheddar Football Club.

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Further postponements gave a chance for Cheddar manager Shaun Potter to reflect on a mid-season review as the club announce major plans for their 125th anniversary weekend in May.

The unpredictable weather over the festive season fixture list struck a further blow at the weekend, when Cheddar’s match against Warminster Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bowdens Park.

Saturday’s postponement has in effect meant their last match day action on home soil was almost six weeks ago when they defeated Oldland Abbotonians December 2.

Shaun Potter’s team now find themselves in catch-up mode with re-arranged matches at Devizes (January 16), Bishop Sutton (February 6) both away and home games with Sherborne Town (February 20) and now Warminster Town (January 30).

Cheddar have dropped to seventh position in the Toolstation League Division One, albeit they have four games in hand over league leaders Westbury United, but are scheduled to be back in league action on Saturday when they host fourth-placed Radstock Town (3pm), who are just three points ahead of the Cheesemen.

Speaking with the club website, Potter, reviewing his team’s season so far, said: “We’ve had a good overall season so far; a shaky start perhaps but since the Sherborne game in September we have been very good.

“We were rock bottom in early September, so to even be in the promotion mix now is a great achievement and it is what the lads deserve.

“Since taking on the job on a permanent basis I’ve tried to give the lads some belief and put some enjoyment back into the game and the players have responded really well.

What is particularly impressive was the evidence of high team morale and an excellent spirit this weekend, as the full first team squad gathered as one at a leading gyms in Weston at the weekend to undertake a period of strenuous exercise and boxercise training.

Tunley 0

Cheddar Res 2

Cheddar Reserves went into this game at Tunley with an unchanged squad for the fourth successive occasion.

The midfield of Callum French, Tom Manning and John Edwards dictated the play moving the ball freely. The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute, Manning finding Harry Hughes and his cross-shot hit the back of the net aided by a small deflection.

Cheddar’s second goal, came through Billy Manning after his namesake Tom, created the space for the striker to finish brilliantly under the goalkeeper’s body on 67 minutes.

Cheddar Reserves cemented third position in the Somerset County League (Division Two) with this fine performance away from home.

Meanwhile, the club have announced some important diary dates for the spring.

The club is holding their annual presentation and awards evening on April 28, starting at 7.30pm, and two weeks afterwards are holding their 125th anniversary weekend.

This will take the form of two successive evenings in a marquee at the club’s Bowdens Park ground. The first of two major events is on May 18 when the club welcome former Arsenal and England player Ray Parlour to a sportsman’s evening.

The eloquent Ray Parlour, who is additionally current talkSPORT and Sky TV pundit, is expected to be big draw for the local public and will be accompanied by a top comedian.

A harvest home-styled dinner dance will feature top entertainment will take place the following day (May 19). The club have advised that ticketing arrangements together with further news on these major events will follow shortly both on the club’s website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk and its Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballlClub

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