Cheddar knocked out of the cup after shock exit

PUBLISHED: 10:25 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 24 November 2017

Joe Grant.

Joe Grant.

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Cheddar were left to run missed chances after they were knocked out of the Les Phillips Cup by Warminster Town.

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Cheddar 1

All the omens were looking towards a comfortable package for Cheddar to round two of the Western League’s Les Phillips Cup competition as they eyed the possibility of a league and cup double over the Wiltshire side.

Warminster were on the back of an 11-match spell without a win and had been hammered 5-1 by the Cheesemen just two weeks earlier.

The visitors began quickly and used the width with influential midfielder Ricky Bennett’s to the fore. Cheddar gave away the initiative when they conceded a needless corner and the home side netted on 20 minutes.

The visitors still looked the more likely to score and Adam Jones who had little luck all afternoon, crossed for Danny Griffiths to direct his header across goal and was inches wide. Bennett then set up Jones who volleyed just over to end an entertaining half.

After the break, the Cheesemen began to lose some of their shape as frustration set in, but Cleave was again in a good position to pull back for Jones, but again his effort took a deflection and went to safety.

Against the run of play, Warminster were two goals to the good with a remarkable effort from Collyer who launched a lob from the halfway line with Liam Kingston off his line.

With minutes remaining, Cheddar sniffed a way back when Bennett lined up another free-kick from 20-yards and his curling shot went in to set up a frantic last few minutes, but Warminster clung on for a remarkable win.

Speaking to the club website following the match, Cheddar manager Shaun Potter said: “It was one of those days today, we were poor by our own standards. Warminster made it difficult and sat 11 men behind the ball from the first whistle. Although we weren’t at our best, we probably did enough to win the game I think.”

Cheddar visit league leaders Westbury United on Saturday in their second successive journey to Wiltshire in the space of a week.

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