Cheddar narrowly lose out to the league leaders
PUBLISHED: 15:36 28 February 2018
Cheddar lost to league leaders Keynsham Town 2-1, rueing several missed chances to take at least a point.
Cheddar, buoyant from their 4-0 drubbing of Sherborne Town in midweek were faced with a far sterner test on Saturday, facing high-flyers Keynsham Town, one of the favourites for promotion to the Toolstation Premier Division.
The Cheesemen adapted well to the speedy 3G conditions and on 12 minutes good interplay involving Adam Davies, Robbi Maggs and Ross MacNab ended with the latter taking a tumble in the 18-yard box, but the match official waved the protests away.
Keynsham however took the lead on 22 minutes when the dangerous Kyle Box was given too much space and unleashed a low drive that beat Liam Kingston’s despairing drive.
Within 20 seconds, Cheddar were level. The returning Stephen Pennington saw an opportunity directly from the restart and fed Chris Coombs who smashed his shot past a startled goalkeeper.
The home side began to take control and Kingston was forced into two good stops, before Keynsham managed to take the lead again just before the break.
The second half saw a much more combative and energised display by the visitors, manager Potter opting to go three at the back bringing on extra fire power in the shape of both Callum Ham and Jake Harris.
Although this tactic seemed to work, the Cheesemen again failed to capitalise on the chances afforded to them.
As the minutes ticked away, Cheddar were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, but Bennett’s dead ball kick was just wide of the target.
Almost on the whistle, Coombs thought he might have put the visitors on level terms with an angled dipping effort and Ham was also to be denied as his 18-yard effort was deflected for a corner.
Potter’s side will be hopeful of picking up three points at home to mid-table Bishops Lydeard on Saturday (3pm).
Following the match, assistant manager/player-coach George Booth said:
“If we had played the first-half like we played in the second then I think that we would have won the game. Our home form is fantastic, but we seem to lack something when we play away.”