Cheddar suffer unexpected defeat in busy schedule

PUBLISHED: 09:39 04 May 2018

Craig Mawford.

Craig Mawford.

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Playing 11 games in 23 days, Cheddar have recorded some mixed results in their quest to finish in the top four of the league.

Cheddar 0

Bishop Sutton 3

Seventeenth-placed Bishop Sutton turned the form book on its head with this 3-0 defeat of Cheddar at Bowdens Park on Monday night.

Whether it be that fatigue finally kicked in after a punishing schedule of 11 games in 23 days is difficult to assess.

The visitors took the lead on 28 minutes as a misplaced clearance from Cheddar keeper Liam Kingston saw Sutton’s former Bath City centre forward, be the first to react and plant the loose ball into the net.

Cheddar struck back and Chris Coombs cross found Jones, whose first-time volley on the turn flew inches over.

Disaster struck when Kingston was adjudged to have deliberately brought down Buck just outside the penalty area and was shown a red card by referee Olagunjo.

Sutton captain Jack Keen deposited a well struck free kick past Adam Jones, who took over goalkeeping duties, to put the visitors into a 2-0 lead on 48 minutes.

Jones, to his credit, manfully went about his duties in Cheddar’s goal but could do nothing about Buck’s wizardry on 75 minutes as the striker’s rising shot stretched the lead.

Results elsewhere have been in their favour and kept them on course for a fourth-place finish and hopefully FA cup qualification for Shaun Potter’s side.

Match sponsor: Tim Lamb, regional managing director, McDonald’s Restaurants.

Cheddar 2

Bristol Telephones 2

Cheddar kept up their pursuit of a top finish, but nearly came unstuck against an energetic Bristol Telephones side as the visitors took a two-goal lead early in the game, before a brace from Adam Jones levelled the scores.

Telephones upset the form book and the good sized Bowdens Park crowd in the eighth minute when Zayn Alimen headed neatly past Liam Kingston.

The visitors’ 39-year-old captain and former Plymouth Argyle player Martin Blacker, orchestrated proceedings and his sublime crossfield pass found Lee Pitman whose 25-yard volley found the roof of the net on 18 minutes.

Craig Mawford’s unselfish running found Chris Coombs and the winger was unlucky when his 12-yard angled drive thudded off the woodwork. Soon after, Jones’ pass landed at the feet of Danny Griffiths, who skied over the bar from close range.

Cheddar went close again when Stephen Pennington headed just over from Coombs’ cross. More good work by Coombs, Ricky Bennett and Pennington resulted in Jones reducing the deficit on 39 minutes.

Pennington was sent sprawling two minutes later and with Mawford’s free kick diverted for a corner, Bennett’s flag kick was met by Jones who stooped low to head home the equaliser.

Opportunities fell for both teams in the second half, firstly for the visitors when Golding shot over the bar from just two yards and then Jones headed against the crossbar with a close-range effort.

Both Pennington and Coombs again went close for the home side, the latter forcing a full length save from Osborne in a frantic spell as the home side forced three successive corners.

Lee Pitman’s contribution for the visitors was brought to an abrupt halt as he saw red following an exchange of views with the match official.

Almost at the death, Golding’s close-range effort almost grabbed the full three points for the visitors.

Match sponsor: Cheddar Pizza and Kebab Kitchen.

Cheddar who have been forced to play three games a week for the past three weeks due to a huge fixture pile up, hit top form in their home match with Chippenham Park last Tuesday, hammering the Wiltshire side 5-1, Adam Jones grabbing a hat-trick with further goals coming from Oli Hucker and Stephen Pennington.

Two days later, Cheddar with an injury-depleted side, travelled to mid-table Wincanton, and came away with a hard-earned point, Adam Jones hitting Cheddar’s goal in the 17th minute and the home side equalising after a period of sustained pressure on the hour.

Cheddar host title chasers Westbury United on Saturday in their final league game of the season.

The Bowdens Park also report that tickets are still available for their 125th anniversary evening on May 18 when former Arsenal and England star Ray Parlour is the special guest.

Those interested in purchasing tickets which are priced at £35 to include food and top entertainment should contact secretary Alan Cooper on 07845 870812 or email him at secretarycheddarfc@gmail.com

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