Cheddar secure FA Vase victory in injury time

PUBLISHED: 11:53 19 October 2018

Adam Jones.

Adam Jones.

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Cheddar defeated Totton & Eling in the FA Vase with a goal deep into extra time by striker Adam Jones.

Cheddar 1

Totton & Eling 0

(After extra-time)

An Adam Jones goal deep into extra-time finally saw off a determined Totton and Eling in this Buildbase FA Vase first round tie.

Both sides looked to play but neither could master the strong wind and at times the tempo of the game was at walking pace but with the Wessex League First Division side looking vulnerable on the flanks.

Wing back Craig Mawford soon had the beating of his opposite number and his first raid brought optimism as he beat three men before his cross was held by Calum Ward.

In the next attack Ward only just kept out his cross at the expense of a corner. Richard Bennett was seeing plenty of the ball as he had most of the midfield to himself and his wind-assisted free-kick went inches wide, before Daniel Griffiths and a Jones effort also went close.

Just on the break another Bennett free-kick found the side netting before a rare Totton attack saw Samuel Vidler’s effort tipped over in style by Daniel Jackson.

After the break, Totton had chances through Adam Kana-ah and Rory Wood, while at the other end Adam Wright shot wide.

Extra-time was called which would bring the victory and save Cheddar an unwanted midweek trip for a replay in Southampton.

A mad scramble from a free-kick ended with Jones firing just over, then at the other end Totton substitute Joseph Selby’s free-kick was held by Jackson.

In the end it mattered little as a corner was knocked deep and Adam Jones nodded in the winner to send the Cheesemen into the next round.

The man of the match award, kindly sponsored by McDonalds Somerset, went to the talismanic Adam Jones.

In the draw for the second round of the competition, Cheddar were handed a tough looking home tie against St Austell. The Cornish side recorded a thumping 6-1 victory over Plymouth Parkway in their encounter at the weekend.

The tie will take place on November 3 (3pm). The winners will pocket £900 while the losers will be handed £300.

This Saturday, Cheddar entertain Longwell Green Sports (3pm) in Division One of the Toolstation Western League. On Wednesday, Cheddar travel to Oldland Abbotonians (7.45pm) in more league action.

In the draw for the first round of the Toolstation Western League’s Les Phillips Cup, Cheddar have been handed a home tie against Premier Division Roman Glass St George.

In the second round of the Somerset Premier Cup, the Cheesemen have been drawn at home to Frome Town, who sit three divisions higher, in Premier Division South of the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The game is scheduled to take place the week commencing November 12.

Cheddar Reserves travel to Banwell (3pm) on Saturday in Division Three of the Uhlsport Somerset County League.

Cheddar A were 3-0 victors over visiting Sporting Weston Reserves in Division Three of the Weston and District League.

The A team are next in action on October 27 when they entertain Lodway (2.45pm) in the first round of the Weston and District League’s Robert Keyes Cup.

On Sunday, Cheddar Ladies entertain Isle of Wedmore (2pm) in Division Two of the Somerset County Women’s League.

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