Cheddar top the league after unbeaten start

PUBLISHED: 10:27 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 17 August 2018

Daniel Griffiths.

Daniel Griffiths.

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Cheddar are the early leaders of the Western League and have also beaten Bridgwater Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Cheddar have started the new season with two victories to soar to the top of Division One of the Western League and recorded an excellent win against Bridgwater Town in the extra preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Devizes Town 0

Cheddar 4

Cheddar made the best possible start to the new season with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Devizes Town.

It was Cheddar who made the best possible start as Samuel King cut inside a defender before sending a superb shot from the edge of the area into the net.

Devizes’ best effort in the opening half came from James Wallen who saw his powerful header come back off the woodwork and that proved crucial as Stephen Pennington scored with a close-range header just five minutes later as Cheddar went into the interval holding a two-goal advantage.

Two more goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half sealed a comfortable victory for Cheddar as Reece Obamwonyi and Kristian Bell also got themselves on the scoresheet.

Keynsham Town 0

Cheddar 3

Cheddar continued their fine start to the league season with victory at Keysham and seven goals scored and two clean sheets have gone towards a fine start for Shaun Potter’s men.

The first half was evenly balanced with both sides carving out goalscoring opportunities, but it was Cheddar who made the all important breakthrough as Christopher Coombs and Kristian Bell linked up brilliantly on the edge of the Keynsham area, Coombs picked out a bit of space to allow Bell to rifle the ball home from close range.

Keynsham started the second half a lot stronger with Cheddar forced to defend in numbers, but with the visitor’s defence holding firm, Cheddar were given more opportunities to double their advantage in the latter part of the game and it was Reece Obamwonyi who swept the ball home.

The game was made safe in the final moments as Obamwonyi got on the scoresheet once again to earn Cheddar a 3-0 victory.

Cheddar 3

Bridgwater Town 2

Cheddar, one of a small handful of ever decreasing clubs at Step Six to operate without a playing budget pulled off a shock as they defeated Bridgwater Town that sees the home side progress through a round of the world’s oldest cup competition for the first time in their history.

Cheddar took an early lead as pressure from Stephen Pennington at a corner resulted in an own goal.

With nine minutes on the clock, the visitors drew level when Jake Llewellyn made headway and fed Mark Armstrong, before releasing Jack Taylor who ran on to his pass and slotted the ball under Michael Dangerfield.

The hosts regained the lead when Adam Jones controlled a cross with his chest on 28 minutes and shot as the ball fell to the ground for an accomplished finish.

The visitors equalised for a second time a minute into the second half when a Samuel Towler corner kick was met by Joshua White at the far post.

A from Llewellyn smacked off a post as Bridgwater enjoyed their best period of the game, but Cheddar remained a threat, especially on the break.

What was to be the game’s decisive goal came on 73 minutes when visiting keeper Jake Viney could only parry a free kick and Daniel Griffiths was on hand to stab home the loose ball.

With three minutes remaining Ian Bellinger had the ball in the net for Bridgwater only to be denied by a teammate in an offside position.

To cap off a miserable afternoon for the visitors, Jake Brown was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The victory was worth £2,250 to the home side. Just participating in the preliminary round sees them guaranteed another £960.

The reward for Shaun Potter’s men is a home tie against Southern League Division One South Yate Town on August 25 (3pm).

If you would like to get involved in sponsorship for this historic fixture or for any queries, contact club secretary Bruce Harvey on secretarycheddarfc@gmail.com

Cheddar Football Club look to have put together the perfect combination in the technical area after manager Shaun Potter added Phillip Hucker to his staff as his assistant.

Potter, a highly-regarded young coach on the South West football scene, had earlier revealed his desire to add off-field options and he looks to have come up trumps in his search.

Wily old campaigner Hucker, who started his career with Winscombe and has Southern League managerial experience at Bridgwater Town, would appear to be the perfect foil.

Phillip Hucker. Picture: Paul Knight Photography.

Cheddar’s historic Emirates FA Cup victory was attended by one of their youngest fans, in the form of Jaxon Harry Cullum, who is just four weeks old.

Jaxon is an avid fan of the Cheesemen, like his dad Iain and is pictured sporting Cheddar’s first official babygrow.

If you are interested in purchasing one of the limited edition babygrows, you can do so from The T-Shirt Shop, 57 Meadow Street, Weston.

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