Ham stars as Cheesemen are held by the Miners

PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 18 April 2018

Callum Ham.

Callum Ham.

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Cheddar came away with a draw at Radstock Town after Callum Ham scored twice for the Cheesemen.

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Cheddar completed an exacting week at Radstock Town’s Southfields Recreation Ground where a meeting between the teams in fifth and sixth placed brought a 2-2 result for the second time in two seasons.

In the early exchanges of the game, Cheddar’s young goalkeeper Liam Kingston pulled off key saves to keep out efforts from James Rustell and Morgan Skipp, but it was the Cheesemen who gained first blood with Callum Ham slamming home a 33rd minute penalty kick after a Danny Lock’s trip on Oli Hucker.

This was Ham’s second successive penalty kick success after his spot kick success at Devizes on Thursday night.

Radstock had the ball in the net on 40 minutes, but the equalising goal was disallowed courtesy of an assistant referee’s offside flag.

A superb individual goal by Ham, who embarked on a solo run beating two defenders before firing home past home shot stopper Glen Murley, put the visitors into a commanding 2-0 lead just five minutes after the restart.

Radstock began their fight back when Skipp latched onto a poor clearance from the Cheddar defence and fired past Kingston from 15 yards.

A second yellow card for Cheddar captain did not help their cause and from the resulting free-kick, goalkeeper Kingston was unable to claim the ball and Tom Stocks nodded home for the equalising goal.

With the seconds ticking away, Kingston made a phenomenal save to defy Kalim Marsh’s overhead kick.

Earlier in the week Cheddar had played two further matches, the first at Cirencester Town’s ground in a league match against Malmesbury Town, where a fifth minute Adam Jones goal, his 19th of the season was enough to gain them all three points.

A third consecutive away match followed at Devizes Town, and the team produced one of their best performances of the season, coming back from 2-1 down to win 5-2 on the night.

Man of the match Stephen Pennington grabbed a second-half hat-trick and Ham scored two first-half goals in a memorable display by the Cheesemen.

Cheddar now return to their Bowdens Park home for four consecutive home games, starting with Ashton & Backwell United on Tuesday, Bishops Lydeard tonight (Thurs), Calne Town (Saturday), before facing Chippenham Park on Tuesday. All three evening games kick off at 7.45pm and Saturday’s game is at 3pm.

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