Late penalty denies Cheddar chance to move into fourth spot

PUBLISHED: 09:34 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 06 April 2018

Cheddar Football Club.

Cheddar Football Club.

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A late penalty by visitors Devizes Town denied Cheddar the chance of moving up to fourth place in the league table.

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Four goals, two further goals disallowed, six cautions, a penalty kick and a sending off were all hallmarks of this game, as Cheddar conceding an 84th minute penalty which cost the opportunity to move up to fourth place in the league.

Cheddar opened the scoring on 15 minutes, Nathan Best netting after Adam Jones’ effort had been blocked. Best’s goal was a bitter-sweet moment for the big defender as on 24 minutes he limped off following a heavy tackle and was replaced by Ollie Hucker, who did well throughout the game.

On 27 minutes, Robbi Maggs had the ball in the net for Cheddar, but the match official adjudged that visitors ‘keeper Martin Mitchell had been fouled.

Cheddar were on top at this stage and both Ross MacNab and Jones had opportunities to put their side into the lead prior to half-time, but spurned their chances.

Devizes pulled level almost on the stroke of half-time when an unmarked Jamie Wallen headed past Liam Kingston from 10 yards.

Two minutes after the interval and the home side were back in front, Steve Sokol striking home from 16 yards after MacNab’s assist.

Further opportunities beckoned for the Cheesemen as they threatened to take full control, but they again failed to capitalise on their undoubted supremacy.

With 15 minutes remaining, Devizes thought that they had equalised through a Jack Hopper effort, but the assistant referee observed the player had infringed and received a second caution and was sent off.

In the closing five minutes, Cheddar’s stand-in central defender Stephen Pennington was adjudged to have handled the ball and the spot kick was duly covered by Tom Slater.

Despite a great deal of work behind the scenes, both Cheddar’s Easter home matches failed to get the go ahead, due to the rain in recent days.

Cheddar, with just 29 league games played and a many as 10 games postponed over the past couple of months, face a possible fixture crisis with as many as six home games to be played at Bowdens Park prior to the end of April and a further five games away.

Club secretary Alan Cooper, said: “It has been a bitter disappointment that the weather has been so unkind to us and has got in the way of both of our Easter games. The revenue from these two games and hopefully the expected holiday crowds that would have attended these games, would have been a much needed boost for the club.”

Meanwhile, the club report that tickets for their 125th anniversary evening on May 18, where former Arsenal and England star Ray Parlour is the special guest are selling well, with half the ticket allocation already sold.

Tickets, which include food are priced £35, are on sale every night of the week from the clubhouse and will also be on sale from Extra Mile Printing & Embroidery in Cheddar (01934 741792).

Enquiries to club secretary, Alan Cooper are also welcomed and he can be contacted either by calling 07845 870812 or by e-mail to secretarycheddarfc@gmail.com

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