Cheddar captain rescues a point for his side

Cheddar rescued a point against second bottom side Wincanton Town with a late goal by captain George Booth.

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CHEDDAR’S pursuit of second place in the Toolstation League Division One, didn’t exactly go as rehearsed against second bottom side Wincanton Town.

The Cheesemen started well enough and showed the initiative in the early exchanges with particularly good movement from the back, involving Craig Mawford and man of the match Sam King.

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Wincanton took the lead in the seventh minute when Iwan Roberts fired home past keeper Dangerfield. Cheddar could have found themselves 2-0 down a minute later when a shot hit the crossbar.

Forcing their way back into the game, Dangerfield’s long clearance found Mawford, whose through ball found Jamie Howson in acres of space, but the striker skied his shot over the bar from 10 yards.

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The home side had a stroke of good fortune on 41 minutes, when Sam Jones was felled in the box and Ricky Bennet made no mistake from the spot.

A spirited Wincanton, belying their lowly position, hit a terrific second goal on 55 minutes to take the lead.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh successfully switched systems and his side exerted huge pressure on the Wincanton defence. Cheddar equalised when captain George Booth took the ball in his stride from a Sam Jones pin-point pass and shot home from six yards.

Sam Jones, linked well with his brother, substitute Adam, had another good effort well saved and the home side were a little unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty on 85 minutes when substitute Callum Ham was upended, but the referee waved away vociferous penalty appeals.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “All in all, Wincanton deserved their point, they battled incredibly hard and for the second week running we were well off our usual high passing standard. However, after two games not playing to our best we have collected four out of six points and we have to be happy with that.”

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