Cheddar hold champions to a draw

Bridgwater Town 2 Cheddar 2 - THIS game pitted probably the two best sides in the Somerset County League against each other and both teams put on an excellent display.

Bridgwater Town 2

Cheddar 2

THIS game pitted probably the two best sides in the league against each other and both teams put on an excellent display.

Cheddar opened the scoring in the 15th minute when a cross from the left was dropped by the Bridgwater keeper and Dave Phillips popped up to score his ninth goal of the season from close range.

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On the half hour mark, Mike Edmonds missed a great chance with the ball sticking on the goal line, but Edmonds made up for this a couple of minutes later when he popped up to score Cheddar's second from close range.

Bridgwater made changes and went to all out attack mode. They pulled a goal back with a header from a corner.

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This spurred Bridgwater on to attack even more passionately, but Cheddar stood resilient and always had their own threat on the break, with chances still being created.

Eventually the Bridgwater pressure told as they equalised. Neil Peek lashed it past a helpless Milligan from 12 yards.

Despite being two up, the Cheddar side were far from down hearted, rightly, as they had gone toe to toe with last year's champions and had earned a point.

Westland Utd 0

Weston St Johns 4

ST JOHNS produced one of their best performances of the season to run out comfortable winners in this hard fought Division 2 local derby.

Saints started the brighter with Mark Adams and James Wotton dominating the midfield areas. Joe Whittaker and Jack Clark were causing the Westlands defenders all kinds of problems with their pace.

At the other end, Westlands offered little in attack, but when they did Ash Flavell, Nick Jones, Mark Hearne and Dave Wilcox dealt comfortably with the threat.

Saints thought they had opened the scoring when Clark's header was going in, but was tapped home by Whittaker, who was in an offside position.

Moments later, a cross from Whittaker found Clark in the area and he easily beat a defender before firing past the keeper to give Saints the lead.

Just before half-time, Saints were reduced to 10 men when WILCOX was sent off.

Saints were expecting a torrid second half, but Westlands failed to make the advantage of having the extra player count.

Saints doubled their lead when Flavell quick free kick found Ross Stockhall, who then beat a defender before crossing to Dan Hartley who finished from close range.

Saints broke away and made the score 3-0 with the goal of the game. The goal came when Wotton unleashed a powerful volley into the roof of the net. Near the end, a superb pass from Flavell send Stockhall clear and he smashed the ball past the keeper to make the final score 4-0. It was a superb all-round team performance, but the Weston Costcutters player of the match went to keeper Ben Sedley-Jones.

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