Cheddar pay for missed chances
Paulton Rovers Res 3 Cheddar 3 - AFTER beating the same opponents a fortnight previously, with five of its squad missing, Cheddar were extremely confident of getting back in winning ways in the Premier Division after the loss against Bishops Lydeard.
Paulton Rovers Res 3
AFTER beating the same opponents a fortnight previously, with five of its squad missing, Cheddar were extremely confident of getting back in winning ways in the Premier Division after the loss against Bishops Lydeard.
It all looked so good at half time as Cheddar led 3-1, but for the second time in a week they let a two-goal lead slip. Cheddar started on the front foot and took the game to the hosts and on 10 minutes opened the scoring when a Dean Grubb cross was converted by Adam Jones. They were punished when Tom Manning gave the ball away in his own half and the home side broke quickly to equalise.
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Manning had the chance to redeem himself when Mike Kay was brought down in the area, but his penalty was turned around the post by the home keeper.
Cheddar retook the lead when a corner from Lewis Matthews was headed into his own net by a Paulton defender. Just before half time Cheddar doubled their lead when a shot from Jones smashed against the bar but rebounded to Mike Edmonds who scored. Cheddar started the second period in control and yet more simple chances were missed and they were then put into a state of panic as a comedy of errors led to Paulton reducing the deficit.
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Still Cheddar wasted chances and, with 12 minutes to go, paid the price when another unopposed run and shot from 20 yards gave Fowler in the Cheddar goal no chance.
Right up to the final whistle Cheddar created more chances, but the management team was already fearing the worst, and another two points were dropped to hard working opponents.