Cheesemen go 10 games unbeaten after latest success

Callum Ham.

Callum Ham. - Credit: Archant

Callum Ham’s first-half hat-trick helped Cheddar on their way to victory against Westbury United.

Westbury United 1

Cheddar 4

Cheddar recorded their second successive 4-1 away victory as the Cheesemen surged to their fourth successive win and an historic 10-match unbeaten run at Westbury United’s Meadow Lane ground.

Not only did Cheddar outplay their opponents on the day, but they also fielded a side that was without eight normal starters.

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Westbury started strongly, but the visitors were exceptionally quick on the break, Mason Gardener shooting just over on eight minutes. Soon after, Cheddar took the lead after good play by Joe Grant, Ricky Bennett and Billy Vaughan, Callum Ham netted from 20 yards.

The visitors doubled their lead on 20 minutes when Ham netted his second from Gardener’s low cross. Westbury pulled a goal back when Kieran Webster was beaten by a fine shot.

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The hosts did their best to get back into the game, but Webster was in good form. Cheddar stretched their lead when Ham finished off a slide-rule Vaughan cross to head home for his hat-trick on 26 minutes.

Ham almost added to his tally on 41 minutes when his shot from a tight angle was narrowly wide, while Bennett’s shot flew over the crossbar.

After such a swashbuckling first 45 minutes, the pace of the game inevitably slowed although on 70 minutes the match was practically over as a contest. Ham went close on a couple of occasions before Cheddar wrapped up the points on 86 minutes.

Substitute Kristian Bell cleverly side-stepped the advancing goalkeeper and although he was forced out wide by the home defence, the young winger managed to outwit his markers and cross for Vaughan to hit home his side’s fourth goal.

Cheddar have now scored 15 goals in the last four matches and on this form coupled with the strength in depth, they are a match for anyone.

Manager Jared Greenhalgh, said: “Callum captured the headlines with three outstanding strikes, but I thought the contributions of Sam King, Mark Armstrong, Ricky Bennet and Billy Vaughan were immense. Sam led the back brilliantly with the out of position Craig Mawford filling in with some quality.”

Elsewhere at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves were beaten 2-1 on home soil, the A team lost by the same score at Burnham although Cheddar Ladies were again on top form beating the Taunton-based Hamilton, 4-0, goals coming from Valerie Walsh (2), Charlotte Fay-Fineran and Holly Hael.

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