Cheddar bounce back
PUBLISHED: 09:21 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010
AFTER their somewhat unlucky Premier Division defeat at Bridgwater and the late withdrawal of James Walker, Tim Richens was unsure how his young team would respond against a team that had started in fairly good fashion. It w
Cheddar 2 Cleeve West Town 0AFTER their somewhat unlucky Premier Division defeat at Bridgwater and the late withdrawal of James Walker, Tim Richens was unsure how his young team would respond against a team that had started in fairly good fashion. It was not all bad news, though, as Richens was able to welcome last season's top scorer Simon Panes back from teaching the Aussies what football is all about.The game started at a good pace with Cheddar trying to get the ball down and play, while their more experienced opponents were trying to be more direct. In the first 15 minutes, Dave Phillips could have had a hat-trick as he had two efforts just go wide and another saved on the line, but it was due to excellent keeping by Matt Copper, replacing Adam Lane in Cheddar's goal, that Cleeve did not go ahead when he pulled off a fine save from a close-range header.Cheddar took the lead on 20 minutes when their man of the match Andy Edmonds floated a dangerous cross in from wide on the left and saw the ball drift over the keeper's head into the goal. Cheddar continued to attack and more chances were created while the Cheddar defence, again superbly marshalled by skipper Jim Hewlett, looked solid throughout with Dann awesome in the air and also Skinner solid at full back.Half time brought the warning for Cheddar to keep their composure and get the ball at every occasion. As always Danny Williams controlled the midfield and spread the ball wide, while Tim Moody and Jaz Butler, after his late arrival, were non-stop movement. Cheddar gradually took control and it was a question of when they scored a second. They were denied possibly a contender for goal of the season when a super move down the right ended with Panes slotting home only to see an offside flag raised.Panes gained revenge with 10 minutes to go when he opened his account, finishing coolly from inside the box to wrap the points up for the home side and complete their third straight home win.