Cheddar extend unbeaten run after late equaliser

PUBLISHED: 09:32 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 28 October 2016

Adam Baxter scored two for Braunton against Bideford CAFC. Picture: Terry Ife

Adam Baxter scored two for Braunton against Bideford CAFC. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cheddar scored a late goal at Malmesbury to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

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Ricky Bennett’s 83rd minute equaliser at Malmesbury’s Flying Monk Ground ensured the Cheesemen extended their unbeaten run to six games.

The Vics went ahead in the eighth minute, Andy Baker’s long ball being met by Sam Parker whose header looped over Kieran Webster and into an empty net.

Despite being not at their best, the Cheesemen levelled the scores on 33 minutes, defender Craig Mawford’s 20-yard free kick scorched into the net leaving home keeper Josh Lashley clutching thin air.

Malmesbury scored a second goal less than two minutes later, Parker flicking on a defender’s long ball into the path of Josh Russell, who lobbed goalkeeper Webster.

The second half was a much more even affair and Cheddar were a rejuvenated side, manager Greenhalgh brought on substitute Mason Gardener and strikes from Callum Ham and man of the match captain George Booth deserved better fortune, the latter’s hitting the woodwork.

Bennett was a constant thorn in the side of the home defence and the midfielder was allowed space to run into the area and shoot firmly past keeper Lashley for a deserved equaliser with seven minutes remaining.

Following some topsy-turvy results this week, Taunton-based side Bishop Lydeard leapfrogged the Cheesemen to move to fifth place with an impressive 1-0 win at Oldland Abbotonians although Cheddar have a game in hand on four of the five teams in front of them and could well move significantly up the table with two home wins in the next week against Oldland’s and Chippenham Park.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves lost 4-1 at Tunley Athletic in the County League Division 2 cup, Dan Fowler scoring for Cheddar.

Cheddar Ladies again hit the goal trail scoring five goals without return, goals from Megan Dyer and Valerie Walsh with two goals apiece and further goal from Jade Burton securing the win.

The Cheesemen host 16th-placed Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday (3pm), before facing a further home match three days later when they take on Wiltshire side Chippenham Town on Tuesday night, kick-off: 7.45pm.

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