Cheddar extend unbeaten sequence to 15 games

PUBLISHED: 09:33 06 January 2017

Adam Jones.

Adam Jones.

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Cheddar defeated Bishop Sutton to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.

Cheddar 2

Bishop Sutton 0

Watched by an impressive and vocal 222 Boxing Day crowd, Cheddar secured all three points against a hard-working Bishop Sutton at Bowdens Park, taking their unbeaten run to 15 games.

The Cheesemen, again spurred on by penetrating runs from George Booth in the No 10 role, along with widemen Chris Coombs and Callum Ham, began swapping flanks at ease as they gradually began to press home territorial advantage and wore down the resolve of the visitors.

Coombs was through on goal on 10 minutes only to be thwarted by a good tackle and on the quarter-hour, Adam Jones found himself in an excellent position, but fired just wide after impressive interplay between Ricky Bennett and Ham.

Ricky Bennett, in an unusual left-back berth, was a revelation and his lung-bursting runs from box to box were particularly notable.

In one such run, the midfielder-turned-defender linked with Ham, his clever penetrating pass found the league’s leading scorer, whose shot was cleared off the line by a defender.

As the match continued apace, Cheddar deservedly took the lead on 36 minutes when Jones volleyed home from 12 yards after a brilliant Ham-Coombs move, the former’s head-high cross met superbly by Coombs, who outjumped two defenders to cushion a header into the striker’s path.

On the stroke of half-time, Craig Mawford was unlucky not to add to the score with a trademark scorching 22-yard shot that was deflected for a corner by the goalkeeper.

Cheddar sealed the match and the three points with a further quality strike on the hour. Ham’s inswinging corner was cleared from a crowded area, but Bennett was first to react to hit a rising 35-yard left foot volley that screeched into the net.

This was a complete performance by Cheddar on the afternoon, who looked strong in every department, as this three points puts them just three points behind Keynsham Town.

Cheddar travel to Radstock Town on Saturday, before they return to Bowdens Park for two successive home games against Wincanton and Corsham.

Man of the match was Ricky Bennett. Match sponsor: Paul Walkinshaw; match ball sponsor: Steve Sage.

An extraordinary general meeting is to take place at Cheddar Football Club, Bowdens Park, Draycott Road, Cheddar BS27 3RL on January 17 starting at 7pm. All club members are invited to attend.

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