Cheddar finish third and just miss out on promotion
PUBLISHED: 09:37 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 28 April 2017
Cheddar just missed out on promotion and will finish in third spot with just one game remaining.
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The Cheesemen completed their home fixtures for the season with a good win over a much-improved Westbury United side.
The Bowdens Park club were however forced into a crucial change minutes before the start as goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield injured himself in the warm-up and was replaced by Kieran Webster.
The match got off to an electric start, Robbie Maggs going close after three minutes, his 16-yard shot shaving the far post, but the visitors took the lead when Jordan Pinder beat Webster with a firm shot.
Cheddar were back in the game on 12 minutes as Ricky Bennett hit his first goal of the season direct from a corner although the ball was helped across the line by Kristian Bell.
With half-an-hour played, Cheddar went in front with a move of quality, inspired by Bennett’s precision cross, Adam Jones was on hand just inside the penalty area to cushion his header into the path of George Booth, who headed past goalkeeper Carl Crabtree.
Cheddar, with Bell and defender Lewis Matthews using their pace to terrorise the Wiltshire side’s defence were unlucky not to add a further goal as the former went close with a curling shot.
On 37 minutes of an entertaining first-half, came the game’s outstanding goal, Jake Stephenson creating space for himself and spinning 90 degrees before unleashing a tremendous 25-yard strike past Webster.
Cheddar turned up the gears in the second period and went close through Bennett, Jones and Chris Coombs, before the Cheesemen scored a third goal on 70 minutes. Robbi Maggs robbed a hesitant keeper and slid the ball home from close range.
The win secured third place, but unfortunately not promotion for Cheddar, as they ended the season on a high and can be justifiably proud of their efforts this season, finishing in their highest-ever league position in their 125-year history.
The team travel to Devizes on Saturday to complete their fixtures aiming to a win which will take their points total to 85, which if achieved, will have eclipsed last season’s total by nine points.
Man of the match was Ricky Bennett for a record three successive matches. Match sponsor was Trevor Harvey.
Cheddar has been selected to host the Somerset Intermediate Cup final on May 2 at Bowdens Park. It is expected that kick off will be at 7.30pm.
Further details will appear on the club’s website in the near future www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk
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