Cheddar narrowly defeat by league champions

PUBLISHED: 09:31 12 May 2017

Cheddar Junior Football Club.

Cheddar Junior Football Club.

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Cheddar Reserves narrowly lost to league champions Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves and have just one more match to play.

Cheddar Res 1

Nailsea & Tickenham Res 2

Cheddar Reserves put in a strong performance at Bowdens Park against league champions Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves.

As expected, Nailsea dominated the opening quarter and the pressure told on 18 minutes when James Locker in the Cheddar goal misjudged a cross and Nailsea were quick to punish the error.

The home side changed their shape and were soon making chances and finished the first-half in the ascendancy, with both Robbie Wallis and Callum Sully going close.

Cheddar went two goals down immediately after the break when they conceded directly from a free kick, but this did not damage their confidence.

Cheddar captain Jake Buxton finished unconventionally from Callum Ham’s free kick to make the remaining 25 minutes a nail-biting affair. The hard-working Harry Farrell was denied by a last-ditch tackle and substitute Danny Griffiths dragged a shot wide in last minute.

Cheddar play their final game of the season when they entertain Clevedon United Reserves tonight (Thursday) at 7.45pm.

The Cheesemen arranged a special day out for their junior section as they attended Bristol City’s last game of the season as official flag bearers.

The club arranged to take a coach party of 16 children and their parents to Bristol City’s match against Birmingham City, where the Ashton Gate stadium welcomed a sell-out crowd of more than 25,000.

The children, all under the age of 12 and some as young as eight, were additionally given the opportunity to stand pitch side, waving flags and welcoming the players onto the pitch at the start of the game.

The junior Cheesemen were all transported to the game courtesy of a coach kindly sponsored by Chris Isgar of CJI Buildings (Cheddar) and Andy Chambers of Chambers Services (Cheddar).

Cheddar secretary, Alan Cooper, who organised the day, said: “It was great that we at Cheddar Football Club were able to arrange the day out for the youngsters, they are our future and it’s important that they’re looked after.”

The season may have drawn to a close, but life goes on almost as normal for the Cheesemen.

The club are to hold their end-of-season presentation evening at their clubhouse on Saturday starting at 7 for 7.30pm, entrance for which is £10 per head and tickets will be available on the door. For more information, go to www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk and completed the contact form.

Cheddar are also pleased to host the Woodspring Under-14 League Cup final on Sunday, followed by the Somerset Sunday Challenge Cup final which is to take place on Wednesday.

The Cheesemen are also hosting three further cup finals, news of these will be made available next week.

The club have announced a dramatic increase in their attendances for the season, their gate average being 93 which was the third highest in the Toolstation Western League Division One.

In other news, club captain Adam Jones has been confirmed as the Toolstation Western League Division One third highest goalscorer with 24 goals. Callum Ham was the league’s fifth highest with 21 league goals.

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