Cheddar still have outside chance of promotion

PUBLISHED: 14:17 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 21 April 2017

Ricky Bennett.

Ricky Bennett.

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Cheddar still have an outside chance of promotion following a win and a draw over the Easter weekend.

Chippenham Park 1

Cheddar 1

Cheddar enjoyed a good Easter weekend with victory at Bishop Sutton and a draw at Chippenham Park to keep the promotion push on target.

At Chippenham, the Cheesemen were soon on the attack with George Booth firing over from a Ricky Bennett pass and soon after Bennett had an effort headed off the line.

Robbi Maggs went close before the home side had a good chance to take the lead, but the ball was fired over the bar.

The Cheesemen upped their game with Armstrong, Booth, Mawford and Bennett combining wonderfully, producing some textbook football, the latter threaded a delightful cross deep into the Chippenham penalty box, and with less than a minute remaining before the break, Adam Jones fired home for his 24th strike of the season.

After the break, Booth’s enterprising run and shot from 18 yards was deflected over the bar by a defender and at this stage the home side were beginning to look lethargic.

But on the hour, former Cheltenham Town midfield player Aaron Ledgister’s 40-yard free kick cannoned off the crossbar, before Callum Ham ran a good 35 yards before winning a corner.

Jones did well to turn the ball into the net, but was denied by a linesman’s flag and soon after Coombs’ shot scraped the crossbar.

With 11 minutes remaining, the home side pushed up field and from a corner, Chippenham captain and former Conference South player Charlie Norman netted with a fine header.

As Chippenham increased the pressure, Cheddar had to be thankful to goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield pulling off two quality saves to keep his side in the game.

Cheddar, now in third position must now attempt to win their last two games, at home to Westbury on Saturday (3pm) and their last game at Devizes Town (April 29) to achieve second place and promotion, while at the same time hoping that Hengrove, who are five points ahead of Cheddar, lose their last two games.

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Cheddar 1

This result was an excellent three points for the Cheesemen as they started their Easter weekend with the maximum points needed, leapfrogging Keynsham and moving into third place, and just five points behind the top two with three games remaining.

The visitors got off to a good start with man of the match Ricky Bennett and Adam Jones both going close, while Bishop Sutton had a couple of chances of their own.

Craig Mawford went close with a 40-yard free kick on 40 minutes, while at the other end, Cheddar keeper Mike Dangerfield saved well.

Cheddar re-organised at the start of the second half and tactical substitutions saw Joe Grant take up the left side defensive position, allowing Bennett to revert to midfield and Callum Ham replace the injured Mason Gardener.

Cheddar appeared more cohesive and they took the lead when an intricate move started by Bennett was moved slickly between Chris Coombs and Ham and the latter’s shot was diverted past the goalkeeper by Robbi Maggs.

Three minutes later, Ham was again unlucky not to add to is tally as the diminutive striker outwitted two defenders and his close-range shot rebounded of the inside of an upright.

The visitors were without any doubt controlling the game at this stage, and a run from deep by Grant found Maggs whose looping cross to Coombs saw the winger head just over the crossbar.

Sutton had a good chance themselves to get something from the game with five minutes remaining, with a dipping shot just going over the bar following pressure from a corner.


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