Cheesemen complete their pre-season schedule with five straight wins

PUBLISHED: 09:31 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 04 August 2017

Cheddar Football Club.

Cheddar Football Club.

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Cheddar finished their pre-season schedule with an 8-1 thrashing of visitors Ely Rangers.

Cheddar Football Club rounded off their pre-season schedule with an amazing 8-1 thrashing of Welsh League Division Three side, Ely Rangers, taking their tally to 19 in their five warm-up games, and conceding just four.

The Cheesemen made their mark early in the match, defender Lewis Matthews finding the net on four minutes after a surging individual run from midfield. Adam Jones was next to add his name to the scoresheet on 12 minutes, finishing off a delightful Ricky Bennett free kick, and Jones again was on hand a minute later to finish strongly from close range.

A shell-shocked Ely rallied themselves late in the first-half and with better fortune could well have netted a goal after some indecision in the home side’s defence, but Jones, Bennett and Joe Grant, restored to his favoured right-back role, could have added further goals before the break.

Jones completed his hat-trick and his team’s fourth gaol on 54 minutes latching onto another wonderful Bennett assist.

The Welsh side made a triple substitution to stem the tide on the hour, but it was to no avail as Jones scored his side’s fifth goal from an incisive George Booth through ball.

Rangers netted a consolation goal, before Craig Mawford launched a 40-yard free kick that screeched into the net. There was still time remaining for Jones to net a further goal and the final goal came when Kristian Bell was bundled over by two defenders and the young winger picked himself up to hit home the resulting penalty for a resounding win.

Two days earlier, Cheddar had played host to a young, but highly organised Yeovil Town XI, who visited Bowdens Park under the watchful eye of academy director, former Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers star Paul Wilson and Under-18s manager, former Crystal Palace coach Antonio Falanga.

The visitors were unlucky not to take the lead in the match before Cheddar winger Chris Coombs opening the scoring on 43 minutes. The Cheesemen added a second goal on 74 minutes, but this was by no means an easy ride for the Bowdens Park club. Cheddar wish to add their thanks to the Maggs Group of Cheddar, who kindly sponsored the Yeovil match.

The Cheesemen have also added to their squad with the signing of former Weston attacking winger, Dean Grubb, together with centre-back Scott Holland from Toolstation Premier Division side Bridport.

In other news, Cheddar Reserves maintained their good pre-season form with a highly creditable 0-0 draw at Street Reserves.

The Cheesemen are in FA Cup action on Saturday when they host Toolstation Premier Division outfit Willand Rovers in the extra preliminary round of the competition (3pm).

Should the game end in a draw, the replay will take place at Willand’s Silver Street ground on August 9 (7.30pm).

Further news of their big cup weekend will be published on their website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk and Facebook site, www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub

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