Cheesemen finish the season in fourth position

PUBLISHED: 09:26 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 May 2018

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Cheddar were held to a draw against league champions Westbury United after the visitors scored two late goals.

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Cheddar were seemingly coasting to an impressive 3-1 victory over league champions Westbury United, but conceded two goals in the space of three minutes at the end of this match.

The visitors had a couple of early chances before Cheddar went in front with a goal of quality, Craig Mawford outwitting the United defence and delivering the perfect cross for Stephen Pennington to volley home after 23 minutes.

Mawford did well to regain the ball on the halfway line and sent in a stinging shot inches over the crossbar. In an engaging finish to the first-half, Mark Robinson should have equalised when his shot went over the bar.

Kovacs then had an effort superbly parried by Kingston before Jordan slotted home his effort past the advancing Kingston to level the scores.

Within a minute of the restart Cheddar were 2-1 ahead, Chris Coombs hammering home a penalty kick after he had been upended in the 18-yard box.

The Cheesemen went further ahead on 57 minutes when Mawford hit home his side’s third goal finishing off Coombs’ outstanding wing play.

There was little doubt that both teams were beginning to suffer from tired legs and the hot weather was taking its toll, but then came the crazy three minutes that literally turned the game on its head.

There seemed little danger when a long ball was punted into the final third, but Kingston miscued his clearance and Robinson was left with the easy task of walking the ball into the net.

A minute later, substitute Martin Johnson shot past Kingston sparking delirious scenes of wild celebration from the Westbury contingent.

Liam Kingston’s point blank save on 88 minutes prevented the visitors from taking an unlikely lead and then at the other end, Porter denied Coombs after good work between Pennington, Mawford and Ricky Bennett.

The fourth-place will see Cheddar qualify for FA Cup football for the third successive season.

The club also report that they are to host a number of cup finals in the forthcoming week, starting with two Weston and Districtc finals on Saturday, two Somerset County boys finals on Sunday, followed by the Somerset County Intermediate Cup final on Tuesday evening. Full details of all games will appear on the club’s Facebook page.

Additionally, with just a week to go before the club’s 125th anniversary evening, where their special guest is former Arsenal and England legend Ray Parlour, who visits on May 18.

Secretary Alan Cooper advises that tickets are still available. Cooper can be contacted on 07845 870812 or by e-mail to secretarycheddarfc@gmail.com

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