Cheesemen gear up for new season with win at Thornbury

PUBLISHED: 17:48 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:48 18 July 2017

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Cheddar started their run of pre-season matches with victory over Thornbury Town.

Cheddar Football Club, having undergone training sessions at Cheddar’s Kings Fitness Centre twice weekly for the last month, were in pre-season friendly action at Marcliff Gloucestershire County League side, Thornbury Town, with a morale-boosting 3-1 win.

The Cheddar management team opted to travel with a squad of 18 players comprising a mixture of first team players, reserves and triallists. They went ahead on 24 minutes from Sam King’s far post header following Ricky Bennett’s free kick.

Further efforts from the visitor’s twin strike force of Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs were denied by the acrobatics of home keeper Tom Shepherd, before Thornbury’s Tom tested the Cheesemen with his darting runs.

Cheddar added to their tally on 45 minutes, Will Wallis stepping-up from the reserve team, slotting calmly past Shepherd from close range.

The home side reduced the arrears against the run of play a minute later, Jim Brock stealing through to hit a firm shot past Weston and England Colleges loanee Liam Kingston.

Just before the half-time whistle, Adam Jones thought he had added a third, but his scorching volley was ruled offside.

The Toolstation Western League side made the game safe on 70 minutes, triallist Anthony Cleave finishing well after fellow triallist Taryn Selway-Joseph’s effort was parried.

Following the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today was a great start for us, the new players blended well, and the shape and team communications were great.”

The club are additionally pleased to announce the signing of two top additions to their squad, with the signing of goalkeeper Liam Kingston on a season-long loan from Vanarama Conference South side Weston, together with experienced centre back Nathan Best, formerly of Bristol City, Weston, Shepton Mallet and Bridgwater Town.

With their first pre-season friendly having taken place, the Cheesemen travel to Burnham United on Saturday, before two consecutive home friendlies, initially on July 26 (7pm) against a Yeovil Town XI, followed by a match against Welsh League Division Two side, Ely Rangers which takes place on July 29 (3pm).

Details (including admission prices) will appear on the club’s website www.cheddarcheesmen.co.uk and new Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub

With last season’s third place finish, the Cheesemen have again qualified for the FA Cup and have been given a home tie in the extra preliminary round against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers, who they face on August 5 (3pm).

Should the match require a replay, it will take place at Willand’s Silver Street ground on August 9 (7.30pm).

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves started their pre-season in winning ways with a 4-3 win over fellow Weston and District League side West End. The Reserves travel to Trowbridge for a further pre-season match on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, the Cheesemen recently held their annual meeting where the chairman, Matt Postins was re-elected for his second term in office. Vice-chairman Mark Higginbottom, treasurer Andy Wallis and secretary Alan Cooper were also re-elected to continue in their respective roles.

The club are also advertising for a new physiotherapist, who should be available on Saturdays and occasional evening games. Applications would be welcomed from individuals who wish to become involved at a senior football club and would suit an individual in training and applications (which should include experience and qualifications gained) should be emailed to the secretary at alancooper7@sky.com by not later than July 31.

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