Cheesemen lose their opening match but remain optimistic
PUBLISHED: 09:10 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 18 August 2017
A weakened Cheddar side suffered a narrow defeat at Oldland Abbotonians.
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This was an encouraging performance against Oldland Abbotonians, considering the Cheddar side were missing five first team regulars.
The visitors were unlucky not to open the scoring when Robbi Maggs’ headed effort went close after man of the match Mason Gardener created an opening for the striker.
It was the home side though who took the lead on 28 minutes, Josh Williams beating keeper Liam Kingston, despite the best efforts of Danny Griffiths and Nathan Best to clear the danger.
The Cheesemen were back in the game on 37 minutes after a clearance fell to Kristian Bell, who let fly with a powerful volley from 20 yards that flew into the net.
Near to the half-time whistle, Adam Jones thought he had put the Cheesemen into the lead, only to be joined by his teammates in loud protests to the match official after his effort was denied by an offside flag.
Having already received a caution, Abbots’ captain Jordan Greenwood received his marching orders following a deliberate handball on the edge of the 18-yard box on the hour, but the Cheesemen were unable to capitalise on the incident.
Nonetheless, the home side, despite being a man down continued to press and with just three minutes remaining, Southway’s low-cross shot flew into the bottom corner of Kingston’s net for a dramatic winner.
Speaking to the website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk following the game, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve, with so many players missing we made an ok start, and grew into the game. Both myself and the players were disappointed with the result, but it is a long season.”
Also on Saturday, Cheddar Reserves playing their first game of the season, defeated Burnham United Reserves with goals coming from Anthony Cleave (2), Kristian Willmott and Adam Davies
The Cheesemen, with their season underway, now face two home league games in a week, with matches on Saturday against Roman Glass St George (3pm) and again on Tuesday (7.45pm) where Wincanton Town are the visitors.