Cheesemen lose unbeaten run in five-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 10:18 22 December 2017

Cheddar Football Club.

Cheddar Football Club.

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Cheddar dropped down to fifth place in the Toolstation Western League Division 1 after this defeat to Welton Rovers.

Welton Rovers 3

Cheddar 2

This match had all the ingredients for a pre-Christmas cracker and it did not disappoint as spectators were treated to a five-goal thriller at Welton Rovers.

The Cheesemen started the match and they were rewarded after just three minutes when two efforts from Adam Jones were both cleared off the line for a corner. Ricky Bennett’s delivery was spot on and the loose ball fell to Callum Ham on the edge of the box and his crisp shot took the slightest deflection and flew into the net.

Welton equalised on 25 minutes when a long throw from Elms was headed on by Garland to Shakiel Green, who scored from close range.

With 35 minutes played Welton were unlucky not to have a netted a second goal when Norris with an open goal at his mercy fired over the crossbar. With five minutes remaining before half-time, Cheddar regained the lead following a period of sustained pressure by Shaun Potter’s side.

At last three shots on target rained at the Welton goal from Jones, Coombs and Griffiths, but the ball eventually fell to Robbi Maggs, who crashed home from 12 yards.

The home side started the second half in lively fashion and drew level after just three minutes of play. Good play from Dylan Hall found Elms in space just outside the 18-yard box and the striker beat Liam Kingston.

Maggs saw a goalbound effort beat Drewit only to hit the upright, but with 15 minutes remaining, Welton scored what was to be the decisive third goal from an acute angle.

Cheddar though were in no mood to lie down and take defeat on the chin and Drewitt produced a fine two-handed save to deny top-scorer Jones and in stoppage time the home keeper produced an outstanding double save.

Manager Shaun Potter said:

“I was really disappointed with the result today, we were lacking in too many areas and we were punished. We created more than enough chances to win the game but never converted them.”

Cheddar host Sherborne Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, before a local derby Boxing Day fixture at Bishop Sutton, which kicks off at noon.

Following last weekend’s abandoned game at Devizes, the Toolstation Western League have ruled the game is to be replayed on January 16 (7.30pm), which means a long midweek trip to Wiltshire.

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