Cheesemen warm up in readiness for FA Cup encounter

PUBLISHED: 11:55 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 26 July 2017

Cheddar Football Club.

Cheddar Football Club.

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Cheddar continued their good form in pre-season friendly matches with a victory over Burnham United with an FA Cup extra preliminary round coming up in early August.

Cheddar Football Club completed its away friendlies with a rather disjointed performance at Somerset County League side Burnham United.

They won 3-2 but made hard work of the game by scoring three second half goals to win the match after the hosts had taken a 2-0 lead. Centre-back Sam King pulled a goal back for the Cheesemen on 72 minutes, adding his second and the equalising goal just three minutes later, for his third goal in three games for the Western League club.

Craig Mawford’s quality strike from outside the box secured the win with just 10 minutes remaining. Cheddar’s third win on the road meant that they have scored three goals in each of their games, conceding just four goals.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a frustrating performance in many ways. Burnham certainly gave us some of the treatment we are likely to face this season.”

Not wishing to be outdone at the weekend, Cheddar Reserves also recorded their second successive pre-season away win, as they secured a good 3-2 win over a spirited Churchill Club 70 side, goals coming from Sam Smith, Harry Hughes, and a penalty from Taryn Selway-Joseph.

The reserve team play their third successive away pre-season fixture, tomorrow (Friday) with a match with their Street counterparts, to be played at the Tannery Ground, Street, kick-off time will be advised on the club Facebook page.

The Bowdens Park club now look forward to their final two warm-up home matches against a Yeovil Town XI last night (Wednesday) before facing Welsh League Division Three side Ely Rangers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

This will be their last pre-season match prior to the club’s eagerly anticipated FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers on Saturday week (August 5), more details on which will feature in this newspaper next week.

It is understood that Yeovil Town will be bringing a squad of 18 players to Bowdens Park. Equally, Ely Rangers will be bringing a strong side to Cheddar Valley on Saturday, so with the launch of their club shop in midweek, the Cheesemen are intent on continuing their special 125th anniversary season as they mean to start.

Admission costs for the Cheesemen’s final two pre-season games, together with news on their FA Cup encounter with Willand Rovers will be featured on club news updates on both their website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk and Facebook site www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub

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