Ham strikes late to give Cheddar victory

PUBLISHED: 09:39 20 January 2017

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Cheddar substitute Callum Ham grabbed a 93rd minute goal to earn his side all three points against Wincanton Town.

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Callum Ham grabbed a 93rd minute goal to secure a win that stretched the Cheesemen to a highly-impressive 17-match unbeaten run.

Earlier, captain Adam Jones, leading the line manfully, was unlucky not to connect with a good cross from Chris Coombs, before the visitors took the lead in the 14th minute with a goal from Gary Chapman.

Soon after, a thunderous free kick from Craig Mawford was held by visiting keeper Jamie Stewart. Wincanton nearly doubled their lead when a shot hit the underside of the Cheddar bar.

Minutes after the break, Town thought that they had added to their lead when Danny Godden’s cross was prodded home by Connor Williams, but the effort was ruled out by a linesman’s flag.

It took the Cheesemen all of an hour to get back on level terms, as they upped the tempo. Danny Griffiths surged forward into the penalty area and was upended in full flight, with Coombs making no mistake from the spot, levelling the scores.

With almost a quarter of the game remaining, Shaun Lambert, himself just returning from a one-match suspension, saw red, for a second yellow and there was little doubt the home side were up against it.

Inspired substitutions by manager Jared Greenhalgh turned the game in favour of the Cheesemen just when it was most needed.

Thrusting Robbi Maggs into an offensive position, the striker made a constant nuisance of himself, together with the introduction of Ham, who tormented the Town defence at every opportunity.

The late addition of Kristian Bell, having been on the pitch for just three minutes, closed down the goalkeeper’s clearance, the loose ball dropping to fellow substitute Ham, who rifled the ball home from 20 yards for his 21st strike of the season, to win the match.

The Cheesemen have just 15 league games remaining in what could prove to be a momentous season. Cheddar are at home again on Saturday when they host Corsham Town, kick-off 2pm.

Man of the match was Sam King. Match and match ball sponsor: Dickie Day.

The club have confirmed that their 125th anniversary dinner, with special guest former Tottenham Hotspur legend Steve Perryman MBE is a sell-out. The dinner will take place on February 25.

In the Les Phillips (League) Cup, should the Cheeseman defeat Westbury United in the first round (scheduled for January 31) they will host Toolstation Western League Premier Division side, Willand Rovers on March 4.

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