Hard-earned point comes at a price for Cheddar

PUBLISHED: 09:09 13 January 2017

Danny Griffiths.

Danny Griffiths.

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Cheddar extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches, but their hard-earned point at Radstock Town came at a price.

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Cheddar started the New Year where they left 2016, unbeaten for the 16th match in succession, but this hard-earned point came at a price.

The Cheesemen fought back exceptionally well to earn themselves a share of the points, but this match will unfortunately be remembered for ill-discipline which dominated the game.

No less than five players and the Radstock manager were shown red cards during the match and shortly before half time, 15 players and the management team were involved in scuffle in front of the Cheddar bench.

The game started brightly enough and a long Joe Grant throw found the head of captain and centre-forward Adam Jones and his back header was saved well at the foot of a post.

The Cheddar captain then set up a half-chance for Ricky Bennett, whose 25-yard half-volley fizzed wide. Jones was again unlucky to see another headed effort from a Chris Coombs free kick come back into the arms of the Radstock keeper having struck the post.

Despite dominating the opening quarter of the match, it was Radstock who took the lead against the run of play as a free kick was headed against his own crossbar by Callum Ham and forced over the line.

The home side doubled their lead on the half-hour when a long clearance saw Cheddar keeper Kieran Webster dash off his line to clear the danger, but missed the ball completely to give Radstock their second goal.

A poor challenge on Ricky Bennett sparked a mass brawl near the Cheddar dugout and following a lengthy hold-up, Cheddar’s Mark Armstrong was dismissed along with substitute Billy Vaughan, while Radstock captain Ingram was red carded along with his manager, Shane Smith.

After the break, Bennett slipped a glorious through ball to Coombs, who confidently slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Radstock’s Witcombe was shown a second yellow card for dissent, before Josh Witcombe was red carded for a bad foul on Cheddar substitute George Booth.

The visitors were immediately awarded a penalty kick and Ham converted with ease, to net his 20th goal of the season.

Radstock, despite playing the final 14 minutes with eight players somehow held on for share of the points, despite late efforts from Booth, Jones, and substitute Robbi Maggs.

Cheddar return to Bowdens Park on Saturday when they host Wincanton Town in a match which kicks off at 2pm.

The club has announced Shaun Potter, aged 28, has joined the club as assistant manager to Jared Greenhalgh.

Shaun, formerly a midfielder with Weston Under-18s, has also played for Worle, Churchill, Banwell and Winscombe. He has also coached several Weston junior sides and is currently working towards his UEFA B coaching award.

Shaun said: “I’ve loved my time at Cheddar so far, there is a brilliant feel about the club on and off the pitch.”

The club have also been named Toolstation Western League Division One team of the month for December 2016.

Cheddar is to hold a 125th anniversary dinner at the clubhouse on February 25, with special guest, former Tottenham Hotspur legend and current Exeter City director of football, Steve Perryman.

Tickets which include a two-course dinner, are just £20 each. Tickets are still available and available by contacting secretary Alan Cooper on 07845 870812 or e-mail alancooper7@sky.com

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