King’s strike gains the Cheesemen their first three points of the season

PUBLISHED: 15:14 23 August 2017

Sam King.

Sam King.

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A goal from Cheddar’s Sam King proved enough to earn his side three points against Roman Glass St George.

After misfiring in their previous two matches, Cheddar got their season underway with a narrow 1-0 victory over former Weston manager Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George side.

Surviving an early scare in the opening minute, Cheddar keeper Liam Kingston saving a Ken Oni effort, the Cheesemen were in front on four minutes when man of the match Sam King drove home from 18-yards following an astute crossfield pass from Adam Jones.

With 22 minutes gone, the visitors thought that they had levelled the scores, but the match official noticed an infringement on Kingston and disallowed the effort.

On the half-time whistle, a superb through ball from Cheddar captain Craig Mawford to Kristian Bell deserved better fortune, but Glass keeper Dempsey was equal to the task.

At the turnaround, Jones had the ball in the net for the home side sliding home Mason Gardener’s cross, but was denied by the linesman’s flag.

The Cheesemen did show some fluency to their game in the last 20 minutes with good efforts from Ricky Bennett and Dean Grubb being palmed to safety by an overworked Dempsey as the home side forced four corners in quick succession.

With 15 minutes remaining, Glass’ Ryan Dunn was unlucky not to connect with Watson’s low drive into the 18-yard box, while at the other end Gardener was close to finishing at the near post from Jones’s cross.

No further goals were to come and King’s quality finish in the opening five minutes was the difference between the two sides.

Speaking to the club’s website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk after the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “At last a victory! After twice considering past the 90 minutes mark in the last two games we finally saw a game out. Sam King’s strike gave us a fantastic start but we failed to capitalise.”

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves maintained their 100 per cent record so far this season, with a 3-0 win at Banwell in the County League, goals from Adam Davies, Taryn Selway-Joseph and Harry Hughes doing the damage.

Not to be outdone, the Cheddar A kept up their good pre-season form with a 4-2 victory over Banwell B, goals coming from Jamie Claridge, Shane Fear and Connell Edwards together with an own-goal.

Cheddar travel to Gloucestershire League champions Bristol Telephones who are currently riding high at the top of the Toolstation League Division One, having won all four of their games, on Saturday (3pm) before returning to Bowdens Park on Tuesday for a march against old adversaries Keynsham Town (7.45pm).

Also on Saturday, Cheddar are holding a charity football match between Cheddar Ladies and Draycott Ladies, to raise money for the Breast Cancer charity. The match kicks off at 7pm, and will be followed by a free disco.

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