Cheddar play their part in five-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 12:17 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 24 August 2018

Cheeseman, the mascot of Cheddar FC.

Cheeseman, the mascot of Cheddar FC.

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Cheddar warmed up for their FA Cup preliminary round match against Yate Town, with defeat in a five-goal thriller against Chard.

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A superb advert for Western League football ended in a five-goal thriller with Cheddar being robbed of a deserved share of the spoils by a James Boyland winner three minutes from time.

The home side had endured a frustrating process to obtain international clearance for Adam Wright, but their efforts were rewarded only three minutes in to the game when the former Port Talbot Town debutant striker gave the Cheesemen the lead.

The lead was to prove short-lived as a long throw found Ryan Parris to score. The goals then dried up until a pulsating final 20 minutes as Chard edged ahead with an effort from Boyland.

Cheddar were back on terms when a deflected cross from Reece Obamwonyi fell to Stephen Pennington, who fired home from close range.

With the game looking destined for a draw, Boyland popped up with three minutes remaining to steal a point away from the hosts.

This Saturday, Cheddar are hoping for the club’s largest-ever crowd when they play the biggest game in their history.

Southern League Division One South Yate Town, who sit two rungs higher up the non-league pyramid are the visitors in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Kick-off at Bowdens Park is at 3pm and the Cheddar hierarchy are urging the people of the village and the wider community to show their support for Shaun Potter’s charges.

This season’s Emirates FA Cup will see clubs benefit from the competition prize fund more than doubling.

The new prize fund will benefit participating clubs and their communities across the country during the season and Cheddar are hoping to capitalise on the increased prize money on offer.

This is only the third FA Cup campaign for Cheddar in their 125-year history and last week’s impressive 3-2 away win against Bridgwater Town gave them their first-ever taste of victory in the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.

The Somerset club have already picked up £2,250 following their victory and know that a win on Saturday will secure another £2,890 in prize money to help with their ambitious projects on and off the pitch.

The list of improvements they are looking to make include the replacement of the ground’s dated floodlights, a full refurbishment of the home and away team dressing rooms and the completion of the pitch perimeter which will allow home and away fans to watch the game from anywhere in the ground.

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