Weakened Cheddar return with three points

Cheddar FC Ladies.

Cheddar FC Ladies. - Credit: Archant

Cheddar travelled to Wincanton with a weakened team, but came back with all three points.

Wincanton Town 0

Cheddar 2

Cheddar returned from Wincanton with all three points, thanks to a sterling team effort from a weakened team.

Played in atrocious conditions, on a soggy pitch, the Cheesemen could not have wished to have got off to a better start when Chris Coombs beat a couple of defenders to score the opening goal. Soon after, Billy Vaughan hit the post.

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Adam Jones had a couple of shots blocked and brother Sam also went close, before the home side hit the upright from 20 yards. The Cheesemen continued to force the pace, with man of the match Sam Jones and Vaughan both going close.

Adam Jones and Tom Manning both went close after the break, before keeper Kingston threw the ball out to Joe Grant. He went on a 40-yard run before setting up Sam Jones to net the second goal.

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The visitors had further chances to increase their lead through Vaughan and Sam King and went on to win comfortably.

Man-of-the-match: Sam Jones

Manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “This was a great game with a patchwork team, we dominated from the first minute and Wincanton didn’t have a shot on target until the 86th minute.”

Elsewhere at the weekend, matters did not go so well for the other Cheddar teams. The Reserves, who lost keeper Mike Dangerfield with an injury in the warm-up, lost 6-1 at home to a strong Burnham side in the County Senior Cup, while the A side lost by the odd goal in a five-goal thriller at Shipham, and Cheddar Ladies hosted Glastonbury, losing by a similar score.

On Saturday, the Cheesemen are back in national competition when they face Plymouth-based Elburton Villa in the FA Vase first qualifying round at Bowdens Park (3pm), the winners of whom have been drawn to play away at Clevedon Town on September 24.

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