Westland back to winning ways
Wells City 0 Westland United 2 - AFTER dropping five points in their last two games, Westland United were desperate to get back on track but faced a tough trip to a well organised Wells City.
Wells City 0
Westland United 2
AFTER dropping five points in their last two games, Westland United were desperate to get back on track but faced a tough trip to a well organised Wells City.
The previous meeting between the sides resulted in an even 2-2 draw and the first 10 minutes of the game were slightly cagey with both teams cautious to commit players to any attack.
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Midway through the first half Adam Haysom, leading the attack, was too hot to handle as he created opportunities but all were in vain. New signing Curtis Smith, playing on the left, showed glimpses of his potential as he mastered his way behind the City defence.
The move of the half followed just before half time when Josh Evans put a pin-point pass behind the City left back for Rhys Farmer to control and fire across goal, begging to be tapped in. Smith was set at the back post to finish but Hawkins met it first and managed to lash the ball over the bar from less than a yard out.
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The deadlock was broken early in the second half, Haysom laid the ball perfectly across the goalkeeper and Smith tapped in to give the visitors the lead.
United pushed again and City had no response. Chances came from a Smith free kick well saved by the City keeper and Haysom and Hawkins peppering the goal with chances. City seemed desperate to get out of their own half as Powell and Pete Churchill broke up everything in the middle. Hawkins was pulled down in the box and a penalty was awarded, Haysom converting calmly.
Late substitute Kerrigan Briffitt entered the fray and was immediately involved. Controlling the ball neatly in the box, creating half a yard his snap shot brought another fine save from the City keeper.
There were many players in contention for man of the match, Powell and Churchill pulling the strings superbly in the middle and also the creative Haysom up front but the award went to John Sutor.
Frome Town Res 0
AFTER 20 minutes no-one would have predicted this score as the final outcome as Frome had as much, if not more, of the game as their visitors but a combination of strong defending and incisive attacking saw Cheddar gain a superb victory.
Cheddar were able to call up Dean Grubb who is still registered with the club, despite being a Weston-super-Mare player, to partner Adam Jones in attack, but Jones grabbed the headlines with a six- goal performance.
The early exchanges saw the hosts on top and putting pressure on the Cheddar defence but the visitors looked rock solid with Whittaker, Underhill, Kinger and Luke Matthews snuffing out any danger early and a confident keeper Jim Milligan loud and confident in all he did.
Gradually Cheddar's midfield got to grips, Chris Gardner was lively in his support of the attack and Tom Manning was prompting all the Cheddar moves.
Cheddar's opening goal came as Jones surged past the home defenders and wrong footed the keeper.
Mounsdon and Matthews were looking threatening on the wings and their movement was always causing problems. Soon after Cheddar got the second when a powerful shot was parried by the keeper but Jones followed up to score. The third goal came when Matthews outpaced the home defence and his low hard shot was drilled into the net.
Manning then added the fourth when his lob was too clever for the keeper and just before the break Mounsdon scored the goal his performance deserved.
The second period became the Adam Jones show as he moved his tally from two to six at the end with an immense display of finishing power.
However it was not all about Jones as Mike Kay came off the bench to show power and skill to continue where Tom Manning left off. Cheddar's right was always a threat with both youngsters showing great maturity.
Frome threatened occasionally and it took a fantastic block by Josh Underhill to preserve the clean sheet. Cheddar were able to protect another two injured players by taking off Luke Matthews and Paul Whittaker and replacing them with Gary Dann and Chris Beers.
In the next couple of weeks Cheddar face crucial away games at title rivals Bishops Lydeard and Bridgwater as well as a midweek local derby at Winscombe.
Long Ashton 0
Weston St John's 4
ST JOHN'S produced a dominant performance to record a comfortable victory over Long Ashton.
Saints started much the brighter and Long Ashton struggled to get out of their own half. Mark Adams and James Wotton controlled midfield and good chances were missed by Juzzy Flavell, Dan Hartley and Ross Stockhall.
Saints defenders Nick Jones, Mark Hearne, Dave Wilcox and Joe Whittaker were coping with the rare Long Ashton attacks. The opening goal came when following a good run by Stockhall, Flavell saw his shot saved then Jack Clark had his follow-up shot blocked, but the ball came back to Stockhall who scored.
Long Ashton looked dangerous from set pieces and keeper Ben Sedley-Jones made two excellent saves from free-kicks to preserve the lead. Saints had further chances to increase their lead but the keeper made good saves from Adams and Flavell who also saw a well-struck free-kick fly narrowly wide.
Saints controlled a fiery second-half with Flavell, Hartley, Clark and Stockhall failing to take good chances. The second goal Saints fully deserved came when a flowing move involving Flavell and Hartley ended with Stockhall firing past the keeper.
Minutes later Wotton was left unmarked in the area and he made it 3-0 with a superb volley. Saints continued to pour forward and a superb pass from Hartley sent Stockhall racing clear and he gave the keeper no chance with neat finish to complete his hat-trick. Weston Costcutters joint players of the match were Mark Adams and Ross Stockhall.