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Cheddar FC Sports and Social Club



Website last updated: 11 Aug, 2014 @ 23:43

Match Details



Sat 26 Jul, 2014





Purnell Sports

Cheddar 1st team ran out comfortable 6-1 winners on Saturday to Somerset County League 1’s Purnell Sports, in the Cheesemen’s first home friendly.


A good crowd enjoyed an entertaining and well-refereed encounter played in energy sapping heat. The home side delivered a controlled display against a spirited Purnell Sport team who fielded 6 new players eager to impress.


It was Cheddar’s wide men of Chris Coombes and Sam Jones who made life difficult for the Purnell full backs in the early exchanges, but the Western League outfit weren’t able to keep the ball high enough for long enough to take advantage of early pressure. The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes with centre back Lewis Matthews, finishing well from a corner to give Cheddar a deserved lead.


From here on in Cheddar’s midfield looked in total control, with an excellent performance from Chris Gardner, setting up wave after wave of attacks that forced Purnell’s deeper into their own half. The pressure told on 35 minutes, when new man Robbie Maggs struck for his first of three goals, finishing smartly after a crisp exchange of passes from a now confident home side. Sam Jones following up soon after, and Maggs neatly finished his second to make it a comfortable 4-0 at the break.


The second half addition of Cheddar’s Billy Manning kept the ball higher, limiting the away team to a few break away chances. However, Purnell’s hard work paid off, forcing an error from Cheddar’s Mike Carpenter, who’s looping back pass gave advancing goalkeeper Kieran Webster no chance, conceding a very soft goal.


Cheddar remaining dominant and Sam Jones got his first of the day after 60 minutes, finishing with a fine back post header from a well worked move down the right side and pinpoint cross.


Despite the conditions the work rate and quality from the Cheddar team remained high throughout. On 75 minutes Sam Jones turned provider, beating three of four Purnell players down the left and crossing into the path of Maggs, who took his third of the game to cap off a fine individual and team performance. 


Cheddar host a friendly against Sherbourne Town on Saturday 2nd August and play their final friendly against Street on Tuesday 5th. The seasons opening game is at home on Saturday 9th August to last seasons high-flying Almondsbury UWE.


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