Cheddar Football Club match report with Wellington

1:00 p.m. July 4, 2022

Cheddar manager Mike Dangerfield said their 2-2 draw with Wellington was a “great benchmark” for his side after their first pre-season game on Saturday.

Nathaniel Groom opened the scoring for the Cheesemen before creating the second when his low cross was placed into his own net by goalkeeper Shay Allen.

However, the visitors fought back to level the scores with two goals in two minutes through Jamie Nicholson and Jason Quick to earn a share of the spoils.

Despite the draw, Dangerfield, in his first game as manager after replacing Craig Mawford, said there were plenty of positives.

All smiles for Cheddar manager Mike Dangerfield in his first game in charge against Wellington.
– Credit: Josh Thomas

“I think it was a good run, a good game for the boys against higher opposition and a good test to improve their fitness,” he said.

“A benchmark of where we are in our rebuilding and what can I say in terms of satisfaction with where we are so far.

“It’s our first game, obviously it was a bit of a killer the actual result having been 2-0 but again it’s against higher opposition.

“It just shows what more we need from the rest of pre-season.”

Cheddar in action against Wellington at the Worle Community Centre.

Cheddar in action against Wellington at the Worle Community Centre.
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The friendly match was played over three 30-minute periods on the Worle Center’s 3G surface.

Groom, Cheddar’s best player, should have had a first-half penalty when he was knocked down by Harry Walford but nothing was awarded.

Despite missing 15 players, Cheddar took the lead in the 26th minute when Groom headed home from 20 yards in the 27th minute.

Cheddar celebrates Nathaniel Groom's first game against Wellington.

Cheddar celebrates Nathaniel Groom’s first game against Wellington.
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Kieran Webster pulled off a fantastic save from Vitari Flamengo before Quick saw his feeble effort ruled out for offside as Welly increased the pressure.

However, Joe Woodley’s first effort from 25 yards sailed just past the far post as the second period drew to a close.

However, it was that Groom man again as the crafty winger’s low cross swept away from defender Glen Wright and then Allen for an ill-fated own goal seven minutes into the third period.

Nathaniel Groom celebrates Cheddar's second goal with Oscar Collins.

Nathaniel Groom celebrates Cheddar’s second goal with Oscar Collins.
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Having to react quickly, Nicholson was unlucky not to reduce the deficit when his superb effort crashed into the crossbar.

But Nicholson got one back when his first strike from the edge of the box gave Wellington a lifeline in the 86th minute.

And minutes later, after Jesse Howe had his shot parried by Kieran Webster, Quick was in the right place to guide the ball home for a believable draw.

Action from Cheddar's friendly match with Wellington at the Worle Community Centre.

Action from Cheddar’s friendly match with Wellington at the Worle Community Centre.
– Credit: Josh Thomas

“I think if you looked at it before the game and said if it was a cup game against higher opposition you would say being 2-0 is a positive performance and maybe it’s It’s a bit of a leg in the last 10,” added Dangerfield.

“The best way I can sum it up is that it’s a great benchmark because it’s our first pre-season game against opponents.

“Last Saturday we had an inter-house game within our club, but now it’s against people we don’t know from a higher league, so I’m happy where we are.”

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