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Tim Richens is delighted as Cheddar show potential

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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Manager Tim Richens says Cheddar showed exactly what they are capable of during Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Elmore.

The Cheesemen have suffered a stop-start beginning to life in Toolstation Division 1, with five wins and six defeats coming from their opening 13 games.

But after producing such a polished display at Bowdens Park, Richens believes his side are starting to find their feet at the new level.

“I thought we produced an outstanding performance,” said Richens.

“The players worked hard as a unit and everything we have practiced came to fruition.

“With just a bit better finishing and more composure on the ball it could have been an embarrassing scoreline.

“We were just a bit negligent in front of goal in the second half and we could have put a couple more in the back of the net but that’s me being a little bit picky and fussy.

“We won first balls, second balls and looked creative when we had possession. We dominated from start to finish.

“Every single player played well. The midfield worked hard, defensively we were sound and up front Jamie Howson had a fantastic game. I’m very proud of the performance put in by everyone.”

There was a brief cause for concern when, leading 2-0, Cheddar conceded on the stroke of half-time but Richens was pleased with how his players responded to see the job out after the break.

“We had our one moment of madness again on the stroke of half-time,” said Richens. “We found last week it can change the course of a game but, importantly, Sean Burroughs made some very crucial saves when we needed them.

“The fact we suffered that blow just before the break made it even sweeter that we performed so well in the second half. Everyone did their jobs well individually and, as a group, we looked like a real team.

“We were very supportive of one another and some of the performances were outstanding, especially from the younger players.”

The Cheesemen travel to Roman Glass St George in the league on Saturday (3pm) before turning their attentions to the Somerset Premier Cup.

They face a trip to Bath to take on Premier Division outfit Larkhall Athletic on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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