Hard cheese for Cheddar as Town mature in new league
WINCANTON Town told their new First Division rivals they are more than capable of mixing it in the Toolstation Western League by thumping Cheddar 7-2.
Paul Down's men gave a bumper home crowd an opening afternoon to remember by brushing aside The Cheesemen to earn their first win of the campaign.
Earning a mention on Sky Sports in the process, Town led 4-1 at half time before going on to complete the rout after the break. Cheddar took an early lead and scored a late consolation but were demoralised by Matt Chant's hat-trick and a wind-assisted strike from keeper Jon Hill.
Down said: "It was a great way to start life in the new league at home. Apart from the first two minutes and the last we put in a really top class display. It was a very open game and Cheddar had their chances as well.
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"We had a word before the game to say we needed to take those chances.
"We created plenty at Almondsbury and Shepton Mallet without getting what we deserved.
"I've never seen anything like Jon's goal. He scored from a kick from his hands, it was unbelievable. He had the wind behind him, he cleared it, the ball took one bounce and went over the keeper's head. That probably knocked the heart out of Cheddar."
Ren Turnock and Andy Holmes had put Wincanton 2-1 to the good, with Gary Chapman interrupting Chant's second and third strikes.
"We have got a lot of belief in ourselves," added Down. "We know we are going to have a tough season and we won't get carried away but on our day we are a good side.
"When we take our chances we will win more than we lose. I have said all along that our home form will be important. We have got to pick up the majority of our wins at home and anything we pick up on the road is a bonus.
"We are not home again now until September 7, which is a tough start. The league has given us that start but we are up for it and want to enjoy it."