Having won their season’s opening game, Warminster were brimming with confidence in the Tuesday evening visit to Moor Lane. The first half proved to be an exciting affair for spectators, even though only one of the goals came in this half: the opener, a superb goal by the visitors’ number 8, Mortimer-Taylor.
Out of the two keepers, Warminster’s debutant Sam Thomson was much the busier. Producing the first of several fine saves in the 4th minute. Wincanton went close again to scoring in the 13th, showing what a strong side they are. The opener came on 16 minutes when Mortimer-Taylor drove through The Wasps defence and struck home a stinging left-footed shot into the top right corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Wincanton continued to pressure the Red & Blacks, and was it not for the superb keeping of Thomson; they would have been at least equal at halftime.
The second half saw Wincanton keeping much of the possession. The breakthrough came on 78 minutes with the equalizer from Irwin, struck from inside the penalty area.
Warminster responded and battled to get ahead again, which they did in the 82nd minute with an excellent strike from left-back Aaron Cockerill on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. The hard work of Mortimer-Tayor created the opportunity to score, with a fine cross from the byline and across goal to find Cockerill.
The win, however, did not come to fruition. Wincanton was awarded a penalty, which many have described as ‘soft’, in the 93rd minute. Dan Wise stepped up and beat the diving Thomson to put the ball to the keeper’s left. In the remaining additional time, Warminster tried hard to score again but couldn’t manage another goal. Final score 2 – 2.
Team: Thomson, Bartley*, Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Churchyard, Pollock*, Mortimer-Taylor, Gardner*, Wain, Seviour
Subs (used) Johnson M*, Johnson L, Graham*, McKay*, Humphreys