The Good Friday weather was perfect, and with the temperature, at around 25 degrees C it was going to be a warm afternoon for the players at The Athletic Ground in Wells.
Before the match got underway, manager, Andy Crabtree and assistant manager Rob McFerran were presented with the Toolstation Western League Division One Team of the Month Award for March 2019. A well-deserved award for the management and players for all the hard work that has been put in.
Warminster were looking to take all 3 points from this game to help with the challenge of finishing in the top 5 of the league table. Sadly this did not happen, and both sides took a point each with a goalless draw.
Throughout the match, Wells City showed that they are a good footballing side having more possession and able to win first and second balls more than the visitors could achieve. However, in the first half, Warminster came closest to scoring when in the 17th minute a long ball was picked up by Jack Miluk on the left-hand side, and he tried to squeeze the ball into the goal from a tight angle requiring a good save from the keeper, Fraser McDiarmid.
Miluk had another opportunity in the 22nd minute when he fired into the side netting. Two minutes later Ryan Baggs produced an excellent pass to Miluk who squared the ball across goal which was almost put into the back of his own net by one of the City defenders sliding in. Wells also had their chances but failed to put any in the back of the net. The closest coming in the 42nd minute which took a deflection and went just wide for a corner.
The second half got underway with Warminster trying hard to get something from this game. Just two minutes into this half Conner McKay was brought down by Mylum in the box for which he received a yellow card and a penalty decision for the visitors. Here now was a golden opportunity for the Red & Blacks to put a marker on this game. McKay took the penalty which was duly saved by McDiarmid diving the right way, along with saving 2 follow up shots, one from Jake Herd and another attempt by McKay.
Wells continued to have more possession and Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball was called into action several times, proving his worth in goal. Miluk also had several more opportunities which stayed out of the back of the net. With neither side able to score this game finished goalless which is quite unusual in the Western League.
Both sides can take positives from the game and although the 90 persons in attendance didn’t see any goals there was at least plenty of entertaining football on the pitch.
Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Pollock, McKay, Herd
Subs: Churchyard, McFerran, Johnson