Having won 3 out of 4 away games, Warminster travelled to Ashton & Backwell with hopes of getting a good result. The home side started the day 7 points ahead of the visitors, lying in 5th place in the league. The match didn’t go the way Warminster would have liked and lost 2 – 1 to a fairly unremarkable Bristol team.
The first half saw lots of errors from The Town with poor passes, long balls, crosses into the box with no one to capitalise, and a very weak right side allowing the home side a lot of freedom. This is something similar to previous home performances in league games and no doubt the manager, Andy Crabtree will be addressing.
Both sides had shots on goal with one of the best producing a superb diving save from Warminster’s goalie, Carl Crabtree in the 21st minute. 8 minutes later Charlie Walton, for the visitors, went close with his edge of the box right-footed shot which hit the right-hand post.
In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Ashton & Backwell got closer and the opening goal came in the 43rd minute when from a corner a cutback by Charlie Saunders was smashed home by James White.
As is often the case, Warminster came out in the second half energised and put more pressure on the home side. On 58 minutes Walton received a yellow card but as he was walking away from the referee obviously said something and then had another yellow, this time sending him to the sin bin, and would now spend 10 minutes off the pitch.
10-men Warminster seemed rejuvenated by this and a minute later, James Vincent crossed into the box and the ball came off a defender into the back of his own net. The home side though recovered and in the 74th minute, when Saul Jarrett tapped in the ball as a result of good work from Paul Uppington.
Warminster pushed for the equaliser but again wasted many balls with overhit crosses and passes that were easily dealt with by The Stags and so the game finished 2 -1. Ashton & Backwell in the last 10 minutes were doing everything possible to use up the time knowing that Warminster could have scored. Warminster can take heart that they should have won this game with better positioning and finishing.
Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Barnes*, Graham, De-Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton*, Vincent, Butler, Shanley
Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Baggs*, Fletcher*