Following a mid-week over close rival Welton Rovers, Warminster Town had high hopes for a win at Bishop Sutton. In the home fixture in January, Warminster won 5-0 with a blistering performance. The game did not go according to plan and was prevented from scoring by the goalposts and the keeper; Bishop Sutton went on to win 1-0.
The away side has several key players out through injury, but it is probably not a good excuse for losing this game. In the first half, Warminster’s play was patchy and allowed the home side to have several opportunities to score and put pressure on the Town’s defence. Thomson once again proved to be a fine keeper for Warminster in the 17th minute getting down by his left post to prevent the goal from a powerful close-range shot.
The only goal of the game came in the 34th minute. A throw-in was allowed to bounce in the box, and Dan Spill, with his back to goal, chested it down and managed to turn and lob the ball into the left side of the goal.
In the second half, Warminster created chances to score. They hit the post several times and had several shots not far off target. An excellent opportunity to level up came on 85 minutes. The keeper recklessly brought down a Warminster player along the by-line. Up stepped Ian Jeffery and fired to the left. However, the Bishop’s keeper was off his line before the shot was taken and not spotted by the referee. This made a save possible and added another twist to Warminster’s woeful day.
This is one of those games where both sides could say they should have added more goals but didn’t, and maybe a point each would have been looked on with favour if the match was drawn. The results elsewhere mean that Warminster drops to fourth place in the table.
Team: Thomson, Humphrey, Graham, Jeffery, De Silva, Bartley(s), McKay(s), Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson, Wain, Seviour
Subs: (used) Butler, Atkins
(unused) Lisowski, McFerran