Bishops Lydeard 0 Warminster Town 2

After reaching second spot in the Western League First Division the previous weekend Town faced a tough challenge away at Bishops Lydeard on Saturday

On a sloping pitch made slippery by persistent drizzle Town played uphill first half and took time getting into their stride but defended well against a lively forward line and it took until the 15th minute to threaten the Lydeard goal when Lewis Graham’s fine shot was well saved by their keeper and Eben Mortimer-Taylor followed up with a shot that hit the side netting. 

Corey Gardner, Graham and Jack Miluk combined well in the 21st minute, with another shot that hit the side netting, and Warminster got closer in the 28th minute when fine work from Aaron Cockerill on the left set up Jakub Seviour to hit a fine shot from the edge of the box to strike the crossbar

Lydeard still posed a threat and in the 32nd minute Warminster’s keeper Sam Thomson made a brilliant double save to keep out a long shot and the follow up, however in the 42nd minute Warminster finally took the lead after some more fine play from Cockerill on the left set up Miluk to score from a low half volley, 1-0 to Warminster at halftime

Town had the advantage of the slope for the second half and nearly doubled their advantage just after the break when Gardner only just cleared the bar after a fine Miluk cross. A double substitution in the 69th minute saw Conner McKay and Owen Bartley come on for Corey Gardner and Eben Mortimer-Taylor and in the 77th minute another Town shot hit the side netting this time from McKay

Another Town substitution in the 85th minute saw Craig Sheppard come on for Lewis Graham and Sheppard made an impact after another pacy run from Conner McKay saw him brought down from behind in the penalty box. Craig made no mistake from the spot to score his first goal since signing from Radstock to make it 2-0 to Warminster. 

A quirk of the fixture list means that Warminster will be playing at home to Bishops Lydeard on Saturday kick off at Weymouth Street at 3pm and Town will be looking to keep their fine run going and stay in second place in the table. 

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