The Western League resumed play on Saturday, and Warminster Town travelled to Calne for a change in the advertised fixture. The plan had initially been to travel to Oldland Abbotonians, but with the area being in Tier 3, the league made the change.
With Calne Town starting the day in third place and Warminster just 2 points behind in sixth, it was all to play for in this match. The game finished with the home side winning 3-2.
Warminster took the lead in the 13th minute when De-Silva crossed from the left-hand edge of the penalty area finding Lewis Graham inside the box. Lewis turned and fired low into the left side of the goal. Not to be outdone, it took barely 2 minutes for Calne to equalise. Jay Walters finding himself in space in front of goal tapped home the ball, following the ball being nicely worked from left to right and back to the scorer.
Calne put a lot of pressure on the visitor’s goal in the first half and was it not for the brilliant efforts of the keeper, Callum Hotine, the scoreline would have been much higher for Calne at halftime. Warminster almost regained the lead in the 44th minute, when Calne cleared the ball off the line.
The second half also proved to be a game with both teams putting in great effort to win the game, making it exciting to watch. Calne doubled their score in the 53rd minute when Walters made it a brace with a shot from the 18-yard line beating Hotine, near the post diving to his right.
Warminster were denied a goal 19 minutes into the half as deemed offside. In the 65th minute on came Francois Allen and within 4 minutes he tucked home the ball from a corner kick drawing the Red and Blacks level. Warminster were looking much stronger in the second half and placed the home team under much more pressure.
Calne’s third goal came from a mistake by the keeper Hotine, who had been excellent throughout the match. In the 77th minute, Jamie Norman shot hopefully from 25 yards out, and Hotine for some reason tried to clear it with his right foot, and the ball appeared to go underneath it.
A disappointing result from Warminster’s point of view as they had worked so hard in the game to lose that way. They remain in 6th place in the league but have shown that they are capable of moving higher.
Team: Hotine, Sisson, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Bartley*, Johnson*, Wain, Butler*. (*Subbed)
Subs: (Used) Seviour Allen Barnes
(Unused) Churchyard, Mortimer-Taylor