Category: Match Report

It’s Tough With 10 Men

It's Tough With 10 Men

It was a long trip into Devon for Warminster Town to play their quarterfinal round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup at Premier Division Tavistock AFC. This is last season’s competition, carried over due to the Covid-19 curtailment. Disappointment reigned though as Warminster went down to a 4-0 defeat.

The game was spoiled by a series of yellow cards, 2 for Alex Churchyard which resulted in him being sent off before the halfway point of the first half. At the same time, team captain Ian Jeffery had to spend 10 minutes in the sin bin. The referee did seem intent on using his cards and the neutral watching the game might well agree that Churchyard was unfortunate to be sent off. Despite this, the visitors didn’t concede a goal until the 41st minute.

The second-half proved challenging with the man down, making it difficult against higher league opponents; however, it must be said that Warminster were not outclassed. The second goal came from a header from Prynn, the opening goal scorer on 55 minutes.

The third goal came from a shot outside of the box on 71 minutes. The fourth and the final one in the 87th minute from a through ball beating the tired defence. The attacker from just inside the 18-yard line chipped over the on-rushing Hotine to another Tavistock man, Grant, who scored despite the efforts of Sisson, who could not prevent the goal and injuring himself in the attempt.

This was a game which would have been far better if there were eleven v eleven on the pitch.

Next match: Saturday, September 26th when Bishop Sutton will be at Weymouth Street.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Pawley*, Allen, Wain*, Butler*
Subs *(used): McFerran, Lisowski*, Johnson, Seviour*, Bartley*

Warminster Town 4 Bishops Lydeard 1

With added confidence following wins in the first 2 games of the season, Warminster welcomed Bishops Lydeard to Weymouth Street on Saturday, September 12th. Another good attendance of 168 enjoyed a highly entertaining game of football.

It was a competitive game of football with Bishops Lydeard, having lost their opening 2 games, were pressing for a win. The home side though had other ideas and ran out 4-1 winners.

It was a game played at a high tempo, and Warminster pressed and generally passed well with some good moves. Francois Allen opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Barnes sent a long ball down the left touchline, Allen beat the challenge, cut in a little towards goal and shot low, beating the keeper.

The second goal came in the 27th minute from a corner kick taken by Jeffery on the right. It was met on the far side of the goal by Joel Sisson who brought the ball down and right-footed it home. For a moment it looked as if a defender behind the goal line had cleared the ball. However, it had crossed the line, 2-0.

Allen went close again (34) and had a shot cleared off the line. A minute later, Sisson was denied his second, when a headed ball was cleared off the line. on 45+1 The Bishops had a shot from 18 yards out, which called for a terrific save from Callum Hotine, diving high to his left to prevent the ball going into the top corner of his net.

The second-half also produced some good football from both sides, but once again the home side created the better chances. It took 21 minutes for Warminster to score in this half (67) when Jack Miluk placed the ball in the net from close range, a poachers goal.

Bishops Lydeard pulled one back in the 72nd minute, against the run of play when Roberts ran into the penalty area, Jeffery tried to tackle but failed to win the ball and Hotine came out and was rounded by Robertson to score easily.

Hotine pulled off another superb save (77) from a long-range shot tipping the ball over the crossbar.

The final goal (85) was Allen’s second. Barnes took a free-kick, the ball deflected off the wall reaching feet of Allen. On the edge of the box, Allen turned, shot and the ball appeared to be easily saveable but somehow slipped under the keeper to make it 4-1.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Pawley*, Allen, Wain*, Butler
Subs (*used) Johnson*, Lisowski*, Mandson, Seviour*, Bartley

Next match: Saturday, September 19th Tavistock AFC v Warminster Town, the quarter-final of the Les Phillips Cup.

Warminster Town 3 Radstock Town 1

The first game of the season kicked off under bright sunshine at Weymouth Street. The 179 in attendance enjoyed a very entertaining game of football, and which the home side went on to win 3-1.

Warminster got off to an excellent start with an early goal in the second minute by Francois Allen who received the ball on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. He fired across goal tucking the ball into the right side, leaving the keeper little chance of saving it.

Warminster pressed the Radstock players making them work hard to keep possession and the intensity paid off. In the 20th minute, Jack Miluk received a pass from De Silva, ran through the defence and into the penalty area. He shot low from the right burying the ball into the left of the net. George Butler scored the third with a low left footed shot from inside the area beating the keeper.

The home side had several other chances in this half which went close and created plenty of excitement in the ground. The preseason tactics of playing higher league teams seems to have worked well and sharpened the players for this game.

Radstock were out early on the pitch after their halftime talk in the dressing room. The Red and Blacks, however, stood up to any renewed vigour from the visitors. More opportunities to increase the scoreline came but the ball doggedly refused to go into the back of the net. The away goal was courtesy of a penalty given for handball very late in the game, in fact in additional time, and tucked away by Sam Gregory.

Warminster : Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffrey, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Wain, Butler, Lisowski.

Subs (used): Mandson, Johnson, Seviour, Pawley*

Warminster Town 1 Bradford Town 2

Tuesday, August 25th will be remembered for high winds and lashings of rain as storm Francis swept across the UK. Despite the adverse conditions, the preseason friendly went ahead at Weymouth Street between Warminster Town and the Western League Premiership side, Bradford Town.

Both teams had to contend with the weather, and to their credit, they produced an entertaining game of football. Bradford went ahead, scoring two goals in the first half and at the very end of the second half, Warminster pulled one back. Final score, Warminster Town 1 Bradford Town 2.

Bradford, as expected, started brightly and went close to scoring in the opening minutes. Nathan Ball in goal for Warminster was called into action on several occasions and produced some fine saves. The visitor’s opening goal came in the 23rd minute when former Warminster captain Charlie Walton, shot low into the bottom right-hand corner.

The second Bradford goal came in the 29th minute when Morgan Marsh slotted the ball into the left corner from inside the 18-yard area. Warminster will be disappointed to have let that one in by leaving the player unmarked.

The home side was not outplayed by the higher league side and battled well. It took though right until the last minute of normal time to score when George Butler headed home a ball from a free kick on the left-hand side.

Warminster can now look forward to the first game of the season with a home fixture on Saturday, September 5th against Radstock Town.

Wick FC 2 Warminster Town 1

On one of the hottest days I have ever attended a football match, Warminster travelled to Wick Football Club. Wick are in the Gloucestershire County League, and when the season was aborted in March were in second place, 4 points behind the leaders with two games in hand. 

This was the first preseason game and as instructed by the Football Association, these games are played behind closed doors due to Covid-19. Clubs are waiting for more details about precautions for the start of the football season. 

The first 15 minutes were fairly even, but the home side began to assert themselves and kept first-half keeper Nathan Ball very busy. Ball had to pull off some good saves, however in the final minutes of the first half Wick opened the scoring. 

With the intense heat, both sides made changes and new keeper Calum Hotine took up position between the sticks at the start of the second-half. If the first-half performance was to be an indicator, he was in for a busy time, and so it proved to be. 

Wick continued from where they left off and were dominant all over the pitch, creating chances and putting the visitors constantly under pressure. It was no surprise when the goal tally was doubled. 

That second goal seemed to spark Warminster into life and in the final 15 minutes started to see more of the ball and create opportunities to score. With some dogged determination down the left Francois Allen crossed the ball to Dalitso Mandson, in space in the penalty area. Mandson made sure with a low drive into the back of the net. 

A few more chances came and went and so the home side finished with a well-deserved 2 – 1 victory. 

Team: Ball, Sissons, Pawley G, McFerran H, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Pawley T, Butler. 

Subs: Hotine, Lisowski, Seviour, Johnson, McFerran O, Mandson, Bartlet, Morse. 

Warminster Town 0 Sherborne Town 2

Due to the bad weather, Warminster had not played since February 8th and now faced promotion-chasing Sherborne Town. The Zebras started the day in 5th place, just 3 points adrift of the league leaders Calne Town. On a sticky surface, both teams, for much of the game, matched each other with Sherborne eventually coming out as 2 – 0 winners. 

The visitors squandered a first-half opportunity to score when on 33 minutes a penalty was awarded. Williams took the penalty, striking the ball low and hard with keeper Crabtree rooted to the floor who watched the ball hit the post and the danger pass. 

The Red & Blacks had a number of first-half opportunities but failed to capitalise on them, a notable one in the 13th minute when debutant Dalitso Mandson found himself one on one with the keeper. Beale in goal for Sherborne did well to get his feet to it and snuff out the danger. The keeper was outstanding for the visitors in reading the game well and coming out to meet the home side’s attacking players and clear the ball. Halftime 0 – 0. 

Early in the second half (52), Allen for Warminster also had a one on one with the keeper but again Beale proved to be a barrier. 5 minutes later Allen pressured the keeper to clear the ball. Beale miss kicked it, and Allen picked up the ball again, but his shot was saved by Beale diving to his right. Minutes later Allen forced yet another save. 

Sherborne’s opener came in the 63rd minute, a ball in from the right found the head of number 9, Herrin, and with a looping header found the top right corner. With just over 10 minutes to go, Warminster’s captain was sin-binned leaving 10 men on the pitch, he did return though for the final few minutes. In additional time, The Zebras doubled their tally with an easy tap in goal scored by Sam Farthing. 

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say. “Obviously disappointed with the 2-0 defeat .. anyone who watched the game will know we were a little unlucky. Goals win games and had we taken our chances the outcome could and should have been very different. But we didn’t and paid the price. I can’t be too critical of our performance as we did enough to gain at least a point. 

The first goal was a tremendous header by their striker and the 2nd came as a result of us chasing the game and getting caught on the break late on. We’ll play a lot worse a win and I’m confident we will see an upturn in fortunes in the near future.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran H, Jeffrey, Graham, De Silva*, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley, Madson*, Allen, Barnes*, 

Subs (*used) Shanley*, Curtis*, McFerran O*, Ball

Oldland Abbotonians 3 Warminster Town 1

Last season, Warminster claimed victory in both encounters without conceding a goal. This match was the first time the two teams met this season. The home side, although having a shaky first 5 minutes soon grew into the game and finished up winning 3 -1.

The opening goal came on 10 minutes when Seb Tylek, Warminster’s new goalkeeper failed to punch the ball and Summerhill lurking near Tylek’s left post, headed home. Just 4 minutes later a mistake at the back by the visitors caused Tylek to rush out of his area towards the onrushing number 10, Vinall who was tripped by the keeper. The referee played advantage as the ball went to a blue shirt who crossed the ball back, and Vinall now back on his feet, headed home into the empty net. The referee did have a word with Tylek but left it at that. Had Oldland not scored that would likely have been a red card for the debutant.

Oldland were dominant in this first half and battled for every ball with Vinall upfront causing problems throughout as he chased everything coming his way. Mortimer-Taylor had to be substituted for Connor McKay.

The second half probably couldn’t come soon enough for the Red & Blacks manager, Andy Crabtree. At the restart, the home side almost scored the third goal in under 20 seconds. A ball over the top found their number 9 who’s low shot towards Tylek’s left post required a good save with his left arm. 

The Abbotonians though were relentless in their work rate and a third goal did come on 60 minutes when Mills crossed in from the left, Vinall leapt in front of the keeper at the near post which allowed the ball to travel to the centre of the goal where Summerhill slots home from near the goalmouth. 

With 5 minutes of normal time left Oldland had a man sent to the sin-bin. Warminster did keep trying to score the elusive goal and were rewarded with a penalty on 90 minutes, which Jeffery put away to make it 3 – 1. It was another entertaining game to watch and see a home team really battling for every ball and not allowing Warminster a moment to get into a good rhythm. 

Warminster next faces second from bottom, Bishop Sutton at Weymouth Street on Saturday, February 15th kickoff 3.00 pm. On Wednesday, February 19th they face the long trip to Tavistock AFC for the quarter-final round of the Les Phillips Cup, kickoff 7.30 pm.

Team: Tylek, McFerran*, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor*, Pawley, Vincent, Fletcher, 

Subs (used*) McKay*, Ball, Chenery-Bowden*

Warminster Town 3 Wells City 3

High-flying Wells City came to Warminster Town on the first day of February. The club made this a special day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as part of World Cancer Day on February 4th. There was a raffle, and the takings from the refreshment cabin being donated to the cause.

The 107 in attendance watched a 6-goal thriller and honours were even at the end of this game at 3 – 3. This is how the game unfolded.

Warminster got off to a very bright start and almost scored in the opening seconds when Miluk on the right crossed into the box. Allen flicked the ball into the centre of the area, and Pawley shot over the bar. In the 4th minute, more pressure from the home side saw Shanley’s header saved by Wilkinson in City’s goal.

City scored first against the run of the opening play in the 7th minute. Foster, City’s number 10, practically unmarked, made sure by firing into the right-hand corner of Crabtree’s net. From the encounter earlier in the season, Warminster should have been aware of the goal-scoring ability of Wells and the ability to get balls into the box and finish them.

Wells continued to pump long balls forward throughout the match and make use of their taller players. Warminster had to be on guard against this tactic for the whole 90 minutes. The home side though did not let their heads drop after the opener and equalised in the 13th minute. Shanley found Allen on the edge of the box, whose shot went in off the left-hand post.

Allen doubled his tally in the 23rd minute, with a super shot from a parried save from a Shanley strike and buried the ball into the left corner of the goal. Crabtree pulled off a good save 5 minutes later to keep Town’s lead intact. Two minutes later, at the opposite end, Allen went close to a hat trick forcing the keeper into a fine save. Crabtree right at the death of the first half pulled off another good save contributing to him being the players’ Man of the Match.

With a 2 – 1 lead Warminster started the second-half as brightly as the first, and on 50 seconds Miluk going down the entire right of City’s half took on both defence and keeper to force the ball low into the back of the net to make it 3 – 1. Wells responded in the 52nd minute with Foster getting his second. Moments later Crabtree produced another fine save, but the lead was to vanish in the 68th minute when City equalised with a goal into the middle of the net by Hunt.

Warminster made a double substitution when Fletcher and Johnson replaced Barnes and Shanley. The fresh legs seemed to turn things in Warminster’s favour and the home side in the final quarter of an hour or so created several chances where Allen could have scored again.

Overall, Warminster should be pleased with their performance, and the fans of both teams were treated to an entertaining football match. There were opportunities for the home side to win and no doubt this will give them the confidence to perform well in their next game, which is on Saturday, February 8th away at Oldland Abbotonians.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Jeffery(c), Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley, Allen, Shanley*, Barnes*,
Subs: (used) Fletcher*, Johnson*, Ball, Tylek

Wincanton Town 2 Warminster Town 1

On Saturday, January 25th., Warminster Town made the short trip down the A303 to Wincanton, to face “The Wasps”. The match took place on a sticky pitch and despite taking the lead lost the game 2-1.

The first half kicked off, and for much of it, Warminster looked the better side. The opening goal scored by the visitors was a superb volley from Eben Mortimer-Taylor on 23 minutes finding the top right corner. Moments before this goal, Allen almost connected with a superb cross on the 6-yard line from Miluk, which would have been a certain goal.

In the 28th minute, a penalty was given to The Wasps. The reason why was not seen by the referee as he went to consult with the linesman before deciding there was an infringement. One of Warminster’s subs, Nathan Ball was not best pleased and earned a yellow card for expressing his displeasure to the officials. The penalty was dispatched into the back of Carl Crabtree’s net by Dan Wise sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the goalscorer Mortimer-Taylor was substituted due to injury towards the end of the half. Just before this, Miluk went close with a shot that went over the home side’s crossbar.

Wincanton scored the winning goal in the 67th minute. A long ball from The Wasps defence was knocked on to Louis Irwin, who on the edge of the box, left-footed a shot into Town’s goal which went in off the left-hand post. In the 76th minute, Crabtree pulled off an excellent save diving high to his left to keep the ball out of his net. Minutes later Crabtree had to come charging out to the right-hand edge of his area to cut out a dangerous move from Wincanton.

With 11 minutes of the 90 remaining Miluk intercepted a back pass to The Wasps keeper. MIluk fired the ball on target, but the keeper managed to get a strong arm to prevent the goal.

With a few minutes remaining, it could be said that Warminster had two goalkeepers on the pitch as Allen was replaced by Nathan Ball, this time playing in a forward role. It would have a made a great story if Ball could have scored when playing at the opposite end of the pitch.

Warminster probably deserved a draw with everything taken into account but sadly have come away from Moor Lane without a point.

Next up, high-flying Wells City at Weymouth Street, Warminster on Saturday, February 1st. Kickoff at 3.00 pm.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Barnes, Graham, Jeffery, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Pawley, Allen, Shanley,

Subs (used) Ball, Chenery-Bowden*, De Silva

Warminster Town 0 Longwell Green Sports 3

After a courageous performance in the FA Vase, there was hope that Warminster Town would be able to reproduce that form in the league. However, this was not to be. Top of the league, Longwell Green Sports came away with a three-goal victory with no goals from the home side.

The visitors got off to a flying start with their opening goal in under thirty seconds. A throw-in on the left, halfway inside Warminster’s half resulted in two passes that found Liam Oswin in the box, and his low shot found the right-hand corner of the home side’s goal.

The second goal came in the 7th minute when a ball through the middle was attacked by Oswin this time Nathan Ball pulled off a diving save, but the parried ball was put away by number 10, Conor Britton this time into the opposite corner to the first goal.

A shell-shocked Warminster battled and settled down but lacked any serious attempt on goal in this first half. It looked like the tide could turn in the second half when with just a couple of minutes to go in the first half Longwell Green’s defender, Chris Alway received a second yellow card and had his marching orders to the dressing room.

Despite facing just ten men, Warminster could not get those elusive goals. Things got worse when Nathan Ball failed to clear a backpass quickly enough and had it robbed off his feet by substitute Dan Carter, who placed the ball into the back of the net in the 77th minute.

It certainly was a ‘bad day at the office’ as described on the official Warminster Town Twitter account, @warminstertnfc. Warminster now faces an away trip to Wincanton Town on Saturday, January 25th. The next home game is on February 1st when Wells City will be the visitors, kickoff 3.00 pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs*, De Silva*, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Miluk, McKay*, Allen, Pawley, Barnes

Subs (*used) McFerran*, Fletcher*, Shanley*, Crabtree