Category: Match Report

Downton FC 3 Warminster Town 2

The Red & Blacks travelled to South Wiltshire for the Wiltshire Senior Cup at Wick Lane to face Downton FC. Manager, Andy Crabtree had to put out a somewhat different team due to player availability. This meant there were two notable changes, with midfielder Stewart Lisowski having to play in goal and striker James Vincent at right back.

The Robins are currently top of Division 1 of the Wessex League and with 39 goals scored it was always going to be a difficult contest, compounded with the changes. The final score was 3 – 2 to the home side.

Downton went ahead early in the game after Lisowski fumbled a shot which fell to Owen who made no mistake in getting the ball into the net in the 5th minute. Downton definitely had the better play in the first half. In the 39th minute, Warminster created their own problems in the 6-yard box making it easy for Razax to double Downton’s lead. 

The second half saw Warminster much more lively and exert more pressure on the home side. The Red & Blacks got off to a flying start, less than 3 minutes into the half, when Francois Allan fired home from the left after Downton failed to clear the ball from a Harry Barnes free-kick. 

Unfortunately, the home side scored their third goal (57) when a free-kick deflected off the wall, was tapped into the path of Savage 16 yards out, who fired low into Lisowski’s left and despite a good effort to reach it the ball passed between keeper and post. For much of the rest of the game, Downton seemed to be hanging on and Warminster saw Lewis Graham pull one back in the 61st minute. Graham was still forward having been tackled during a run through the length of the pitch. Downton cleared the ball but it was driven back to Graham who ran across goal and fired in low from the right and into the left corner of the goal.

Downton managed to hold on for the win and move into the next round of this cup. Were it not for mistakes made the result would have been in Warminster’s favour. 

Team: Lisowski, Vincent, Graham, De-Silva, Jeffery, Churchyard, Miluk, Barnes, Butler, Allen, Shanley

Subs: Fletcher, Johnson, White,  

Warminster Town 3 – AFC Portchester 1

With a chance for two teams to play a final at Wembley, there is always an air of excitement and hope for such a game as this. This second round FA Vase tie proved to be an exciting contest between Warminster Town and Wessex Premier League side, AFC Portchester. The home side has progressed to round 3 with a 3 – 1 victory. 

For the first 20 minutes, Warminster were mostly under pressure from the visitors who threatened to score on several occasions. The first goal came in the 22nd minute and put the home side ahead. Jack Miluk from deep inside Warminster’s half sent a long ball down the right. Francois Allan chased down the ball, rounded the advancing keeper and fired the ball home for the first goal. 

Warminster’s second came 20 minutes later (42), an ideal time to score just before halftime. Once again, Allan and Miluk were in action. This time Allan was the provider. He picked up a loose ball inside the visitors half, advancing on goal and upon reaching the right edge of the penalty area crossed into the box and found the advancing Miluk who’s shot hit the back of the net. 2 – 0. 

The second half kicked off and AFC Portchester forced Nathan Ball into a fine save in the 4th minute and later in the game he was also called into action making a really good save to keep the contenders from scoring more. Ten minutes into this half (55), Eben Mortimer-Taylor made a run down the right and crossed the ball into Allan who didn’t seem to get enough power to score as he slid to meet the ball but it still found its way between keeper and his left-hand post.

Miluk went really close 3 minutes later when his shot went agonisingly past the left-hand post. There were other opportunities too for the home side which went close, including one from Allan who almost got his hat-trick.

Portchester’s goal came in the 67th minute, a long ball from the left, not too far inside Warminster’s half found the head of Dan Wooden who’s looping header caught Nathan Ball on the backfoot and it dropped just under the crossbar. With 5 minutes of normal time remaining, Portchester almost doubled their goal tally as the ball slowly hit Nathan Ball’s right-hand post allowing him time to get across and collect it. 

222 watched this game and created a real cup-tie atmosphere and both sides contributed to an entertaining game of football. Warminster can now look forward to playing in round 3. 


Team: Ball, McFerran, Jeffery, Graham, De-Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor,  Allen, Butler*, Shanley* 

Subs (*used) Lisowski*, Johnson*, Barnes, Fletcher*

Warminster Town 5 Portishead Town 0

The Les Phillip Cup is the equivalent of the Carabao League Cup for Western League football clubs. In the first round, Warminster drew Portishead Town and the game took place on Wednesday, October 30th. The weather was inclement but the football on display proved to be truly exciting, a real Cup-tie. All 5 goals were scored by Warminster Town, well worthy with all the effort they put into this game. 

Both sides started out brightly and Warminster set off at a high tempo, which they maintained throughout the 90 minutes. In the opening minutes both teams had a good opportunity to score. The opening goal scored by Francois Allan came in just the 5th minute, when Jack Miluk crossed in from the right to Nyke Fletcher who then squared the ball to Allan, now in the box to shoot home. 

More chances were to come, mostly for the home side but Nathan Ball had to put in a good save. The second goal was tapped in by central defender, Lewis Graham after more good work from Miluk and Lisowski in the 40th minute. Moments later Allan went close firing just wide and so at halftime the Red & Blacks had a 2 – 0 lead and had given the fans much to applaud. 

The second-half kicked off with the same intensity and in the 53rd minute George Butler added his name to the score sheet with a close range shot. 

Following a Portishead foul on Warminster’s captain Charlie Walton and his subsequent reaction, saw both players sent off the pitch with a red card each. Fortunately, this did not stop the high intensity of football on the pitch. The hard working Nyke Fletcher scored his first goal and Warminster’s fourth on 69 minutes with a lovely shot on the turn.

The fifth goal in the 74th minute, was from Miluk’s low shot from outside of the central area of the box and saw the ball firmly planted in the back of the net. A superb all round performance from Warminster which showed what they are capable of this season. 

Team: Ball, Lisowski, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Walton(red card), Fletcher, Butler, Allan*

Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Shanley*, Vincent, McFerran 

Warminster Town 0 Wincanton Town 1

Following a convincing 5 – 1 win at Bishops Lydeard hopes were high for another victory over the visitors, Wincanton Town. On a very wet Saturday afternoon, and with good preparation work on the pitch a few days earlier play was possible. The first half saw a lacklustre performance by the home side with few chances created. The game finished with just one goal which was scored by the Somerset side.

Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball made a good save in the fifth-minute diving high to his left to push the ball out for a corner and deny Louis Irwin a goal. Wincanton’s only goal came in the 22nd minute, almost exactly at the halfway point of the first half. Nathan Ball had caught the ball in the box and from the edge of his penalty area kicked it deep into the Wincanton half only to find the head of a defender. This was then flicked on by another Wincanton player and fell favourably for Toby Cole who ran through the 2 central defenders and with just the keeper to beat, slotted the ball neatly past him with a low right-footed shot.

In the 32nd minute, Warminster went close when Martin Johnson’s curling shot went just left of the bottom of the post. It would obviously take more effort from the Red & Blacks in the second half to get a result from this game.

Warminster did indeed ‘up their game’ in the second half and created more chances, putting the visitors under much more pressure than before. In the 53rd minute, Warminster’s closest chance of a goal saw their keeper, Sam Stroud palm the ball away from his top left corner and then have to scramble to his bottom right to push it away from creeping over the line. 

There was goal-line drama too at the Warminster end in the 68th minute when a hit Ball’s right-hand post, the rebound was then fired back and cleared off the line by the head of Ian Jeffery. The only remaining drama came with a series of yellow cards and the sending off of Wincanton’s Kris Hastings. It could be said that Warminster deserved a point from the game, and bearing in mind the visitors are second in the league a one-nil loss was not too devastating.   

Team: Ball, McFerran, Johnson*, Graham, De Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton, Mortimer-Taylor, Butler*, Shanley*, 
Subs ( *used) Barnes* Churchyard, Lisowski, Fletcher*, Allan*

Ashton & Backwell 2 Warminster Town 1

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*

Warminster Town 3 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 2

On a damp Saturday afternoon, The Town welcomed East Cowes Victoria Athletic for the First Round proper of the FA Vase. The pitch held up well despite the heavy rain during the previous few days. The FA Vase offers the chance to play in a final at Wembley and cash from playing in each round for the clubs, the winner of this game receiving £825, a lot of money for small non-league clubs. Warminster went on to win this game 3 – 2. 

The 133 in attendance were treated to a real cup tie with end to end action throughout the match. Warminster got off to a flying start when on 30 seconds Charlie Walton opened the scoring. James Vincent in the box pulled the ball back to Walton who fired across goal into the right-hand corner. The lead though was not to last long when just past the 3-minute mark The Vics equalised. A looping cross from their left from Joe Butcher into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home team and tapped home by Brandon Haywood. 

Both sides created chances with the visitors decidedly having the better possession and passing in the first half. Just after the half-hour, The Vics went close producing a wonderful save from Nathan Ball whose performance granted him the title “Man of the match” by the team. Half-time 1 -1.

As is often the case at home, Warminster came out a different team in the second half. From the off, they set about scoring more goals. The ever-busy Walton got a shot way within the opening seconds. In the third minute of this half, a corner was met by Walton who planted the ball home into the back of the net with a fine header to the left-hand corner, leaving the keeper little chance of making a save.

Once again though both sides were creating chances, and Warminster’s third goal came in the 65th minute with great work from a break-away counter-attack. James Vincent ran down the right after collecting a long clearance ball. He took on the defender on the right edge of the box and passed to a waiting Jack Miluk for him to tap home. 10 minutes later Walton went close with fine solo work, forcing the keeper to produce an excellent save. 

A consolation goal came for The Vics in the 88th minute when Butcher, who had been dangerous throughout the game, danced through the defence on the edge of the box and made certain of his shot to make it 3 -2.

Team: Ball, Barnes, McFerran, Jeffrey, De-Silva*, Lisowski*, Miluk*, Walton, Vincent, Shanley, Butler

Subs (used*) Baggs*, Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden, Curtis*

Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3

Super Size Crowd at Warminster Town

On what turned out to be a very wet Saturday evening on Ground-Hopper Day, 369 braved the weather including many ground-hoppers coming to Warminster for the first time. The spectators were entertained with a 5 goal thriller, a sending-off, missed chances, good saves and the ball crashing against the posts. The final score Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3.

Bristol Telephones showed good pace up front and the early warning signs were there for Warminster to see. Balls were being played through the home sides defence for The Phones forwards to run on to. This did not appear to be a team who have only managed one point all season. The visitors breakthrough came on 14 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with by the Warminster defence and fell to Luke Barnfield who brought it down with his left foot and with his second touch left-footed it into the right-hand corner. 

Nathan Ball was called into action a number of times to prevent more goals from The Phones in the first thirty minutes as Warminster continued to rock under the attack from the team in blue. O’Neil and Barnfield for The Phones paired up well and were creating many chances and deserved to have scored more. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 31st minute when from a Phones corner Allen ran with the ball down the left-wing, passed inside to Shanley who then played in Miluk. Miluk beat 2 defenders on the edge of the D and fired home past the keeper. 

Two minutes later Butler down the left passed a long ball to Vincent who beats the defenders on the left of goal and made sure of hitting the target.

In the final minute of the half, Francois Allen received a red card, and at the time most in the crowd away from the action had thought he was being sin-binned for 10 minutes.

The second-half now started and Warminster with a 2 – 1 lead had some work to do with just 10 men on the pitch. Bristol Telephones 3 minutes into the half found number 11, Golding who tapped the ball home. The third goal for The Phones was in the 59th minute when Barnfield scored his second made all too easy by the home side. 

Despite being down to 10 men Warminster created chances but couldn’t either get them on target or were saved by the Phones keeper. Likewise, the visitors went close several times in a real end to end battle between the two teams. It was a game for the neutrals to enjoy who came along as ground-hoppers and made it worth getting thoroughly wet from all the rain.

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say: “Obviously over the moon with the attendance of 369 it created a great atmosphere. More importantly, I’m very disappointed with the result and losing at home once again. At 2-1 we in the driving seat and the sending off just before half time had a big impact on the game. 

We didn’t defend very well all night and it proved our undoing. I can’t fault the effort the lads put in but it’s something we need to address as it has happened far too frequently for my liking. We have a tough FA Vase game next Saturday and it’s important that we learn from those mistakes, bounce back and show a bit of character if we are to kick on for the remainder of the season.”

Team: Ball, Baggs*, Barnes*, Allen (red card), De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Mcferran*, Johnson*, Mortimer-Taylor*  

Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2

Suggested Title: Chances Galore For Warminster

On yet another glorious September afternoon Warminster faced the new team in Division 1, Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Premier Division last season. They have had to rebuild their team and despite getting off to a very shaky start have improved much in their last few games. Today was no exception and they played well as a team, finding space and creating chances, two of which turned into goals. Final score Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2.

It looked as though the home side would win this game with the early show of form, Walton forcing the keeper into a good save after just 18 seconds! This was followed by more chances but despite the run of play, Hengrove opened the scoring right on 12 minutes with a goal from a corner scored by Mickey Parsons.

Warminster went close in the 22nd minute when James Vincent headed into the ground which bounced over the bar and 4 minutes later he also headed again over the bar a ball from a corner. Walton and Barnes also had shots on goal but nothing went into the visitors’ goal. In the 37th minute, Churchyard tried to chip the keeper but it was an easy save. Miluk went really close with 2 minutes left of this half with a ball which flew just over the crossbar.

Warminster were giving Hengrove too much space which allowed them a number of chances and no doubt the halftime team talk would try and address this. The second half got under-way and Warminster did create several early chances which on another day would have gone in. Warminster had a series of early corners with the keeper being kept very busy. Following one of those corners in the 57th minute, a long hopeful clearance by Hengrove went over the head of defender Harry Barnes standing on the halfway line, leaving number 10 Regan Burton to run onto the ball with only Nathan Ball to beat. Burton kept calm and slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Warminster pulled one back in the 68th-minute when a through ball from Shanley found Vincent who made no mistake and fired home.

The second half was full of incidents and saw Henry Mcferran substituted with Ashton Shanley following an accidental clashing of heads with an Hengrove player. Shanley was later sin-binned for 10 minutes on 80 minutes for dissent, he was allowed back on the field for the last 2 minutes of additional time. During the last couple of minutes of normal time, a bad tackle was made on Lewis Graham, the resulting melee saw a red card for the offending player as well as Graham for his reaction.

Right to the end, Warminster continued to try to get something from the game and continued to go very close to scoring especially when substitute, Francois Allen almost converted Jack Miluk’s cross from the right just in front of goal. It was a disappointing result for The Town after putting in so much effort and with the number of chances in front of goal.

The next game is away at Sherborne Town on Saturday, September 28th and the next home game is a late 7.45 pm kickoff on Saturday, October 5th. as part of Ground-Hopper Day. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Johnson*, Vincent, Butler.

Subs (used*) Lisowski, Shanley*, Allen*, De-Silva

Warminster Town – on the road to Wembley

On a lovely warm and sunny afternoon, Warminster Town welcomed Alresford Town to Weymouth Street for the second qualifying round of the FA Vase. This is a competition that can lead to a final at Wembley. Warminster had a bye in the first round and now faced a team from the Wessex Premier Division who had won all their five games of the season so far. 

In front of a crowd of 110, this proved to be a high energy and entertaining game of football. Were it not for many other local events such as the Frome Cheese Show and Longleat Sky Safari would have been much higher. With fortune favouring the brave Warminster took a one-goal lead into the dressing room at halftime 

Early chances came for the visitors when Nathan Ball, in goal for Warminster was called into action in the 4th minute. Ball made a block to put the ball out for a corner. On other occasions, Alresford were heading or shooting high over the Warminster cross-bar. The Red & Blacks worked hard and were creating chances of their own with the best after 20 minutes with good work by Francois Allen. He broke away down the right and crossed the ball to find George Butler who forced the keeper into making a good save on the line down at the corner of his right-hand post. A shot from the subsequent rebound was blocked and cleared to safety.

In the 24th minute, Charlie Walton fired over the bar, however, just two minutes later he scored a spectacular goal. A free-kick from the right was floated into the box by Ashton Shanley, it was cleared by the defence and fell to Walton on the left of goal who volleyed the ball home into the far right of the visitors’ goal. This will probably be one of the outstanding goals of the season.

Alresford continued to create chances but failed to capitalise on them. The home side could have doubled their lead when Jack Miluk with under 5 minutes to go forced the keeper to make a save after another Shanley free-kick was dropped into the Alresford penalty area.

In less than 60 seconds of the second half kicking off The Magpies nearly drew level when a route one kick down the right from the keeper was picked up close to Warminster’s goal and fired agonisingly across the front and out of play at the far post. It was an early warning that there was still a lot of fight left from the Wessex Premier League leaders. A few moments later the visitors went close again when a shot went just over Ball’s crossbar.

The second goal for Warminster came on 50 minutes when Allen made a good run down the right, crossed the ball into The Magpies box and Charlie Walton turned to shoot. The keeper, McCarthy got his hands to it but the ball still found its way into the left-hand corner. 4 minutes later Alresford pulled one back with a goal from Chris Mason who took his shot well from the edge of the area following a move down their left-side of the pitch. 

This left 36 minutes of normal time for some dramatic action with Alresford having some good chances and they made all 3 substitutions early on to try and get that all elusive goal. 

The match was marred just before 90 minutes when a spat between a group of players ended with a yellow card for a player on each side, It could have been for one of the Alresford players who threw a punch in front of those sat in the seats in front of the clubhouse but was not seen by the officials.

Very late on and deep into additional time, a goal-mouth scramble at the Warminster end was thankfully cleared which allowed Warminster to come out as the victors in a hard-fought match. 

Warminster next play on Saturday, September 21st with another home game when Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Western League Premier Division last season will be the opponents.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Allen*, Butler*, Shanley*

(subs used*) Lisowski*, Vincent*, Johnson*, De Silva

Wells City 3 Warminster Town 2

Warminster Town travelled to Wells looking for their third away win of the season and make it three out of 3. The game, however, was won by Wells City. Wells going into the dressing room at halftime one goal ahead scored just after 11 minutes. The second half saw more goals with the final score at 3 – 2 to the home side.

Wells City has strengthed their squad this season with more experienced players, and this told on the day at The Athletic Ground. From early on in the match Wells put pressure on the visitors’ goal and went close in the opening minutes of the game. Jack Miluk in the 8th minute, battled on the left through the City defence and forced the keeper into blocking his shot at the near post.

The opening goal came shortly afterwards when a cross from the home side’s left and met by the head of Ross Padfield waiting in the 6-yard box and sent into the left-hand side of the goal much to the annoyance of manager, Andy Crabtree. Warminster went close just before halftime when Charlie Walton’s shot produced a fine save from the City keeper. 

Wells had proved difficult to breakdown and were much better in the air. Warminster’s passing and positioning on the pitch in this first-half were below the standard set in previous away games. Wells City looked extremely dangerous with any free kick taken inside Warminster’s half of the pitch, a lesson not learned that would cost the game in the second half. 

Wells got off to a flying start in the second half forcing a corner in less than a minute. The resulting corner from their left was met by the head once again of Ross Padfield who just sent the ball just wide of the post. It is worth mentioning that Padfield is probably one of the shortest players on the pitch but seemed to get his head to the ball all too easily. Wells went close on 55 minutes with another header this time not Padfield but their number 9 and fortunately, it went just over the bar.

On 57 minutes, Eban Mortimer-Taylor produced a shot which was saved relatively comfortably by the City keeper. Warminster equalised in the 63rd minute when Ryan Baggs lobbed in a ball cleared from a corner and found Lewis Graham, who with the slightest of touches puts the ball into the back of the net. The City players started to look a little rattled by this and were very vocal in trying to calm the nerves.  

The next goal came in the 75th minute when a free-kick, taken from Wells’ right dropped into the waiting group of players and once again Padfield was the man to get to the ball this time using his feet to get the ball home past Nathan Ball. Butler and Johnson were brought on for Warminster replacing Churchyard and Vincent shortly after the goal. 

Nathan Ball produced a good save in the 79th minute from a low-shot by Wells’ number 9. With 10 minutes remaining it was now time for that special moment to get Warminster back in the game. That moment came in the 85th minute. A cross from Mortimer-Taylor from the right found the head of Jack Miluk turning the ball into the left-hand side of the goal. Shanley was then substituted for striker Francois Allen. A point now would have been a good result from this game.

In the 88th minute as Warminster were in the process of clearing their lines, Mortimer-Taylor ran into blue shirts and lost the ball 30 yards out. In what appeared to be a rash move, Baggs went charging into one of the Wells players giving away a free kick in another dangerous area. By now, everyone should have been aware of how well City can get balls into the box and score.  

City took the free-kick, and once again that man Padfield popped up and headed the ball over Warminster’s keeper to make it a hat-trick and seal the victory for the home side. It was such a disappointing way to end the game after fighting back twice to level the score. Warminster can learn from this game and move on to the next one, which is going to be an exciting challenge!

The next game is on September 14th when the Hampshire team, Alresford Town come to Weymouth Street, Warminster in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase which gives teams to hope of playing a final at Wembley. Alresford Town is currently the leader in the Wessex Premier League, having won all five games this season so far. It will be an excellent display of football, and above-average attendance is very likely. Adults £5 concessions £3 and under 16’s and serving armed forces free. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barmes, Graham, McFerran, Chuchyard*, Miluk, Walton(c), Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent*, Shanley*

Subs (used*) Lisowski, De-Silva, Butler*, Johnson*, Allen*,