Category: Match Report

Almost an Upset

Warminster Town travelled to Cheddar on Tuesday night to take on the league leaders.

The first half hour was fairly even with both teams creating a couple of half chances, but these were comfortably dealt with by both keepers. In atrocious conditions, the two sides were hell-bent on getting the ball down and playing some entertaining football, which was pleasing for the spectators who braved the elements.

The only goal of the game came in the 31st minute when the home team knocked in a hopeful long cross, which Warminster failed to deal with and gifted Cheddar a free header at the far post which was headed back across goal and into the side netting giving Nathan Ball no chance.

The goal seemed to deflate the visitors and the final fifteen minutes of the half saw Cheddar very much in control, but thankfully they didn’t create too many clear cut chances.

The second half was a fairly even contest with both defences very much in charge.

Warminster had a valiant attempt Cheddar to try and find an equalizer, but the very well organized home defence rarely gave Warminster many opportunities and Conner McKay and Jake Wright were very much feeding on scraps!’

Warminster will be kicking themselves for switching off in the first half allowing Cheddar to score the only goal but they aren’t top of the league by accident, and all good teams have a knack of finding a way to win. The red and blacks gave their all, and nobody could question what they put into the game, and on another day they could have taken something from the game.

Warminster are on the road again on Saturday when they travel to Longwell Green. If the can replicate Tuesday’s performance and effort, they will surely have a good chance of taking something from the game.

Match Report by Rob McFerran

Abysmal First Half at Portishead

The BBC weather forecast was spot on when they forecast that heavy rain would fall on Portishead around 3 pm and last for an hour or so. Right on cue, the rain started and the wind picked up speed driving the rain almost sideways! This was a game of two halves with Portishead scoring 3 times in the first half and Warminster 2 in the second, final score 3 – 2.

On an ever-increasing slippery pitch, Warminster got off to a good start putting pressure on the home side’s defence. Portishead’s keeper was called into action several times the third of which in the seventh minute, earned him a yellow card for bringing down Warminster’s Conner McKay outside of the area and some might argue should have been a red one.  

It was the 12th minute when the home side opened the scoreline with a cross from the right finding Alex Chapman who made no mistake in scoring. The second goal came on the half-hour when  Portishead went down their left and with few passes cut through the Warminster defence like a hot knife through butter and the ball was in the back of the net, nestled in the bottom far corner by Robbie Cox.

The third goal and a brace for Chapman came in the 39th minute. This all started from a free kick just inside Warminster’s half which was sent to the left of goal then passed a couple of times across the front of goal to be launched back from the right into the six-yard box for Chapman to slide in and tap home. This really was a poor performance from the visitors who just did not defend as they have done in previous games.

No doubt there had been a very strong team talk at halftime and Warminster rallied to prevent the mistakes of the first-half. It was with the wet pitch and wind going to be a struggle to get back into the game. However, the Red & Blacks battled and fought hard to prevail.

Warminster went close on 58 minutes when Jack Miluk beat his man on the right and his shot went just to the left of the far post. Substitutions were made and on came George Butler followed later by Jake Wright both of whom went on to score. The first for Wright in the 79th minute when from the left side of the box he lobbed the keeper and the covering defender and the ball sailed elegantly into the top right-hand corner.

Warminster’s second goal was a great effort from Butler who in the 83rd minute lobbed a Portishead defender then volleyed the ball with his left foot into the back of the goal. Unfortunately, despite the much better football in the second half by Warminster the score finished at 3 -2 to the home side.

After the game assistant manager Rob McFerran commented:

“Andy and I are hugely disappointed with yesterday’s first-half performance. To go in three-nil down at half time to a team who are one from the bottom of the league is not acceptable. Perhaps the mindset was we just had to turn up to get the three points, but in this league that simply isn’t the case.

Portishead gave us a lesson in the first half on how desire and determination can take you a long way in this league, and their effort in the first 45 minutes effectively sealed them the three points, so credit to them. We rallied in the second half with Jake Wright and George Butler offering some hope, but it wasn’t to be.

Our good run had to come to an end sometime but the manner in which it happened was disappointing and I know quite a few of our players will be disappointed with their first-half performances. We don’t become a bad team overnight and the last six weeks we have been in fantastic form….perhaps a bit of complacency crept in? But lesson learnt and you can be sure of a reaction from the boys on Tuesday when we travel to high flying Cheddar.”

U18s League Cup Quarter Final result

Match report from today’s U18’s league cup game by Tom Willoughby.

Another strong win for the mighty red and black u18s.

Welcoming local rivals Westbury to Weymouth street for our 2nd leg quarter-final of the league cup.

With a 4-0 advantage from the first leg, we knew we still had to work hard to keep our league record of being unbeaten. It was a tough game on a churned up Weymouth street pitch, but we were the dominant side and didn’t really have much pressure put on us in the first half going 2-0 into half time. With a team talk, we went back out a little more positive and soon found our feet and controlled the game scoring 3 more goals to make it 5-0 final score and 9-0 on aggregate.

The red and blacks now wait to find out who they play in the semifinals.

Man of the match Roy Bakudie.

Chard Town 3 Warminster Town 3

Warminster Town travelled to Chard for the first game of 2019, after an excellent festive period which saw Warminster collect seven points from a possible nine. Chard Town were a comfortable third in the league table so this would be a stern test for the visitors.

The first thirty minutes were fairly even with both keepers having little to deal with, Warminster’s keeper Crabtree was possibly the busier, having to deal with Chard’s secret weapon…..the long throw!

Jack Miluk gave Warminster the lead on the half-hour mark, good work in the six-yard box saw Miluk conjure up enough space to get his shot away and plant it in the far bottom corner giving Scott Wells-Burr no chance. The lead was short lived as Warminster failed to defend a corner which was flicked on at the near post, poor marking saw Ryan Parris appear at the far post for a simple tap in. 

The second half started, and Warminster were behind after just three minutes, after countless opportunities to clear the ball from the penalty box the ball once again dropped to Ryan Parris who gratefully accepted the gift and planted the ball past Carl Crabtree.

Manager Andy Crabtree introduced Connor McKay into the game, and this sparked the visitors into life which forced Chard on the back foot. Captain Charlie Walton’s thumping volley from the edge of the penalty area gave Wells-Burr no chance and levelled up the scoreline.

From the restart Chard retook the lead, Warminster gave away a throw in which Andrew Holmes hurled into the penalty area, the defence failed to deal with the loose ball, and once again Warminster were behind. Warminster got back on level terms in the seventy-fifth minute with George Butler’s fantastic header from Eben Mortimer-Taylors precise free kick.

Martin Johnson had a great opportunity to seal all three points for Warminster when his shot from just outside the six-yard box bounced off the post, and somehow Chard scrambled the ball to safety. The final ten minutes were frantic with both teams going for the win, but the final whistle sounded with honours even. 

On reflection, a draw was a fair result, but Warminster will be kicking themselves as they scored three excellent goals but unfortunately conceded two soft goals from set plays. 

Team: Carl Crabtree, Ryan Baggs, Harry Barnes, Jordan De Silva, Lewis Graham, Joel Sisson, George Butler, Eben Mortimer-Taylor, Charlie Walton, Jack Miluk, Martin Johnson, Jake Wright, Sam Wright, Connor McKay.

The next game is not until Saturday, January 19th at Weymouth Street, Warminster when the visitors will be Bishops Lydeard.

Article by Rob McFerran – assistant manager Warminster Town FC