Category: Match Report

Warminster Town 6 Devizes Town 0

Seeking to make amends for errors which resulted in a defeat at Welton Rovers, Warminster now faced bottom of the league, Devizes Town. Make amends they did, and Warminster Town scored six goals and kept a clean sheet, with the new keeper, Tom Drewitt making an excellent debut.

The first quarter of an hour saw a fairly even performance from both teams. However, from that point on, the home side pressed Devizes back into their half, and the visitors found it very difficult to break out and create opportunities to score.

The only goal of the first half came in the 42nd minute. A through ball to Jack Miluk on the edge of the penalty area, allowed him to slot the ball into the left side of the goal.

From the whistle, the second-half saw Warminster pile on the pressure onto the visitors. Seth Wain scored the second on 50 minutes with a long-range shot going low into the left corner beating the outstretched arm of Devizes keeper, Mitchell.

George Butler made it 3 eight minutes later, a cross from the left from Barnes found Sisson on the right. Sisson looped the ball into the 18-yard box where Butler stretched to guide the ball once again into the left of the Devizes goal leaving the keeper no chance of a save.

The Red & Blacks were now truly dominant, and the 4th goal came with Wain scoring his second in the 62nd minute. A pass came from Churchyard into Wain’s feet on the right-hand edge of the area, and he made no mistake with the right-footed shot and the keeper unable to keep the ball out of his net.

Next up to score, centre-back Jordan De Silva, (71) up for the corner kick. Devizes failed to clear the ball, and Miluk outside the area put the ball back in the box to De-Silva, who turned and shot past the stationary keeper.

The final goal of this game in the 83rd minute, Martin Johnson put away a ball from a free kick taken on the right with an easy tap-in to make it six and a good day at the office for the home side. This result now places Warminster Town in fifth place in the league.

With the announcement of another lockdown, there will be no further league games until December providing the lockdown is lifted.

Attendance: 172

Team: Drewitt, Sisson, Jeffrey, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor*, Johnson, Wain, Butler*
Subs: (used) Bartley*, Lisowski*, Seviour*, Graham

Welton Rovers 3 Warminster Town 0

Errors are costly for Warminster Town

Following a good performance at Wells City, Warminster travelled to the unbeaten and top of the league Welton Rovers. Playing in wet and windy conditions, the visitors took the game to the home side and created several opportunities to score. In the first 30 minutes, Warminster put good pressure on the Rovers defence, forcing a good save, hitting the crossbar and making the opposition players tackle well and clear the ball.

Much against the run of play, Warminster gave away a free kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 35th minute. Kyle Box shot low with precision around the wall into Hotine’s right side of goal and past the diving keeper just inside the post.

At the end of the first half, a header from Churchyard for Warminster forced another save from the keeper, but the halftime score would stand at 1-0.

Before 20 minutes of the second half had elapsed, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree used all 3 substitutes, as the visitors were now finding it more difficult to manage the game as they had done in the first half. On came, Lisowski, Wain and Miluk for, Churchyard, Bartley and Johnson.

The substitutions energised Warminster, and once again they started to put more pressure on the home side. The hope of a comeback was lost when Welton made a counter-attack in the 76th minute. Sisson lost the ball deep into the Welton half, and Chris Pile made the long run towards Warminster’s goal, With just De Silva to beat he shot low to Hotine’s left, with the keeper not quite getting his hands to the ball to prevent the goal.

The third goal came with 2 minutes of normal time remaining when a defensive mix up saw Hotine left well out of his goal and Courtney Charles had all the time in the world to almost walk the ball into the net.

Warminster were the masters of their downfall in this game, and lessons will have to be learned for future matches.

Welton remains unbeaten at the top of the Toolstation Western League division 1.

Next match: Warminster Town v Devizes Town on Saturday October 31st.

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

Wells City 1 Warminster Town 3

Title: A Hard Fought Win

Monday is an unusual day for Western League football but a good crowd of away fans travelled with Warminster Town to Wells. Their efforts did not go unrewarded as the visitors produced a strong performance against Wells City, and won the match 1-3.

Wells started at a high tempo and Warminster had to defend from a number of free kicks which Wells won close to Warminster’s 18 yard box. The home side looked dangerous and it took great effort from the Red and Blacks to keep them from scoring.

The first goal came in the 25th minute and it was Warminster’s Martin Johnson who tucked the ball home. A shot from Sisson was blocked and the rebound fell for Johnson to give the visitors the lead. Barnes went close a few minutes later, his free kick hit the wall then the rebound back into the wall and the third attempt hit the post.

This was a good period for The Town and on 33 minutes Johnson produced a superb cross from the left which was met by the head of Joel Sisson to double the lead. In the final minute of normal time, Wells were awarded a free kick inside Warminster’s half. Hotine saved it, but the rebound and scramble inside the goal mouth saw the ball popped into the back of the net. Halftime: Wells City 1  Warminster Town 2.

Warminster battled hard and from the kickoff in the second half saw them start to assert more pressure on the home side. Several early chances were created but the scoreline remained the same. Wells brought on all 3 substitutes to try to get back level but this probably opened them up to Warminster’s attacks. A terrific move from Sisson saw him breaking through the middle of City’s defence. Sisson passed the ball to Allen, who calmly slotted the ball home, and making it 3 goals (66).

Less than 10 minutes later saw Allen sin-binned for 10 minutes, however not long afterwards, Wells lost a player through injury and they too were down to 10 men. Allen came back on with 5 minutes of normal time remaining and should have made it a brace. Right at the end Warminster had another opportunity, which somehow flashed wide of the City goal.

A very hard fought game of football and a good test for Warminster as they climb the table to 4th place.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard*, Mortimer-Taylor*, Bartley, Allen, Johnson*, Butler

Subs (*used) Lisowski*, Wain*, Seviour*, Graham

Warminster Town 3 Almondsbury FC 0

Back on home turf, Warminster Town were looking to get back to winning ways, following a draw last week and a league defeat before. In front of another good crowd of 144, Warminster put on a good show and produced a 3-0 win over Almondsbury FC.

Almondsbury set off at a quick pace and looked dangerous, particularly on the counter-attack. Warminster battled through those opening minutes and in the 22nd Martin Johnson opened the scoring from a corner taken by Ian Jeffery. Just in front of the goal, Johnson reacted and got the ball safely over the goal-line.

Not to be outdone George Butler doubled the tally (34) heading the ball down from an Ian Jeffery free-kick. Warminster at this point in the game now firmly in the driving seat. Almondsbury went close to pulling one back when a shot hit the post, and the rebound fired over the crossbar. Halftime 2-0.

Less than 3 minutes into the second-half Johnson made it a brace with a superbly placed left-footed shot from just outside the box into the right corner of the net. The ball came through to him after a pass aimed towards the ever hard-working Francois Allen was intercepted and landed perfectly at Johnson’s feet.

The home side remained in control and had several other chances to increase their tally during the half. To their credit, Almondsbury worked hard to try to get something from this game, but Warminster proved to be the stronger side. It was yet another entertaining game of football at Weymouth Street and an endorsement for the Toolstation Western League.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk*, Bartley*, Allen, Johnson, Butler*
Subs (used) Lisowski*, Mortimer-Taylor*, Seviour*, Graham, Bowden

Portishead Town 2 Warminster Town 2

Late Goal Denies Victory

Warminster Town travelled to Portishead on an extremely wet day and looking to get back to winning ways. An additional time goal scored by the home side snatched away the victory and produced a two all result.

Portishead Town took the lead in the 14th minute with a superb low drive from the left, driven across Hotine’s goal into the far-right netting. This was very much against the run of play as Warminster had created chances, particularly by the hard-working team top-scorer Francois Allen, who had failed to hit the target and missed a much better opportunity later.

The equaliser came as we entered additional time. Warminster won a corner, Jeffrey’s kick was headed clear and landed well outside of the box at Lisowski’s feet who fired the ball back on target towards goal. His shot was deflected off a defender, standing close to the goal, and into his net. Halftime 1-1.

Throughout the second half, Warminster were strong and creating chances. Ten minutes into this half, saw Miluk fouled in the penalty area. Jeffery stepped up to calmly slot the ball home into the left with the keeper diving the wrong way.

Just as Warminster had equalised in additional time in the first half, so Portishead Town did so at the end of this match. The home side won a free-kick, the ball headed down and fired home low beating defender De-Silva and keeper Hotine.

For all their hard work, Warminster had to settle for a single point, making it 10 points from 5 games, putting them in 6th place with Portishead one above in 5th.

Next match: Saturday, October 10th Warminster Town v Almondsbury FC

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

Warminster Town 1 Bishop Sutton 2

Bashed by The Bishops

Warminster Town started the day with a 100% unbeaten record, 3 out of 3 and were looking to make it four wins. Bishop Sutton had other ideas and proved to be a strong side. The first half saw the home side create the better chances, but fail to capitalise on them. The Bishops had the sharper play on balance on the day, and thanks to a second-half penalty came out as 1-2 winners.

The visitors showed their determination from the first whistle and in the second minute, a shot was fired just a few feet over Hotine’s crossbar. Soon after, Warminster created several chances with Butler and then Lisowski seeing their efforts go over the Bishops goal. In the 6th minute it looked as though the visitors were about to get a penalty after Sisson brought down a player, but it was just outside the penalty area.

The home side continued to have shots on goal, the best on 15 minutes when Pawley,s shot had to be saved by the keeper, forcing a corner. Hotine was called into action in the 32nd minute and produced a fine save. The deadlock ended in the 41st minute with a goal by Buck for The Bishops.

In the second-half, Warminster didn’t take too long to level the score. Just over 4 minutes in and Francois Allen increased his season’s goal tally. Picking up the ball on the right he cut into the penalty area and let fly a right-footed shot ending up in the left-side of Locke’s net.

On 57 minutes, Hotine kept the score level with a fine save. The ball came in from the Bishops left, and he had to dive at full stretch to force it past his far post.

The winning goal came (74) when Lewis Graham who had just come on as a substitute, clipped a Bishops players and a penalty was awarded. Baker took the penalty slotting the ball to his left and Hotine, unfortunately, guessed the wrong way to dive.

Warminster continued to battle, but today were just slightly off the form they have shown so far this season and couldn’t get the equaliser.

Attendance 144

Next match: Saturday, October 3rd away at Portishead Town.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley T, Allen, Wain, Butler. Subs (used) Graham, Seviour, Pawley G, Bartley*

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.

Wincanton Town 1 Warminster Town 2

A Hard Fought Victory 

It’s not often that Warminster Town has an evening Western League match but on Tuesday, September 8th they travelled to Wincanton. The Moor Lane ground has always proved to be a tough place to play at, and it has not been a fruitful ground for several seasons. On this occasion, Wincanton Town nicknamed The  Wasps was the side to be stung. It was a match well worth watching and a 2-1 win for Warminster. 

From the kickoff, it was evident that Wincanton are a very good side and the visitors had to endure wave upon wave of attacks as the Wasps swarmed all over the pitch. Warminster though battled, and every time they got the ball, looked dangerous on the attack. An early breakthrough came in the 8th minute when Wain ran down the left, crossed to Butler at the centre around 25 yards out, he slipped the ball out to Miluk on the right. Miluk ran onto the ball, driving forwards into the penalty and fired home across goal into the left side of the net. First sting on the wasps! 

There were other chances too for Warminster, which was encouraging throughout the game. The equaliser came from a corner in the 23rd minute. 6′ 7″ Matt Garner didn’t need to use his height and scored with his feet from the left, rifling the ball home across into the right of the goal. The Warminster defenders would be a little disappointed to have conceded. 

Hotine in goal for Warminster also had to pull off several good saves in this half. Sadly at the end of the half, Mortimer-Taylor had to be substituted for Lisowski, having pulled his hamstring exactly as he did at Wincanton last season. 

The second-half saw Wincanton resume their intense style of play, but Warminster remained resolute and causing problems for the Wasps. Warminster was awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute. Captain, Ian Jeffery took it, scored, despite serious mind games by the goalie and other players, and then the referee asked it to be retaken due to encroachment. Jeffery, not put off by this made sure a second time placing the ball in the left of the goal and the keeper going in the opposite direction.

Warminster weathered the home team’s response and proved to be worthy winners 1-2.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Butler, Allen*, Wain, Mortimer-Taylor*

Subs: Lisowski*, Johnson*, Seviour, Bartley, Mandson

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*