Category: Match Report

Portishead Town 2 Warminster Town 5

On a blazing hot afternoon, Warminster Town faced an in-form Portishead Town on their home turf, The Playing Fields, Bristol Road. Despite the high-temperature forcing two water breaks, Warminster put in a massive effort and played at a very high tempo to give them all 3 points in an impressive 2 – 5 win.

Due to the colour of the home side’s kit, Warminster still have not been able to sport the new away kit which will have to wait for another day. The game produced seven goals and especially for the visitors could have been many more with the number of chances created even in additional time at the end of the match.

The opening goal came for Warminster, just after 4 minutes with superb build-up play by Ashton Shanley who played the ball to Jack Miluk. Jack made sure of the goal with a left-footed strike into the bottom right corner of the net.

The Red & Blacks second goal came in the 16th minute when Miluk received a throw-in from the left which the keeper’s parried save rebounded to Charlie Walton who blasted the ball home into the open net. By this time, Warminster could have scored a couple more with the shots they had. Portishead went close to scoring in the 24th minute with a point-blank shot that went across the entire face of the goal and out for a goal-kick.

The first-half finished with Warminster taking a pleasing two-goal lead into the break which they enjoyed under the shade of some trees rather than in the hot dressing room.

The second-half got underway with a very early chance for the home side when they hit the post on 47 minutes. The resulting goal kick created an almost route one goal for Warminster when Miluk picked up the ball deep inside Portishead’s half and got behind the defender, squared the ball to James Vincent who tapped it home for the third goal.

The home side pulled one back on 56 minutes, but this did not stop Warminster from continuing to attack. In the 63rd minute a through ball from Lewis Graham finds Vincent, he gets away from the defender, rounds the keeper and finishes well scoring his second. Within a minute Walton runs at the defence and scores the fifth and his second, into the bottom left of the bewildered home sides goal.

Warminster’s central defender, Henry McFerran was substituted for Stuart Lisowski. Charlie Walton dropped into his place and subsequently tackled in the box, winning the ball but deemed to be dangerous play. Portishead awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched making it now 2 – 5.

On 85 minutes a red card was issued to Portishead’s number 11 for a two-footed lunge, and a minute later number 14 was sent to the sin-bin for dissent leaving. With nine men to see out the final few minutes, Warminster rained down a series of shots which unfortunately didn’t increase the tally on a magnificent away victory.

Warminster next play on September 7th with an away trip to Wells City.

Team: (subbed*) Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk(1)*, Walton(2), Vincent(2)*, Mortimer-Taylor, Shanley

Subs (used*) Lisowski*, Allen*, Johnson, Butler*, Crabtree

The New Boys Win!

The second home game of the season saw the arrival of the newly promoted Legeq United, who play their games in Almondsbury, Bristol. This is a team formed in 2008 as a Sunday League side but has progressed rapidly through the leagues to be where they are now. After a good start to the match, the final half-hour saw Warminster make mistakes which allowed Lebeq to go on and win the game 1 – 2.

It has to be noted that the pitch is looking really good with the appointment of Graham Kitly to look after it. A great deal of work has been done to raise the standard this season and to make it one of the best playing surfaces in the league.

Both sides started brightly but the home team looked overall a better side and started to create chances to score. Captain Charlie Walton tried a cheeky shot 40 yards out which went over the bar. Lebeq had a couple of chances afterwards in the first 15 minutes, the first requiring a save by Carl Crabtree and the second blocked by central defender Lewis Graham.

In the 24th minute, a free-kick by Ashton Shanley was charged down by Lebeq and the rebound was fired home by Graham forcing the keeper to dive to his left and put the ball out around his post. Francois Allen had to go off as he was feeling ill and replaced by Eban Mortimer-Taylor. 

The opening goal came shortly after in the 31st minute when Ashton Shanley was taking a superb free-kick from around 20 yards out and found the top right corner of the goal with no one able to get even close to prevent him scoring.

Warminster continued to press and Walton in the 36th minute had a shot blocked just in front of goal. A couple of minutes later he picked up a yellow card. Warminster had a scare when on 41 minutes Lebeq went close when a free-kick was headed just wide by Sheldon Sawyers. Halftime came with the home side taking a 1 – 0 lead into the dressing room.

Warminster resumed the second-half and created great pressure on the visitors goal. Just 4 minutes into the half, Walton passed to Miluk on the left who beat the defenders and crossed the ball across the face of the goal to James Vincent barely a yard out and clear to score. Unbelievably Vincent although getting a touch on the ball failed to get it over the line and it went out for a goal kick.

2 minutes later Warminster had a corner which Lewis Graham headed down and was saved by the keeper, the rebound fired back in and was blocked by a United defender. At this point, it looked to be only a matter of time before the home side would increase their lead. Time after time the Red & Blacks came forward in the opening 15 minutes but failed to score. 

In the 63rd minute Ryan Baggs was brought down by Legeq’s number 7, McCarthy who received a yellow card. Just one minute later the offending player all-too-easily broke through down their left side and shot low from a tight angle to the left of Carl Crabtree. Lebeq were now firmly back in the game and created more chances one which required a fine save by Crabtree.

Lebeq’s winning goal in the 87th minute also came from McCarthy in a similar fashion to his first. The home team’s defense on this occasion made it once again easy for him to get through which for a defence that has been doing well was disappointing. Overall it was an entertaining game, one which Warminster should have won in the first hour of play had the chances been put away. No doubt they will look to make amends on the away trip to Portishead on Saturday, August 24th.

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Allen, Vincent, Shanley.

Subs (*used) Lisowski, Ball, De-Silva, Baggs*, Mortimer-Taylor*

Warminster Town v Lebeq United

Warminster win Devizes Derby

Warminster’s first away league match of the season was to Devizes on a very ball-stopping windy day. Due to the Devizes’ home kit being red & white the new Warminster white & red away kit couldn’t be worn; therefore, the team played in blue. The new kit will have to wait a little longer before being displayed on the pitch.

The wind certainly made things difficult for both sides, holding up the ball in the air. In the first half, Warminster played against the wind, making high balls tricky. The game was very entertaining and a credit to Western League football with both teams working hard for a win. The result was a very satisfying victory for Warminster Town coming out 1 – 3 winners.

Devizes threatened Warminster’s goal in under 2 minutes with a long-range shot helped by the wind forcing Crabtree to produce a good save. Both sides continued to create opportunities to score including Charlie Walton for Warminster who fired a long-range shot over the home side’s crossbar.

The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute. James Vincent battled in the left-hand side of the penalty area to beat the keeper at his feet. He then crossed the ball, which was met by the head of Jack Miluk to score the opening goal. Around 4 minutes later Vincent ran at the keeper and fired a powerful shot which brought a very good save from the Devizes man.

Crabtree also had to produce a mixture of good and relatively easy saves from the Devizes attackers. The best save had to be by the home side’s keeper when a good ball from Lewis Graham on the right found Harry Barnes playing as a winger on the left. Barnes crossed the ball across the goal and found the hard-working Vincent who sent a powerful shot towards goal forcing the keeper to produce a fantastic save.

The first-half equaliser came for Devizes when a mix-up at the back allowed their number 10, Jack Hopper, to tap the ball home at the back post. The teams went into the dressing room all level at halftime in what had been an exciting 45 minutes of football.

The second-half would also prove to be a good advertisement for Western League football as both sides continued to press and create chances to score. Warminster’s Barnes forced a good save in the 59th minutes when the keeper managed to get a leg to prevent a goal from getting in close to his right-hand post. The rebounding ball was followed up by James Vincent who poked it just wide.

Another opportunity for the visitors missed when Vincent’s ball across the goal wasn’t seized on by Miluk or Johnson in the penalty area as it flashed across them. Andy Crabtree brought on substitute Francois Allen who used to play for Warminster a few seasons ago and is now back with the team. After excellent work from Henry McFerran, the ball got through to Allen who on his new season debut put the ball nicely into the back of the net.

Warminster didn’t sit back and rest on their lead and a long ball found Allen on the edge of the penalty area. He lobbed the onrushing keeper, and the ball went just wide of the goal.

In additional time Walton found himself on his own in the centre circle and picked up a pass ran down the centre of the pitch with a defender and goalie to beat. Walton shot low and found the back of the net, making it a very satisfying day for the visitors and taking three well-earned points.

The next game is on Saturday, August 17th when the new team to the Western League, Lebeq Utd come to Weymouth Street, kickoff 3.00pm.

Team: Crabtree, Barnes, McFerran, Graham, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton(c), Johnson, Vincent, Baggs R.
Substitutes (used*): Lisowski*, Allen*, Baggs K, Shanley* Ball

Warminster Town 0 v Welton Rovers 1

The first match of the season kicked off with Warminster Town wearing their new red and black kit. Following a campaign to attract more football fans through the gate it was good to see 174 in attendance. In fact, 2 Warminster supporters, Paul & Barbara travelled all the way from Kent to be here and as a thank you had their photo taken before the start of the game with some of the players.

It proved to be an entertaining game of football with honours going to Welton Rovers with the only goal scored in the first half. Warminster had an early opportunity when new signing Kieran Baggs (former manager of Melksham Town) broke free down the left, got around the keeper and the shot cleared off the line. A couple of minutes later following good work from Jack Miluk, George Butler found himself with an opportunity to shoot but the ball went high and wide over the goal.

Rover’s goal came in the 21st minute when a long range pass from Joe Garland caught out the Warminster defence and found Lewis Coleman who kept the ball away from defender McFerran. This left the attacker clear in centre of goal, at the edge of the penalty area to be able to run into the box. Whilst sliding to get to the ball to beat the onrushing keeper Crabtree he was able to toe-poke home the ball.

Shortly after the goal, Warminster had a good chance to level up when Martin Johnson flicked towards goal a good cross from Miluk but the keeper was covering his near post and pulled off a good save. This half produced several opportunities for both sides with Warminster seeming to shoot high, whereas Rovers did bring into action Carl Crabtree with some fairly easy saves but nevertheless necessary ones.

The second half got underway with Warminster determined to close the gap. Johnson went close in the opening minutes which keeper, Thomas Drewitt cleared with his leg. On 61 minutes Charlie Walton had a good opportunity for the Red & Blacks with a shot just over Rovers’ crossbar. During this half manager Andy Crabtree brought on 3 substitutes to keep the attack going. Miluk, Johnson and Baggs were replaced with Mortimer-Taylor, Wright and Vincent.

A few other opportunities came Town’s way with the fresh legs but were unable to convert. The home side were not quite at the level of sharpness that they have shown possible during the latter part of last season and no doubt this game will have helped them as they look forward to the next one.

After the match assistant manager, Rob McFerran had this to say, “Obviously disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the opening game of the season. The opening encounters saw Welton sharper all over the pitch and we did a lot of chasing trying to get a foothold in the game.

Just as we were getting to grips with the pace of the game we gave away a soft goal from a hopeful long ball that we failed to deal with.

We had plenty of opportunities to level the score before halftime but poor decision making when the better option was to pass the ball rather than shoot and woeful finishing saw us go in at the interval a goal down.

The second half saw us far more attacking with Welton sitting on their lead and credit to their back four limited us to very few chances with all the possession we had. On another day we’d have taken something from the game as Carl had a fairly quiet afternoon, but it wasn’t to be.

We make the short trip to Devizes on Saturday and this gives us the opportunity to bounce back.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton(C), Johnson, Baggs, Butler Subs: Baggs, Mortimer-Taylor*, Vincent*, Lisowski, Wright* 

*Subs used.

Warminster Win The Cup!

The final preseason match saw Warminster Town finish on a high with a win at Meadow Lane in the Alliance Cup which is reserved for such battles between these old rivals. The game only saw one goal but that was enough for the Red & Blacks!

The first half saw Westbury dominate and it looked as though they would score a bucket load of goals. However, despite the constant pressure and with excellent goalkeeping from Carl Crabtree nothing from the home team hit the back of the net. 

It’s probably fair to say that in all the preseason games the first half was Warminster’s poorest performance in this season’s build up. The Town players were becoming increasingly frustrated with each other and no doubt for manager Andy Crabtree a halftime talk couldn’t come soon enough. 

Halftime came and went and from the restart Warminster Town were a very different team. The visitors were now closing down Westbury much quicker and preventing them getting back into the flow of passing the ball around as they did in the first half. 

The only goal came when 7 minutes into the second half, captain, Charlie Walton standing United’s penalty area received a throw-in from the right taken by Henry McFerren. Walton had to beat 4 defenders as he manoeuvred across the box, eventually firing home left footed into the right hand side of goal.

This second half proved to be a much better game of football and although Westbury had chances Carl Crabtree in goal produced some excellent saves. Town also had more chances and went very close to increasing their lead and so it proved to be a very entertaining match to watch.  

The season kicks off on Saturday, August 3rd and Warminster welcome Welton Rovers to Weymouth Street. The club is preparing for a good attendance and you will see on social media the campaign #makeit300 to achieve a goal of having over 300 through the gate. The pitch is looking superb, the clubhouse is welcoming and refreshments are legendary! No charge for children under 16. 

You can watch the live replay on Periscope

A Fine End to the Season

For the final game of the season, Warminster welcomed Chippenham Park to Weymouth Street. The visitors, if they were to lose this match and Oldland Abbotonians win, would find themselves in the bottom two and relegated. Following a run of 4 draws Warminster were looking to finish the season on a high and if Chard were to lose would see them finish in 6th place and allow entry into the FA Cup next season. This was a match with much at stake for both sides.

A crowd of 163 the highest on the day in the Division watched “The Maltmen” win 3 -1 and indeed make it into sixth place! Sadly for Chippenham Park, the results did go against them and they finished the season second from bottom and relegated. With literally a strong wind prevailing this would be a game where the high ball could be a problem and so both teams tried to keep the ball on the grass as much as possible, Chippenham especially playing from the back with few long range kicks from the goalkeeper.

The home side got off to a great start and right on 3 minutes into the game went ahead with a super goal from Jack Miluk, following good work with a run from Lewis Graham, passed to Martin Johnson and then onto Miluk who played the ball into the bottom of the right-hand corner of the goal. Miluk went very close in the 14th minute after receiving another pass from Johnson. Miluk’s shot at goal forced a Chippenham Park defender into action to clear the ball off the line. In the early part of this half, it looked as if there would be a goal fest for Warminster but somehow the keeper and defence prevented more goals.

Warminster did not have it all their own way despite having more possession and opportunities. In the 23rd minute, the visitors went close when Porter flicked on a ball over goalkeeper Carl Crabtree with the crossbar preventing a goal. The Maltmen responded moments later when captain Charlie Walton’s shot went just over Chippenham Park’s crossbar. A few minutes later Johnson saw his attempt on goal cleared off the line and headed over the bar by a defender. The resulting corner was headed wide by Jordan De Silva, yet another opportunity that was close and the pressure on the visitors was constant. On 31 minutes Johnson again making a menace of himself in the box saw his shot squirm under the keeper but once again a defender on the line was there to prevent the goal.

Walton forced a save from the keeper Ben Drewitt just managing to get an arm to the ball to tip it over the bar. With just two minutes to go in the first half, Lewis Graham saw his shot cleared off the line (a recurring theme in this match) and the ball reached Walton who blasted the return into space. Shortly afterwards Eben Mortimer-Taylor saw his shot saved by the keeper. Right at the end of the half, the visitors went close when a ball from the right flashed across Warminster’s goal and the attacking player put the ball into the side netting. The halftime whistle saw Warminster head into the dressing room with a 1 nil lead which was it not for all those goal line clearances would have been very different.

The second half also proved to be entertaining and Warminster in this half gave less room to the Chippenham players, making it harder for them to get out of trouble when attacked. Just 7 minutes in and a corner was met by the head of the ever-busy Walton but he had to watch the ball agonisingly go over the bar. The next good opportunity came when Miluk (57) forced a good save following a good run down the right. A bizarre opening occurred not long after when keeper Drewitt took a swing at the ball and completely missed it, Jake Wright picked up the ball and crossed to Walton who’s header was going to the corner of the goal but the keeper managed to position himself well and hold onto the ball.

Chippenham had another good chance on 64 minutes when number 10 Shanley hit a long-range shot which hit the crossbar, the rebound from that had to be dealt with by Harry Barnes to prevent the goal. Warminster made their first substitution when Jake Wright was replaced with Alex Churchyard. The second substitution followed when off went right-back Ryan Baggs and on came Henry McFerran.

Warminster’s second goal came in the 72nd minute, Eban Mortimer-Taylor received a ball from Miluk which he had time to line up and fire left-footed into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The next substitution followed not long after when Stewart Lisowski went off for Jake Herd.

In the 81st minute number 9 for the visitors, Talmash headed and forced a save from Crabtree, he then fired home the rebound into the back of Warminster’s net. Herd went close on 90 minutes when his shot just clipped the outside of the post and went wide. The third and final goal came in additional time when Johnson threaded an excellent ball through to Mortimer-Taylor who finished into the bottom left-hand corner. All in all a good performance from Warminster Town against a side trying hard to stay in the league.

Manager Andy Crabtree commented, “A good win to round off what has been a great season for the club when we look back 12 months ago and not knowing where or what league we would be in as to where we are now, what a transformation! The whole Club has come on leaps and bounds not only on the pitch but off it as well. The boys have been great this season. Hopefully, we can push on from here and reward our loyal supporters who have backed us all the way. Thank you all for your support; it’s very much appreciated.”

It is also good news that Warminster Maltings will continue to be the club’s main sponsor for the 2019/20 season.  

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright, Mortimer-Taylor

Subs: (*used) Churchyard*, McFerran*, Pollock, Herd*

237 Watch Town Draw Against Devizes

This match had been promoted on social media to attract 200 to through the gate using the hashtag #makeit200. On a glorious Easter Monday afternoon, 237 attended breaking that two-hundred target to see some exciting football and a one all draw. There was a 7-minute delay to kickoff while one of the nets was attached to the satisfaction of the officials.

The game got off to a bright start with both sides looking for a win but with few real chances created. Warminster’s first real opportunity came in the 30th minute when Charlie Walton, returning from a ban, shot from 25 yards which was easily saved by the Devizes keeper, Adam Walters. Eight minutes later Walton shot again this time more powerfully and going just wide of the post.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Warminster won a free kick on the edge of the box. Eben Mortimer-Taylor and Harry Barnes stood over the ball, Mortimer-Tayor ran over the ball causing the Devizes wall to move slightly, and Barnes with his left foot curled the ball just inside the near post with the keeper making a valiant effort but unable to save the ball.

From the restart, the ball was sent out to the left and picked up by Matthew Russell for Devizes. He took on Ryan Baggs close to the corner who managed to get his head on the ball, but Russell ran onto it, cut back in and fired home with his right foot leaving Nathan Ball no chance of making a save. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards with both sides level at one-one and what would prove to be the final score and the third successive draw.

Warminster came out in the second half full of enthusiasm and looking to get back in front and in the first ten minutes of this half had a couple of good chances for Walton and Miluk (later substituted for Jake Wright). In the 62nd minute, Stewart Lisowski fired from a long way out, but his shot went over the bar. Two minutes later Lisowski sent a powerful shot towards Devizes’ goal which was blocked by a brave defender who felt the impact, and the resulting rebound was fired back by Walton which flashed only millimetres over the crossbar.

The second substitution saw Conner McKay replaced by Alex Churchyard and the third was Lisowski swapped for Max Pollock. In the final 15 minutes, the home side had several more chances with Walton, McFerran and with best one right at the end of normal time when Lewis Graham’s left footed shot hit the underside of the crossbar, but sadly no one was able to follow up on the rebound.

In summary, it was a very entertaining game of football watched by the largest crowd of the season and sees Warminster currently in 7th place with just one game remaining. That final game is at Weymouth Street on Saturday, April 27th when the visitors will be Chippenham Park, kickoff 3.00pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Lisowski, Miluk, Johnson, McKay, Mortimer-Taylor.

Subs (used*): Churchyard*, Wright*, Herd, Pollock*

A Saved Penalty Keeps the Score at 0 – 0

The Good Friday weather was perfect, and with the temperature, at around 25 degrees C it was going to be a warm afternoon for the players at The Athletic Ground in Wells.

Before the match got underway, manager, Andy Crabtree and assistant manager Rob McFerran were presented with the Toolstation Western League Division One Team of the Month Award for March 2019. A well-deserved award for the management and players for all the hard work that has been put in.

Warminster were looking to take all 3 points from this game to help with the challenge of finishing in the top 5 of the league table. Sadly this did not happen, and both sides took a point each with a goalless draw.

Throughout the match, Wells City showed that they are a good footballing side having more possession and able to win first and second balls more than the visitors could achieve. However, in the first half, Warminster came closest to scoring when in the 17th minute a long ball was picked up by Jack Miluk on the left-hand side, and he tried to squeeze the ball into the goal from a tight angle requiring a good save from the keeper, Fraser McDiarmid.

Miluk had another opportunity in the 22nd minute when he fired into the side netting. Two minutes later Ryan Baggs produced an excellent pass to Miluk who squared the ball across goal which was almost put into the back of his own net by one of the City defenders sliding in. Wells also had their chances but failed to put any in the back of the net. The closest coming in the 42nd minute which took a deflection and went just wide for a corner.

The second half got underway with Warminster trying hard to get something from this game. Just two minutes into this half Conner McKay was brought down by Mylum in the box for which he received a yellow card and a penalty decision for the visitors. Here now was a golden opportunity for the Red & Blacks to put a marker on this game. McKay took the penalty which was duly saved by McDiarmid diving the right way, along with saving 2 follow up shots, one from Jake Herd and another attempt by McKay.

Wells continued to have more possession and Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball was called into action several times, proving his worth in goal. Miluk also had several more opportunities which stayed out of the back of the net. With neither side able to score this game finished goalless which is quite unusual in the Western League.

Both sides can take positives from the game and although the 90 persons in attendance didn’t see any goals there was at least plenty of entertaining football on the pitch.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Pollock, McKay, Herd

Subs: Churchyard, McFerran, Johnson

Late Penalty for Bishop Sutton

Back in 2013, Bishop Sutton won promotion to the Southern League but unable to make their ground comply to league requirements had to forego the promotion. They are now four places from the bottom of division one and fighting off relegation, so the match was likely to be a tough one for Warminster seeking their tenth consecutive home win.

 

Warminster got off to a slow start. Chances for both sides were very limited with Bishop Sutton having better opportunities. The first half saw just one goal which was scored by the visitors in the 35th minute and made easy on this occasion by The Red & Blacks.  The second half saw a much-improved performance by Warminster and the game ended with a dramatic finish at 2 – 2.

 

The first half can only be described as poor from The Town’s point of view and the excellent crowd of 131 somewhat disappointed. However, the second half saw Warminster moving the ball much quicker and they created a super opportunity in the first 60 seconds which saw George Butler hit the side netting after shooting from a cross following a free kick from the right.

 

Stewart Lisowski went close 10 minutes into this half when his shot hit the lower half of the crossbar bounced back into play and was knocked out for a corner. The first goal came two minutes later, the 57th minute when George Butler crossed in from the left and Martin Johnson tapped the ball over the line, scoring for the second week running.

 

Four minutes later (61) a long ball from Jordan Silva found Jack MIluk who fired home into the corner of goal beating Thomas Fraser in The Bishops goal. Warminster Town were now in the ascendancy and looking to get a third goal.

 

With just two minutes of normal time remaining Jack Miluk stole the ball off a Bishops defender on the edge of the 18-yard line, laying it on for George Butler whose shot was very well saved by Fraser. The keeper released the ball which led to a counter attack and the Bishops came close to scoring were it not for some excellent defending which produced a corner for the visitors.

 

From that corner, goalmouth pressure by Bishop Sutton resulted in a tackle by the home side giving away a soft penalty which now was in additional time making it 2 -2.

 

After the game, assistant manager Rob McFerran had this to say, “A disappointing first half where we didn’t get out of first gear and went in a goal down at the interval.

 

The second half was much better with goals from Martin and Jack. We had plenty of chances to put the game to bed in the second half but failed to take them with the visitors’ keeper making some great saves.

 

Our missed opportunities came back to haunt us in the 90th minute when we conceded a soft penalty. With three games to go, we can still achieve a top-five finish, but we will need to start games at a better tempo for this to happen.”

 

Warminster are at home on Easter Monday when Devizes Town are the opponents and a large bank holiday crowd is expected For children under 16; entry is free.

 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Johnson, McKay, Butler subs: Churchyard, Pollock, Herd, McFerran

 

Another Away Win!

Warminster Town wishing to continue their run of fine form travelled to the Aitchison Playing Fields the home of Oldland Abbotonians looking for another win to move towards a top-five finish. The players described the playing surface as “awful”, and the match proved to be a scrappy affair with the visitors winning with the only goal scored in the first half.

The home side got off to a flying start and in the first couple of minutes showed that although towards the bottom of the league they were a force to be reckoned with. Warminster soon realised that and worked hard to prevent any further scares. An early shot from 30 yards out by Lewis Graham went just over the bar. The only goal came in the 14th minute when good work from the team down the left saw George Butler get a cross into the box and met superbly by Martin Johnson turning to fire home into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Another excellent opportunity to make it two was missed when Jake Wright skewed his shot just wide of the left-hand post and Charlie Walton fired over the bar. Deep into additional time, Lewis Graham with a wonderful first-time volley from 25 yards hit the crossbar with no one able to capitalise on the rebound. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards.

The second half proved to be a scrappy affair with few chances for either side and the visitors finding themselves ruled offside on several occasions which could have led to more excitement! In the 53rd minute, Nathan Ball was called into action and produced a fine save diving low to his right to keep the clean sheet.

Unfortunately, central defender Jordan De Silva had to be substituted due to injury; however, Joel Sissons did an excellent job as his replacement.

The match was one of those without a lot to write home about, but Warminster Town got the job done and move up into 6th place on 56 points not far off third-placed Corsham Town on 63 points. The next match is at home against Bishop Sutton and Warminster will be looking to make it their tenth home win in a row.

Following the game, manager Andy Crabtree had this to say about his team’s performance, “I am obviously delighted to gain 3 points in what was a very difficult game .. we wasted some great chances in the 1st half but the lads dug in and at the end of the day there were only 3 points on offer and we took them. It keeps the run going and Saturday can’t come soon enough for the boys #TheMaltmen.”

There has been a debate about adding a new nickname for the team and with Warminster’s long history as a town connected to the malting industry, ‘The Maltmen’ seems appropriate. Incidentally, the current main sponsor of the club is Warminster Maltings. The Red & Blacks will also remain as a recognisable nickname, and many often use ‘The Town’.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright. Subs (*used) Lisowski, Sisson*, Herd, McKay*