Category: Match Report

Trowbridge Town 2 Warminster Town 0

The Red and Blacks made the short trip to local side Trowbridge Town for the first round of the Wiltshire Senior Cup.

Trowbridge who play a league below in the Corsham Print Wiltshire Senior League have had a reasonably good start to their season taking 5 wins from their opening 8 games.

Warminster on the other hand were looking to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing defeat midweek to high flying Welton Rovers in the league.

The first 20 minutes saw most of the action in the Trowbridge half, but Town were unable to capitalize due to some solid defending from the home side.

The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute. A foul in the Warminster box resulting in a penalty. Trowbridge Captain and former Town player Ryan Baggs stepping up and slotting the ball firmly into the bottom right corner.

The home side doubled their advantage 11 minutes later. A corner from the left side swung in and Jordan Gullis with a free header into the back of the Warminster net.

Closest Warminster went to a goal was right before half time. Conner McKay with a low driven shot from the right hand side about 25 yards out, but it flashed wide of the far post.

17 minutes into the second half after some pinball in the box and several attempts to steer the ball over the line as Trowbridge threw bodies in the way, Warminster were awarded a Penalty, the final shot being blocked by a Trowbridge arm. Surprising that no card of either colour was produced for the transgression.

Conner McKay stepped up but despite his shot being driven low and right in the corner, Sam Jepson in the Trowbridge goal still managed to get across and get a big hand to it to deny Warminster a goal.

Town had another chance a few minutes later, again forcing a save from Jepson.

The rest of the second half was a fairly even affair, play going from end to end, but no real chances for either side writes Jamie House.

2-0 to Trowbridge the final score.

Team: Thompson, Bartley (88’), Lisowski, De Silva, Cockerill, Miluk, Humphrey, Churchyard (c), Johnson L (45’), McKay (80’), Johnson M

Subs: Atkins, Seviour, Wain (All used

Farnham Town FC v Warminster Town FC

Warminster Town made the journey to Farnham in Surrey for the first qualifying round of the FA Vase. This competition offers the hope to play a final at Wembley for the two teams that make it to the end. Farnham Town plays in the equivalent of a division higher, but in 2019, Warminster brushed aside several higher-ranked opponents and hoped to do so again. 

This time, hopes became dashed at the first attempt with Farnham Town winning 4 – 0. From the first whistle, the home side looked sharp and looking for victory, forcing Thompson into making an early save. Not to be outdone, Warminster’s Martin Johnson saw his goal attempt go just wide. 

Farnham broke through with the opening goal in the 24th minute. A corner taken short, then back to the taker was flighted in towards Warminster’s left post and met by the head of Ashey Lloyd. His header went towards the right upright, beating everyone in the process and into the net. 

Three minutes later (27), Farnham would double their tally. A cross from Stewart from the right across Warminster’s goal saw the keeper slide and try to clear the ball with his feet. He lost out under pressure, and the ball returned to Stewart, who tucked it away into the right-hand side of the net.

Farnham’s third goal was a penalty, taken well by Joshua Ogunseye (38), sending Thomson the wrong way. Finishing off Warminster’s first-half woes was the goal scored by Matt Glass. A long goal kick was played on by an opposing player; Glass headed it down to his own feet and, from the left side of the penalty area, shot past Thomson into the right corner of the net.

Warminster improved in their second-half performance, but the score remained the same. With a four-goal deficit, it was a mountain to climb. Manager, Andy Crabtree after the match, confirmed his disappointment with the way the team had played and the fundamental errors, which led to the loss.

Team: Thomson, Bartley, Cockerill, Graham(s), De-Silva, Churchyard, Johnson L, Mortimer-Taylor(s), Johnson M, Wain, McKay

Subs: (used) Humphreys, Stockley

Subs: (unused) Miluk, Jeffrey

Hengrove Athletic 0 Warminster Town 3

After a 4 – 0 win in mid-week, Warminster travelled to Hengrove Athletic with confidence to face a team near to the bottom of the league table. However, experience from similar situations shows that a league position doesn’t always mean much on the day. This match saw The Red & Blacks come away with all three points and a 3 – 0 win.

Warminster took the early lead in the 6th minute. A few moments earlier, Gardner watched his shot deflected just wide of the post. Churchyard met the resulting corner to head the ball home into the left side of the goal. McKay went close in the 34th when his shot went just wide of the left-hand post. Three minutes later, he put in a fine cross, which just needed a touch as it crossed the goalmouth with Gardner not quite reaching it. A late shot from McKay was straight at the keeper, so the half finished at 0 – 1.

There were some feisty moments from the home side during this half, which earned them several yellow cards. The referee did well in dealing with the situations, and credit goes to the Town players for letting him do his job.

The visitors got off to an excellent second-half start and on 53 minutes. Wain running along the byline, beat the defender and passed the ball to Graham in the centre of the box. Near the penalty spot, Graham made sure as the ball fell at his feet, having been slowed down by a defender.

The third goal came from a corner from Warminster’s right, first met by Lewis Graham’s head and finished off in the 6-yard box with a bicycle kick by Wain.

The 3 points earned move Warminster Town into 3rd place in the table. Manager Andy Crabtree knows there is still much his side can do to improve, and as they do so have a real chance of finishing in the top segment of the division.

Team: Thomson, Bartley, Cockerill, Lisowski, Jeffrey, Churchyard, Gardner, Mortimer-Taylor, Graham, Wain, McKay

Subs (used) Johnson M, De Silva, Hampson
(Unused) Pollock, Humphreys

Warminster Town 4 Odd Down 0

As daylight ends earlier, the floodlights were soon on for this game between the former Premier side and Warminster Town. For this season, visitors had decided to end their time in the higher league. In this match, Warminster proved to be the better side and, with two goals in each half, won 4 – 0.

Warminster got off to a very bright start with a goal well within the opening minute. Alex Churchyard met the ball from the free kick on the left and headed it home right of the diving keeper.

In the 37th minute, Odd Down had their best chance but put the ball into the side netting.

Warminster’s second (42 mins) came from a pass from Lewis Graham to Seth Wain, who ran down the centre at the defence and with, a twist and a turn, got a left-footed shot away to beat the keeper.

Just minutes into the second half, Odd Down’s keeper, Reece Bannister, was injured when challenging for the ball, bringing down Graham in the process. Were it not for the offside flag; it looked like a red card offence. Reece had to be carried off, but concerns for him meant a delay of over 10 minutes.

The substitute keeper did well in this half, but on 65 minutes, Lewis Graham fired home from the right just inside the penalty area.

In the 76th minute, an excellent pass from Bartley set up Wain to score his second of the night.

An excellent performance by the Red & Blacks with 128 in attendance and moved them into 6th place, a point above the visitors.

Team: Thomson, Bartley, Cockerill, Lisowski, Jeffrey, Churchyard, Gardner(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Graham, Wain, McKay(s)

Subs (used) Hampton, Seviour, Humphrey
(unused) Johnson M, De-Silva

Lebeq Utd 3 Warminster Town 1

For the final Saturday in August, Warminster Town had a trip to Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, to play Lebeq Utd on a 3G pitch.

From the start of this match, it was evident that Lebeq had pace in the team and prove dangerous on the break. This ability proved to be the undoing of the visitors, who failed to capitalise on several opportunities to score in this match. The final score was 3 – 1 to the home side.

Warminster started well and created many chances in the first half, which went over the Lebeq crossbar. The Lebeq keeper gave the impression that if tested could be beaten. However, with no shots to try him, we could not verify that.

In the 34th minute, Lebeq went close, hitting the crossbar with a right-footed shot from Lebeq’s number 9 from the edge of the penalty area. The danger signs were there for the Red & Blacks.

The opening goal from Lebeq came in the 42nd minute with a run down their right, and number 10 cut and fired home from their right edge of the box. Halftime 1 – 0

Warminster almost pulled one back within the opening minute when Seviour, close to goal, shot the ball wide of the left-hand post. The second goal came (58)when Lebeq’s number 7 went down the right, beat Ian Jeffery and shot across goal with only Thomson to beat, into the left side of the net. Ten minutes later, the player found himself sent off to the sin bin for abusive language to a linesman.

Lebeq did seem to tire and started to defend a little deeper, giving Warminster hope of getting back into the game.

Just before the half-hour, Luke Johnson came on for Lisowski. A few minutes later (78), this moved paid off, and with good work down the right, Johnson saw his shot rifle into the net.

Manager Andy Crabtree made a final throw of the dice to get the equaliser by substituting Martin Johnson for Jordan De Silva and moving the taller Lewis Graham upfront. Warminster went all out, but unfortunately, with 2 minutes to go, Lebeq got their third goal. With Warminster stretched, the home side broke through, and 12 yards could put the ball past Thomson.

The final score Lebeq Utd 3 Warminster Town 1 and a few more shots on target could have been a very different result for The Red & Blacks.

Team: Thomson, Humphreys, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Graham, Churchyard, Seviour, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson M (s), Lisowski(s), McKay
Subs (Used) Johnson L, De-Silva
(Unused) Curtis, Ruck

Tytherington Rocks 0 Warminster Town 4

Following an exhilarating performance against Sherborne Town, Warminster made their first trip to a new team in the league, Tytherington Rocks. Could the Red & Blacks come away with all 3 points from this trip to Gloucestershire? Indeed they could. An incredible four penalties in the first half sealed a 4 – 0 victory for Warminster.

The home side was unable to cope with the runs down the left by Conner McKay. Finding his way into the box, he was brought down three times in similar areas and earned the first three penalties. The first came in the ninth minute, the next one in the 14th and the third in the 17th. Ian Jeffery, Warminster’s captain, sending all three into the left side of the net.

On the half-hour, the Rocks had a great opportunity to pull one back but could only watch the ball roll along the front of the visitors’ goal mouth.

A couple of minutes later, McKay was brought down again, just outside of the penalty area. Mortimer-Taylor stepped up to take and forced a fine save by the keeper’s left upright.

With 3 minutes to go, Gardener one on one with the keeper shot and struck the left-hand post, a fine effort.

Warminster’s 4th penalty came in the 43rd minute, when the Rocks’ keeper, Johnson, clattered into Mortimer-Taylor. Once again, Jeffery stepped up and fired home into the right side of the net this time.

The second half started, and within 45 seconds, Seviour found himself in space on the right struck the ball well, but his shot went just over the bar. Moments later, McKay too went close, forcing the keeper into making a save.

At the 60 minute mark, Tytherington missed a golden opportunity to score. Thompson came out of his goal to meet the attacker, who sent the ball just wide of the left post. A couple of minutes later, Gardener shot and forced a save, the parried ball reaching the feet of Mortimer-Taylor, who shot wide with an almost open goal. The ball didn’t seem to go in the back of the net from open play!

A few other opportunities came Warminster’s way, but with four goals in the bag, it didn’t matter today that they wouldn’t go into the net. Another entertaining game of football for the fans and a well-earned 3 points.

Team: Thompson, Bartley*, Cockerill, Lisowski*, Jeffery, Churchyard, Seviour*, Mortimer-Taylor, Gardnener, Wain, McKay *subbed
Subs: (used) De-Silva, Johnson L, Humphrey
(unused) Monteith, Jepson

Warminster Town 0 Sherborne Town 0

Following a poor performance on Saturday, a Wednesday evening kickoff against high-scoring Sherborne Town was an opportunity to put things right on the pitch for Warminster Town F.C.

Sherborne’s opening three games saw them win with two 6-1 victories and a 5-1 in their previous match at Wells City. With such results, indeed goals at Weymouth Street would be the order of the day? The game was thoroughly entertaining, but goals there were not, and a surprisingly a 0-0 draw was the result.

The kickoff saw a highly energised start from Warminster, to which Sherborne had to react quickly. The home side went close to scoring when Seviour’s shot went just over Sherborne’s crossbar. The visitors had a shot on target in the 39th minute saved by Thomson and gathered safely.

As in the opening 45 minutes, the second-half played with great intensity and excellent football. Lewis Graham’s free-kick (54) from around 25 yards went over the 4-man wall, and the keeper produced a good save by diving to his left.

Six minutes later, Warminster went very close with great work from McKay and, from the edge of the ‘D’, slid a pass to Miluk on his right running into the penalty area. Miluk’s shot was saved by the outstretched right arm of the keeper. The ball reached the feet of Seviour, and the keeper still down low by his post managed to pull off another fine save.

The Red & Blacks had other chances, too, with the closest falling to Connor McKay. On 80 minutes, Mckay shot from the left edge of the penalty area, flashing just over the bar by the far post.

Seconds before the final whistle, Sherborne had an opportunity only to watch the ball bounce off the crossbar.

In summary, although goalless, it was a highly entertaining game with a crowd of 152 and many watching on the YouTube livestream.

Team: Thompson, Bartley, Cockerill, Graham, Jeffery, Lisowski, Miluk*, Mortimer-Taylor, McKay*, Wain*, Seviour

Subs (Used) Humphrey, Johnson L, Gardner C
(Unused) De Silva

Warminster Town 1 AEK Boco 3

This match was the first time the two teams had ever met. AEK Boco, new to the Toolstation Western League, came away with all 3 points by scoring 3 goals against Warminster’s 1.

Hopes were high for the home side after an excellent start to the season’s campaign. In the first half, both teams missed golden chances to score. Jack Miluk twice failed to take advantage of defensive weakness for the home side, with Gardner, Bartley (open play) and Cockerill (free kick) all going close.

Late in this half, in the 44th minute, AEK, when a penalty clearance fell to the visitors outside the box, fired into a crowd of players and turned in by AEK’s number 9, Charlie Stevens.

Miluk went close on 58 minutes in the second half with a shot just wide of the left post. More opportunities to score for the Red & Blacks came along, but none found the back of the net. However, the visitors were to put away their chances just over halfway into this half. They scored the second with a run from the centre circle into Warminster’s penalty area and fire past keeper Thomson. The home side must be wondering where their defence was with only one man back in their half when the ball was picked up.

AEK Boco struck for the third time a few minutes later with a fine long-range shot from the left. Warminster scored a consolation goal courtesy of Lewis Graham with a few minutes remaining on the clock. Overall, an under-par performance with some sloppy passing, missed chances and at times, a seeming lack of energy from the home side.

Team: Thompson, Cockerill, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk, Bartley, Gardner, Humphreys*, Seviour

Subs: McKay, Pollock, Wain (used)
Johnson L (unused)

  • subbed

Warminster Town 2 Radstock Town 0

The 118 in attendance watched an excellent display from a Warminster side, growing in confidence. Despite having some of the regular first-team unavailable, the team proved strong and beat Radstock Town 2 – 0.

It was an even opening half, with few clear opportunities to score for either side. The opening goal came in the 38th minute when Alex Churchyard met a corner from Mortimer-Taylor at the far side of the net and thumped the ball home. This celebrates Churchyard’s first goal for the club.

Radstock made their chances of getting level more difficult after a red card saw Tom Pawley sent off for the visitors just four minutes later.

The second half saw Warminster with the extra man become much more dominant. The second goal which sealed the win came in the 53rd minute. Miluk intercepted a pass on the right in Radsotck’s territory, beat two defenders to cross to Gardner on the edge of the box. With his second touch, Gardner left-footed the ball into the net, beating the flailing arms of the keeper. In the end, this proved to be a comfortable win for the home side, and now after three matches puts them in third place in the table.

Team: Crabtree, Bartley, Cockerill, Graham, Lisowski, Churchyard (c), Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Gardner, Humphreys, Seviour

Subs used: Pollock, Young, Johnson L,
unused: Johnson M

Next match Saturday, August 14th
Warminster Town v AEK Boco kickoff 3 pm.

A Penalty Denies Warminster the Win

Having won their season’s opening game, Warminster were brimming with confidence in the Tuesday evening visit to Moor Lane. The first half proved to be an exciting affair for spectators, even though only one of the goals came in this half: the opener, a superb goal by the visitors’ number 8, Mortimer-Taylor.

Out of the two keepers, Warminster’s debutant Sam Thomson was much the busier. Producing the first of several fine saves in the 4th minute. Wincanton went close again to scoring in the 13th, showing what a strong side they are. The opener came on 16 minutes when Mortimer-Taylor drove through The Wasps defence and struck home a stinging left-footed shot into the top right corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Wincanton continued to pressure the Red & Blacks, and was it not for the superb keeping of Thomson; they would have been at least equal at halftime.

The second half saw Wincanton keeping much of the possession. The breakthrough came on 78 minutes with the equalizer from Irwin, struck from inside the penalty area.

Warminster responded and battled to get ahead again, which they did in the 82nd minute with an excellent strike from left-back Aaron Cockerill on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. The hard work of Mortimer-Tayor created the opportunity to score, with a fine cross from the byline and across goal to find Cockerill.

The win, however, did not come to fruition. Wincanton was awarded a penalty, which many have described as ‘soft’, in the 93rd minute. Dan Wise stepped up and beat the diving Thomson to put the ball to the keeper’s left. In the remaining additional time, Warminster tried hard to score again but couldn’t manage another goal. Final score 2 – 2.

Team: Thomson, Bartley*, Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Churchyard, Pollock*, Mortimer-Taylor, Gardner*, Wain, Seviour

Subs (used) Johnson M*, Johnson L, Graham*, McKay*, Humphreys