Category: Match Report

Warminster Town 0 Sherborne Town 2

Due to the bad weather, Warminster had not played since February 8th and now faced promotion-chasing Sherborne Town. The Zebras started the day in 5th place, just 3 points adrift of the league leaders Calne Town. On a sticky surface, both teams, for much of the game, matched each other with Sherborne eventually coming out as 2 – 0 winners. 

The visitors squandered a first-half opportunity to score when on 33 minutes a penalty was awarded. Williams took the penalty, striking the ball low and hard with keeper Crabtree rooted to the floor who watched the ball hit the post and the danger pass. 

The Red & Blacks had a number of first-half opportunities but failed to capitalise on them, a notable one in the 13th minute when debutant Dalitso Mandson found himself one on one with the keeper. Beale in goal for Sherborne did well to get his feet to it and snuff out the danger. The keeper was outstanding for the visitors in reading the game well and coming out to meet the home side’s attacking players and clear the ball. Halftime 0 – 0. 

Early in the second half (52), Allen for Warminster also had a one on one with the keeper but again Beale proved to be a barrier. 5 minutes later Allen pressured the keeper to clear the ball. Beale miss kicked it, and Allen picked up the ball again, but his shot was saved by Beale diving to his right. Minutes later Allen forced yet another save. 

Sherborne’s opener came in the 63rd minute, a ball in from the right found the head of number 9, Herrin, and with a looping header found the top right corner. With just over 10 minutes to go, Warminster’s captain was sin-binned leaving 10 men on the pitch, he did return though for the final few minutes. In additional time, The Zebras doubled their tally with an easy tap in goal scored by Sam Farthing. 

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say. “Obviously disappointed with the 2-0 defeat .. anyone who watched the game will know we were a little unlucky. Goals win games and had we taken our chances the outcome could and should have been very different. But we didn’t and paid the price. I can’t be too critical of our performance as we did enough to gain at least a point. 

The first goal was a tremendous header by their striker and the 2nd came as a result of us chasing the game and getting caught on the break late on. We’ll play a lot worse a win and I’m confident we will see an upturn in fortunes in the near future.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran H, Jeffrey, Graham, De Silva*, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley, Madson*, Allen, Barnes*, 

Subs (*used) Shanley*, Curtis*, McFerran O*, Ball

Oldland Abbotonians 3 Warminster Town 1

Last season, Warminster claimed victory in both encounters without conceding a goal. This match was the first time the two teams met this season. The home side, although having a shaky first 5 minutes soon grew into the game and finished up winning 3 -1.

The opening goal came on 10 minutes when Seb Tylek, Warminster’s new goalkeeper failed to punch the ball and Summerhill lurking near Tylek’s left post, headed home. Just 4 minutes later a mistake at the back by the visitors caused Tylek to rush out of his area towards the onrushing number 10, Vinall who was tripped by the keeper. The referee played advantage as the ball went to a blue shirt who crossed the ball back, and Vinall now back on his feet, headed home into the empty net. The referee did have a word with Tylek but left it at that. Had Oldland not scored that would likely have been a red card for the debutant.

Oldland were dominant in this first half and battled for every ball with Vinall upfront causing problems throughout as he chased everything coming his way. Mortimer-Taylor had to be substituted for Connor McKay.

The second half probably couldn’t come soon enough for the Red & Blacks manager, Andy Crabtree. At the restart, the home side almost scored the third goal in under 20 seconds. A ball over the top found their number 9 who’s low shot towards Tylek’s left post required a good save with his left arm. 

The Abbotonians though were relentless in their work rate and a third goal did come on 60 minutes when Mills crossed in from the left, Vinall leapt in front of the keeper at the near post which allowed the ball to travel to the centre of the goal where Summerhill slots home from near the goalmouth. 

With 5 minutes of normal time left Oldland had a man sent to the sin-bin. Warminster did keep trying to score the elusive goal and were rewarded with a penalty on 90 minutes, which Jeffery put away to make it 3 – 1. It was another entertaining game to watch and see a home team really battling for every ball and not allowing Warminster a moment to get into a good rhythm. 

Warminster next faces second from bottom, Bishop Sutton at Weymouth Street on Saturday, February 15th kickoff 3.00 pm. On Wednesday, February 19th they face the long trip to Tavistock AFC for the quarter-final round of the Les Phillips Cup, kickoff 7.30 pm.

Team: Tylek, McFerran*, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor*, Pawley, Vincent, Fletcher, 

Subs (used*) McKay*, Ball, Chenery-Bowden*

Warminster Town 3 Wells City 3

High-flying Wells City came to Warminster Town on the first day of February. The club made this a special day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as part of World Cancer Day on February 4th. There was a raffle, and the takings from the refreshment cabin being donated to the cause.

The 107 in attendance watched a 6-goal thriller and honours were even at the end of this game at 3 – 3. This is how the game unfolded.

Warminster got off to a very bright start and almost scored in the opening seconds when Miluk on the right crossed into the box. Allen flicked the ball into the centre of the area, and Pawley shot over the bar. In the 4th minute, more pressure from the home side saw Shanley’s header saved by Wilkinson in City’s goal.

City scored first against the run of the opening play in the 7th minute. Foster, City’s number 10, practically unmarked, made sure by firing into the right-hand corner of Crabtree’s net. From the encounter earlier in the season, Warminster should have been aware of the goal-scoring ability of Wells and the ability to get balls into the box and finish them.

Wells continued to pump long balls forward throughout the match and make use of their taller players. Warminster had to be on guard against this tactic for the whole 90 minutes. The home side though did not let their heads drop after the opener and equalised in the 13th minute. Shanley found Allen on the edge of the box, whose shot went in off the left-hand post.

Allen doubled his tally in the 23rd minute, with a super shot from a parried save from a Shanley strike and buried the ball into the left corner of the goal. Crabtree pulled off a good save 5 minutes later to keep Town’s lead intact. Two minutes later, at the opposite end, Allen went close to a hat trick forcing the keeper into a fine save. Crabtree right at the death of the first half pulled off another good save contributing to him being the players’ Man of the Match.

With a 2 – 1 lead Warminster started the second-half as brightly as the first, and on 50 seconds Miluk going down the entire right of City’s half took on both defence and keeper to force the ball low into the back of the net to make it 3 – 1. Wells responded in the 52nd minute with Foster getting his second. Moments later Crabtree produced another fine save, but the lead was to vanish in the 68th minute when City equalised with a goal into the middle of the net by Hunt.

Warminster made a double substitution when Fletcher and Johnson replaced Barnes and Shanley. The fresh legs seemed to turn things in Warminster’s favour and the home side in the final quarter of an hour or so created several chances where Allen could have scored again.

Overall, Warminster should be pleased with their performance, and the fans of both teams were treated to an entertaining football match. There were opportunities for the home side to win and no doubt this will give them the confidence to perform well in their next game, which is on Saturday, February 8th away at Oldland Abbotonians.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Jeffery(c), Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley, Allen, Shanley*, Barnes*,
Subs: (used) Fletcher*, Johnson*, Ball, Tylek

Wincanton Town 2 Warminster Town 1

On Saturday, January 25th., Warminster Town made the short trip down the A303 to Wincanton, to face “The Wasps”. The match took place on a sticky pitch and despite taking the lead lost the game 2-1.

The first half kicked off, and for much of it, Warminster looked the better side. The opening goal scored by the visitors was a superb volley from Eben Mortimer-Taylor on 23 minutes finding the top right corner. Moments before this goal, Allen almost connected with a superb cross on the 6-yard line from Miluk, which would have been a certain goal.

In the 28th minute, a penalty was given to The Wasps. The reason why was not seen by the referee as he went to consult with the linesman before deciding there was an infringement. One of Warminster’s subs, Nathan Ball was not best pleased and earned a yellow card for expressing his displeasure to the officials. The penalty was dispatched into the back of Carl Crabtree’s net by Dan Wise sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the goalscorer Mortimer-Taylor was substituted due to injury towards the end of the half. Just before this, Miluk went close with a shot that went over the home side’s crossbar.

Wincanton scored the winning goal in the 67th minute. A long ball from The Wasps defence was knocked on to Louis Irwin, who on the edge of the box, left-footed a shot into Town’s goal which went in off the left-hand post. In the 76th minute, Crabtree pulled off an excellent save diving high to his left to keep the ball out of his net. Minutes later Crabtree had to come charging out to the right-hand edge of his area to cut out a dangerous move from Wincanton.

With 11 minutes of the 90 remaining Miluk intercepted a back pass to The Wasps keeper. MIluk fired the ball on target, but the keeper managed to get a strong arm to prevent the goal.

With a few minutes remaining, it could be said that Warminster had two goalkeepers on the pitch as Allen was replaced by Nathan Ball, this time playing in a forward role. It would have a made a great story if Ball could have scored when playing at the opposite end of the pitch.

Warminster probably deserved a draw with everything taken into account but sadly have come away from Moor Lane without a point.

Next up, high-flying Wells City at Weymouth Street, Warminster on Saturday, February 1st. Kickoff at 3.00 pm.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Barnes, Graham, Jeffery, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Pawley, Allen, Shanley,

Subs (used) Ball, Chenery-Bowden*, De Silva

Warminster Town 0 Longwell Green Sports 3

After a courageous performance in the FA Vase, there was hope that Warminster Town would be able to reproduce that form in the league. However, this was not to be. Top of the league, Longwell Green Sports came away with a three-goal victory with no goals from the home side.

The visitors got off to a flying start with their opening goal in under thirty seconds. A throw-in on the left, halfway inside Warminster’s half resulted in two passes that found Liam Oswin in the box, and his low shot found the right-hand corner of the home side’s goal.

The second goal came in the 7th minute when a ball through the middle was attacked by Oswin this time Nathan Ball pulled off a diving save, but the parried ball was put away by number 10, Conor Britton this time into the opposite corner to the first goal.

A shell-shocked Warminster battled and settled down but lacked any serious attempt on goal in this first half. It looked like the tide could turn in the second half when with just a couple of minutes to go in the first half Longwell Green’s defender, Chris Alway received a second yellow card and had his marching orders to the dressing room.

Despite facing just ten men, Warminster could not get those elusive goals. Things got worse when Nathan Ball failed to clear a backpass quickly enough and had it robbed off his feet by substitute Dan Carter, who placed the ball into the back of the net in the 77th minute.

It certainly was a ‘bad day at the office’ as described on the official Warminster Town Twitter account, @warminstertnfc. Warminster now faces an away trip to Wincanton Town on Saturday, January 25th. The next home game is on February 1st when Wells City will be the visitors, kickoff 3.00 pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs*, De Silva*, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Miluk, McKay*, Allen, Pawley, Barnes

Subs (*used) McFerran*, Fletcher*, Shanley*, Crabtree

Bitton AFC 3 Warminster Town 1

It turned out to be an exciting game of football at Bitton AFC. Warminster made the relatively short journey for a 4th Round tie in the FA Vase to the Western Premier League opponents. Having already beaten higher league opposition in this cup, could Warminster once again be victorious? The victory though went to the home side 3 – 1.

The visitors proved to be a real handful for the home side, and much of the match were in control and took the lead in the 22nd minute after Jack Miluk was brought down in the penalty area. Ian Jeffery, Warminster’s left-back stepped up to take the penalty, smashing the ball home into the bottom left corner, evading the diving keeper.

Warminster’s leading goal scorer James Vincent had to be substituted by Martin Johnson after pulling up with what appears to be a groin injury. All over the pitch, the visitors were in control. Every player was winning their battles and causing the home side to struggle against the intensity of play.

Bitton was limited to few chances in the first half, and perhaps their frustration was showing towards the end of the first 45 minutes when a tackle on Jeffery could well have been worthy of a red card, but the referee didn’t see it that way.

The second half also proved to be highly entertaining. Nathan Ball had to make a good save in the 50th minute to keep the lead. On 62 minutes a free kick by Jeffery forced a near-post save. The cleared ball was then sent back into the box, a real goalmouth scramble was created, but the ball would not go into the back of the net!

Bitton made all three substitutions, which were to play a significant part in what happened next. The visitors came unstuck when on 72 minutes McClennan ran along the edge of the box and fired a left-foot shot to score an excellent goal. The home side went on to double their tally in the 83rd minute with a low strike from Josh Egan.

In a final attempt to push for a goal and deep in stoppage time, Bitton made it 3 with a one on one with the keeper, Kyte slipped the ball into the net.

A valiant effort by Warminster and the scoreline does not do justice to the performance and effort shown. Bitton now goes through to the final 16 in this cup competition.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*, Vincent*, Pawley

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

Bishop Sutton 2 Warminster Town 2

This match was originally due to take place in November but postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. There was still rain very much in the air for this game, but at least it was a mild evening. It was a game that finished all square at 2 – 2.

Warminster took the lead on 11 minutes with a well-worked goal with the final touch from James Vincent moving him onto 10 for the season. The visitors were mostly in the ascendency in this first half, however, with just a couple of minutes to go before halftime switched off and allowed Bishop Sutton to score an equalizer.

Much to the displeasure of manager, Andy Crabtree, the Red & Blacks gave too much room to the home side. A failure to press and go for the second ball allowed The Bishops to score early in the second half and looked the more dangerous team. It took an exceptional free-kick late in the game from Harry Barnes to double Warminster’s tally. Barnes left foot curled the ball over the wall and into the left-hand corner of the home side’s goal.

Overall it has to be said this was a frustrating performance against a team at the bottom end of the league table and viewed as 2 points lost rather than a point gained.

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Pawley, McKay, Shanley, Johnson, Vincent, Allen*

Subs: Miluk, McFerran, Blakeman, Chenery-Bowden*

Warminster Town 1 Radstock Town 2

The first home game of the new year saw the arrival of high flying Radstock Town to Weymouth Street. The home side conceded an early goal but did equalize in the first half. A spirited second-half performance from Warminster was undone by a second goal from The Miners, giving them all 3 points in front of 152 fans. 

Radstock’s first goal came in the 11th minute, a ball dropping into the penalty area was met by the head of Radstock’s James Rustell, the ball looped over keeper Nathan Ball and nestled into the back of his net. Warminster’ s equaliser came in the 22nd minute. A long ball from a free-kick quickly taken by Ball found Jack Miluk who ran at the defence up to the edge of the ‘D’.  He crossed the ball to James Vincent on his left who used his left foot to level the score with a low drive into the back of the net.

Minutes later Radstock went close on two occasions. The first hit Ball’s left post and the keeper fell onto the rebound to cut out the danger. The second called for Ball to make a fine save when a free kick is taken just inside Warminster’s which bounced in the penalty area and was heading under the crossbar. There was also a notable goal-line clearance by Lewis Graham in the 38th minute which kept the scores level in this very entertaining first half. On 45 minutes though, the action was at the other end of the pitch when Vincent turned and shot, the keeper fumbled the save, but managed to catch the ball on the second attempt as the shot wasn’t powerful enough to evade him.

The second-half saw Warminster create a first-minute opening chance with halftime substitute Allen’s shot saved by the keeper, Scrivens diving high to his right to prevent the ball from going in at the top left corner. Radstock doubled their lead in the 51st minute with a goal from a tight angle on the left and buried in the right-hand corner of the goal.

Warminster did go on to create more chances and so did Radstock which continued to make this game good to watch, especially for the neutral. The visitors did go down to 10-men when a second yellow card saw the defender Walker-Wiltshire dismissed. The home side tried hard to make the extra man count but when presented with opportunities were unable to make them count. The game though a disappointing result from Warminster’s viewpoint was a good advert for non-league football and that it can provide excitement for football fans wishing to support local clubs.

Team: Ball, Churchyard, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Pawley, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Fletcher*, Vincent*, Shanley*

Subs (used*) Johnson*, Allen*, McKay*

Corsham Town 2 Warminster Town 1

Having the last home game cancelled due to heavy rain making the pitch unplayable, Warminster looked forward to a trip to Corsham lying just one point below. A win for the Red & Blacks would have made a good impact on their league position. Unfortunately, Corsham Town took all 3 points with a 2 – 1 win.

An injury-time goal from Corsham settled this match, which was keenly contested but lacked a lot of goalmouth action. Warminster started very brightly and moved the ball well.

It came as no surprise within 10 minutes when they took the lead as Lewis Graham rose highest to meet Ian Jeffreys’ inviting corner.
Corsham responded and equalised after Warminster failed to clear a corner, the ball was returned for an unmarked Alex Hillier to head home from 8 yards. Both sides had further chances during the 2nd half, Nathan Ball was smartly off his line to thwart one effort, but neither keeper was seriously troubled.

Just as it seemed a rare draw was on the cards for the Red and Blacks when up popped Jon Bazley to apply the finishing touch to a corner that Warminster again failed to deal with properly.

A real “kick in the teeth” for Warminster who deserved at least a point for their efforts, sadly it was not to be, and they were left to reflect on what might have been, for not the first time this season.

Warminster next play on Saturday, January 4th at Weymouth Street when local rivals Radstock Town will be the opponents. Kick-off 3.00 pm. The following Saturday there is the matter of the big game at Bitton with the 4th round FA Vase, kick-off 3.00 pm, and it would be good to see plenty of Warminster fans make the trip to support the team on this wonderful cup run.

Report: Andy Crabtree

Team: Ball, Baggs, Jeffery, Graham, De-Silva, Shanley, Pawley, Barnes, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*
Subs: (used) Vincent, McFerran O, McFerran H

Warminster Town 2 Portishead Town 1

Having beaten Portishead Town twice already this season, scoring 5 goals in each game, Warminster should have been full of confidence to win this game. This game though did not see 5 goals in total but saw Warminster win 2 -1.

The visitors created so many chances in the first half that they should have easily won this game. The first chance came in the 4th minute when Chapman, one on one with Crabtree in goal, unbelievably put his shot just wide of the left post. More shots followed and then in the 12th minute with another easy chance, Sell skewed his shot well wide of the right-hand side of the goal.

Warminster got their first shot on goal in the 27th minute when Allen got a touch to send the ball towards the line, the ball was cleared but fell to Vincent whose shot was stopped by the keeper getting his body in the way for a corner. Shortly after this Alex Churchyard picked up a yellow card. In the 32nd minute, Vincent again forced the Portishead keeper, George Shanks-Boon into a save. 

Portishead’s efforts on goal were finally rewarded in the 36th minute, a long low ball down the right found number 7, Eastwood who cut into the edge of the penalty area, left-back, Ian Jeffery got a foot on the shot but the deflection carried the ball over Crabtree and into Warminster’s net.

One minute later, Portishead almost doubled their tally with a shot that went just over the crossbar. Their chances by now had reached double figures and 3 of which would be described as ‘sitters’ that were missed.

No doubt at halftime Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree gave an appropriate dressing room talk. The Portishead players were waiting on the pitch for while before the Red & Blacks and officials appeared. Warminster started much brighter and played well, cutting out the number of opportunities that had been afforded to the visitors in the first half. Mortimer-Taylor showed intent with his shot in the 53rd minute, which went wide of the post. Allen nearly scored Warminster’s first in the 67th minute, he got a glancing diving header sent just wide of the left-hand post. 

On 75 minutes Martin Johnson who had come on for James Vincent had an excellent chance to equalise when the ball fell to him at the far post from a corner on the left. Johnson tapped the ball towards the bottom right corner but due to a lack of power, the keeper got there in time to smother the ball.  Churchyard picked up his second yellow and now Warminster found themselves not just a goal down, but a man also. 

This, however, did not show on the pitch as the home side continued to battle and the break came in the 90th minute when Harry Barnes was brought down in the penalty area. Jeffery took the penalty and put the ball away with great confidence to draw the sides level. There was more drama still to come. Portishead’s manager received a red card possibly for something said about the awarding of the penalty. 

There were 10 minutes of added time in this game, and Warminster used every minute of it. Deep into added time Warminster crossed in a ball from the right which was met by the rising head of a defender and the ball finished in the back of his own net. There had been 2 other occasions in this half,  when they went close to scoring an own goal from the pressure created by the rejuvenated home side. 

This was quite a turnaround from the first half and manager Andy Crabtree had this to say after the game. “Today we were very poor first half and were very fortunate to go in only 1-0 behind, that said in the 2nd half we rolled our sleeves up and went about our work and should really have been level before we got a relatively soft penalty. One thing we don’t lack is character and we showed that again today after we were reduced to 10 men we went on to win the game.  All credit to the lads, they took on board what was said at half time and produced a very good 2nd half performance to send the supporters home happy.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard (2 yellows), Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Vincent*, Fletcher*

Subs (*used) Barnes, McEntee, Johnson