Warminster Town was beaten for the first time in 8 games when they travelled to south Bristol to face Hengrove Athletic. The hosts ran out as the deserved winners with an emphatic 5-2 win.
Before the game, there was a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, and it was the hosts who had the first chance, shooting from way out, and Sam Thomson had to push the ball away. On 15 minutes, the visitors were perhaps fortunate to have 10 men on the pitch still, as Jon Bazley tackled a Hengrove player and was given a yellow card. This infuriated the home bench as they thought it should have been red.
In the next 6 minutes, there would be three goals. Hengrove opened the scoring in the 17th minute. A shout for offside was to no avail as it was put into the goal past a helpless Sam Thomson. 2 minutes later, and somewhat against the run of play, Warminster levelled. An almighty goal line scramble resulted in the ball cannoning off a hosts defender and off the bar and in.
2 minutes later, the hosts retook the lead. Some poor and lacklustre defending allowed the striker to fire home to make it 2-1 to Hengrove. Warminster were forced into an early change as Emilio Mudrak appeared to pop his shoulder out of place and was replaced by Braden Humphreys. On 40 minutes, it was 3-1. Good work from a Hengrove player allowed him some room to fire into the top corner from an angle.
The second half started with Warminster pushing to get back into it, and 10 minutes after halftime, they deservedly scored a second. Corey Harbour-Burgess’ strike from the edge of the box found its way in off the post. James Vincent was introduced in place of Logan Cassidy in search of an equaliser, but against the run of play, the hosts added goals number 4 and 5 on the breakaway as Warminster pushed forward to get back into it. They scored in the 68th and 75th minute, which took the game away from Warminster. James Chenery-Bowden and Toby worts replaced Seb Hounsell and Leigh Rogers, but the Town couldn’t find a way back into the game.
Team: Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Mudrak(s), Hounsell(s), Rogers(s), Cassidy(s), Seviour, Wyatt
Subs (used) Vincent, Humphreys, Worts, Chenery-Bowden,
Match Report: Liam Spurrier