Category: Match Report

Warminster Town 3 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 2

On a damp Saturday afternoon, The Town welcomed East Cowes Victoria Athletic for the First Round proper of the FA Vase. The pitch held up well despite the heavy rain during the previous few days. The FA Vase offers the chance to play in a final at Wembley and cash from playing in each round for the clubs, the winner of this game receiving £825, a lot of money for small non-league clubs. Warminster went on to win this game 3 – 2. 

The 133 in attendance were treated to a real cup tie with end to end action throughout the match. Warminster got off to a flying start when on 30 seconds Charlie Walton opened the scoring. James Vincent in the box pulled the ball back to Walton who fired across goal into the right-hand corner. The lead though was not to last long when just past the 3-minute mark The Vics equalised. A looping cross from their left from Joe Butcher into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home team and tapped home by Brandon Haywood. 

Both sides created chances with the visitors decidedly having the better possession and passing in the first half. Just after the half-hour, The Vics went close producing a wonderful save from Nathan Ball whose performance granted him the title “Man of the match” by the team. Half-time 1 -1.

As is often the case at home, Warminster came out a different team in the second half. From the off, they set about scoring more goals. The ever-busy Walton got a shot way within the opening seconds. In the third minute of this half, a corner was met by Walton who planted the ball home into the back of the net with a fine header to the left-hand corner, leaving the keeper little chance of making a save.

Once again though both sides were creating chances, and Warminster’s third goal came in the 65th minute with great work from a break-away counter-attack. James Vincent ran down the right after collecting a long clearance ball. He took on the defender on the right edge of the box and passed to a waiting Jack Miluk for him to tap home. 10 minutes later Walton went close with fine solo work, forcing the keeper to produce an excellent save. 

A consolation goal came for The Vics in the 88th minute when Butcher, who had been dangerous throughout the game, danced through the defence on the edge of the box and made certain of his shot to make it 3 -2.

Team: Ball, Barnes, McFerran, Jeffrey, De-Silva*, Lisowski*, Miluk*, Walton, Vincent, Shanley, Butler

Subs (used*) Baggs*, Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden, Curtis*

Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3

Super Size Crowd at Warminster Town

On what turned out to be a very wet Saturday evening on Ground-Hopper Day, 369 braved the weather including many ground-hoppers coming to Warminster for the first time. The spectators were entertained with a 5 goal thriller, a sending-off, missed chances, good saves and the ball crashing against the posts. The final score Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3.

Bristol Telephones showed good pace up front and the early warning signs were there for Warminster to see. Balls were being played through the home sides defence for The Phones forwards to run on to. This did not appear to be a team who have only managed one point all season. The visitors breakthrough came on 14 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with by the Warminster defence and fell to Luke Barnfield who brought it down with his left foot and with his second touch left-footed it into the right-hand corner. 

Nathan Ball was called into action a number of times to prevent more goals from The Phones in the first thirty minutes as Warminster continued to rock under the attack from the team in blue. O’Neil and Barnfield for The Phones paired up well and were creating many chances and deserved to have scored more. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 31st minute when from a Phones corner Allen ran with the ball down the left-wing, passed inside to Shanley who then played in Miluk. Miluk beat 2 defenders on the edge of the D and fired home past the keeper. 

Two minutes later Butler down the left passed a long ball to Vincent who beats the defenders on the left of goal and made sure of hitting the target.

In the final minute of the half, Francois Allen received a red card, and at the time most in the crowd away from the action had thought he was being sin-binned for 10 minutes.

The second-half now started and Warminster with a 2 – 1 lead had some work to do with just 10 men on the pitch. Bristol Telephones 3 minutes into the half found number 11, Golding who tapped the ball home. The third goal for The Phones was in the 59th minute when Barnfield scored his second made all too easy by the home side. 

Despite being down to 10 men Warminster created chances but couldn’t either get them on target or were saved by the Phones keeper. Likewise, the visitors went close several times in a real end to end battle between the two teams. It was a game for the neutrals to enjoy who came along as ground-hoppers and made it worth getting thoroughly wet from all the rain.

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say: “Obviously over the moon with the attendance of 369 it created a great atmosphere. More importantly, I’m very disappointed with the result and losing at home once again. At 2-1 we in the driving seat and the sending off just before half time had a big impact on the game. 

We didn’t defend very well all night and it proved our undoing. I can’t fault the effort the lads put in but it’s something we need to address as it has happened far too frequently for my liking. We have a tough FA Vase game next Saturday and it’s important that we learn from those mistakes, bounce back and show a bit of character if we are to kick on for the remainder of the season.”

Team: Ball, Baggs*, Barnes*, Allen (red card), De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Mcferran*, Johnson*, Mortimer-Taylor*  

Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2

Suggested Title: Chances Galore For Warminster

On yet another glorious September afternoon Warminster faced the new team in Division 1, Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Premier Division last season. They have had to rebuild their team and despite getting off to a very shaky start have improved much in their last few games. Today was no exception and they played well as a team, finding space and creating chances, two of which turned into goals. Final score Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2.

It looked as though the home side would win this game with the early show of form, Walton forcing the keeper into a good save after just 18 seconds! This was followed by more chances but despite the run of play, Hengrove opened the scoring right on 12 minutes with a goal from a corner scored by Mickey Parsons.

Warminster went close in the 22nd minute when James Vincent headed into the ground which bounced over the bar and 4 minutes later he also headed again over the bar a ball from a corner. Walton and Barnes also had shots on goal but nothing went into the visitors’ goal. In the 37th minute, Churchyard tried to chip the keeper but it was an easy save. Miluk went really close with 2 minutes left of this half with a ball which flew just over the crossbar.

Warminster were giving Hengrove too much space which allowed them a number of chances and no doubt the halftime team talk would try and address this. The second half got under-way and Warminster did create several early chances which on another day would have gone in. Warminster had a series of early corners with the keeper being kept very busy. Following one of those corners in the 57th minute, a long hopeful clearance by Hengrove went over the head of defender Harry Barnes standing on the halfway line, leaving number 10 Regan Burton to run onto the ball with only Nathan Ball to beat. Burton kept calm and slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Warminster pulled one back in the 68th-minute when a through ball from Shanley found Vincent who made no mistake and fired home.

The second half was full of incidents and saw Henry Mcferran substituted with Ashton Shanley following an accidental clashing of heads with an Hengrove player. Shanley was later sin-binned for 10 minutes on 80 minutes for dissent, he was allowed back on the field for the last 2 minutes of additional time. During the last couple of minutes of normal time, a bad tackle was made on Lewis Graham, the resulting melee saw a red card for the offending player as well as Graham for his reaction.

Right to the end, Warminster continued to try to get something from the game and continued to go very close to scoring especially when substitute, Francois Allen almost converted Jack Miluk’s cross from the right just in front of goal. It was a disappointing result for The Town after putting in so much effort and with the number of chances in front of goal.

The next game is away at Sherborne Town on Saturday, September 28th and the next home game is a late 7.45 pm kickoff on Saturday, October 5th. as part of Ground-Hopper Day. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Johnson*, Vincent, Butler.

Subs (used*) Lisowski, Shanley*, Allen*, De-Silva

Warminster Town – on the road to Wembley

On a lovely warm and sunny afternoon, Warminster Town welcomed Alresford Town to Weymouth Street for the second qualifying round of the FA Vase. This is a competition that can lead to a final at Wembley. Warminster had a bye in the first round and now faced a team from the Wessex Premier Division who had won all their five games of the season so far. 

In front of a crowd of 110, this proved to be a high energy and entertaining game of football. Were it not for many other local events such as the Frome Cheese Show and Longleat Sky Safari would have been much higher. With fortune favouring the brave Warminster took a one-goal lead into the dressing room at halftime 

Early chances came for the visitors when Nathan Ball, in goal for Warminster was called into action in the 4th minute. Ball made a block to put the ball out for a corner. On other occasions, Alresford were heading or shooting high over the Warminster cross-bar. The Red & Blacks worked hard and were creating chances of their own with the best after 20 minutes with good work by Francois Allen. He broke away down the right and crossed the ball to find George Butler who forced the keeper into making a good save on the line down at the corner of his right-hand post. A shot from the subsequent rebound was blocked and cleared to safety.

In the 24th minute, Charlie Walton fired over the bar, however, just two minutes later he scored a spectacular goal. A free-kick from the right was floated into the box by Ashton Shanley, it was cleared by the defence and fell to Walton on the left of goal who volleyed the ball home into the far right of the visitors’ goal. This will probably be one of the outstanding goals of the season.

Alresford continued to create chances but failed to capitalise on them. The home side could have doubled their lead when Jack Miluk with under 5 minutes to go forced the keeper to make a save after another Shanley free-kick was dropped into the Alresford penalty area.

In less than 60 seconds of the second half kicking off The Magpies nearly drew level when a route one kick down the right from the keeper was picked up close to Warminster’s goal and fired agonisingly across the front and out of play at the far post. It was an early warning that there was still a lot of fight left from the Wessex Premier League leaders. A few moments later the visitors went close again when a shot went just over Ball’s crossbar.

The second goal for Warminster came on 50 minutes when Allen made a good run down the right, crossed the ball into The Magpies box and Charlie Walton turned to shoot. The keeper, McCarthy got his hands to it but the ball still found its way into the left-hand corner. 4 minutes later Alresford pulled one back with a goal from Chris Mason who took his shot well from the edge of the area following a move down their left-side of the pitch. 

This left 36 minutes of normal time for some dramatic action with Alresford having some good chances and they made all 3 substitutions early on to try and get that all elusive goal. 

The match was marred just before 90 minutes when a spat between a group of players ended with a yellow card for a player on each side, It could have been for one of the Alresford players who threw a punch in front of those sat in the seats in front of the clubhouse but was not seen by the officials.

Very late on and deep into additional time, a goal-mouth scramble at the Warminster end was thankfully cleared which allowed Warminster to come out as the victors in a hard-fought match. 

Warminster next play on Saturday, September 21st with another home game when Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Western League Premier Division last season will be the opponents.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Allen*, Butler*, Shanley*

(subs used*) Lisowski*, Vincent*, Johnson*, De Silva

Wells City 3 Warminster Town 2

Warminster Town travelled to Wells looking for their third away win of the season and make it three out of 3. The game, however, was won by Wells City. Wells going into the dressing room at halftime one goal ahead scored just after 11 minutes. The second half saw more goals with the final score at 3 – 2 to the home side.

Wells City has strengthed their squad this season with more experienced players, and this told on the day at The Athletic Ground. From early on in the match Wells put pressure on the visitors’ goal and went close in the opening minutes of the game. Jack Miluk in the 8th minute, battled on the left through the City defence and forced the keeper into blocking his shot at the near post.

The opening goal came shortly afterwards when a cross from the home side’s left and met by the head of Ross Padfield waiting in the 6-yard box and sent into the left-hand side of the goal much to the annoyance of manager, Andy Crabtree. Warminster went close just before halftime when Charlie Walton’s shot produced a fine save from the City keeper. 

Wells had proved difficult to breakdown and were much better in the air. Warminster’s passing and positioning on the pitch in this first-half were below the standard set in previous away games. Wells City looked extremely dangerous with any free kick taken inside Warminster’s half of the pitch, a lesson not learned that would cost the game in the second half. 

Wells got off to a flying start in the second half forcing a corner in less than a minute. The resulting corner from their left was met by the head once again of Ross Padfield who just sent the ball just wide of the post. It is worth mentioning that Padfield is probably one of the shortest players on the pitch but seemed to get his head to the ball all too easily. Wells went close on 55 minutes with another header this time not Padfield but their number 9 and fortunately, it went just over the bar.

On 57 minutes, Eban Mortimer-Taylor produced a shot which was saved relatively comfortably by the City keeper. Warminster equalised in the 63rd minute when Ryan Baggs lobbed in a ball cleared from a corner and found Lewis Graham, who with the slightest of touches puts the ball into the back of the net. The City players started to look a little rattled by this and were very vocal in trying to calm the nerves.  

The next goal came in the 75th minute when a free-kick, taken from Wells’ right dropped into the waiting group of players and once again Padfield was the man to get to the ball this time using his feet to get the ball home past Nathan Ball. Butler and Johnson were brought on for Warminster replacing Churchyard and Vincent shortly after the goal. 

Nathan Ball produced a good save in the 79th minute from a low-shot by Wells’ number 9. With 10 minutes remaining it was now time for that special moment to get Warminster back in the game. That moment came in the 85th minute. A cross from Mortimer-Taylor from the right found the head of Jack Miluk turning the ball into the left-hand side of the goal. Shanley was then substituted for striker Francois Allen. A point now would have been a good result from this game.

In the 88th minute as Warminster were in the process of clearing their lines, Mortimer-Taylor ran into blue shirts and lost the ball 30 yards out. In what appeared to be a rash move, Baggs went charging into one of the Wells players giving away a free kick in another dangerous area. By now, everyone should have been aware of how well City can get balls into the box and score.  

City took the free-kick, and once again that man Padfield popped up and headed the ball over Warminster’s keeper to make it a hat-trick and seal the victory for the home side. It was such a disappointing way to end the game after fighting back twice to level the score. Warminster can learn from this game and move on to the next one, which is going to be an exciting challenge!

The next game is on September 14th when the Hampshire team, Alresford Town come to Weymouth Street, Warminster in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase which gives teams to hope of playing a final at Wembley. Alresford Town is currently the leader in the Wessex Premier League, having won all five games this season so far. It will be an excellent display of football, and above-average attendance is very likely. Adults £5 concessions £3 and under 16’s and serving armed forces free. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barmes, Graham, McFerran, Chuchyard*, Miluk, Walton(c), Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent*, Shanley*

Subs (used*) Lisowski, De-Silva, Butler*, Johnson*, Allen*, 

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