Category: Match Report

Warminster Town 0 Newport (IOW) 0 (2-4 pens)

Warminster welcomed Newport over from the Isle of Wight for this FA Vase game. Originally the visitors were meant to be hosting the match, but due to ground problems, the tie switched to Weymouth Street.

Warminster made a fast start and, after 10 minutes, won a corner that floated across, and Lewis Graham crashed his header off the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.

Newport had a chance 6 mins later when Josh Younie was clean through, but Sam Thomson in the Warminster goal made a cracking one-on-one save.

On 28 minutes, a seemingly innocuous tackle sparked a brawl on the far side, which saw Newport’s Jacob Reynolds sent off and Warminster’s Spencer Dymond-Hall booked.

Half-time was goalless, and it was a fairly open game with both sides having chances. On 59 minutes, Corey Gardner looked to have been bundled over, but the shouts fell on deaf ears, and the referee waved play-on.

Newport then had their manager and assistant manager booked for dissent, and 10 minutes later, the assistant manager received his second yellow card, and he was dismissed from the technical area.

The game finished goalless, so it went to penalties, which saw Newport advance 4-2.
Another positive performance from Warminster against good opposition, and a game in which Warminster were essentially the better team.

Report by Liam Spurrier

Team: Thomson, Humphreys, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley*, Mudrak, Rogers, Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent, Seviour, Wyatt*

Subs: (used) Cassidy, Gardner
(unused) De Silva, McFerran
*Substituted

Match report by Liam Spurrier

Warminster Town 0 Wells City 0

Four days after the home defeat to Almondsbury, Warminster Town welcomed Wells City to Weymouth Street. Though Wells are high flyers, this season sitting in fourth, Warminster were determined to pick up points from this game. The first half started lively with a Wells City ball being fizzed across the goal inches away from the on-rushing striker’s head. Warminster would grow into the first half, becoming the dominant side in the latter stages. Wells would carve out a few chances, Thomson being called into action to try and gather a troublesome free kick, eventually cleared for a corner. The corner bounced out of the box, falling to Wells’ number 8, who missed over the bar by only a fraction. Warminster’s best chance would fall to Captain James Vincent, whose header couldn’t find the back of the net. Warminster showed positive signs, particularly when in possession.

The 2nd half would start with Wells as the better side, with Thomson being called into action on a number of occasions, making some spectacular saves. James Vincent would pick up a yellow as tempers flair between the two sides, both wanting a win. Wells would score midway through the half, but a late ball meant the striker was caught offside. Logan Cassidy, Cory Gardner and Max Wyatt would all come off the bench for the attaching trio of James Vincent, Jakob Seviour and Jamal Chevelleau. With the captain’s armband being handed to Eben Mortimer-Taylor in James Vincent’s absence. Warminster would then take control back from Wells, with Max Wyatt, in particular, looking deadly with some wide balls into the box, which unfortunately amounted to little. The game would finish 0-0 between Wells City and Warminster Town. Overall a good performance showed Warminster moving in the right direction going into the FA Vase game against Newport IOW FC on Saturday.

Team: Thomson, Humphries, Dimond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Mudrak, Rogers, Mortimer-Taylor, Chevelleau*, Vincent*, Seviour*
*substituted
Subs: (used) Wyatt, Gardner, Cassidy
Subs: (unused) De Silva, Sinclair

Warminster Town 2 Almondsbury FC 4

On Saturday 20th August, Warminster Town welcomed Almondsbury FC to Weymouth street. With Almondsbury similarly struggling for form in the league with only four points and one win and Warminster getting their first point of the season midweek to Cheddar, there was an element of optimism around the ground. However, it would only take 13 minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock, with Joe White’s effort from outside the box being parried by Thommo, in goal, only for it to be turned in by Almondsbury’s number 11, Burman. It didn’t take Almondsbury long to find a second, with Joe White grabbing the goal with a cool finish into the right of the net. Things only got worse for the Red and Blacks as a corner in the 41st minute was turned into the net by Almondsbury defender Hedges with a thumping strike, 3-0. There would be a glimmer of hope before half-time with Warminster winning a penalty, only to be cruelly denied by a spectacular Langdon save, keeping the three-goal lead going into the second half.  

The second half started with a positive response from Warminster, a few subs bringing much-needed intensity to the game. Two minutes after the restart, Warminster were rewarded; Jamal Chevelleau raced through on goal, calmly slotting it past the keeper to the delight of the Warminster fans! In a similar fashion, only three minutes later, Jamal Chevelleau grabbed his brace on his debut, all in some style. With a spring in their step, the Warminster eleven fought bravely, pushing for an equaliser. With both sides having chances, it seemed only natural that another goal was coming. With Warminster pressing, Almondsbury continued to defend stoically. Warminster were, sadly, punished in the 80th minute when Almondsbury’s Cox would put an enticing ball across the box for Burman to grab his second of the game, with very little goalkeeper Thomson could do to stop the ball from ending up in the net. 4-2. Despite a chance in the 86th minute, Warminster couldn’t find the goal they desperately needed, with Almondsbury claiming their second win of the season. A six-goal thriller at Weymouth Street, with signs of improvement in front of goal.

Team: Thomson, Bartley, Dymond-Hall, Chandler*, De-Silva*, Mudrak, Seviour, Mortimer-Taylor, Graham, Vincent, Bazley*

Subs: (used) Cassidy, Chevelleau, Wyatt

(unused) Sinclair, Humphries

Match report by Ben Cooke

Warminster Town 1 Odd Down 2

On a scorching afternoon, Warminster, looking to secure their first win of the season (and goal), welcomed Odd Down. In 33-degree heat and a very dry pitch, Odd Down ran out 2-1 victors.

The home side started well and 5 minutes in won a free kick which was blasted wide. And 2 minutes later, Corey Gardner had a shot saved well by Odd Down keeper Ashley Bryan. On 13 minutes, Odd Down drew first blood, Luke Bryan slotting calmly past Sam Thomson.

On 31 minutes, it was 2-0; an almighty scramble and various shouts of offside were to no avail, as Jake Thomas smashed the loose ball past Thomson with no defenders around him whatsoever!

The second half was a bit more scrappy with some good saves made by both keepers, and in the 85th minute, Warminster win a penalty. A handball called by the linesman, and after a discussion with the referee a penalty was given, although this looked dubious, Ian Jeffery was on hand to dispatch the penalty, and for the first time in 5 games, the Warminster fans had a chance to celebrate a goal!

Overall not much to write about on a poor pitch in hot conditions, but the Town are now off the mark in terms of goals, but still looking for their first points of the season!

Team: Thomson, Bartley*, Robbins, Jeffery, Chandler, Rodgers, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Cassidy, Humphreys, Gardner*

Subs: (used) Vincent, Burden (went off injured), Sinclair, Seviour

Subs (not used) De Silva,

By Liam Spurrier

Warminster Town 0 Andover New Street 2

Twelve years since their last appearance in the competition, FA Cup fever was back at Weymouth Street. Warminster welcomed an Andover New Street team who finished 2nd in their league last season and, like Warminster, suffered play-off heartbreak.

New Street ply their trade in the Wessex league division 1, and indeed this was once a league fixture before Warminster moved to the toolstation western league. The hosts had the better of the first half, and on 10 minutes, a free kick was awarded, which was struck into the wall, with summer recruit Leigh Rogers miscuing the rebound.

Warminster continued to play some good football, and 15 minutes later, Spencer Dymond-Hall struck goal bound from about 20-25 yards, and a scrambling George Baxter prevented the hosts from going ahead with a superb save. Eben Mortimer-Taylor had a chance on 34 minutes but couldn’t weave his way through the New Street defence.

The second half started much like the first, with Warminster the better side, but it was the visitors who so very nearly took the lead; a mix-up in defence allowed Cameron Thatcher to loop a header goal bound, but the Warminster defence was pleased to see the ball bounce off the crossbar and for a goal kick.

Against the run of play, New Street, we’re awarded a penalty on 57 minutes, with Owen Bartley adjudged to have fouled Shane Lock. However, this was very controversial as the New Street player looked to have gone over theatrically. Substitute Ross Cook dispatched the penalty with ease. From here, the visitors took control and made sure of the win with 14 minutes left, the referee missed a possible foul, and the ball was crossed into an unmarked Ross Cook, who rifled the ball past home keeper Sam Thomson with a fingertip on the shot.

Another improved performance from Warminster, who controlled large parts of the game, with no goals in the last four games, needs to be more clinical.

Thomson,  Bartley, Dymond-Hall, Graham (c)* Chandler, Rogers, Gardener,

Mortimer-Taylor, Cassidy*, Jakob Seviour*, Humphreys

Subs: Butler, Robbins, Miluk*, Sinclair*, Burden*, Ruck, McFerran H.

Match Report by Liam Spurrier

Nailsea & Tickenham 3 Warminster Town 0

Warminster’s league Campaign started with a trip to Nailsea to take on a Nailsea and Tickenham side who were looking to show the league why they had been promoted last season. This was never going to be an easy game, and so it proved, resulting in a 3-0 opening day defeat.

The visitors arrived at Fryth Way looking to build on last seasons play off final defeat, and with 4 promotion spots available this season, Warminster would be expecting to be challenging for one of those places. Warminster started the brighter and in the 8th minute Owen Bartley won a free kick on the right, which captain Ian Jeffery whipped in and was headed for a corner. The corner was fizzed in but couldn’t find a Warminster head.

The first goal came in the 20th minute, a free kick on the Nailsea right was put into the box, the Town keeper Zak Beard looked to have been bundled over but the referee pointed for a corner. This found its way to the edge of the box, where Callum Dunn shot and it squirmed in at the near post via a couple of deflections en route.

The next chance fell to Spencer Dymond-Hall, a ball from the right found its way to the edge of the box but was sliced wide. Neither side mustered anything else and half time remained 1-0.

The second half started in the worst way possible, Joe Berry made it 2-0 to the hosts, with a shot which took a cruel deflection off of captain Ian Jeffery, and spun into the far corner of the net. A minute later, Jeffery was forced off with a groin injury, and was replaced by youngster Toby Ruck.

Warminster had the next opportunity, a free kick was won by Jack Miluk which was put into the box, narrowly missing several Warminster players before going out for a goal kick.

The third and final nail in the coffin for town was a goal worthy of winning any game. 6 minutes from time, Warminster failed to clear the ball, and Jacob O’Donnell let fly from 25 yards, taking a slight deflection before flying past the helpless Zak Beard into the top corner.

On a positive note however, great to see 4-5 U18’s getting game time for the first team!

A tough start for Town, who face arguably the hardest game of the season on Wednesday night as they host fellow promotion hopefuls Wincanton Town at Weymouth Street.

Warminster team:

1. Zak Beard

2. Lewis Graham

3. Spencer Dymond-Hall

4. Ian Jeffery (captain)

5. Jordan De Silva

6. Nick Chandler

7. Jack Miluk

8. Owen Bartley

9. Dan Kovacs

10. Jakob Seviour

11. Corey Gardner

Subs

Subs used 

Toby Ruck

Lennon Burden

Matt Robbins

For 

Ian Jeffrey 

Nick Chandler

Owen Bartley 

Playoff Final: Warminster Town 0 Welton Rovers 1

After an exciting climax to the end of the season in which Sherborne Town was promoted as champions, Warminster Town came second with 89 points. Following them in third, Wincanton Town on 88 points and Welton Rovers in fourth on 88 points. In fifth place and with 63 points came Radstock Town. These four teams now had to enter the playoffs, and with Warminster triumphing over Radstock, the final was between Warminster and Welton.

Not much separated the two teams; in the first tie of the season, Welton came to Weymouth Street and, from 1-0 down, managed two late goals to win 1-2. In the away fixture, Warminster were the victors, scoring the match’s only goal. Therefore, the Playoff Final was expected to be a tight affair, and so it proved to be.

In front of a large crowd of 652, the two teams went head to head. Throughout much of the game, both teams were cancelling each other out, and chances of a clear sight at goal were limited. Welton sealed the win with the game’s only goal in the second half. 

Welton had an excellent opportunity to go ahead in the 20th minute; there was some uncertainty by the Warminster defence to get the ball away. Welton pounced on this, and fortunately, the shot went well over the bar.

Cameron Allen in the 34th minute was sin-binned, leaving Welton with ten men for the compulsory 10 minutes off the field of play. The home side tried to capitalise on having the extra man. Welton, however, stood firm. Warminster’s number 11, McKay, in the 44th minute, saw his shot blocked before it could go between the sticks. Welton had a late chance (46’), but the shot was too weak to trouble Thomson, and the first half finished goalless.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Thomson made a superb save to tip Toby Cole’s shot over his crossbar. A close call and for not an excellent save, Welton would have scored. The Red & Blacks were pressing and getting closer in those opening minutes. McKay got the ball into the back of the net (58’),  only to see the goal disallowed and receive a yellow card. But it was Welton Rovers who scored in the 65th minute courtesy of defender Joe Garland. A free-kick was floated into the area, knocked down, and Garland ran a few yards across the area, shooting low in the left. Thomson was probably unsighted by players ahead of him and didn’t quite reach the ball to prevent the goal.

Andy Crabtree, Warminster’s manager, made substitutions to bring on fresh legs to put more pressure on Welton’s defenders. Despite working hard to level up the score and five additional minutes of added time, the goal never came. Sadly, as with any final, only one team can win. Warminster Town can be proud of the best season in their history and look forward to next season and building on the progress made, both on and off the pitch. 

Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffery, De Silva, Humphreys, Wain(s), Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson(s), Bartley, McKay(s), 

Subs: (used) Miluk, Morris, Gardiner

(unused) Seviour, McFerran 

Warminster Town 2 Radstock Town 0

Warminster Through to The Final

Over 300 watched Warminster Town v Radstock Town in the Western League playoff semi-final on Tuesday, May 3rd. The game was played with a great atmosphere created by the crowd. 

Warminster’s two first-half goals sealed a 2-0 victory over The Miners.

Conner McKay struck the first blow. Running down the left onto a long goal kick from Thomson, McKay cut into the edge of the area and fired home into the keeper’s far side. The second came from Martin Johnson in the 39th minute. He also shot from the left, which, with the aid of a deflection, was carried past Radstock’s keeper.

In the second half, Radstock went down to 10 men. Both sides had more opportunities to score, and both goalkeepers had saves to make during the match. 

Warminster Town now looks forward to a home final this Saturday against Welton Rovers. Kick-off 3 pm Weymouth Street, Warminster. Everyone is invited to what is going to be an exciting and important game for both teams. One of them will be promoted! In the event of a draw, there will be extra time and penalties. 

Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffery, De Silva, Humphreys, Wain, Mortimer-Taylor(s), Johnson(s), Butler(s), McKay

Subs (used) Vincent, Miluk, Bartley

(unused) Jordan, McFerran

WARMINSTER TOWN LADIES ARE CROWNED LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

It was a huge weekend of football for both the first team and the Ladies sides” With the lads securing their second place finish and playoff qualification on Saturday, it was up to the Ladies to make it a truly memorable weekend for the club!

Swindon Town Development were the visitors to Weymouth Street for the 3rd and final encounter between the two sides and most importantly, the title decider! Swindon were just a point ahead with Warminster having a game in hand. A win would secure the title there and then, a draw would’ve taken it down the last game against Frome.

There were no such worries though as Warminster ran out winners! A single worldie goal into the top bins from Maddy Brown in just the 4th minute was enough to secure the win in what was a cagey and scrappy game with neither side willing to take too many chances.

That early pressure from Warminster paid off though and they defended solidly through the rest of the game, limiting Swindon to very few chances of their own. Warminster could’ve had a couple more if not for some impressive saves from Dani Hull in the Swindon goal.

Warminster Town Ladies are South West Regional Women’s league Eastern Division CHAMPIONS!

A fantastic weekend for the club and history made!

Final score WTLFC 1 – 0 STDFC

Starting XI: Summers, Kirk, Weir, Spratt M ©, Shibley, Spratt P, Fry, Godden, Redhouse, Brown, Blazey

Subs: Billet, Guy, Trim

Contributed by Jamie House – JH Sports Photography

Warminster Town 2 Gillingham Town 1

History was in the making as Warminster Town gained all three points in the season’s final match. A 2-1 win over Gillingham Town sealed them as Western League Division 1 runner-up, the best finish in their history and a place in the playoffs for promotion. 

Two hundred thirty-seven turned up to watch the match and were entertained by a good football game. At times it seemed that the ball would not go into the back of the net for the home side, and that second place might elude them. 

On several occasions, the home side threatened to score; perhaps the best was when Martin Johnson intercepted a back pass and shot just wide of the far post. It was Conner McKay who opened the score in the 19th minute. Running down the left, McKay switched on the turbocharger to beat the right-back, cut in and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net.

Lewis Graham forced the Gillingham keeper into making a first-class save. Graham’s free-kick was surely going to be a goal but for the keeper’s athletic dive to his left and pushed the ball out for a corner.  

Towards the end of the first half, Gardner had to be substituted due to injury and on came Wain in his place. Gardner had collided with the Gillingham keeper earlier in the match and couldn’t shake off the effects.

Warminster this season seems to score more goals in the second half. This looked very likely in the opening two minutes, and Wain saw his shot go over the crossbar. Not long later, he slid in for a cross from the left only to see the ball flash by his feet, so agonisingly close.

However, it was Gillingham against the run of play that equalised. Uncharacteristically, the Warminster defence allowed Gillingham an easy chance to score. The keeper took a free-kick from halfway inside their half. The ball reached the left edge of the penalty area, De-Silva fell over the attacker, leaving Gillingham’s number 3 to run onto the ball, Graham covering slipped, and keeping Jeffery at bay, the player fired home into Thomson’s far post.

In the 64th minute, surely Warminster would regain the lead after McKay was brought down in the box. Warminster’s captain and top goal-scorer, Ian Jeffery, stepped up to take the penalty. The keeper went the correct way to his left and safely gathered the ball.

McKay was ten-minute sin-binned in the 75th minute leaving Warminster with ten men. As is often the case in football, ten men on the pitch can rise to the situation. In the 80th minute, Graham (voted man of the match) forced his way down the left, cut inside, and slid the ball out to the right to find Wain on the edge of the box. Wain fired low, and a defender deflected the ball into his own goal. 

And that was the final score 2-1 to Warminster. At the end of the match, the team were awarded the runners-up cup by the Western League representatives, and the players each received a medal. 

Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffery, De Silva, Humphreys, Gardner, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson, Butler, McKay

Subs: (used) Vincent, Miluk, Wain

(unused) Bartley, McFerran