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Warminster Town Reserves Clinch Cup Win

Another cup match for Warminster Town Reserves was held on Wednesday, April 17th. Melksham Town kindly allowed the use of the Oakfield Stadium for the final of the KO Cup.

It was 1-1 at full time and in extra time, Warminster Town Reserves scored the winning goal. A great match and was watched by an enthusiastic crowd. The match was live-streamed by Grassroots Football Live on YouTube. The full replay is available with this link.

Click to watch the goals and highlights.

Warminster Town 3 Radstock Town 1

The Boxing Day Derby against Radstock Town would start with Warminster firmly on top; however, it would take till the 43rd minute before the deadlock was broken when Corey Gardner would go on an impressive solo run, finishing with a poke home. 1-0 Warminster. The second half was where the heavens would open; this wouldn’t dampen the occasion as Radstock would spice up the derby by grabbing a quick equaliser after their striker would go one-on-one with Goalkeeper Sam Thomson, slotting home. 1-1.

Warminster would then kick back into top gear, piling on the pressure against the opposition back four, eventually forcing the centre back into putting the ball in his own net. 2-1 Warminster. Three minutes later, Emilio Mudrak would come on for Tyler Gane, quickly followed by James Vincent coming on for danger man Max Wyatt. The final two subs would see Jakob Seviour and Corey Harbour-Burgess make way for Logan Cassidy and Seb Hounsell, respectively. With both sides pushing, it would be Warminster who would get the final goal with Eben Mortimer-Taylor, captain for the day, turning and firing into an open net following a brilliant Warminster move. 3-1!

Overall a very entertaining game which made for a feisty occasion, with Warminster running out with all three points. 

  1. Sam Thomson 
  2. Corey Harbour-Burgess ⬇️
  3. Spencer Dymond-Hall
  4. Jon Bazley
  5. Jordan De Silva 
  6. Leigh Rogers 
  7. Tyler Gane ⬇️
  8. Eben Mortimer-Taylor 
  9. Corey Gardner
  10. Jakob Seviour ⬇️
  11. Max Wyatt ⬇️

Subs:

  1. James Vincent ⬆️
  2. Logan Cassidy ⬆️
  3. Toby Ruck
  4. Emilio Mudrak ⬆️
  5. Seb Hounsell ⬆️

Match Report: Liam Spurrier

Cheddar FC 0 Warminster Town 0

Warminster travelled to Cheddar, looking for their first points of the season. Cheddar has endured a bad start to the season after finishing just outside the playoffs last season. The game ended goalless in what proved to be a frustrating night for Warminster.

The first half was all Warminster. Inside the first 10 minutes, they had several half chances and crosses into the box, which no one could get on the end of. The clear opening came on 10 minutes; a great ball from the left found the head of Logan Cassidy, who beat the keeper but not the defender on the line.

Immediately after that, Cheddar had their own half chance. Sam Thomson comfortably saved a shot from just inside the left-hand side of the box in the Warminster goal. The next half chance fell to stand in Warminster captain James Vincent whose deflected shot was saved.

Warminster were still knocking on the door and were still having many crosses going into the box, but the finishing touch wasn’t there. Ten minutes before halftime, a ball into the cheddar box found both Logan Cassidy and Corey Gardner but were denied by a combination of defender and goalkeeper. 0-0 was the score at halftime.

The second half was more even, with Cheddar having a shot on 52 mins but went narrowly wide of the post. Warminster had another opportunity which went over, and then Cheddar were given an indirect free kick, which was wonderfully blocked on the line and cleared.

For the rest of the game, Warminster had chance after chance but couldn’t force their way through a stubborn Cheddar defence. The final chance of the match, though, fell to the cheesemen, who hit the post with virtually the last kick of the game.

A frustrating night for Warminster, who on another day maybe should have scored 3-4. A positive, though, is a clean sheet, with the defence doing a superb job keeping Cheddar at bay.

Thomson, Humphreys, Dymond-Hall, Chandler, De Silva, Rogers, Mudrak, Mortimer-Taylor*, Cassidy*, Vincent (Captain), Gardner (*substituted)

Subs (used) Seviour, Bartley

Subs (unused) Sinclair, Kovacs

Match Report Written by Liam Spurrier

Warminster Town 0 Wincanton Town 1

A Matt Garner strike 25 minutes from time proved to be the difference in front of a good midweek crowd of 153 at Weymouth street

The first half was very scrappy, with very few chances. On 15 minutes, Warminster won a corner which was dealt with by Wincanton, who then broke down the other end. The ball was crossed in from the left but the header was tipped over by Sam Thomson in the Warminster goal. Thomson would be a very busy man for the remainder of the game.

The next half chance was on 38 minutes, a corner came in for Wincanton, and the ball was headed back across into a dangerous area but was cleared. 5 minutes later, a stinging shot was excellently tipped onto the bar by Thomson, this be as to be the last action of the half.

The second half was much more frantic, and it was Warminster who asked the first question, forcing 2 corners in quick succession. The second corner was headed goal bound by Jakob seviour, but was comfortably saved by former Warminster keeper Nathan Ball.

3 minutes later, Wincanton had a shot after a cross wasn’t cleared, but Eben Mortimer-Taylor cleared off the line. For the rest of the game, Wincanton gradually took control, forcing 3 more wonderful saves from Thomson before eventually, the Warminster resistance was broken, Matt Garner firing into the near corner with too much power for the Warminster goalkeeper. This was followed by a little bit of a scuffle afterwards.

Overall it was a vastly improved performance from Warminster, who were missing skipper Ian Jeffery after injuring himself in the game on Saturday. Next up for town is Andover New Street, as FA Cup action returns to Weymouth Street for the first time in 12 years!

1. Sam Thomson

2. Braden Humphries

3. Spencer Dymond-Hall

4. Lewis Graham (C)

5. Jordan De Silva

6. Leigh Rodgers

7. Jack Miluk

8. Eben Mortimer-Taylor

9. Jakob Seviour

10. Dan Kovacs

11. Corey Gardner

Subs

12. Lennon Burden

13.

14. James Vincent

15. Owen Bartley

16.

17. Nick Chandler

18. Logan Cassidy

Warminster Town 0 Melksham Town 5

Warminster welcomed a Melksham team who are coming into this season off the back of their highest ever finish in the Southern League Division One South.  Warminster themselves are looking to gain promotion this season following the play off final defeat to Welton Rovers last time out.

In their last pre-season game before the league season starts next week with a trip to new boys Nailsea and Tickenham, Warminster started poorly and this was demonstrated when Sam Hendy put the visitors ahead after 9 minutes, all be it with a potential offside call. After this Melksham never looked back and in the 23rd minute the lead was doubled, a great cross from the Melksham left was headed in by skipper Luke Ballinger. 5 minutes later, Albie Hopkins danced through the Warminster defence only to see his shot which was bound for the bottom corner was brilliantly tipped round the post by Sam Thomson in the Warminster goal. This wasn’t the end of the first half entertainment as with the last kick of the first half, a brilliant cross from Ballinger was met by the unmarked Aaron Parsons who headed in goal number 3. Warminster’s best chance this half was a cross from the right which was deflected just wide!

The second half started much the same, with Thomson making a few good saves before inevitably, Sam Hendy grabbed his second and the visitors’ 4th goal. Barely 60 seconds later it was 5-0, this time it was Jay Malshandkyj. With 10 minutes remaining, the Melksham Keeper went off injured, so who went in goal? Captain and goalscorer Ballinger donned the gloves!

Warminster had a few chances towards the end of the game but ultimately, the two division difference between the sides told!  However, there were some positives from the game, with some of our new signings blending in well with the squad

Final Score Warminster 0 Melksham 5 – Attendance 137

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

Bishop Sutton 1 Warminster 0

Following a mid-week over close rival Welton Rovers, Warminster Town had high hopes for a win at Bishop Sutton. In the home fixture in January, Warminster won 5-0 with a blistering performance. The game did not go according to plan and was prevented from scoring by the goalposts and the keeper; Bishop Sutton went on to win 1-0.

The away side has several key players out through injury, but it is probably not a good excuse for losing this game. In the first half, Warminster’s play was patchy and allowed the home side to have several opportunities to score and put pressure on the Town’s defence. Thomson once again proved to be a fine keeper for Warminster in the 17th minute getting down by his left post to prevent the goal from a powerful close-range shot.

The only goal of the game came in the 34th minute. A throw-in was allowed to bounce in the box, and Dan Spill, with his back to goal, chested it down and managed to turn and lob the ball into the left side of the goal. 

In the second half, Warminster created chances to score. They hit the post several times and had several shots not far off target. An excellent opportunity to level up came on 85 minutes. The keeper recklessly brought down a Warminster player along the by-line. Up stepped Ian Jeffery and fired to the left. However, the Bishop’s keeper was off his line before the shot was taken and not spotted by the referee. This made a save possible and added another twist to Warminster’s woeful day. 

This is one of those games where both sides could say they should have added more goals but didn’t, and maybe a point each would have been looked on with favour if the match was drawn. The results elsewhere mean that Warminster drops to fourth place in the table.

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

Subs: (used) Butler, Atkins

(unused) Lisowski, McFerran

Warminster Town Ladies 5 Swindon Town Ladies Development 2

After a couple of away games resulting in a draw at Keynsham two weeks ago and narrow defeat to Swindon Town Development last week, the Ladies were back in action at Weymouth Street!

Warminster were looking to shake off last week’s narrow 3-2 loss away to Swindon Town Development and get revenge over their main title rivals in the reverse fixture!

Warminster started out brightly, bossing the play and after several near misses, finally opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Rebecca Snelling curling a beautiful dipping shot into the top right corner!

Swindon would equalise 5 minutes later however in what was their only real chance of the half. An inswinging corner bouncing off several players before finally being put in the back of the net by Kat Bach.

The home side didn’t let their heads drop though and continued to do a fine job of limiting the visitors and in the 36th minute took the lead again! Shannon Redhouse with some good work on the left wing, squaring the ball to Mia Blazey who coolly finished.

Warminster piled on the pressure in the last 10 minutes of the first half. The 38th minute saw Dani Hull in the Swindon goal pull off a brilliant double save, first tipping Redhouse’s shot onto the post, before getting back up quickly to dive across and save Snellings attempt from the rebound!

There was only so much the visiting keeper could do before Warminster found a way through again however, and on 44 minutes a through ball found Redhouse, who turned well and buried her shot low into the bottom right corner!

Warminster weren’t finished though and capped off an excellent first half performance with a 4th goal in stoppage time. A corner from Maddy Brown headed on by Poppy Spratt found Blazey again to finish.

The second half didn’t see quite as much action as the first. While Warminster were still creating chances, it was Swindon who pulled one back fairly early on through Maddie Hines, heading past Summers from another corner.

The Ladies managed to keep their chances few and far between however, and in the 36th minute, sealed the win from the penalty spot! Captain Millie Spratt stepped up and kept her cool as she had to take it twice with the referee signalling a retake.

Final score WTLFC 5 – 2 STWDFC

Starting XI: Summers, McCarthy, Weir, Spratt M ©, Shibley, Spratt P, Fry, Snelling, Redhouse, Brown, Blazey

Subs: Kirk, Godden, Guy, Trim, Turner

  • Report by Jamie House

Warminster Town 1 Lebeq Utd 1 (Pens 3-2)

On Wednesday, March 9th, Warminster Town welcomed Lebeq Utd to Weymouth Street for the first round proper of the Les Phillips Cup. Following their 17 match unbeaten run ending at AEK Boco, the home side were looking to make amends. This game finished with a penalty shoot-out, and Warminster successfully made it to the next round.

Lebeq took the early advantage in the 13th minute with a close-range header beating Thomson in Warminster’s goal. There were few on-target shots for either side in this half. Warminster started the first period of the half in a sloppy manner. However, as the half progressed, there was much improvement in the passing and accuracy.

Courtesy of James Vincent, Warminster levelled the score in the 42nd minute. Vincent shot from within the box, blasting the ball into the roof of the net. The teams went in for halftime at 1-1.

Ths second half saw few chances for both sides, and Vincent failed to get a brace with a golden opportunity to make it 2-1 when he lifted the ball over the bar from close range.

Late in the match, Jordan De-Silva received a red card when running across the path of a Lebeq player.

The game seemed to have a draw written all over it, and it remained at 1-1 when the final whistle blew. With no extra time in this cup competition, the match concluded with a penalty shoot-out.

The home side went first, and Cockerill stepped up and scored his. Lebeq’s first penalty flew over the crossbar.
The game required six penalties each, and it was Pinder and Gardner who made sure of the win by adding two more. Final score 3-2 on penalties.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Graham(c)(s), De Silva (red card), Pinder, Gardner, Seviour(s), Vincent, Wain, McKay(s)

Subs (used) Miluk, Butler, Bartley
(unused) McFerran H

Jack Miluk Reaches 250 Games Played for Warminster Town FC

Jack Miluk has now passed the 250 games played mark for Warminster Town Football Club. Jack has been presented with a moment to commemorate this achievement. You can see Jack regularly wearing the number 7 shirt and flying down Warminster’s right-wing.