After a 4 – 0 win in mid-week, Warminster travelled to Hengrove Athletic with confidence to face a team near to the bottom of the league table. However, experience from similar situations shows that a league position doesn’t always mean much on the day. This match saw The Red & Blacks come away with all three points and a 3 – 0 win.
Warminster took the early lead in the 6th minute. A few moments earlier, Gardner watched his shot deflected just wide of the post. Churchyard met the resulting corner to head the ball home into the left side of the goal. McKay went close in the 34th when his shot went just wide of the left-hand post. Three minutes later, he put in a fine cross, which just needed a touch as it crossed the goalmouth with Gardner not quite reaching it. A late shot from McKay was straight at the keeper, so the half finished at 0 – 1.
There were some feisty moments from the home side during this half, which earned them several yellow cards. The referee did well in dealing with the situations, and credit goes to the Town players for letting him do his job.
The visitors got off to an excellent second-half start and on 53 minutes. Wain running along the byline, beat the defender and passed the ball to Graham in the centre of the box. Near the penalty spot, Graham made sure as the ball fell at his feet, having been slowed down by a defender.
The third goal came from a corner from Warminster’s right, first met by Lewis Graham’s head and finished off in the 6-yard box with a bicycle kick by Wain.
The 3 points earned move Warminster Town into 3rd place in the table. Manager Andy Crabtree knows there is still much his side can do to improve, and as they do so have a real chance of finishing in the top segment of the division.
Team: Thomson, Bartley, Cockerill, Lisowski, Jeffrey, Churchyard, Gardner, Mortimer-Taylor, Graham, Wain, McKay
Subs (used) Johnson M, De Silva, Hampson
(Unused) Pollock, Humphreys