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.

#Makeit300 – The BIG One!

On Saturday, August 3rd the season kicks off and Warminster Town welcome Welton Rovers to Weymouth Street.

We are hoping to get a well-above attendance to get this season’s campaign off to a flying start. The target is to go over 300 through the gate. Some might think that ambitious but we know with your support that we can do it!

Please invite everyone you know to come along and also share our social media messages wherever you can. Our last campaign #makeit200 saw us smash the target and so we know it is possible to do this. 

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

What a Great Bunch!

On Saturday June 14th a fine bunch of volunteers turned out to help at the ground. Thank you to all the volunteers who included club members and players. We also would like to thank Sydenams for their continuous support to the club.

Podcast: A Fine End to the Season

Well, that is the end of the 2018/19 season and what a transformation there has been. Here’s our last season podcast connected to the actual football but we hope to slip in one or two before the new season to keep you updated.

A Fine End to the Season

For the final game of the season, Warminster welcomed Chippenham Park to Weymouth Street. The visitors, if they were to lose this match and Oldland Abbotonians win, would find themselves in the bottom two and relegated. Following a run of 4 draws Warminster were looking to finish the season on a high and if Chard were to lose would see them finish in 6th place and allow entry into the FA Cup next season. This was a match with much at stake for both sides.

A crowd of 163 the highest on the day in the Division watched “The Maltmen” win 3 -1 and indeed make it into sixth place! Sadly for Chippenham Park, the results did go against them and they finished the season second from bottom and relegated. With literally a strong wind prevailing this would be a game where the high ball could be a problem and so both teams tried to keep the ball on the grass as much as possible, Chippenham especially playing from the back with few long range kicks from the goalkeeper.

The home side got off to a great start and right on 3 minutes into the game went ahead with a super goal from Jack Miluk, following good work with a run from Lewis Graham, passed to Martin Johnson and then onto Miluk who played the ball into the bottom of the right-hand corner of the goal. Miluk went very close in the 14th minute after receiving another pass from Johnson. Miluk’s shot at goal forced a Chippenham Park defender into action to clear the ball off the line. In the early part of this half, it looked as if there would be a goal fest for Warminster but somehow the keeper and defence prevented more goals.

Warminster did not have it all their own way despite having more possession and opportunities. In the 23rd minute, the visitors went close when Porter flicked on a ball over goalkeeper Carl Crabtree with the crossbar preventing a goal. The Maltmen responded moments later when captain Charlie Walton’s shot went just over Chippenham Park’s crossbar. A few minutes later Johnson saw his attempt on goal cleared off the line and headed over the bar by a defender. The resulting corner was headed wide by Jordan De Silva, yet another opportunity that was close and the pressure on the visitors was constant. On 31 minutes Johnson again making a menace of himself in the box saw his shot squirm under the keeper but once again a defender on the line was there to prevent the goal.

Walton forced a save from the keeper Ben Drewitt just managing to get an arm to the ball to tip it over the bar. With just two minutes to go in the first half, Lewis Graham saw his shot cleared off the line (a recurring theme in this match) and the ball reached Walton who blasted the return into space. Shortly afterwards Eben Mortimer-Taylor saw his shot saved by the keeper. Right at the end of the half, the visitors went close when a ball from the right flashed across Warminster’s goal and the attacking player put the ball into the side netting. The halftime whistle saw Warminster head into the dressing room with a 1 nil lead which was it not for all those goal line clearances would have been very different.

The second half also proved to be entertaining and Warminster in this half gave less room to the Chippenham players, making it harder for them to get out of trouble when attacked. Just 7 minutes in and a corner was met by the head of the ever-busy Walton but he had to watch the ball agonisingly go over the bar. The next good opportunity came when Miluk (57) forced a good save following a good run down the right. A bizarre opening occurred not long after when keeper Drewitt took a swing at the ball and completely missed it, Jake Wright picked up the ball and crossed to Walton who’s header was going to the corner of the goal but the keeper managed to position himself well and hold onto the ball.

Chippenham had another good chance on 64 minutes when number 10 Shanley hit a long-range shot which hit the crossbar, the rebound from that had to be dealt with by Harry Barnes to prevent the goal. Warminster made their first substitution when Jake Wright was replaced with Alex Churchyard. The second substitution followed when off went right-back Ryan Baggs and on came Henry McFerran.

Warminster’s second goal came in the 72nd minute, Eban Mortimer-Taylor received a ball from Miluk which he had time to line up and fire left-footed into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The next substitution followed not long after when Stewart Lisowski went off for Jake Herd.

In the 81st minute number 9 for the visitors, Talmash headed and forced a save from Crabtree, he then fired home the rebound into the back of Warminster’s net. Herd went close on 90 minutes when his shot just clipped the outside of the post and went wide. The third and final goal came in additional time when Johnson threaded an excellent ball through to Mortimer-Taylor who finished into the bottom left-hand corner. All in all a good performance from Warminster Town against a side trying hard to stay in the league.

Manager Andy Crabtree commented, “A good win to round off what has been a great season for the club when we look back 12 months ago and not knowing where or what league we would be in as to where we are now, what a transformation! The whole Club has come on leaps and bounds not only on the pitch but off it as well. The boys have been great this season. Hopefully, we can push on from here and reward our loyal supporters who have backed us all the way. Thank you all for your support; it’s very much appreciated.”

It is also good news that Warminster Maltings will continue to be the club’s main sponsor for the 2019/20 season.  

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright, Mortimer-Taylor

Subs: (*used) Churchyard*, McFerran*, Pollock, Herd*

Football & Photography

In this week’s podcast we chat to David Feast who enjoys photographing football matches. David has taken photos at Warminster Town and more regularly at Frome Town. Listen as David shares his footballing story and how we too can take some good photos.