Warminster Town 5 Bishop Sutton 0

On a sticky pitch, Warminster Town started the day looking to make it a run of 12 unbeaten games. Bishop Sutton lying in 8th place, would be looking to ensure the unbeaten run would end. The home side made the target with a high-tempo performance and finished as 5-0 winners.

The opening goal came in the 19th minute. An in-swinging corner kick taken by the captain, Ian Jeffrey, was met on the near post by Martin Johnson and headed home past the keeper on the line.

The next goal came five minutes later. Cockerill tried to cross the ball in from the left, which was deflected and fell into the path of Bartley. From 25 yards out, Bartley’s right-footed shot flew into the goal’s bottom right corner, flashing past the keeper’s outstretched left arm.

A super long-range ball from Johnson on the right was met by the head of the diving Seviour by the far post beating the keeper and making it 3-0 in the 33rd minute.

Bishop Sutton went close with 4 minutes left of normal time when Warminster momentarily switched off. Thomson, however, produced a fine save when a shot came in from the Bishop’s right towards his near post.

Goal number 4 came in the 65th minute. Conner McKay was clattered to the floor as he passed to Miluk. The referee didn’t blow for the foul, which allowed Miluk to run into the penalty area and fire home low into the left corner of the net.

Four minutes later, Miluk was again involved in the move, having come across to the left. Running along the 18-yard line, he crossed the ball over to the right, which was met perfectly by the head of Lewis Graham and headed back across the goal into the left side. The keeper was left stranded by his post and could only watch the ball go by for the fifth goal.

Another satisfying performance for Warminster Town, a clean sheet too, and keeps them very much in contention with the top of the league.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Graham, Jeffrey. Humphreys, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor(s), Johnson M(s), Seviour, Bartley(s)

Subs (used): Mckay, Wain, Vincent
Subs (unused) Gardner

Devizes Town 0 Warminster Town 2 – Les Phillips Cup

On Tuesday, January 18th, Warminster Town made the short trip to Nursteed Road, Devizes for the Les Phillips Cup qualifying round. Unbeaten in 11 games, the visitors looked to make it a round dozen. In a competitive match, Warminster came off victorious with a two-nil win.

Warminster’s players were energetic and pressed Devizes all over the pitch throughout the game. It was not one-sided, and although the home side is bottom of the league table, they were much improved from the previous league encounter. The match proved to be highly entertaining for the fans and those watching the livestream on YouTube.

Warminster spent much of the early period in the home side’s half and looked the more likely to score. The opening goal came in the 19th minute. Sheppard charged forward towards the goal, the keeper came out but only managed a touch with his right foot, which played the ball to the feet of Mckay, who just inside the 18-yard line lobbed the ball past the keeper. (See the goal on Youtube)

A minute later, Devizes went close. A last-ditch tackle by Jordan De-Silva on Devizes’ number 11 prevented the first shot; however, the attacker saved the ball from crossing the line and fired it back at goal. Thomson produced a fine save, and the ball cleared by Cockerill only up to the edge of the D, which invited another shot from Devizes requiring a good save by Thomson. (See the saves on YouTube)

The second half continued to be a competitive battle between two teams, both working hard. The second goal came on 52 minutes with good work down the right between Gardner and McKay and got the ball through to Wain. Eighteen yards out, Wain struck the ball accurately and gave the keeper little chance of saving it. (See the goal on YouTube)

Warminster played for ten minutes with ten men after the left-back Cockerill was sent to the sin bin. The visitors stayed compact whilst down to ten and battled through the period. This match also saw the return of James Vincent to the club. Vincent moved to Corsham a few seasons ago and made his return off the subs bench. Warminster continues to build the squad and press on to progress, not just in this cup but, more importantly, the league.

Team: Thomson, Humphrey, Cockerill, Graham(c), De Silva, Bartley, Gardner(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Sheppard(s), Wain, McKay
Subs: (used) Johnson M, Vincent, Seviour
(unused) Pollock, Miluk

Warminster Town Ladies 3 FC Chippenham Youth Ladies 0

Warminster Town Ladies have struggled to get games this season due to weather-related postponements, having only played 6 competitive games heading into this Semi-Final cup match against FC Chippenham Youth.

Despite the lack of game time, however, it took Town just 30 seconds to open the scoring!

Mia Blazey fouled on the edge of the area and stepped up and planted the ball firmly into the bottom left corner from the resulting freekick.

It was very much one-way traffic in the first half-hour, Town having a few good chances and converting one into their second goal in the 20th minute. Shannon Redhouse put a low cross into the box for Maddy Brown to knock home.

The score remained 2-0 at the break.

The second half was a somewhat more sloppy affair. Neither side got many clear cut chances until the last 5 minutes when Warminster rounded out their victory with a third goal. Maddy Brown yet again gets on the end of a Blazey through ball, cutting inside the box to drill her shot low into the bottom left corner.

Final score WTLFC 3 – 0 FCCY

Warminster Town Ladies progress to the final where they will face National League side Swindon Town Women, scheduled to be played on Sunday, February 20th at Melksham Town!

Starting XI: Billet, Kirk, Spratt M, Whyley ©, Trim, Spratt P, Fry, Redhouse, Snelling, Brown, Blazey

Subs: Turner, Keene, Guy, McCarthy, Godden

Contributed by Jamie House

Warminster Town 2 Wells City 0

Warminster Town got the new year off to a good start with a 2 – 0 home win over Wells City. In their last encounter, back in early November, the result was honours even in a 1 – 1 draw. 

Following much rainfall, the pitch was sticky and slippery for the players. A good crowd of 214 watched the match, not one for the purists due to the conditions; however, there were moments of excitement for the nonleague fans to enjoy.

For most of the match, Warminster had control and looked the most likely to score. In the opening minutes, Cockerill blasted a shot over the bar, and although not on target, showed that Warminster could open up the City defence. In the 29th minute, Lewis Graham saw his curling shot saved by City’s keeper, Josh Nicol. Shortly afterwards, Seviour fired over the bar. With 5 minutes of the half left, he tried again; this time, his shot was lower but went just wide of the left post. The halftime whistle blew with no goals for either team.

The visitors came close to scoring for the first time four minutes from the restart when a free-kick was sent just over Thomson’s crossbar. Warminster thought they had scored on 55 minutes, but it was ruled out for offside. The goal came a minute later, courtesy of Corey Gardner. Firstly from the left of the penalty area, Miluk shot and the keeper parried the ball just wide of the left post. Johnson kept the ball in play sending it back across the goal for Gardner to tap home.

In the 75th minute, both teams were down to 10 men. A crunching tackle on Warminster’s Humphreys got a reaction from teammate Churchyard who had already received a yellow card earlier in this half. Off went City’s number eleven, Herrod and Churchyard got his second yellow. 

The second goal came in additional time; deep in his half, Cockerill played the ball forward along the left to Miluk on the halfway line. Miluk scampered into the middle of the pitch, pursued by two City defenders. Upon getting to the edge of the area, he released his shot leaving the diving keeper to look back and see the ball in the back of the net. 

This match is Warminster’s 11th unbeaten game in a row and another clean sheet to add to Thomson’s stats. 

Team: Thomson, Pollock(s), Cockerill, Jeffery, Graham, Churchyard (sent off 75′), Miluk, Bartley, Johnson(s), Gardiner, Seviour(s) 

Subs (used): Sheppard, Humphreys, Wain

Subs (unused): Butler, McFerran

Devizes Town 0 Warminster Town 2

On bank holiday Monday, Warminster made the short journey to local Wiltshire rivals Devizes Town. At one point, following heavy, rain the fixture looked in doubt; fortunately, a break in the weather made the game possible. Devizes planted firmly at the bottom of the league table proved difficult to beat. However, Warminster did prevail, coming out 2-0 winners.

Warminster created early chances to score, and with just over ten minutes on the clock, Jack Miluk saw his shot go over the bar. A minute later, a shot from Churchyard went straight into the keeper’s arms. On 24 minutes, an excellent free kick taken from Warminster’s left by Bartley had to be tipped over the crossbar by the keeper. Cockerill went close (38′) towards the end of the half with a long-range shot going just left of the post. 

Although having the better chances, Warminster were not at their best in the first forty-five minutes, and without a goal, there was always the danger of being beaten by the team propping up the table. 

Thomson was called into action seven minutes into the second half in the Warminster goal, tipping the ball over his bar. This shot was the first time the keeper had to save a ball in nearly an hour of play. 

The first goal came for Warminster in the 56th minute. A through ball from McKay was calmly put away by Lewis Graham. Devizes pushed up more in the second half, but the visitor’s defence did well to clear up any danger. A cracking strike from McKay came on 69 minutes and clipped the top of the crossbar. If a fraction lower, it would have been a contender for the goal of the season.

Warminster were much sharper in the second half, and other goal-scoring opportunities were created. The second goal did not come until additional time. Seth Wain, back from injury, came on as a substitute. Wain manoeuvred around the box, made space and watched his shot fly into the back of the net. A well-deserved win and is now the 11th match in an unbeaten run for Warminster Town.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Bartley, Graham*, McKay*, Gardner* 

Subs (all used): Johnson, Sheppard, Wain

Warminster Town Fans donate to the Foodbank

We were delighted with the response fans made and donated food items using the drop-off point in our clubhouse. Below is a thank you email from the Warminster and District Foodbank.

Good morning Mr Parry,  

It was good to meet you yesterday morning.   We were delighted to receive your generous gift of a total of 31.1 kgs of food.  

Every item is very useful to us, it was all marked up and now awaiting dispatch to local people in crisis.
The Foodbank has kept going throughout the pandemic, feeding about 250 folks per month.  This figure went up to 450. during the height of summer.

We have 37 volunteers all doing an amazing job in their free time, but none of this would be possible without the generosity of the Warminster and District community.

Many thanks again, wishing you all success in the next season.  

Jean Colgrave ( manager)

Warminster Town 2 Oldland Abbotonians 1

This match promised to be a good challenge for Warminster Town. The visitors, Oldland Abbotonians, is a strong side and started the day in 6th place in the league table. The final score on a very damp and somewhat slippery pitch, Warminster Town 2 Oldland Abbotonians 1.

The crowd of 105 watched an entertaining battle between the two sides. From the opening minutes, Warminster looked dangerous and good work down the right by Jack Miluk gave Lewis Graham an early opportunity, but for an Oldland defender blocking his shot. In the 8th minute, the visitors had to clear the ball off the line. Oldland went close ten minutes later when Warminster had to clear the ball off the line. More chances came, created mainly by the home side, and on 23 minutes, a cross from the right-winger, Miluk reached Graham, who went for the spectacular overhead kick. Unfortunately, he didn’t get enough contact on the ball to direct it. 

The opening goal came in the 25th when Warminster’s left-back, Cockerill, ran across the front of goal and slotted the ball home into the bottom right. Watch the goal below.

Oldland came out fighting in the second half, and on 53 minutes, a shot went just over the Warminster crossbar. The home side doubled their lead on 60 minutes with another goal from Cockerill. Initially, his header from a corner was blocked on the line, and several other players were involved in a pinball action. Finally, the ball once again came back to the scorer. Cockerill’s right-footed shot floated nicely under the centre of the crossbar.

See the goal below.

The game now looked to be Warminster’s but credit to Oldland as they kept pushing and saw one shot saved by Thomson and another fly over his goal. Warminster went close again (71′) when Jeffrey’s ball to Graham in the box was headed just wide of the left post. 

The Abbotonians scored on 90 +3 when a scramble in the penalty area saw substitute Nash left-foot the ball into the left of the goal. Suddenly, there was danger, and soon after the restart, Oldland were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out. The visitors pushed everyone up, including the goalkeeper. Harry Pruett bent his left-footed shot around the 2-man wall well on its way to the back of the net by the right post. Thomson had other ideas and diving low to his left pushed the ball away. The referee then blew the final whistle. Quite an exciting end for the neutral!

Watch those final minutes below.

Warminster Town next play on December 27th when they travel to local rivals, Devizes Town.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey(s), Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk, Bartley, Graham, Humphreys, Gardener(s)

Subs (used) Sheppard, Jordan

Subs (unused) McFerran H, Hampson

Warminster Town Ladies 2 Paulton Rovers Ladies 2

Warminster Town Ladies finally returned to league action after 9 weeks due to teams folding and games being postponed during that period.

After a spirited performance against higher league Wootton Bassett in the Women’s Wiltshire FA Cup two weeks prior, everyone was geared up for an entertaining game and they weren’t disappointed! 

Warminster had the best of the early chances with the ball mostly staying in the Paulton half and Town winning a few corners. It was Paulton however who would take first blood with a delightfully finished left-foot shot that looped over Sophie Billet in the Town goal. Warminster struggled a little for the rest of the half, Paulton having a couple of pacey and physical players.

The second half saw Warminster start much more brightly and not long into the half, some nice build-up play saw Rebecca Snelling slide a neat ball through to Shannon Redhouse who made no mistake 1-on-1 with the keeper, calmingly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

Redhouse went close again a few minutes later, her curling effort just clipping the top of the crossbar.

Warminster were piling on the pressure and were eventually awarded a penalty. Mia Blazey stepped up to take it. Though her initial shot was well saved by the Paulton Keeper, she was the first to react and firmly put away the rebound!

With the clock ticking down, Paulton started putting real pressure on Warminster again and got their reward. A little dink with the outside of the boot from the edge of the box sneaking just under the crossbar.

The last few minutes, Paulton were throwing everything at Town, pushing for that win, but Warminster managed to dig deep and hold on thanks in part to some heroics from Billet in the Town goal.

Jamie House

Portishead Town 0 Warminster Town 2

Warminster travelled to Portishead Town looking to keep their good form going. The game got underway under bright skies and with a bitingly cold wind blowing across the pitch. This game was by no means a classic, but Warminster came away with all three points. Final score Portishead Town 0 Warminster Town 2.

The home side started the first few minutes on the front foot, and it took a while before Warminster could get hold of the ball. Once they did, they began to show why they are doing well in the league. The opening goal came courtesy of Connor McKay in the 28th minute. McKay chased the ball down the left-wing and slid along the ground to prevent it from crossing the line. Getting quickly back on his feet, he ran along the byline, shot, and the ball squeezed between keeper and post.

Warminster doubled their tally in the 36th minute. McKay put the ball through to Lewis Graham, who deftly chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper.

The second half saw Portishead much more involved in the play, and the visitors had much more defending to do. On several occasions, the ball flashed across the Warminster goal, raising the travelling supporters’ heart rates. Warminster were not on their usual form in the second half and still managed a win, always a good sign in a successful team.

Warminster are in second place, and with top of the league Welton Rovers losing for the first time this season, it lets them draw three points closer to the league leaders. The final home match of this year is on Saturday, December 11th, when Oldland Abbotians, currently in sixth place, will be the opposition.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk(s), Humphreys, Graham, Sheppard(s), McKay(s)

Subs: (All Used) Johnson M, Gardner, Hampson

Warminster Town 2 Bishops Lydeard 2

By a quirk of the fixtures, the two teams met again. Last week, Warminster Town travelled to Bishops Lydeard and came away with a 2-0 victory. This time at a very windy Weymouth Street in front of 80 fans, it was honours even in a 2-2 draw.

Warminster was the more dominant side throughout the match and lying in second place in the league, and with the visitors second from the bottom, that should have been no surprise. In the 16th minute, Gardner’s shot was blocked by a defender. That was followed in the 22nd when Mortimer-Taylor saw his effort going just wide of the right-hand post. Three minutes later, Churchyard, with an 18-yard drive, forced the keeper into a low save in the centre of the goalmouth.

The home side opened the scoring (26′) with a goal from Eben Mortimer-Taylor. Miluk threaded a ball through to him on the edge of the penalty area; Mortimer-Taylor slipped past the defenders and shot from the right low into the left side of the net. The lead, however, did not last for long. A long cross from The Bishop’s right wasn’t cleared, and bouncing off the Warminster defender was met inside the 18-yard line by Sparkes, who left-footed it just past the outstretched left leg of Thomson on 30 minutes.

Lewis Graham restored Warminster’s lead 3 minutes later. Mortimer-Taylor crosses from the right; is chested down by Cockerill and picked up by Graham. Just inside the central part of the penalty area, Graham runs to the right, almost brought down by a defender, gets up, moves further right, and smashes the ball home. An excellent goal!

Mortimer-Taylor was red-carded just before the half-time whistle, leaving Warminster with ten men for the second half and a one-goal lead.

The home side started brightly, and Miluk almost made it three in the opening minute until a Bishop’s defender intercepted his shot from Graham’s cross. On 54′, Miluk went close again with an 18-yard strike going just over the crossbar.

The equaliser came in the 73rd minute. With a super long-range shot from the left, substitute Oscar Albano found the top of Thomson’s goal.

Even with ten men, Warminster still looked like going on to win the game but just missed out with several chances not going their way. A point still keeps Warminster Town in second place, and they now look forward to an away trip on Saturday to Portishead.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Churchyard(s), Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor(red card), Graham, Bartley(s), Gardner(s)
Subs Used: Seviour, Sheppard, McKay
Subs Unused: De Silva