Almost an Upset

Warminster Town travelled to Cheddar on Tuesday night to take on the league leaders.

The first half hour was fairly even with both teams creating a couple of half chances, but these were comfortably dealt with by both keepers. In atrocious conditions, the two sides were hell-bent on getting the ball down and playing some entertaining football, which was pleasing for the spectators who braved the elements.

The only goal of the game came in the 31st minute when the home team knocked in a hopeful long cross, which Warminster failed to deal with and gifted Cheddar a free header at the far post which was headed back across goal and into the side netting giving Nathan Ball no chance.

The goal seemed to deflate the visitors and the final fifteen minutes of the half saw Cheddar very much in control, but thankfully they didn’t create too many clear cut chances.

The second half was a fairly even contest with both defences very much in charge.

Warminster had a valiant attempt Cheddar to try and find an equalizer, but the very well organized home defence rarely gave Warminster many opportunities and Conner McKay and Jake Wright were very much feeding on scraps!’

Warminster will be kicking themselves for switching off in the first half allowing Cheddar to score the only goal but they aren’t top of the league by accident, and all good teams have a knack of finding a way to win. The red and blacks gave their all, and nobody could question what they put into the game, and on another day they could have taken something from the game.

Warminster are on the road again on Saturday when they travel to Longwell Green. If the can replicate Tuesday’s performance and effort, they will surely have a good chance of taking something from the game.

Match Report by Rob McFerran

Abysmal First Half at Portishead

The BBC weather forecast was spot on when they forecast that heavy rain would fall on Portishead around 3 pm and last for an hour or so. Right on cue, the rain started and the wind picked up speed driving the rain almost sideways! This was a game of two halves with Portishead scoring 3 times in the first half and Warminster 2 in the second, final score 3 – 2.

On an ever-increasing slippery pitch, Warminster got off to a good start putting pressure on the home side’s defence. Portishead’s keeper was called into action several times the third of which in the seventh minute, earned him a yellow card for bringing down Warminster’s Conner McKay outside of the area and some might argue should have been a red one.  

It was the 12th minute when the home side opened the scoreline with a cross from the right finding Alex Chapman who made no mistake in scoring. The second goal came on the half-hour when  Portishead went down their left and with few passes cut through the Warminster defence like a hot knife through butter and the ball was in the back of the net, nestled in the bottom far corner by Robbie Cox.

The third goal and a brace for Chapman came in the 39th minute. This all started from a free kick just inside Warminster’s half which was sent to the left of goal then passed a couple of times across the front of goal to be launched back from the right into the six-yard box for Chapman to slide in and tap home. This really was a poor performance from the visitors who just did not defend as they have done in previous games.

No doubt there had been a very strong team talk at halftime and Warminster rallied to prevent the mistakes of the first-half. It was with the wet pitch and wind going to be a struggle to get back into the game. However, the Red & Blacks battled and fought hard to prevail.

Warminster went close on 58 minutes when Jack Miluk beat his man on the right and his shot went just to the left of the far post. Substitutions were made and on came George Butler followed later by Jake Wright both of whom went on to score. The first for Wright in the 79th minute when from the left side of the box he lobbed the keeper and the covering defender and the ball sailed elegantly into the top right-hand corner.

Warminster’s second goal was a great effort from Butler who in the 83rd minute lobbed a Portishead defender then volleyed the ball with his left foot into the back of the goal. Unfortunately, despite the much better football in the second half by Warminster the score finished at 3 -2 to the home side.

After the game assistant manager Rob McFerran commented:

“Andy and I are hugely disappointed with yesterday’s first-half performance. To go in three-nil down at half time to a team who are one from the bottom of the league is not acceptable. Perhaps the mindset was we just had to turn up to get the three points, but in this league that simply isn’t the case.

Portishead gave us a lesson in the first half on how desire and determination can take you a long way in this league, and their effort in the first 45 minutes effectively sealed them the three points, so credit to them. We rallied in the second half with Jake Wright and George Butler offering some hope, but it wasn’t to be.

Our good run had to come to an end sometime but the manner in which it happened was disappointing and I know quite a few of our players will be disappointed with their first-half performances. We don’t become a bad team overnight and the last six weeks we have been in fantastic form….perhaps a bit of complacency crept in? But lesson learnt and you can be sure of a reaction from the boys on Tuesday when we travel to high flying Cheddar.”

Warminster Town v Bishops Lydeard

It was touch and go due to the heavy rain if this game would go ahead. With less than an hour to kickoff, the referee monitored the situation and eventually agreed that the heaviest of the rain had passed and the game could start.

Bishops Lydeard playing in their light blue away kit started the day just 5 points behind the home side. Back in October Warminster came from 1 – 0 behind to beat the Bishops 2 -1 and no doubt the visitors wanted to make amends for that result. This time though there were no goals for Bishops Lydeard and Warminster won this game 2 – 0 with the goals coming in the first half.

The first half was a good solid performance from Warminster who were creating chances within the opening minutes. The first goal came in the 10th minute when Eben Mortimer-Taylor crossed in from the left wing to find the head of captain Charlie Walton who had made a great run down the centre of the pitch and got in front of the defender. Walton cleverly headed the ball downwards and it went under the diving keeper, Nathan Whatley.

Another chance soon followed for Conner McKay who forced the Bishops keeper into a save and Walton went close again in the 16th minute with a long-range shot which curled just wide of the left post. Jordan De Silva also headed towards goal from a Mortimer-Taylor free kick 6 minutes later but it was comfortably saved by the Bishops keeper.

Bishops Lydeard were trying to knock the ball over the Warminster defence and then run on to it. For the most part, the home side’s defenders cut out the ball or the opposition were offside when it got through. It was the 26th minute before the visitors had a shot on goal which was from 25 yards out and wide of Nathan Ball’s left-hand post. 3 minutes later the visitors went agonisingly close when a long ball down the left was picked up by the aptly named James Quick who lobbed Nathan Ball and the shot went across the goal mouth and bounced just wide of the far post and out for a goal kick.

The second goal came in the 38th minute following a corner from the right which went over everyone’s heads but then Lewis Graham with a low drive back from the left found Conner McKay who fired home from close range in the centre of the goal mouth.

The second half kicked off with still a lot of moisture in the air and the pitch obviously was more cut up because of the weather but still playable. Both sides had an early opportunity but unable to convert. Warminster went on to create more chances but again without a reward.

What was striking in this match was the referee’s love of yellow! He produced several yellow cards in the first half and increased his tally to double figures in the second. The majority of the yellow cards awarded to Warminster. This was not a dirty game and with the pitch being wet did cause a few of the sliding tackles to go wrong, however, some of the cards issued were not deserved and Warminster’s Lewis Graham was sent off in the 83rd minute for his second yellow. The visitors a few minutes later also had a man sent off for his second yellow, so the game did finish with 10 men on each side.

Close to the end of the match, Warminster’s Jack Miluk made a good run down the left wing forcing the keeper to make a save close to his right post. The game concluded and in summary, it was a solid and mature performance from Warminster and an enjoyable game for the 104 who braved the weather to watch.

Warminster Town next travel to league strugglers Portishead Town on Saturday 26th January, followed by a trip to league leaders Cheddar on Tuesday 29th for an evening kickoff.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, De Silva, Graham, Sisson, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, McKay, Mortimer-Taylor subs (*used) Churchyard*, Wright J*, Wright S, Collyer, Lisowski*

U18s League Cup Quarter Final result

Match report from today’s U18’s league cup game by Tom Willoughby.

Another strong win for the mighty red and black u18s.

Welcoming local rivals Westbury to Weymouth street for our 2nd leg quarter-final of the league cup.

With a 4-0 advantage from the first leg, we knew we still had to work hard to keep our league record of being unbeaten. It was a tough game on a churned up Weymouth street pitch, but we were the dominant side and didn’t really have much pressure put on us in the first half going 2-0 into half time. With a team talk, we went back out a little more positive and soon found our feet and controlled the game scoring 3 more goals to make it 5-0 final score and 9-0 on aggregate.

The red and blacks now wait to find out who they play in the semifinals.

Man of the match Roy Bakudie.

Warminster Town v Bishops Lydeard

It was back in October when Warminster Town travelled to Bishops Lydeard and on an unusually warm and sunny afternoon came away with all 3 points following a 2 – 1 win.

We now look forward to welcoming them on Saturday, January 19th. Kick off 3.00pm. Do come along to Weymouth Street and watch the game. If you can’t we should be live on YouTube.

You can watch the game and both halves are added below..