Hengrove Athletic 5 Warminster Town 2

Warminster Town was beaten for the first time in 8 games when they travelled to south Bristol to face Hengrove Athletic. The hosts ran out as the deserved winners with an emphatic 5-2 win.

Before the game, there was a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, and it was the hosts who had the first chance, shooting from way out, and Sam Thomson had to push the ball away. On 15 minutes, the visitors were perhaps fortunate to have 10 men on the pitch still, as Jon Bazley tackled a Hengrove player and was given a yellow card. This infuriated the home bench as they thought it should have been red.

In the next 6 minutes, there would be three goals. Hengrove opened the scoring in the 17th minute. A shout for offside was to no avail as it was put into the goal past a helpless Sam Thomson. 2 minutes later, and somewhat against the run of play, Warminster levelled. An almighty goal line scramble resulted in the ball cannoning off a hosts defender and off the bar and in.

2 minutes later, the hosts retook the lead. Some poor and lacklustre defending allowed the striker to fire home to make it 2-1 to Hengrove. Warminster were forced into an early change as Emilio Mudrak appeared to pop his shoulder out of place and was replaced by Braden Humphreys. On 40 minutes, it was 3-1. Good work from a Hengrove player allowed him some room to fire into the top corner from an angle.

The second half started with Warminster pushing to get back into it, and 10 minutes after halftime, they deservedly scored a second. Corey Harbour-Burgess’ strike from the edge of the box found its way in off the post. James Vincent was introduced in place of Logan Cassidy in search of an equaliser, but against the run of play, the hosts added goals number 4 and 5 on the breakaway as Warminster pushed forward to get back into it. They scored in the 68th and 75th minute, which took the game away from Warminster. James Chenery-Bowden and Toby worts replaced Seb Hounsell and Leigh Rogers, but the Town couldn’t find a way back into the game.

Team: Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Mudrak(s), Hounsell(s), Rogers(s), Cassidy(s), Seviour, Wyatt

Subs (used) Vincent, Humphreys, Worts, Chenery-Bowden, 

(Unused) McFerran

Match Report: Liam Spurrier

Warminster Town 3 Oldland Abbotonians 1

If there was ever a game that best represented the day it’s played on, then a Toolstation Western League division 1 clash between Warminster Town and Oldland Abbotonians played on the 5th of November may not instantly spring to mind. However, the 155 in attendance were treated to lots of fireworks.

Warminster coming into this game had only lost twice in 11 games, whereas the visitors found themselves in 4th place,  so this was always going to be a tasty clash. Warminster made the perfect start. After just 3 minutes, In-form Corey Gardner took the ball down and shot back across the keeper into the far corner to put the hosts 1-0 up.

In the 9th minute, the game’s first flashpoint arrived when an awful tackle from an Oldland player sparked a massive brawl, which resulted in a yellow card for the Abbots’ number 4 and Warminster skipper Lewis Graham.

The next chance fell, Gardner, and again pressured the keeper into a mistake but couldn’t quite find the finish. The sucker punch arrived on 24 minutes when a lovely free kick was met with a bullet header from David Patterson, who levelled the scores.

Shortly afterwards, the visitors briefly went down to 10 men with a player in the sin bin, and Warminster took advantage. On 40 minutes, a free kick from Spencer Dymond-Hall was headed into his own net by an Oldland defender. That ended a pulsating half of football. But the second half was just as good!

It took until an hour on the clock for the second half to get going, but on 63 minutes, another awful tackle from an Oldland defender resulted in a free kick, which was floated in and the other in-form player in the Warminster team, Max Wyatt, headed past the keeper to add a 3rd.

At 70 minutes, Lewis Graham blasted a shot goal-bound, but it flew well over the bar. There were 3 red cards during the game, and they all came during an ill-tempered final 15 minutes. On 77 minutes, what looked like a punch was aimed at Eben Mortimer Taylor, who reacted and was subsequently dismissed. The Oldland player also saw a red card for the punch. Just 5 minutes later, Oldland we’re reduced to 9 men, the captain picking up two yellows in quick succession for a foul and kicking the ball away.

Overall, an explosive clash ended with Warminster Town claiming 3 points, and to think they were bottom of the table 3 months ago and are now in 10th, with 4 games in hand over Hengrove Athletic, whom they face next weekend, anything is possible!

1. Sam Thomson 2. Corey Harbour Burgess 3. Spencer Dymond-Hall 4. Lewis Graham (C) 5. Jon Bazley 6. Chay Forrester 7. Leigh Rogers 8. Eben Mortimer Taylor 9. Corey Gardner (s) 10. Jakob Seviour (s) 11. Max Wyatt

Subs Used: Seb Hounsell, Logan Cassidy 

Subs not used: Toby Worts, Henry Mcferran, James Vincent

Report by Liam Spurrier

Almondsbury FC 0 Warminster Town 2

A goal apiece from Max Wyatt and Corey Gardner, either side of the break, ensured Warminster returned to winning ways with a thoroughly deserved victory.

The majority of the 50 or so crowd at the Field were the travelling Warminster faithful, who were treated to a strong defensive display resulting in a 2-0 victory and a clean sheet.

Indeed it could’ve, and possibly should’ve, been more. Warminster also missed a penalty and hit the post! In truth Almondsbury never really looked like scoring. Warminster started on the front foot, and after many shots on the Almondsbury goal, the inevitable happened. Lewis Graham struck a shot towards goal, and bounced off of Leigh Rogers, the keeper made a terrific save, but the rebound fell for the in-form Wyatt, who had the simple task of heading the ball into the net, making it 1-0.

Warminster kept up the pressure. More shots on the Almondsbury goal and high pressure resulted in the keeper being busy, and eventually, the pressure told. On 35 minutes Seb Hounsell was bundled to the ground, and a penalty was given. Up stepped the captain, Lewis Graham but saw his penalty saved. The rebound fell back to Graham but was denied by an outstanding point-blank save.

The second half started with Max Wyatt smashing a shot off the post, and with all these chances going begging, could Almondsbury find a way back? That question was finally answered in the 75th minute when Corey Gardner was played through and 1 on 1 with the keeper, slotted hime to double the lead. Some late changes were made, with Toby Worts, Braden Humphreys, Henry Mcferran, Logan Cassidy and Emilio Mudrak coming on for Jakob Seviour, Seb Hounsell, Max Wyatt, Corey Gardner and Chay Forrester.

2-0 was a solid result on the road but should’ve been many more.

Sam Thomson, Corey Harbour-Burgess, Lewis Graham (C), Jon Bazley, Spencer Dymond-Hall, Chay Forrester (85”) Corey Gardner (85”) Leigh Rogers, Seb Hounsell (88”), Jakob Seviour (79”), Max Wyatt (92”)

Henry Mcferran(92”) Braden Humphreys (88”), Toby Worts (79”) Emilio Mudrak (85”) Logan Cassidy (85”)

Match Report: The Weymouth Street Massive

Warminster Town 2 Bristol Telephones 1

After Saturday’s deserved point at home to Tytherington Rocks, Warminster Town welcomed Bristol Telephones to Weymouth Street. On a chilly evening, the lowly Phones made Town work hard, but the hosts prevailed, winning 2-1.

The first 20 minutes were fairly dull; apart from Warminster forcing a few corners, it wasn’t exactly a classic opening 20 minutes. However, Warminster drew first blood on 23 minutes. A fantastic run from Corey Gardner opened up the Phones’ defence and squared for an unmarked Max Wyatt, who, from two yards out and into an open net, slotted the hosts into the lead.

The Phones, who had their game called off at the weekend, began to grow into the game, and that paid off when a ball through the town defence was latched onto by Archie Dark, who calmly slotted the visitors level. It would remain 1-1 at halftime.

The second half also started slowly, with the first notable incident happening in the 60th minute. A shot at Warminster’s goal was saved by Sam Thomson, who safely gathered at the second attempt. Spencer Dymond-Hall tried his luck, but the only thing stopping him from scoring was the Phones keeper, Joe Pople, who produced an outstanding save to keep the scores level.

Jakob Seviour made way for Chay Forrester to make his debut. Soon after, in the 76th minute, an almighty goal-mouth scramble resulted in Jon Bazley, the central defender, scoring what turned out to be the winner. Seb Hounsell, Braden Humphreys, Toby Worts and DJ Wheeler were all introduced later in the game, as Warminster, who dominated the second half, made it another 3 points and are now 15th in the table.

Huge credit to the players and management team over the last few weeks for putting in performances and grinding out results after so many changes. Man of the match was Lewis Graham, for another solid captain’s performance.

Team: Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Rogers, Gardner(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Cassidy(s), Seviour(s), Wyatt(s)

Subs: (all used) Humphreys, Wheeler, Hounsell, Forrester, Worts

Match report: Liam Spurrier

Warminster Town 2 Tytherington Rocks 2

Warminster Town welcomed Gloucestershire-based Tytherington Rocks to Weymouth street on an afternoon that had a chilly, autumnal feel to it. The rocks came here unbeaten in five, whilst Town were agonisingly beaten by Brislington on Tuesday, conceding a last-minute goal.

This was a game of two halves, Warminster were way off the pace first half, and it only took 9 minutes for the Rocks to go in front. Ethan McMahon fired past the helpless Sam Thomson after twisting inside and out. The same player would have another chance just 30 seconds later, but this time was way off target.

Still, the Rocks were dominant and were two up on half an hour. A ball into the area wasn’t dealt with and Connor Horseman accepted the gift to put the away team 0-2 up.  

After half time it was a totally different game, 30 seconds after the restart, Corey Harbour-Burgess fizzed a great ball across the box, but Max Wyatt and Logan Cassidy both couldn’t quite get there.

The Rocks’ defence was valiant until the 74th minute. Wyatt was causing all sorts of problems and danced his way through the defence and squared for Corey Gardner, who, with the aid of many deflections, halved the deficit.

By now, Warminster were really banging on the door; could the rocks’ defence stay rock solid? Well, 3 minutes from time, that question was answered. The quick and tricky Wyatt yet again caused carnage, winning a free kick, and Spencer Dymond – Hall deservedly drew the host side level from the free kick.

After how much effort was put into the game on Tuesday, Warminster will be more than happy with this point, especially after the first half. This game began a run of 4 straight home games, so come and support the town. Also, congratulations to Toby Worts for making his first team debut off the bench!

Team: Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Dymond-Hall, Graham(c), Bazley, Humphreys, Gardner, Hounsell(s), Cassidy, Seviour(s), Wyatt

Subs (used) Kapelka, Worts

(unused) McFerran, Bowden 

Match Reporter: Liam Spurrier

Brislington FC 4 Warminster Town 3

Warminster would take the trip back to Bristol only three days after their last match in the area. This time they would take on a newly relegated (voluntary) Brislington FC side, posing a tough test for the Maltmen. The game would start with Brislington pressing high, winning several set pieces, all of which would amount to nothing. Warminster number 5 Jon Bazley would put in an inspired shift making his presence known to the Brislington attackers with a series of tough tackles. Warminster countered well with Captain James Vincent laying off to Corey Gardner, who drilled the ball across the box for Max Wyatt to divert into the net. 0-1. 

The second goal followed soon after. Corey Gardner again provided a ball across the box for an onrushing Max Wyatt to belt home! 0-2. Following their quick-fire double, Warminster came under a barrage of attacks, but with a culmination of offside traps, stoic defending and the bar all playing a part in keeping a clean sheet. It would all be in vain, unfortunately. Despite Sam Thomson’s heroics, Brislington would poach a goal on the verge of half-time. 1-2. 

The second half would start similarly to the first and would bear fruit for the Brislington players, one of whom would plant a fabulous header into the far side of the net from a corner. 2-2. Warminster could not be held back, countering with speed and purpose; another goal wouldn’t be far behind. This time it would be Jakob Seviour who would provide with a teasing ball into the six-yard box, which Max Wyatt would oblige in poking into the back of the net! 2-3. 

Holding onto a precarious lead until the 88th minute, Warminster battled. A cross from out wide was again met by a Brislington player, squaring the ball for it to be smashed between Sam Thomson’s legs. 3-3. It would be a twist of the knife as stoppage time began that would seal Warminster’s fate as another corner was met by another Brislington player, catching out the Warminster defence and rifling the back of the net. 4-3. Despite a late chance for Jakob Seviour, Brislington saw out the game in which they would only lead for 3 minutes. 

Overall there were too many positives to list from such a dynamic game. Warminster Town continues to demonstrate that they can compete with the biggest teams in the league. There is much more to come from the men in Red and Black.  

Team: Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Graham, Bazley, Dymond-Hall, Mortimer-Taylor, Seviour(s), Humphrey, Wyatt(s), Gardner, Vincent(c)(s)

Subs (used)  Hounsell, Atkins, McFerran, 

(unused) Ruck, Keightley

Match Report: Ben Cooke

AEK Boco 0 Warminster Town 2

Saturday took Warminster Town to Bristol, where they would face AEK Boco at the True Clarity Pavilion. Warminster would survive an early scare as the Boco winger put a ball across the face of the goal, only to be missed at the far post by another Boco player. At the other end, a Warminster free kick would end up just wide of the post after some brilliant play into the box. The goal wouldn’t take long to come, though; as Cassidy piled on the pressure, a loose ball would be pounced on by Corey Gardner, and he rifled it into the roof of the net. 0-1. Following this a missed corner presented Warminster’s next best opportunity and Boco would miss going down the other end in what was becoming an entertaining battle. At halftime, the score was still 0-1 to the Red and Blacks. 

In the second half, Boco would press hard for an equaliser, with Lewis Graham picking up a yellow after being exposed at the back. Warminster countered with a fast-paced attack which produced a save from Boko’s keeper.

Cassidy made way for James Vincent, and Humphreys was replaced by Seviour, who was presented with a golden opportunity to shoot at the on-rushing keeper, forcing a save before taking the rebound in his stride and firing wide of the far post.

Further woes would be heaped on Boco when their Number 12 collided with an accelerating Max Wyatt, which the officials deemed to be a red card offence sending the Boco man for an early shower. With a man advantage, Warminster pressed forward with Wyatt finding Vincent in the box, who then failed to spot an unmarked Seviour and fired wide of the post. 

Warminster would then make their final change with goal scorer Gardner marking the way for Seb Hounsell. As the game closed out, a moment of brilliance would clinch the game for Warminster as Wyatt raced down the right flank before placing an exquisite shot off the far post and into the back of the net. 0-2. 

Despite an opportunity to make it three and Boco failing to find a conciliation goal, Warminster would pick up three enormous points against a side they had struggled against last season.

Thomson, Harbour-Burgess, Graham©, Bazley, Dymond-Hall, Mortimer-Taylor, Rodgers, Humphreys(s), Wyatt, Gardner(s), Cassidy(s)

Subs: (used) Hounsell, Seviour, Vincent

Match Report: Ben Cooke

Warminster Town 0 FC Bristol 3

Warminster welcomed FC Bristol to Weymouth Street under the lights hoping to make it three wins in a row. The visitors dominated and it took a superb save by Sam Thomson, tipping an effort onto the post, to keep them at bay. However, on 20 mins, they did take the lead, Thomson making a good save and the rebound being put into an empty net by Kinsly Murray; however, it looked offside, but the goal was given.

Number 2 arrived 9 mins later, Warminster failing to deal with a ball in the box, and Sacha Tong smashes into the top corner to make it 0-2 for the visitors. In the second half, Warminster had a few shots which were spilled and gathered by the away goalkeeper, but the final nail in the coffin came 15 mins from time, Elan Plummer slotting past Sam Thomson. Overall a pretty lacklustre display. After two wins in a row, this was a big reality check for Warminster, who now face two tricky away tests, starting with AEK Boco away on Saturday, followed by an away trip to Brislington on Tuesday.

Team: Thomson, Humphreys, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Rodgers, Mudrak, Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent, Chevelleau, Wyatt

Subs:  (all used) Gardner, Cassidy, Seviour Harbour-Burgess

Match Report: Liam Spurrier

Bishop Sutton 0 Warminster Town 1

Looking for back-to-back wins, Warminster Town made the Tuesday evening trip to Lakeview, the home of Bishop Sutton AFC. 

From the outset, this was going to be a tight game, but the better chances in the first half fell to the home side. Warminster’s goalkeeper, Sam Thomson, had to make several saves, one of which was outstanding by using his right leg to prevent the ball from squeezing inside his right post. Warminster also pressed, and the match’s only goal came in the 35th minute. Chevelleau’s corner from the left, directed to near post towards Vincent, was deflected by The Bishops number 8, Sam Hill, into his own goal. It was difficult as a spectator to tell who got the final touch, but at halftime, the referee confirmed the own goal.

The second half continued to be a battle between two sides striving for a win, and with a heavy downpour in the first half, the surface of the pitch was tricky to play, causing a few hairy moments when players slipped. 

Thomson had to pull off another fine save to keep the clean sheet, the fourth in a row. At the other end of the pitch, a free kick from Mortimer-Taylor found the head of Graham at the far post and his downward header was saved by Oakes in goal for the home side. 

The game’s final moments were marred when Royal, wearing number 7 for The Bishops, slid two-footed into substitute Cassidy. The referee issued a  straight red card for the offence. After the final whistle, the home side was unhappy and surrounded the referee, making comments, resulting in another red card for substitute number 15, Billy Taylor. 

Overall, a decent away win for Warminster Town, and another confidence booster as the new players fit into the squad. 

Team: Thomson, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Rodgers, Mudrak, Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent(c), Chevelleau(s), Wyatt(s)

Subs (used) Cassidy, Gardner

(unused) Chandler, De Silva, Jeffery

Reporter: Roland Millward

Warminster Town 2 Hengrove Athletic 0

In their previous encounter at Weymouth Street in September last year, these two teams scored 13 goals between them. An incredible match saw Warminster win 7-6! No one would expect a game with that scoreline again, and this time the home produced a 2-0 win. 

The crowd of 95 did see more goals in the opening forty-five minutes, Warminster scoring first and ruled offside, and repeated by Hengrove with another offside decision keeping the score at 0-0 at the halftime whistle. Neither side, apart from those ruled-out goals, looked like scoring. 

The second half proved to be more decisive for the Red & Black’s, as Chevelleau fired home ten minutes in. The move started with a throw-in taken by Dymond-Hall inside Warminster’s half; Vincent collected and put through a perfect pass for Chevelleau just inside the box to shoot past the keeper.  

The lead was doubled in the 67th minute when a corner taken by Chevelleau from the left was met by Vincent a the near post, Hengrove’s keeper appeared to punch the ball into the striker, and it finished up going into the back of the net. How they go in doesn’t matter – it’s a goal! 

Dymond-Hall went close in the 90th minute seeing his shot from the left flash just past the right-hand post. The referee added ten minutes of additional time. 

The Warminster defence has now had three clean sheets, and the back four looked solid all afternoon. The man of the match was central defender Jon Bazley, and it was a close call as there were so many good performances by the home team. This was the first win of the season and a real confidence booster for the team, which has lost many regular players to other clubs. The new players are settling in and bonding as a team. Each match shows that despite the early setback, the season is long, and it is all to play for.

Team: Thomson, Humphrey, Dymond-Hall, Graham, Bazley, Rogers, Seviour(s), Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent(s), Chevelleau, Wyatt(s)

Subs all used: Cassidy, Chandler, McFerran