Warminster Town 3 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 2

On a damp Saturday afternoon, The Town welcomed East Cowes Victoria Athletic for the First Round proper of the FA Vase. The pitch held up well despite the heavy rain during the previous few days. The FA Vase offers the chance to play in a final at Wembley and cash from playing in each round for the clubs, the winner of this game receiving £825, a lot of money for small non-league clubs. Warminster went on to win this game 3 – 2. 

The 133 in attendance were treated to a real cup tie with end to end action throughout the match. Warminster got off to a flying start when on 30 seconds Charlie Walton opened the scoring. James Vincent in the box pulled the ball back to Walton who fired across goal into the right-hand corner. The lead though was not to last long when just past the 3-minute mark The Vics equalised. A looping cross from their left from Joe Butcher into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home team and tapped home by Brandon Haywood. 

Both sides created chances with the visitors decidedly having the better possession and passing in the first half. Just after the half-hour, The Vics went close producing a wonderful save from Nathan Ball whose performance granted him the title “Man of the match” by the team. Half-time 1 -1.

As is often the case at home, Warminster came out a different team in the second half. From the off, they set about scoring more goals. The ever-busy Walton got a shot way within the opening seconds. In the third minute of this half, a corner was met by Walton who planted the ball home into the back of the net with a fine header to the left-hand corner, leaving the keeper little chance of making a save.

Once again though both sides were creating chances, and Warminster’s third goal came in the 65th minute with great work from a break-away counter-attack. James Vincent ran down the right after collecting a long clearance ball. He took on the defender on the right edge of the box and passed to a waiting Jack Miluk for him to tap home. 10 minutes later Walton went close with fine solo work, forcing the keeper to produce an excellent save. 

A consolation goal came for The Vics in the 88th minute when Butcher, who had been dangerous throughout the game, danced through the defence on the edge of the box and made certain of his shot to make it 3 -2.

Team: Ball, Barnes, McFerran, Jeffrey, De-Silva*, Lisowski*, Miluk*, Walton, Vincent, Shanley, Butler

Subs (used*) Baggs*, Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden, Curtis*

Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3

Super Size Crowd at Warminster Town

On what turned out to be a very wet Saturday evening on Ground-Hopper Day, 369 braved the weather including many ground-hoppers coming to Warminster for the first time. The spectators were entertained with a 5 goal thriller, a sending-off, missed chances, good saves and the ball crashing against the posts. The final score Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3.

Bristol Telephones showed good pace up front and the early warning signs were there for Warminster to see. Balls were being played through the home sides defence for The Phones forwards to run on to. This did not appear to be a team who have only managed one point all season. The visitors breakthrough came on 14 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with by the Warminster defence and fell to Luke Barnfield who brought it down with his left foot and with his second touch left-footed it into the right-hand corner. 

Nathan Ball was called into action a number of times to prevent more goals from The Phones in the first thirty minutes as Warminster continued to rock under the attack from the team in blue. O’Neil and Barnfield for The Phones paired up well and were creating many chances and deserved to have scored more. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 31st minute when from a Phones corner Allen ran with the ball down the left-wing, passed inside to Shanley who then played in Miluk. Miluk beat 2 defenders on the edge of the D and fired home past the keeper. 

Two minutes later Butler down the left passed a long ball to Vincent who beats the defenders on the left of goal and made sure of hitting the target.

In the final minute of the half, Francois Allen received a red card, and at the time most in the crowd away from the action had thought he was being sin-binned for 10 minutes.

The second-half now started and Warminster with a 2 – 1 lead had some work to do with just 10 men on the pitch. Bristol Telephones 3 minutes into the half found number 11, Golding who tapped the ball home. The third goal for The Phones was in the 59th minute when Barnfield scored his second made all too easy by the home side. 

Despite being down to 10 men Warminster created chances but couldn’t either get them on target or were saved by the Phones keeper. Likewise, the visitors went close several times in a real end to end battle between the two teams. It was a game for the neutrals to enjoy who came along as ground-hoppers and made it worth getting thoroughly wet from all the rain.

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say: “Obviously over the moon with the attendance of 369 it created a great atmosphere. More importantly, I’m very disappointed with the result and losing at home once again. At 2-1 we in the driving seat and the sending off just before half time had a big impact on the game. 

We didn’t defend very well all night and it proved our undoing. I can’t fault the effort the lads put in but it’s something we need to address as it has happened far too frequently for my liking. We have a tough FA Vase game next Saturday and it’s important that we learn from those mistakes, bounce back and show a bit of character if we are to kick on for the remainder of the season.”

Team: Ball, Baggs*, Barnes*, Allen (red card), De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Mcferran*, Johnson*, Mortimer-Taylor*  

Sherborne Town 0 – Warminster Town 3

Warminster’s only league wins of the season have been on the road and a trip to Sherborne Town was likely to be a tough fixture. Once again though, the Red & Blacks rose to the away challenge and won the game 0 – 3.

The opening moments of the game showed that Sherborne aka The Zebras would be no push-over and the early chances fell to them, chances which could have easily turned to goals in the opening few minutes. The home team, especially in the first half put Warminster under pressure and were very good at keeping possession of the ball. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 10th minute when Jack Miluk found himself in space on the right side. Miluk crossed the ball into the box which was met by James Vincent bursting into the area to plant the ball firmly in the back of the net.

The Zebras proved to be very dangerous during this game with some slick passing and one-twos around the Warminster penalty area but with good defending managed to keep the ball out of the net. The back four was changed today, Lewis Graham and Henry McFerran were out and in came Jordan de Silva (back from injury) and Stewart Lisowski who got his first start for a while. The lads voted Lisowski ‘man of the match’ for the effort he put in on the pitch to keep that clean sheet.

The second half saw Warminster produce some better-attacking football. Very early in the half Warminster created several chances forcing the keeper to make several good saves. The second goal (54th minute) came when keeper Nathan Ball threw the ball to George Butler who ran down the left, cut along the edge of the box, back-heeled the ball to Charlie Walton who took on the defender in the box and fired home right-footed into the right corner. A very well-worked goal.

Sherborne continued to press the visitors and Warminster had to defend long and hard and sit deep with the intention of catching the home side out on the break. In the 73rd minute, Butler missed an absolute sitter, somehow managing to miss from a few yards out. The good news though for him would be that he would go on to score. This followed a triple substitution by the Zebras in the 77th minute. Immediately as play resumed, Jack Miluk ran the ball down the right and crossed to Butler who at the edge of the ‘D’ made no mistake with a left-footed shot past the advancing keeper to make amends for his miss. 

The travelling supporters went home happy after watching a dogged performance from the Red & Blacks and now look forward to welcoming Bristol Telephones for an unusually late kickoff on Saturday, October 5th at 7:45 pm as it is “Ground-Hopper Day”.  

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk*, Mortimer-Taylor, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden*, McFerran

Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2

Suggested Title: Chances Galore For Warminster

On yet another glorious September afternoon Warminster faced the new team in Division 1, Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Premier Division last season. They have had to rebuild their team and despite getting off to a very shaky start have improved much in their last few games. Today was no exception and they played well as a team, finding space and creating chances, two of which turned into goals. Final score Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2.

It looked as though the home side would win this game with the early show of form, Walton forcing the keeper into a good save after just 18 seconds! This was followed by more chances but despite the run of play, Hengrove opened the scoring right on 12 minutes with a goal from a corner scored by Mickey Parsons.

Warminster went close in the 22nd minute when James Vincent headed into the ground which bounced over the bar and 4 minutes later he also headed again over the bar a ball from a corner. Walton and Barnes also had shots on goal but nothing went into the visitors’ goal. In the 37th minute, Churchyard tried to chip the keeper but it was an easy save. Miluk went really close with 2 minutes left of this half with a ball which flew just over the crossbar.

Warminster were giving Hengrove too much space which allowed them a number of chances and no doubt the halftime team talk would try and address this. The second half got under-way and Warminster did create several early chances which on another day would have gone in. Warminster had a series of early corners with the keeper being kept very busy. Following one of those corners in the 57th minute, a long hopeful clearance by Hengrove went over the head of defender Harry Barnes standing on the halfway line, leaving number 10 Regan Burton to run onto the ball with only Nathan Ball to beat. Burton kept calm and slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Warminster pulled one back in the 68th-minute when a through ball from Shanley found Vincent who made no mistake and fired home.

The second half was full of incidents and saw Henry Mcferran substituted with Ashton Shanley following an accidental clashing of heads with an Hengrove player. Shanley was later sin-binned for 10 minutes on 80 minutes for dissent, he was allowed back on the field for the last 2 minutes of additional time. During the last couple of minutes of normal time, a bad tackle was made on Lewis Graham, the resulting melee saw a red card for the offending player as well as Graham for his reaction.

Right to the end, Warminster continued to try to get something from the game and continued to go very close to scoring especially when substitute, Francois Allen almost converted Jack Miluk’s cross from the right just in front of goal. It was a disappointing result for The Town after putting in so much effort and with the number of chances in front of goal.

The next game is away at Sherborne Town on Saturday, September 28th and the next home game is a late 7.45 pm kickoff on Saturday, October 5th. as part of Ground-Hopper Day. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Johnson*, Vincent, Butler.

Subs (used*) Lisowski, Shanley*, Allen*, De-Silva

Warminster Town – on the road to Wembley

On a lovely warm and sunny afternoon, Warminster Town welcomed Alresford Town to Weymouth Street for the second qualifying round of the FA Vase. This is a competition that can lead to a final at Wembley. Warminster had a bye in the first round and now faced a team from the Wessex Premier Division who had won all their five games of the season so far. 

In front of a crowd of 110, this proved to be a high energy and entertaining game of football. Were it not for many other local events such as the Frome Cheese Show and Longleat Sky Safari would have been much higher. With fortune favouring the brave Warminster took a one-goal lead into the dressing room at halftime 

Early chances came for the visitors when Nathan Ball, in goal for Warminster was called into action in the 4th minute. Ball made a block to put the ball out for a corner. On other occasions, Alresford were heading or shooting high over the Warminster cross-bar. The Red & Blacks worked hard and were creating chances of their own with the best after 20 minutes with good work by Francois Allen. He broke away down the right and crossed the ball to find George Butler who forced the keeper into making a good save on the line down at the corner of his right-hand post. A shot from the subsequent rebound was blocked and cleared to safety.

In the 24th minute, Charlie Walton fired over the bar, however, just two minutes later he scored a spectacular goal. A free-kick from the right was floated into the box by Ashton Shanley, it was cleared by the defence and fell to Walton on the left of goal who volleyed the ball home into the far right of the visitors’ goal. This will probably be one of the outstanding goals of the season.

Alresford continued to create chances but failed to capitalise on them. The home side could have doubled their lead when Jack Miluk with under 5 minutes to go forced the keeper to make a save after another Shanley free-kick was dropped into the Alresford penalty area.

In less than 60 seconds of the second half kicking off The Magpies nearly drew level when a route one kick down the right from the keeper was picked up close to Warminster’s goal and fired agonisingly across the front and out of play at the far post. It was an early warning that there was still a lot of fight left from the Wessex Premier League leaders. A few moments later the visitors went close again when a shot went just over Ball’s crossbar.

The second goal for Warminster came on 50 minutes when Allen made a good run down the right, crossed the ball into The Magpies box and Charlie Walton turned to shoot. The keeper, McCarthy got his hands to it but the ball still found its way into the left-hand corner. 4 minutes later Alresford pulled one back with a goal from Chris Mason who took his shot well from the edge of the area following a move down their left-side of the pitch. 

This left 36 minutes of normal time for some dramatic action with Alresford having some good chances and they made all 3 substitutions early on to try and get that all elusive goal. 

The match was marred just before 90 minutes when a spat between a group of players ended with a yellow card for a player on each side, It could have been for one of the Alresford players who threw a punch in front of those sat in the seats in front of the clubhouse but was not seen by the officials.

Very late on and deep into additional time, a goal-mouth scramble at the Warminster end was thankfully cleared which allowed Warminster to come out as the victors in a hard-fought match. 

Warminster next play on Saturday, September 21st with another home game when Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Western League Premier Division last season will be the opponents.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Allen*, Butler*, Shanley*

(subs used*) Lisowski*, Vincent*, Johnson*, De Silva

Wells City 3 Warminster Town 2

Warminster Town travelled to Wells looking for their third away win of the season and make it three out of 3. The game, however, was won by Wells City. Wells going into the dressing room at halftime one goal ahead scored just after 11 minutes. The second half saw more goals with the final score at 3 – 2 to the home side.

Wells City has strengthed their squad this season with more experienced players, and this told on the day at The Athletic Ground. From early on in the match Wells put pressure on the visitors’ goal and went close in the opening minutes of the game. Jack Miluk in the 8th minute, battled on the left through the City defence and forced the keeper into blocking his shot at the near post.

The opening goal came shortly afterwards when a cross from the home side’s left and met by the head of Ross Padfield waiting in the 6-yard box and sent into the left-hand side of the goal much to the annoyance of manager, Andy Crabtree. Warminster went close just before halftime when Charlie Walton’s shot produced a fine save from the City keeper. 

Wells had proved difficult to breakdown and were much better in the air. Warminster’s passing and positioning on the pitch in this first-half were below the standard set in previous away games. Wells City looked extremely dangerous with any free kick taken inside Warminster’s half of the pitch, a lesson not learned that would cost the game in the second half. 

Wells got off to a flying start in the second half forcing a corner in less than a minute. The resulting corner from their left was met by the head once again of Ross Padfield who just sent the ball just wide of the post. It is worth mentioning that Padfield is probably one of the shortest players on the pitch but seemed to get his head to the ball all too easily. Wells went close on 55 minutes with another header this time not Padfield but their number 9 and fortunately, it went just over the bar.

On 57 minutes, Eban Mortimer-Taylor produced a shot which was saved relatively comfortably by the City keeper. Warminster equalised in the 63rd minute when Ryan Baggs lobbed in a ball cleared from a corner and found Lewis Graham, who with the slightest of touches puts the ball into the back of the net. The City players started to look a little rattled by this and were very vocal in trying to calm the nerves.  

The next goal came in the 75th minute when a free-kick, taken from Wells’ right dropped into the waiting group of players and once again Padfield was the man to get to the ball this time using his feet to get the ball home past Nathan Ball. Butler and Johnson were brought on for Warminster replacing Churchyard and Vincent shortly after the goal. 

Nathan Ball produced a good save in the 79th minute from a low-shot by Wells’ number 9. With 10 minutes remaining it was now time for that special moment to get Warminster back in the game. That moment came in the 85th minute. A cross from Mortimer-Taylor from the right found the head of Jack Miluk turning the ball into the left-hand side of the goal. Shanley was then substituted for striker Francois Allen. A point now would have been a good result from this game.

In the 88th minute as Warminster were in the process of clearing their lines, Mortimer-Taylor ran into blue shirts and lost the ball 30 yards out. In what appeared to be a rash move, Baggs went charging into one of the Wells players giving away a free kick in another dangerous area. By now, everyone should have been aware of how well City can get balls into the box and score.  

City took the free-kick, and once again that man Padfield popped up and headed the ball over Warminster’s keeper to make it a hat-trick and seal the victory for the home side. It was such a disappointing way to end the game after fighting back twice to level the score. Warminster can learn from this game and move on to the next one, which is going to be an exciting challenge!

The next game is on September 14th when the Hampshire team, Alresford Town come to Weymouth Street, Warminster in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase which gives teams to hope of playing a final at Wembley. Alresford Town is currently the leader in the Wessex Premier League, having won all five games this season so far. It will be an excellent display of football, and above-average attendance is very likely. Adults £5 concessions £3 and under 16’s and serving armed forces free. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barmes, Graham, McFerran, Chuchyard*, Miluk, Walton(c), Mortimer-Taylor, Vincent*, Shanley*

Subs (used*) Lisowski, De-Silva, Butler*, Johnson*, Allen*, 

The Winner of the WCR FM Competition is

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the WCR FM Competition is Robin George.

Robin will be able to spend time along with a friend on the Sportscene Show with Malcolm McLundie. Congratulations to Robin and we look forward to hearing him on the radio!

Portishead Town 2 Warminster Town 5

On a blazing hot afternoon, Warminster Town faced an in-form Portishead Town on their home turf, The Playing Fields, Bristol Road. Despite the high-temperature forcing two water breaks, Warminster put in a massive effort and played at a very high tempo to give them all 3 points in an impressive 2 – 5 win.

Due to the colour of the home side’s kit, Warminster still have not been able to sport the new away kit which will have to wait for another day. The game produced seven goals and especially for the visitors could have been many more with the number of chances created even in additional time at the end of the match.

The opening goal came for Warminster, just after 4 minutes with superb build-up play by Ashton Shanley who played the ball to Jack Miluk. Jack made sure of the goal with a left-footed strike into the bottom right corner of the net.

The Red & Blacks second goal came in the 16th minute when Miluk received a throw-in from the left which the keeper’s parried save rebounded to Charlie Walton who blasted the ball home into the open net. By this time, Warminster could have scored a couple more with the shots they had. Portishead went close to scoring in the 24th minute with a point-blank shot that went across the entire face of the goal and out for a goal-kick.

The first-half finished with Warminster taking a pleasing two-goal lead into the break which they enjoyed under the shade of some trees rather than in the hot dressing room.

The second-half got underway with a very early chance for the home side when they hit the post on 47 minutes. The resulting goal kick created an almost route one goal for Warminster when Miluk picked up the ball deep inside Portishead’s half and got behind the defender, squared the ball to James Vincent who tapped it home for the third goal.

The home side pulled one back on 56 minutes, but this did not stop Warminster from continuing to attack. In the 63rd minute a through ball from Lewis Graham finds Vincent, he gets away from the defender, rounds the keeper and finishes well scoring his second. Within a minute Walton runs at the defence and scores the fifth and his second, into the bottom left of the bewildered home sides goal.

Warminster’s central defender, Henry McFerran was substituted for Stuart Lisowski. Charlie Walton dropped into his place and subsequently tackled in the box, winning the ball but deemed to be dangerous play. Portishead awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched making it now 2 – 5.

On 85 minutes a red card was issued to Portishead’s number 11 for a two-footed lunge, and a minute later number 14 was sent to the sin-bin for dissent leaving. With nine men to see out the final few minutes, Warminster rained down a series of shots which unfortunately didn’t increase the tally on a magnificent away victory.

Warminster next play on September 7th with an away trip to Wells City.

Team: (subbed*) Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk(1)*, Walton(2), Vincent(2)*, Mortimer-Taylor, Shanley

Subs (used*) Lisowski*, Allen*, Johnson, Butler*, Crabtree

Win a Behind The Scenes Visit to Sportscene at WCR FM

Malcom McLundie WCR FM Warminster Community Radio

Warminster Community Radio is a good supporter of local sports and indeed Warminster Town Football Club. Every Saturday on the sports show, the  host Malcolm McLundie interviews at 5.30pm Roland Millward for a report on both home and away matches. Malcolm’s sports show, Sportscene is live from 5pm.

You can tune in to WCR FM in Warminster on 105.5FM or listen online anywhere in the world on their website or on the Tune-in website 
The radio station is well established and serves the people of Warminster with a huge variety of radio shows and provides much needed publicity to local organisations and charities. 
WCR FM is offering one of our supporters along with a person of their choice to join Malcolm in the studio for Sportscene and if they wish to take part in the show. 
You can join Malcolm on a Saturday which is convenient to you. Entrants must be 18 or over but can bring a minor with them who would appreciate seeing behind the scenes at a radio station on a live broadcast.

To  enter the competition you need to answer the questions below and all entrants with the correct answers will be entered into a draw. Your data will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed after the competition prize has been taken. Please read the competition rules.


And the winner is ………

Robin George

The Rules:

1 The prize is for the winner and a friend to be in the WCR FM studio for the Sportscene Show with Malcolm McLundie on a date convenient to them and WCR FM.
2 Entry is free. Entrants must be 18 or over and if bringing a well-behaved minor the winner must take full responsibility for them. 
3 All correct entries will be entered into a draw and the winner randomly selected. 
4 There is no alternative to the this prize in cash or other value.
5 Players, club officials and anyone connected to WCR FM are not permitted to enter.
6 The Competition closes on Friday September 6th 2019 at 8.00pm and the winner will initially be announced on Sportscene on Saturday September 7th 2019 and afterwards on this website and our social media channels.