Hengrove Athletic 1 Warminster Town 0

With a successful cup run and mid-week victory over Cheddar, Warminster should have travelled to Hengrove Atheltic with the confidence of a win. Hengrove who are third from bottom of the league and with a reputation for conceding goals looked to be a team to beat. The result though was disappointing for the Red & Blacks who it could be said of “had a bad day at the office”. 

Hengrove looked confident from the kickoff and in the second half scored the only goal of the game to give them a 1 – 0 win and a very rare clean sheet. The home team passed the ball well and spent much of the first half in Warminster’s territory. 

The warning signs were there early in the game, Carl Crabtree had to produce a good save in the 7th minute, diving to his left to keep the ball out of his net. The visitors did have a super opportunity to score when in the 10th minute a free kick taken from the right-hand edge of the box by Shanley curled in towards the onrushing Francois Allen who just failed to connect. A minute later though Hengrove responded with another shot on goal, this time an easy save for Crabtree.

Throughout this half, Warminster found it difficult to retain the ball and tended to give it away cheaply. All the outfield players seemed to have an off-day and passes went to a green shirt more often than to a man in red and black. Fortunately, none of the errors resulted in a goal and only a few shots on goal by the home team were made.

In the 42nd minute, Miluk did well down the right, cut in along the by-line and beat the defenders to get the ball through to Vincent who’s shot hit the defender and out for a corner kick. Shaney took the corner and it was met by the rising head of Lewis Graham who only managed to get the ball over the crossbar. 

The second half got underway with both team goal-less but that changed in the 56th minute when a ball from halfway inside the home side’s half was lobbed just inside Warminster’s, it was picked up by the home sides striker who ran down the centre pursued by 2 of Warminster’s defenders and the onrushing Crabtree. However, no one could stop the shot which finished up in the middle of Warminster’s goal. 

Crabtree had to produce a spectacular save just before the half-hour mark tipping the ball over the crossbar to keep the score to just the one goal. The final 15 minutes though did see Warminster finally put a lot of pressure on the home side’s goal and with 6 minutes of normal time left, Shanley forced the keeper into a fine save. In the 89th-minute substitute, Johnson had an opportunity to equalise but his header was saved by Carl Bush. Moments later Eban Mortimer-Taylor made a run along the byline on the left of goal and his curling shot went just over the top of the crossbar. 

In additional time Hengrove were hanging on as Warminster now awakened from their slumber pushed forward. Johnson shot wide and Mortimer-Taylor had a shot cleared off the line but in this game, it was all too late and victory was not to be snatched from the jaws of defeat on this occasion.

Warminster can now look to make amends on Saturday, December 14th with a home game against Portishead Town who they have beaten 5 – 2 in the league and 5 – 0 in the Les Phillips Cup, so will there be more goals? Kickoff at 3.00 pm and after 90 minutes that question will be answered!

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*, Vincent*, Shanley

Subs (*used) Fletcher* Johnson* Baggs*     

Warminster Town 3 Cheddar AFC 1

On very frosty Wednesday night, Warminster Town hosted a team who have been much fancied as title contenders, Cheddar AFC. This was a match which the visitors must have gone away very disappointed having created so many chances in the first half which they failed to convert. The final score was a 3 – 1 win to The Town.

Warminster scored the opening goal in the 7th minute. Jack Miluk beating the back 4 crosses from the right and finds Francois Allen in space in front of the goal. Allen made sure by blasting the ball high into the roof of the net. The Cheesemen were not overawed by this goal and shortly after play restarted had sight on goal and it was not long before Carl Crabtree had to pull off a wonderful save using his left leg to prevent an equaliser. It looked certain that the Cheddar player would have scored from that position. 

Cheddar continued to take shots at goal and amazingly did not put any into the back of Warminster’s net. At the very end of normal time, Warminster doubled their tally. The Cheddar keeper, Tom Creedy made a save and the rebound failed to be cleared by the visitors’ defence giving the opportunity for James Vincent to tap in.

The second half resumed with Warminster restricting Cheddar to fewer chances. There was a flashpoint early in this half which resulted in a yellow card for Warminster’s striker, Francois Allen. Fairly soon afterwards he was substituted for Martin Johnson. Cheddar tried to change the game by using all 3 substitutes, 2 of them before Warminster made it 3 – 0 with another Vincent goal in the 75th minute. Vincent’s left-foot shot on the edge of the box shot low into the left corner beating the diving Creedy. 

Crabtree produced a fine double save with 10 minutes to go. This resulted in a throw-in for the Cheesemen and the long-throw was bundled in by Callum Laird. This was all too late for Cheddar and Warminster because of taking hold of their chances came away with all 3 points.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Lisowski, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk*, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*, Vincent*, Shanley

Subs (*used) Fletcher*, Johnson*, Blakeman*

Roman Glass 1 Warminster Town 2

The third round of the FA Vase saw Warminster Town with a tough draw at Western League Premier side, Roman Glass Saint George, Bristol. The Red &  Blacks not only had higher league opposition to contend with but also adapt to playing on a 3G pitch.

The day started with optimism as the mid-week Les Phillips Cup victory over Longwell Green Sports had given everyone a boost. That optimism was well-founded as The Red & Blacks came away as worthy winners 1 – 2. 

On a cold sunny afternoon, the game kicked off and the home side looked sharp for the first 20 minutes and scored first in the 13th minute. A counter-attack saw a long ball down The Glass’ right and then crossed to an unmarked number 10  to slot the ball home.

Warminster did not let their heads drop and continued to press the home side and defended well, restricting goal-scoring opportunities and creating some chances themselves. In the 25th minute, Allen should have done better as he fired the ball well over Roman Glass’ crossbar. A few minutes later (32), Allen did well down the left and his strike hit the left-hand post just below crossbar level. 

The visitors scored their first goal in the 37th minute when the ball came into the penalty area from the left which was met by the well-marked Jack Miluk who knocked it back to Eban Mortimer-Taylor just inside the left of the penalty area. Mortimer-Taylors’ superb shot flew into the top right of the Glass’s goal.  The teams went into the dressing room at halftime at one goal each.

The second half resumed, and Warminster started brightly and pressed the home side, with George Butler on 52 minutes going close with a looping shot from the edge of the box just dropping over the crossbar. Another good chance to seal victory came in the 75th minute when Allen received a ball from a free-kick taken by Shanley, but the striker failed to get enough power into the ball to make it count. With a little over 10 minutes to go, Allen was substituted for James Vincent. 

Shortly afterwards Miluk broke free down the left with a ball from Vincent. Miluk was one on one with the keeper who made himself large, making the save; however, Miluk regained possession and from the edge of the box passed the ball to an unmarked Vincent who could only manage a tame shot on goal. Vincent soon made up for this when on 85 minutes made a run from 30 yards out taking on a defender and goalkeeper who kicked the ball into the defender at the edge of the box. Vincent then capitalised on this, passed by them and slotted the ball home to score the winning goal. 

An excellent performance from the Red & Blacks in front of 140 spectators, the vast majority of whom seemed to be with Warminster Town. Warminster are now in the draw for the remaining 32 teams and look forward to Round 4.

 

Warminster Win Penalty Shoot Out

On Tuesday, November 26th Warminster Town travelled to Longwell Green Sports F.C. The home side flying high in the league were likely to be tough opposition for Town, and so it proved to be in this round of the Les Phillips Cup. The game finished 2 – 2 and Warminster went through on penalties 3 – 4

Warminster got off to a wonderful start when just under 30 seconds in, keeper, Nathan Ball kicked long and the ball bounced kindly into the back of the opposition’s net. It was one of those moments that at first, no one could believe had just happened. 

Longwell throughout the game had more possession and passed the ball well. They created chances which Ball saved or went flying past the posts or uprights. 

The second goal came when Jack Miluk in the 15th minute, took on the defenders on the left side of the penalty area after receiving the ball from a cross. Miluk worked around a defender, fired the shot which then deflected off another defender leaving the keeper no chance to save it.

The home side pulled one back with a free-kick taken on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Keary stepped up confidently to take the free-kick, and his low passed into the net close to Ball’s right-hand goal-post. 

The second half proved to be eventful, and Longwell was awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute, which was despatched by Crumb for the home side.  Shortly afterwards, Warminster’s keeper found himself sent to the sin bin, and Lisowski had to don the goalie’s shirt for the statutory 10 minutes. Lisowski was called into action and prevented a third goal for the home side.

With Longwell Green now level it was a test of nerve for both sides as the next goal would likely seal the victory.  The final whistle blew, which meant the game had to be settled by penalties.

Longwell went first, and the shot was saved by Ball diving to his left and pushing the ball safely away. Lewis Graham stepped up for The Town and sent the ball to the left of the keeper who dived the wrong way. Mortimer-Taylor gave the keeper no chance for Warminster’s second. Town’s third penalty was saved, making it 2 – 2.

Longwell’s keeper saved two penalties and scored the 5th one himself and saved Warminster’s 5th.

Ball saved the fourth penalty diving low to his left and trapping the ball by the upright. He repeated this for the 6th penalty too and then went onto to take Warminster’s sixth and placed the ball into the right-hand side of the net as the keeper dived the opposite way giving a 3 – 4 victory in the shoot out.

Warminster nominated Nathan Ball as “man of the match”, so his earlier sin was forgiven! In fairness, both keepers had a good game, and with five saves and a penalty goal each, made the shoot out exciting to watch. The Red & Blacks now look forward to another round in this cup.

Almondsbury FC 0 Warminster Town 3

Warminster’s first back to back league wins this season was achieved at Almondsbury FC with a clean sheet and three goals. On a sticky pitch following torrential rain the previous day Warminster put in a good performance and worked hard to achieve this win. 

The home side started the day 2 points clear of The Town and so a win would leap-frog Warminster at least one place in the league table. The first-half saw the home side with more possession and forced Nathan Ball, Warminster’s goalkeeper into two excellent saves. As every football fan will tell you, possession does not always bring about a win, and this match proved that to be true. 

Lisowski playing in mid-field went close in the 13th minute with a long-range strike that went just left of the goal post. Five minutes later, Ball produced a superb save diving to his right to push the ball out to safety.

In the 22nd minute, Warminster struck with the first goal from Francois Allen in a goal-mouth scramble. The ball coming from a free-kick seemed to stick to the pitch at Allen’s feet. With opposition players and the goalie in front of him he still managed to fire the ball home.

On the half-hour, James Vincent was brought down on the left of the pitch about 9 yards from the byline. The free-kick, taken by Ashton Shanley who sent a low ball into the 6-yard box. With Warminster’s strikers running into the box, two Almondsbury defenders ran to intercept the ball which hit one of them and firmly planted the ball into their own goal. 

Both sides had more chances this half with both the keepers called into action, with the very best save by Ball in additional time with another dive this time higher to his right to maintain a two-goal lead at halftime.

The second half saw Warminster with an increased level of possession compared to the first one. The third goal came from a penalty in the 71st minute when a foul was committed as the ball came in from a corner-kick. Ian Jeffery made no mistake firing home low in the centre of the goal as the keeper dived to his left and away from the ball. James Vincent, just inside additional time should have made it 4. Miluk crossed from the right and found Vincent on the 6-yard line but shot just wide of the right-hand post. 

After the game, manager, Andy Crabtree tweeted, “At last back to back wins in the league .. today was difficult for various reasons .. but our boys’ character, desire and will to win was never in doubt #topblokes.”

Team: Ball, Jeffery, McFerran, Graham, De-Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Shanley, Barnes*, Vincent, Allen*

Subs: (used*) Fletcher*, Bowden*

Warminster Town 1 Calne Town 0

On the first dry Saturday for a while, Warminster Town welcomed the league leaders, Calne Town to Weymouth Street. The home side, up until this match, had not won a home league game all season. Today though that was about to change. A single goal in the match gave Warminster that first home league win so needed and moved them up to 14th in the table.

Warminster produced a good solid performance, earning the public praise of manager, Andy Crabtree via his Twitter account @AndytheCrab. Warminster contained the visitors very well throughout the game, limiting them to few opportunities to score. The back four, comprising, McFerran, Graham, De-Silva and Jeffery (players man of the match) did well and worked hard for 90 minutes to keep the clean sheet and make life much easier in goal for the keeper, Nathan Ball.

The only goal came when in the 39th minute, Jack Miluk was brought down after making a run into the penalty area. Ian Jeffery stepped forward to take the penalty which the keeper saved but parried back into the path of Jeffery who made no mistake with his second chance and put the ball past Thomson to take the lead. 

Five minutes after the penalty, George Butler went close, firing the ball just over the bar, not long after which the referee blew his whistle for halftime. 

Just 5 minutes into the second half, Jack MIluk should have made life more comfortable for The Red & Blacks. Allan won the ball inside the visitor’s penalty area, squared the ball to Miluk who blasted the ball onto the underside of the crossbar, the ball bouncing downwards but sadly away from the goal-line. Later in the game, Miluk had another golden opportunity in a one on one with the keeper but shot wide of the right-hand post. 

Calne Town tried hard to breakdown the Warminster defence, particularly more so in the second-half but were limited to some long-range and well off-target shots.

All in all, an excellent performance from the home side and a victory which they well deserved. This result should give them more confidence in future home matches. However, they are not at home now until Wednesday, December 4th when they play Cheddar F.C. with kickoff at 7.45 pm. The next game is on Saturday, November 23rd, with a trip to Almondsbury F.C kickoff at 3.00 pm.

Team: Ball, McFerran, Jeffery, Graham, De-Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allan, Butler, Shanley
Subs: Vincent, Johnson, Barnes, Fletcher 

Downton FC 3 Warminster Town 2

The Red & Blacks travelled to South Wiltshire for the Wiltshire Senior Cup at Wick Lane to face Downton FC. Manager, Andy Crabtree had to put out a somewhat different team due to player availability. This meant there were two notable changes, with midfielder Stewart Lisowski having to play in goal and striker James Vincent at right back.

The Robins are currently top of Division 1 of the Wessex League and with 39 goals scored it was always going to be a difficult contest, compounded with the changes. The final score was 3 – 2 to the home side.

Downton went ahead early in the game after Lisowski fumbled a shot which fell to Owen who made no mistake in getting the ball into the net in the 5th minute. Downton definitely had the better play in the first half. In the 39th minute, Warminster created their own problems in the 6-yard box making it easy for Razax to double Downton’s lead. 

The second half saw Warminster much more lively and exert more pressure on the home side. The Red & Blacks got off to a flying start, less than 3 minutes into the half, when Francois Allan fired home from the left after Downton failed to clear the ball from a Harry Barnes free-kick. 

Unfortunately, the home side scored their third goal (57) when a free-kick deflected off the wall, was tapped into the path of Savage 16 yards out, who fired low into Lisowski’s left and despite a good effort to reach it the ball passed between keeper and post. For much of the rest of the game, Downton seemed to be hanging on and Warminster saw Lewis Graham pull one back in the 61st minute. Graham was still forward having been tackled during a run through the length of the pitch. Downton cleared the ball but it was driven back to Graham who ran across goal and fired in low from the right and into the left corner of the goal.

Downton managed to hold on for the win and move into the next round of this cup. Were it not for mistakes made the result would have been in Warminster’s favour. 

Team: Lisowski, Vincent, Graham, De-Silva, Jeffery, Churchyard, Miluk, Barnes, Butler, Allen, Shanley

Subs: Fletcher, Johnson, White,  

Warminster Town 3 – AFC Portchester 1

With a chance for two teams to play a final at Wembley, there is always an air of excitement and hope for such a game as this. This second round FA Vase tie proved to be an exciting contest between Warminster Town and Wessex Premier League side, AFC Portchester. The home side has progressed to round 3 with a 3 – 1 victory. 

For the first 20 minutes, Warminster were mostly under pressure from the visitors who threatened to score on several occasions. The first goal came in the 22nd minute and put the home side ahead. Jack Miluk from deep inside Warminster’s half sent a long ball down the right. Francois Allan chased down the ball, rounded the advancing keeper and fired the ball home for the first goal. 

Warminster’s second came 20 minutes later (42), an ideal time to score just before halftime. Once again, Allan and Miluk were in action. This time Allan was the provider. He picked up a loose ball inside the visitors half, advancing on goal and upon reaching the right edge of the penalty area crossed into the box and found the advancing Miluk who’s shot hit the back of the net. 2 – 0. 

The second half kicked off and AFC Portchester forced Nathan Ball into a fine save in the 4th minute and later in the game he was also called into action making a really good save to keep the contenders from scoring more. Ten minutes into this half (55), Eben Mortimer-Taylor made a run down the right and crossed the ball into Allan who didn’t seem to get enough power to score as he slid to meet the ball but it still found its way between keeper and his left-hand post.

Miluk went really close 3 minutes later when his shot went agonisingly past the left-hand post. There were other opportunities too for the home side which went close, including one from Allan who almost got his hat-trick.

Portchester’s goal came in the 67th minute, a long ball from the left, not too far inside Warminster’s half found the head of Dan Wooden who’s looping header caught Nathan Ball on the backfoot and it dropped just under the crossbar. With 5 minutes of normal time remaining, Portchester almost doubled their goal tally as the ball slowly hit Nathan Ball’s right-hand post allowing him time to get across and collect it. 

222 watched this game and created a real cup-tie atmosphere and both sides contributed to an entertaining game of football. Warminster can now look forward to playing in round 3. 

 

Team: Ball, McFerran, Jeffery, Graham, De-Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor,  Allen, Butler*, Shanley* 

Subs (*used) Lisowski*, Johnson*, Barnes, Fletcher*

Warminster Town 5 Portishead Town 0

The Les Phillip Cup is the equivalent of the Carabao League Cup for Western League football clubs. In the first round, Warminster drew Portishead Town and the game took place on Wednesday, October 30th. The weather was inclement but the football on display proved to be truly exciting, a real Cup-tie. All 5 goals were scored by Warminster Town, well worthy with all the effort they put into this game. 

Both sides started out brightly and Warminster set off at a high tempo, which they maintained throughout the 90 minutes. In the opening minutes both teams had a good opportunity to score. The opening goal scored by Francois Allan came in just the 5th minute, when Jack Miluk crossed in from the right to Nyke Fletcher who then squared the ball to Allan, now in the box to shoot home. 

More chances were to come, mostly for the home side but Nathan Ball had to put in a good save. The second goal was tapped in by central defender, Lewis Graham after more good work from Miluk and Lisowski in the 40th minute. Moments later Allan went close firing just wide and so at halftime the Red & Blacks had a 2 – 0 lead and had given the fans much to applaud. 

The second-half kicked off with the same intensity and in the 53rd minute George Butler added his name to the score sheet with a close range shot. 

Following a Portishead foul on Warminster’s captain Charlie Walton and his subsequent reaction, saw both players sent off the pitch with a red card each. Fortunately, this did not stop the high intensity of football on the pitch. The hard working Nyke Fletcher scored his first goal and Warminster’s fourth on 69 minutes with a lovely shot on the turn.

The fifth goal in the 74th minute, was from Miluk’s low shot from outside of the central area of the box and saw the ball firmly planted in the back of the net. A superb all round performance from Warminster which showed what they are capable of this season. 

Team: Ball, Lisowski, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Walton(red card), Fletcher, Butler, Allan*

Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Shanley*, Vincent, McFerran