Warminster Town FC to FC Barcelona

Owen Bartley Warminster Town Football Club

The players of Warminster Town Football Club, the Ladies Team and Reserves are adding up the miles they run to raise funds for the Warminster & District Food Bank, starting Feb 1st.

The miles run over 28 days is set to be the equivalent of running from Warminster Town’s Weymouth Street ground to the Camp Nou Barcelona, a distance of 1000 miles.

Warminster player, Owen Bartley (pictured above) wanted to help a local charity deal with the effects of poverty, especially being made worse by the Covid19 pandemic. Owen and the teams have set a target of £500, but hope the supporters and the good people of Warminster will help to smash this by their generosity.

Regular updates will be issued throughout February on the progress being made, via the club website and social media accounts.

Donations can be made through Go Fund Me website

Warminster Town 1 Corsham Town 2

Football returned to Weymouth Street on Boxing Day with a local derby between Warminster Town and Corsham Town. With so much rain in previous days, it was little wonder that the pitch was sticky but at least playable. Corsham came out as winners, by two goals to one and placing them at the top of the league table.

In front of a near-maximum capacity crown (Covid Rules) of 291, the fans saw an entertaining football game. In the first half, both sides cancelled themselves out and restricted each other to few opportunities to score. It unsurprisingly resulted in no goals at the end of the opening half.

The second half commenced under floodlights, and Warminster got off to a good start in under two minutes. A ball from the left found Francois Allen and Corsham’s number 3, Leon Greenland battling for the ball close to the penalty spot. The ball came off the defender into the left of the goal with the keeper rooted on his line.

Allen went close in the 52nd minute with a beautiful strike which hit the crossbar and out for a goal-kick. Corsham equalised in the 58th minute. A long cross from the left from Greenland found Gary Higdon waiting in the box. Higdon headed and aimed across the goal into the left side.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 69th minute. Substitute, Leigh Rogers stepped up to take it. Drewitt in goal for Warminster went to his left and saved the ball with his legs. Unfortunately for the home side, the ball rebounded to Will Stead to strike it and double Corsham’s lead.

It was a close contest against a team much tipped for promotion this season. Warminster Town now has two away fixtures to play and will continue building on the team’s performance. The Red & Blacks are currently in 6th place in the league table.

Team: Drewitt, Sisson, Graham, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk(subbed), Mortimer-Taylor(subbed), Allen, Wain(subbed), Butler
Subs(used): Johnson, Seviour, Barnes
(not used): Bartley, Hotine

Calne Town 3 Warminster Town 2

The Western League resumed play on Saturday, and Warminster Town travelled to Calne for a change in the advertised fixture. The plan had initially been to travel to Oldland Abbotonians, but with the area being in Tier 3, the league made the change.

With Calne Town starting the day in third place and Warminster just 2 points behind in sixth, it was all to play for in this match. The game finished with the home side winning 3-2.

Warminster took the lead in the 13th minute when De-Silva crossed from the left-hand edge of the penalty area finding Lewis Graham inside the box. Lewis turned and fired low into the left side of the goal. Not to be outdone, it took barely 2 minutes for Calne to equalise. Jay Walters finding himself in space in front of goal tapped home the ball, following the ball being nicely worked from left to right and back to the scorer.

Calne put a lot of pressure on the visitor’s goal in the first half and was it not for the brilliant efforts of the keeper, Callum Hotine, the scoreline would have been much higher for Calne at halftime. Warminster almost regained the lead in the 44th minute, when Calne cleared the ball off the line.

The second half also proved to be a game with both teams putting in great effort to win the game, making it exciting to watch. Calne doubled their score in the 53rd minute when Walters made it a brace with a shot from the 18-yard line beating Hotine, near the post diving to his right.

Warminster were denied a goal 19 minutes into the half as deemed offside. In the 65th minute on came Francois Allen and within 4 minutes he tucked home the ball from a corner kick drawing the Red and Blacks level. Warminster were looking much stronger in the second half and placed the home team under much more pressure.

Calne’s third goal came from a mistake by the keeper Hotine, who had been excellent throughout the match. In the 77th minute, Jamie Norman shot hopefully from 25 yards out, and Hotine for some reason tried to clear it with his right foot, and the ball appeared to go underneath it.

A disappointing result from Warminster’s point of view as they had worked so hard in the game to lose that way. They remain in 6th place in the league but have shown that they are capable of moving higher.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Bartley*, Johnson*, Wain, Butler*. (*Subbed)
Subs: (Used) Seviour Allen Barnes
(Unused) Churchyard, Mortimer-Taylor

Bradford Town 1 Warminster Town 0

Bradford town 1 warminster town 0

With several weeks without football with Covid19 restrictions, it was good to get some much-needed game time at Bradford on Avon in readiness for league resumption on December 19th. It was likely to be an interesting game between Western League Premier side and First Division Warminster Town.

Following an overnight downpour, the pitch was quite slippery, and on many occasions, we saw players slipping and sliding. The only goal of the game came on 32 minutes from a Bradford corner which firmly headed home proved to be enough for the win. Overall it was a fairly even game although Bradford created a few more chances to score. 

Early in the second half, Warminster cleared a shot off the line to keep the score down. Warminster missed a chance in the dying few seconds of the game when a free-kick beautifully floated in was headed over the bar as 2 Warminster players vied for the ball. With that came the final whistle. Overall, manager Andy Crabtree could take positives from the game, particularly as this was the first action since  October 31st.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Wain, Butler, Allen

Subs:  J.Okell, M.Johnson, O.Bartley, Max and T.Drewitt

 

Warminster Town 6 Devizes Town 0

Seeking to make amends for errors which resulted in a defeat at Welton Rovers, Warminster now faced bottom of the league, Devizes Town. Make amends they did, and Warminster Town scored six goals and kept a clean sheet, with the new keeper, Tom Drewitt making an excellent debut.

The first quarter of an hour saw a fairly even performance from both teams. However, from that point on, the home side pressed Devizes back into their half, and the visitors found it very difficult to break out and create opportunities to score.

The only goal of the first half came in the 42nd minute. A through ball to Jack Miluk on the edge of the penalty area, allowed him to slot the ball into the left side of the goal.

From the whistle, the second-half saw Warminster pile on the pressure onto the visitors. Seth Wain scored the second on 50 minutes with a long-range shot going low into the left corner beating the outstretched arm of Devizes keeper, Mitchell.

George Butler made it 3 eight minutes later, a cross from the left from Barnes found Sisson on the right. Sisson looped the ball into the 18-yard box where Butler stretched to guide the ball once again into the left of the Devizes goal leaving the keeper no chance of a save.

The Red & Blacks were now truly dominant, and the 4th goal came with Wain scoring his second in the 62nd minute. A pass came from Churchyard into Wain’s feet on the right-hand edge of the area, and he made no mistake with the right-footed shot and the keeper unable to keep the ball out of his net.

Next up to score, centre-back Jordan De Silva, (71) up for the corner kick. Devizes failed to clear the ball, and Miluk outside the area put the ball back in the box to De-Silva, who turned and shot past the stationary keeper.

The final goal of this game in the 83rd minute, Martin Johnson put away a ball from a free kick taken on the right with an easy tap-in to make it six and a good day at the office for the home side. This result now places Warminster Town in fifth place in the league.

With the announcement of another lockdown, there will be no further league games until December providing the lockdown is lifted.

Attendance: 172

Team: Drewitt, Sisson, Jeffrey, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor*, Johnson, Wain, Butler*
Subs: (used) Bartley*, Lisowski*, Seviour*, Graham

Welton Rovers 3 Warminster Town 0

Errors are costly for Warminster Town

Following a good performance at Wells City, Warminster travelled to the unbeaten and top of the league Welton Rovers. Playing in wet and windy conditions, the visitors took the game to the home side and created several opportunities to score. In the first 30 minutes, Warminster put good pressure on the Rovers defence, forcing a good save, hitting the crossbar and making the opposition players tackle well and clear the ball.

Much against the run of play, Warminster gave away a free kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 35th minute. Kyle Box shot low with precision around the wall into Hotine’s right side of goal and past the diving keeper just inside the post.

At the end of the first half, a header from Churchyard for Warminster forced another save from the keeper, but the halftime score would stand at 1-0.

Before 20 minutes of the second half had elapsed, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree used all 3 substitutes, as the visitors were now finding it more difficult to manage the game as they had done in the first half. On came, Lisowski, Wain and Miluk for, Churchyard, Bartley and Johnson.

The substitutions energised Warminster, and once again they started to put more pressure on the home side. The hope of a comeback was lost when Welton made a counter-attack in the 76th minute. Sisson lost the ball deep into the Welton half, and Chris Pile made the long run towards Warminster’s goal, With just De Silva to beat he shot low to Hotine’s left, with the keeper not quite getting his hands to the ball to prevent the goal.

The third goal came with 2 minutes of normal time remaining when a defensive mix up saw Hotine left well out of his goal and Courtney Charles had all the time in the world to almost walk the ball into the net.

Warminster were the masters of their downfall in this game, and lessons will have to be learned for future matches.

Welton remains unbeaten at the top of the Toolstation Western League division 1.

Next match: Warminster Town v Devizes Town on Saturday October 31st.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De-Silva, Churchyard*, Mortimer-Taylor, Bartley*, Allen, Johnson*, Butler Subs: (used) Miluk*, Seviour, Lisowski*, Wain*

Wells City 1 Warminster Town 3

Title: A Hard Fought Win

Monday is an unusual day for Western League football but a good crowd of away fans travelled with Warminster Town to Wells. Their efforts did not go unrewarded as the visitors produced a strong performance against Wells City, and won the match 1-3.

Wells started at a high tempo and Warminster had to defend from a number of free kicks which Wells won close to Warminster’s 18 yard box. The home side looked dangerous and it took great effort from the Red and Blacks to keep them from scoring.

The first goal came in the 25th minute and it was Warminster’s Martin Johnson who tucked the ball home. A shot from Sisson was blocked and the rebound fell for Johnson to give the visitors the lead. Barnes went close a few minutes later, his free kick hit the wall then the rebound back into the wall and the third attempt hit the post.

This was a good period for The Town and on 33 minutes Johnson produced a superb cross from the left which was met by the head of Joel Sisson to double the lead. In the final minute of normal time, Wells were awarded a free kick inside Warminster’s half. Hotine saved it, but the rebound and scramble inside the goal mouth saw the ball popped into the back of the net. Halftime: Wells City 1  Warminster Town 2.

Warminster battled hard and from the kickoff in the second half saw them start to assert more pressure on the home side. Several early chances were created but the scoreline remained the same. Wells brought on all 3 substitutes to try to get back level but this probably opened them up to Warminster’s attacks. A terrific move from Sisson saw him breaking through the middle of City’s defence. Sisson passed the ball to Allen, who calmly slotted the ball home, and making it 3 goals (66).

Less than 10 minutes later saw Allen sin-binned for 10 minutes, however not long afterwards, Wells lost a player through injury and they too were down to 10 men. Allen came back on with 5 minutes of normal time remaining and should have made it a brace. Right at the end Warminster had another opportunity, which somehow flashed wide of the City goal.

A very hard fought game of football and a good test for Warminster as they climb the table to 4th place.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard*, Mortimer-Taylor*, Bartley, Allen, Johnson*, Butler

Subs (*used) Lisowski*, Wain*, Seviour*, Graham

Warminster Town Ladies 14 FC Calne Ladies 0

Warminster Town Ladies FC are on a roll. On Sunday they welcomed FC Calne Ladies to Weymouth Street and came out victorious winners 14-0.

From the start the home side pinned Calne very much into their own half, and throughout the game Calne rarely got anywhere near to Warminster’s goal. Wearing their new kit the ladies dominated this match. Goals came quickly and 9 were scored in the first-half, beginning in the 10th minute.

The second-half saw FC Calne tighten up a little more at the back but still unable to deal with the force of the Red & Blacks. The tenth goal came in the 5th minute and the final and 14th in the 40th. This was a really impressive performance from Warminster Town Ladies who now look forward to taking on Melksham Town Ladies on Sunday October 25th for an away fixture. Kickoff 2pm.

Goals Megan 4, Mia 3, Rachel 2, Sophy 2, Rebecca S 1, Rebecca G 1, Millie S 1. The player of the match award went to Rebecca Guy.

Warminster Town 3 Almondsbury FC 0

Back on home turf, Warminster Town were looking to get back to winning ways, following a draw last week and a league defeat before. In front of another good crowd of 144, Warminster put on a good show and produced a 3-0 win over Almondsbury FC.

Almondsbury set off at a quick pace and looked dangerous, particularly on the counter-attack. Warminster battled through those opening minutes and in the 22nd Martin Johnson opened the scoring from a corner taken by Ian Jeffery. Just in front of the goal, Johnson reacted and got the ball safely over the goal-line.

Not to be outdone George Butler doubled the tally (34) heading the ball down from an Ian Jeffery free-kick. Warminster at this point in the game now firmly in the driving seat. Almondsbury went close to pulling one back when a shot hit the post, and the rebound fired over the crossbar. Halftime 2-0.

Less than 3 minutes into the second-half Johnson made it a brace with a superbly placed left-footed shot from just outside the box into the right corner of the net. The ball came through to him after a pass aimed towards the ever hard-working Francois Allen was intercepted and landed perfectly at Johnson’s feet.

The home side remained in control and had several other chances to increase their tally during the half. To their credit, Almondsbury worked hard to try to get something from this game, but Warminster proved to be the stronger side. It was yet another entertaining game of football at Weymouth Street and an endorsement for the Toolstation Western League.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk*, Bartley*, Allen, Johnson, Butler*
Subs (used) Lisowski*, Mortimer-Taylor*, Seviour*, Graham, Bowden

Portishead Town 2 Warminster Town 2

Late Goal Denies Victory

Warminster Town travelled to Portishead on an extremely wet day and looking to get back to winning ways. An additional time goal scored by the home side snatched away the victory and produced a two all result.

Portishead Town took the lead in the 14th minute with a superb low drive from the left, driven across Hotine’s goal into the far-right netting. This was very much against the run of play as Warminster had created chances, particularly by the hard-working team top-scorer Francois Allen, who had failed to hit the target and missed a much better opportunity later.

The equaliser came as we entered additional time. Warminster won a corner, Jeffrey’s kick was headed clear and landed well outside of the box at Lisowski’s feet who fired the ball back on target towards goal. His shot was deflected off a defender, standing close to the goal, and into his net. Halftime 1-1.

Throughout the second half, Warminster were strong and creating chances. Ten minutes into this half, saw Miluk fouled in the penalty area. Jeffery stepped up to calmly slot the ball home into the left with the keeper diving the wrong way.

Just as Warminster had equalised in additional time in the first half, so Portishead Town did so at the end of this match. The home side won a free-kick, the ball headed down and fired home low beating defender De-Silva and keeper Hotine.

For all their hard work, Warminster had to settle for a single point, making it 10 points from 5 games, putting them in 6th place with Portishead one above in 5th.

Next match: Saturday, October 10th Warminster Town v Almondsbury FC

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Jeffery, De-Silva, Graham*, Churchyard*, Miluk*, Lisowski, Allen, Barnes, Butler
Subs (used) Seviour*, Bartley*, Johnson*