In this episode we interview Nathan Ball, goalkeeper for Warminster Town Football Club.
In this episode we interview Nathan Ball, goalkeeper for Warminster Town Football Club.
As we come to the end of the 2018/19 season we need to start to plan for 2019/20 with regard to this website and social media. There is always more that we can do to promote the club and bring more benefits to supporters.
The following roles would be good to fill and help with the task ahead. To offer your services please email Roland, WTFCsupporter@icloud.com
We have set up a section on this website to add information about the club and there is bound to be lots that someone could write about and collate. If you are a supporter of Warminster Town and have an interest in its history can you volunteer for this role? The main requirement would be the ability to research and write for this website.
The vast majority of our matches are live streamed and it would be good to take the completed match video and create around 10 minutes of highlights after each game. The task is not complicated if you have and know how to use simple video editing software. However, to go through 90 minutes of football and select the sections does take time. Are you able to give that time and your skill for the benefit of those that like to watch out YouTube Channel?
Back in 2013, Bishop Sutton won promotion to the Southern League but unable to make their ground comply to league requirements had to forego the promotion. They are now four places from the bottom of division one and fighting off relegation, so the match was likely to be a tough one for Warminster seeking their tenth consecutive home win.
Warminster got off to a slow start. Chances for both sides were very limited with Bishop Sutton having better opportunities. The first half saw just one goal which was scored by the visitors in the 35th minute and made easy on this occasion by The Red & Blacks. The second half saw a much-improved performance by Warminster and the game ended with a dramatic finish at 2 – 2.
The first half can only be described as poor from The Town’s point of view and the excellent crowd of 131 somewhat disappointed. However, the second half saw Warminster moving the ball much quicker and they created a super opportunity in the first 60 seconds which saw George Butler hit the side netting after shooting from a cross following a free kick from the right.
Stewart Lisowski went close 10 minutes into this half when his shot hit the lower half of the crossbar bounced back into play and was knocked out for a corner. The first goal came two minutes later, the 57th minute when George Butler crossed in from the left and Martin Johnson tapped the ball over the line, scoring for the second week running.
Four minutes later (61) a long ball from Jordan Silva was played out to the right it was then headed back in towards the centre of the penalty area to reach the waiting Jack MIluk who fired home into the corner of goal beating Thomas Fraser in The Bishops goal. Warminster Town were now in the ascendancy and looking to get a third goal.
With just two minutes of normal time remaining Jack Miluk stole the ball off a Bishops defender on the edge of the 18-yard line, laying it on for George Butler whose shot was very well saved by Fraser. The keeper released the ball which led to a counter attack and the Bishops came close to scoring were it not for some excellent defending which produced a corner for the visitors.
From that corner, goalmouth pressure by Bishop Sutton resulted in a tackle by the home side giving away a soft penalty which now was in additional time making it 2 -2.
After the game, assistant manager Rob McFerran had this to say, “A disappointing first half where we didn’t get out of first gear and went in a goal down at the interval.
The second half was much better with goals from Martin and Jack. We had plenty of chances to put the game to bed in the second half but failed to take them with the visitors’ keeper making some great saves.
Our missed opportunities came back to haunt us in the 90th minute when we conceded a soft penalty. With three games to go, we can still achieve a top-five finish, but we will need to start games at a better tempo for this to happen.”
Warminster are at home on Easter Monday when Devizes Town are the opponents and a large bank holiday crowd is expected For children under 16; entry is free.
Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Johnson, McKay, Butler subs: Churchyard, Pollock, Herd, McFerran
In this episode we look back at our last match, take a look forward and interview centre back, Jordan De Silva.
Warminster Town wishing to continue their run of fine form travelled to the Aitchison Playing Fields the home of Oldland Abbotonians looking for another win to move towards a top-five finish. The players described the playing surface as “awful”, and the match proved to be a scrappy affair with the visitors winning with the only goal scored in the first half.
The home side got off to a flying start and in the first couple of minutes showed that although towards the bottom of the league they were a force to be reckoned with. Warminster soon realised that and worked hard to prevent any further scares. An early shot from 30 yards out by Lewis Graham went just over the bar. The only goal came in the 14th minute when good work from the team down the left saw George Butler get a cross into the box and met superbly by Martin Johnson turning to fire home into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Another excellent opportunity to make it two was missed when Jake Wright skewed his shot just wide of the left-hand post and Charlie Walton fired over the bar. Deep into additional time, Lewis Graham with a wonderful first-time volley from 25 yards hit the crossbar with no one able to capitalise on the rebound. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards.
The second half proved to be a scrappy affair with few chances for either side and the visitors finding themselves ruled offside on several occasions which could have led to more excitement! In the 53rd minute, Nathan Ball was called into action and produced a fine save diving low to his right to keep the clean sheet.
Unfortunately, central defender Jordan De Silva had to be substituted due to injury; however, Joel Sissons did an excellent job as his replacement.
The match was one of those without a lot to write home about, but Warminster Town got the job done and move up into 6th place on 56 points not far off third-placed Corsham Town on 63 points. The next match is at home against Bishop Sutton and Warminster will be looking to make it their tenth home win in a row.
Following the game, manager Andy Crabtree had this to say about his team’s performance, “I am obviously delighted to gain 3 points in what was a very difficult game .. we wasted some great chances in the 1st half but the lads dug in and at the end of the day there were only 3 points on offer and we took them. It keeps the run going and Saturday can’t come soon enough for the boys #TheMaltmen.”
There has been a debate about adding a new nickname for the team and with Warminster’s long history as a town connected to the malting industry, ‘The Maltmen’ seems appropriate. Incidentally, the current main sponsor of the club is Warminster Maltings. The Red & Blacks will also remain as a recognisable nickname, and many often use ‘The Town’.
Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright. Subs (*used) Lisowski, Sisson*, Herd, McKay*
Easter Monday, April 22nd promises to be a good afternoon for football with Devizes Town being the opponents.
With this being a bank holiday and a local derby, wouldn’t it be good to set a record attendance for this season? With this in mind we have started our #Makeit200 campaign on social media. It would be wonderful to get over 200 along to this match. We had 180 attend the Radstock game following a similar promotion and with this being a bank holiday, 200 plus is achievable.
We already have one couple travelling all the way from Kent and it will be interesting to see who travels the farthest to attend. Do let us know if you’re making a long trip to be with us.
Firstly, of course, you can be at the match!
Secondly you can bring your family, friends, workmates and anyone you know.
Thirdly, you can announce the day on your social media channels, blog, office noticeboard, shop window in fact, anywhere you are allowed to use and will be seen.
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Thank you to you all for your support this season; the attendance and atmosphere has been great and not to forget that we have had really good away support too for the Red & Blacks.
When a bottom of the table team fighting for league survival is your opponent there is always that element of danger. It’s important not to take league position for granted and get caught out. Saturday’s opponents, Bristol Telephones sitting at the bottom of the division proved to be good opposition and played better than their league status would indicate. Warminster though wanted to continue their great run of home form and winning this match would make it 9 home wins in a row.
In glorious spring sunshine, a crowd of 109 would enjoy a good entertaining football match which shows what good value non-league football is in the Toolstation Western League. The final score in this entertaining game was Warminster Town 4 Bristol Telephones 0. This is how the game unfolded.
Warminster started very brightly with a high-intensity game, that in previous games had been missing until the second half. In the first 15 minutes, the home side had several chances including one in the sixth minute when Harry Barnes forced the keeper, Guest, into making a fine save, tipping the ball over the bar. Despite being bottom of the table The Phones played a good passing game and probably one of the best passing sides to be seen at Weymouth Street for a while. However, Warminster managed them well and worked hard to break up the passing by harrying their players whenever they had the ball.
For much of the first half, the home side pegged the visitors very much in their own half and limited them to very few opportunities to get anywhere near Nathan Ball’s goal giving him a much quieter day than in the last match against Radstock Town. The first goal came in the 29th minute following good work from Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor and Butler which resulted in a cross across the box and Jake Wright poked the ball home in the left-hand side of the goal.
4 minutes later a corner on the right was taken by Mortimer-Taylor and met by the head of Lewis Graham rising high and making it 2 – 0 to Warminster. The third goal came in the 40th minute when Butler making a terrific run on the left wing, squared the ball to Wright who then was able to fire home in the left-hand side of the goal. This made it 4 goals out of the last 3 games for Wright and well deserved for the effort he puts into each game.
At half-time, Jack Miluk returning from injury was substituted for Jake Herd. Captain Charlie Walton was also substituted early in the second-half for Stewart Lisowski. Lewis Graham in 63rd minute went close to making it 4 when he shot from the left almost along the byline and the ball ricocheted off the left-hand post, it first looked as though the keeper had punched it clear, however, a goal kick was awarded showing that it was the post that prevented a goal.
On 70 minutes a corner from the right for the home side was met by Johnson who got too much on the ball resulting in it going over the bar. 4 minutes later the fourth goal came when a ball through the centre put Wright through on goal. Wright with just the keeper to beat unselfishly squared the ball to Eben Mortimer-Taylor to slot the ball home. Warminster did not rest on their lead and continued to press throughout the rest of the match and created 4 good chances. The first two from Mortimer-Taylor one saved and the other over the bar, with two minutes to go, Butler, forced a saved and a minute later Graham did likewise.
This was a very solid performance by Warminster Town and places them in a good position to make a push for a top 5 place at the end of the season and confidence is high with 9 home wins in a row. This has been a wonderful turnaround in form compared to last season when as manager Andy Crabtree said on Twitter (@andythecrab) “last season we couldn’t win a corner!”. Andy’s comments after the game, “Really pleased with today’s performance. We played some good football on a very difficult surface. We’ve created a lot of chances and it’s good to see the lads enjoying themselves once again.”
Next game is away on Saturday, April 6th at Oldland Abbotonians and the next home game is on Saturday, April 13th when the visitors will be Bishop Sutton and perhaps making this a 10th home win in a row for The Red & Blacks.
With a two-week social media campaign to increase the attendance, there were high hopes that a good size crowd would be at this match. The club was not disappointed with a turn out of 180 to watch Warminster come out as 1 – 0 winners.
With so many recent games in wet weather, it was good to have dry conditions for this game. Radstock are fighting for their place in the league and buoyed by winning the home tie 4 -3 would be hoping to be victorious once again.
The first half was disappointing with a lack of quality from both sides with few chances for either team and little to write home about. The home side had an early opportunity when in the 7th minute Lewis Graham shot on target from a corner kick but, unfortunately, went straight to Scrivens, Radstock’s keeper. A nil-nil at half-time was a fair outcome and no doubt the Red & Black’s manager, Andy Crabtree would have some straight talking to do to get them to raise the performance to that which was being shown on the pitch.
The second half proved that action had been taken in the dressing room and probably why the home side was the last back out on the pitch! Within the opening seconds, Warminster were creating chances. The best of which was in the 52nd minute when good work by captain Charlie Walton, back from his suspension down the left was able to cross into the box. Conner McKay turned and shot from the edge of the penalty area forcing the keeper to make a fine save. A couple of minutes later a corner taken by Eban Mortimer-Taylor was met by the head of Walton 12 yards out and headed just over Radstock’s crossbar.
In the 57th minute, Radstock forced Nathan Ball in goal for Warminster to pull off an excellent save when a shot from the right just inside the penalty area was heading goalbound. Ball dived high to his right and got his hands to it sending the ball over the bar to keep the game goalless. The resulting corner was also caught by Ball in his 6-yard area, something which he had been doing well all game and proving why he is Warminster’s number one keeper.
A cross into the box in the 75th minute was almost converted to a goal by a defending Radstock player who headed the ball forcing an excellent save from his keeper to prevent the ball dropping under the crossbar.
As the time left for scoring was reducing it looked more likely despite the improved performance and the number of corners which Warminster were winning that it was going to be a goalless day for them. With 5 minutes of normal time remaining a throw-in was awarded to Warminster on the right inside the opponents half. This was first headed on by Joel Sissons then headed again from the ever-busy Walton and was met by the head of Jake Wright on the edge of the 6-yard box and squeezed the ball in between the left post and keeper Scrivens who couldn’t prevent the goal.
Deep into additional time Mortimer-Taylor went close and forced another good save by Scrivens. This win moves Warminster up to 8th place on 50 points, and Radstock are third from bottom finding themselves in a relegation battle.
Rob McFerran Warminster’s assistant manager said after the game, “We started the game slowly and never really got going in the first half.
Started the second half much better and as the game wore on you just fancied us to get a goal considering the form we are in and Jake Wright popped up at the far post to squeeze the ball home five minutes from the end.
By the high standards we’ve set of late we did at times look a bit nervous at the back. On days like that you need your keeper to be in great form which Nathan Ball was, he collected every cross with ease, made a top save in the second half and kicked well all game which certainly takes the pressure off. Good teams find a way to win when they don’t play well and we kept going to the end and collected all three points.”
The next game is another home tie when the bottom of the league Bristol Telephones will be the opposition. Warminster beat them seven goals to one earlier in the season, so let’s see if there will be another goal fest on Saturday, March 30th. kickoff 3.00pm.
Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Herd, McKay, Walton, Mortimer-Taylor, Wright, Butler.
Subs (*used): Lisowski, Johnson*, Sisson*, Churchyard*