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*

Warminster Town 1 Bishop Sutton 2

Bashed by The Bishops

Warminster Town started the day with a 100% unbeaten record, 3 out of 3 and were looking to make it four wins. Bishop Sutton had other ideas and proved to be a strong side. The first half saw the home side create the better chances, but fail to capitalise on them. The Bishops had the sharper play on balance on the day, and thanks to a second-half penalty came out as 1-2 winners.

The visitors showed their determination from the first whistle and in the second minute, a shot was fired just a few feet over Hotine’s crossbar. Soon after, Warminster created several chances with Butler and then Lisowski seeing their efforts go over the Bishops goal. In the 6th minute it looked as though the visitors were about to get a penalty after Sisson brought down a player, but it was just outside the penalty area.

The home side continued to have shots on goal, the best on 15 minutes when Pawley,s shot had to be saved by the keeper, forcing a corner. Hotine was called into action in the 32nd minute and produced a fine save. The deadlock ended in the 41st minute with a goal by Buck for The Bishops.

In the second-half, Warminster didn’t take too long to level the score. Just over 4 minutes in and Francois Allen increased his season’s goal tally. Picking up the ball on the right he cut into the penalty area and let fly a right-footed shot ending up in the left-side of Locke’s net.

On 57 minutes, Hotine kept the score level with a fine save. The ball came in from the Bishops left, and he had to dive at full stretch to force it past his far post.

The winning goal came (74) when Lewis Graham who had just come on as a substitute, clipped a Bishops players and a penalty was awarded. Baker took the penalty slotting the ball to his left and Hotine, unfortunately, guessed the wrong way to dive.

Warminster continued to battle, but today were just slightly off the form they have shown so far this season and couldn’t get the equaliser.

Attendance 144

Next match: Saturday, October 3rd away at Portishead Town.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley T, Allen, Wain, Butler. Subs (used) Graham, Seviour, Pawley G, Bartley*

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Prizes can be in the form of an amount to spend with the business, or for example a meal for two in their restaurant, a day out or special visit where appropriate, an item(s) the business sells, or service (hairdressers etc.) 

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It’s Tough With 10 Men

It's Tough With 10 Men

It was a long trip into Devon for Warminster Town to play their quarterfinal round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup at Premier Division Tavistock AFC. This is last season’s competition, carried over due to the Covid-19 curtailment. Disappointment reigned though as Warminster went down to a 4-0 defeat.

The game was spoiled by a series of yellow cards, 2 for Alex Churchyard which resulted in him being sent off before the halfway point of the first half. At the same time, team captain Ian Jeffery had to spend 10 minutes in the sin bin. The referee did seem intent on using his cards and the neutral watching the game might well agree that Churchyard was unfortunate to be sent off. Despite this, the visitors didn’t concede a goal until the 41st minute.

The second-half proved challenging with the man down, making it difficult against higher league opponents; however, it must be said that Warminster were not outclassed. The second goal came from a header from Prynn, the opening goal scorer on 55 minutes.

The third goal came from a shot outside of the box on 71 minutes. The fourth and the final one in the 87th minute from a through ball beating the tired defence. The attacker from just inside the 18-yard line chipped over the on-rushing Hotine to another Tavistock man, Grant, who scored despite the efforts of Sisson, who could not prevent the goal and injuring himself in the attempt.

This was a game which would have been far better if there were eleven v eleven on the pitch.

Next match: Saturday, September 26th when Bishop Sutton will be at Weymouth Street.

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

Warminster Town 4 Bishops Lydeard 1

With added confidence following wins in the first 2 games of the season, Warminster welcomed Bishops Lydeard to Weymouth Street on Saturday, September 12th. Another good attendance of 168 enjoyed a highly entertaining game of football.

It was a competitive game of football with Bishops Lydeard, having lost their opening 2 games, were pressing for a win. The home side though had other ideas and ran out 4-1 winners.

It was a game played at a high tempo, and Warminster pressed and generally passed well with some good moves. Francois Allen opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Barnes sent a long ball down the left touchline, Allen beat the challenge, cut in a little towards goal and shot low, beating the keeper.

The second goal came in the 27th minute from a corner kick taken by Jeffery on the right. It was met on the far side of the goal by Joel Sisson who brought the ball down and right-footed it home. For a moment it looked as if a defender behind the goal line had cleared the ball. However, it had crossed the line, 2-0.

Allen went close again (34) and had a shot cleared off the line. A minute later, Sisson was denied his second, when a headed ball was cleared off the line. on 45+1 The Bishops had a shot from 18 yards out, which called for a terrific save from Callum Hotine, diving high to his left to prevent the ball going into the top corner of his net.

The second-half also produced some good football from both sides, but once again the home side created the better chances. It took 21 minutes for Warminster to score in this half (67) when Jack Miluk placed the ball in the net from close range, a poachers goal.

Bishops Lydeard pulled one back in the 72nd minute, against the run of play when Roberts ran into the penalty area, Jeffery tried to tackle but failed to win the ball and Hotine came out and was rounded by Robertson to score easily.

Hotine pulled off another superb save (77) from a long-range shot tipping the ball over the crossbar.

The final goal (85) was Allen’s second. Barnes took a free-kick, the ball deflected off the wall reaching feet of Allen. On the edge of the box, Allen turned, shot and the ball appeared to be easily saveable but somehow slipped under the keeper to make it 4-1.

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

Next match: Saturday, September 19th Tavistock AFC v Warminster Town, the quarter-final of the Les Phillips Cup.

Wincanton Town 1 Warminster Town 2

A Hard Fought Victory 

It’s not often that Warminster Town has an evening Western League match but on Tuesday, September 8th they travelled to Wincanton. The Moor Lane ground has always proved to be a tough place to play at, and it has not been a fruitful ground for several seasons. On this occasion, Wincanton Town nicknamed The  Wasps was the side to be stung. It was a match well worth watching and a 2-1 win for Warminster. 

From the kickoff, it was evident that Wincanton are a very good side and the visitors had to endure wave upon wave of attacks as the Wasps swarmed all over the pitch. Warminster though battled, and every time they got the ball, looked dangerous on the attack. An early breakthrough came in the 8th minute when Wain ran down the left, crossed to Butler at the centre around 25 yards out, he slipped the ball out to Miluk on the right. Miluk ran onto the ball, driving forwards into the penalty and fired home across goal into the left side of the net. First sting on the wasps! 

There were other chances too for Warminster, which was encouraging throughout the game. The equaliser came from a corner in the 23rd minute. 6′ 7″ Matt Garner didn’t need to use his height and scored with his feet from the left, rifling the ball home across into the right of the goal. The Warminster defenders would be a little disappointed to have conceded. 

Hotine in goal for Warminster also had to pull off several good saves in this half. Sadly at the end of the half, Mortimer-Taylor had to be substituted for Lisowski, having pulled his hamstring exactly as he did at Wincanton last season. 

The second-half saw Wincanton resume their intense style of play, but Warminster remained resolute and causing problems for the Wasps. Warminster was awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute. Captain, Ian Jeffery took it, scored, despite serious mind games by the goalie and other players, and then the referee asked it to be retaken due to encroachment. Jeffery, not put off by this made sure a second time placing the ball in the left of the goal and the keeper going in the opposite direction.

Warminster weathered the home team’s response and proved to be worthy winners 1-2.

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

Subs: Lisowski*, Johnson*, Seviour, Bartley, Mandson

Warminster Town 3 Radstock Town 1

The first game of the season kicked off under bright sunshine at Weymouth Street. The 179 in attendance enjoyed a very entertaining game of football, and which the home side went on to win 3-1.

Warminster got off to an excellent start with an early goal in the second minute by Francois Allen who received the ball on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. He fired across goal tucking the ball into the right side, leaving the keeper little chance of saving it.

Warminster pressed the Radstock players making them work hard to keep possession and the intensity paid off. In the 20th minute, Jack Miluk received a pass from De Silva, ran through the defence and into the penalty area. He shot low from the right burying the ball into the left of the net. George Butler scored the third with a low left footed shot from inside the area beating the keeper.

The home side had several other chances in this half which went close and created plenty of excitement in the ground. The preseason tactics of playing higher league teams seems to have worked well and sharpened the players for this game.

Radstock were out early on the pitch after their halftime talk in the dressing room. The Red and Blacks, however, stood up to any renewed vigour from the visitors. More opportunities to increase the scoreline came but the ball doggedly refused to go into the back of the net. The away goal was courtesy of a penalty given for handball very late in the game, in fact in additional time, and tucked away by Sam Gregory.

Warminster : Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffrey, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Wain, Butler, Lisowski.

Subs (used): Mandson, Johnson, Seviour, Pawley*

Football is Back!

Modern-day football is evolving all the time and it’s wonderful to see the innovative ways clubs are using every available avenue to make the most of promoting their club and importantly providing regular income streams to keep things ticking over.

With the impact of the last few months being felt on near enough every non-league club up and down the country it can’t be under-estimated how much fans were needed back into Step 3-7 clubs and ultimately despite the government deeming National League clubs as elite these clubs need income streams as much as anyone else.

The success of the #LetFansIn campaign is not just about simple income streams and club cashflow, this goes a lot deeper than this. When football was cut off in March as the country went into lockdown, for some this removal of contact was a complete break with the outside world.

Not every club is fortunate to have a huge band of volunteers who tirelessly keep all these clubs running year in, year out. And that extends from not just work be done around the club, but now into the realm that is social media.

The emergence of being able to have information at your fingertips 24/7 is evolving all the time and now you can keep up to date with your non-league clubs just as well as you can supporting a Premier League team. And not only that there are new ways developing all the time.

Last season being involved at a Step 5 club saw the introduction of a company called Your Instant Replay filming the games and with it the highlights going on the club’s created YouTube channel the next morning after a game, another tool that’s becoming more and more common. Live streaming for some has been a blessing before supporters were allowed back in a few weeks ago. Of course, this is not a new thing that’s just sprung up but certainly becoming a big tool to use whether it’s done by the club themselves or an outside company.

Twitter and Facebook provide the day to day trimmings while the videos and live streams are now the main course, and with some supporters not feeling safe enough to return to watch a game just yet these up and coming avenues will be a huge lifeline to them that they can still keep in contact with what’s going on at their club.

There are lot of people out there who live for their football, it consumes their life and they crave that Saturday afternoon or midweek evening under the lights. Plenty of them will relate to it being their release from everyday life and the one thing to look forward to from one week to the next, the strain on people’s mental health and mindset’s will have taken a huge battering, difficult for those with no interest in sport to comprehend how this works but it does for a lot of people.

Sensible and safe returns to games has been well thought out now it’s in place and having myself attended two games in two days at the same ground found it to be without issue, but still some apprehension around if you should move away when some people forget how to social distance.

Hopefully the season moves along with as little disruption as possible but it is likely to not be as smooth as everyone would like, but after so long without the one thing you want to be able to see, watching at any point this season is going to be a wonderful thing.

TREVOR KNELL

You can read more of Trevor’s work here: www.footballwriting.blog

Warminster Town 1 Bradford Town 2

Tuesday, August 25th will be remembered for high winds and lashings of rain as storm Francis swept across the UK. Despite the adverse conditions, the preseason friendly went ahead at Weymouth Street between Warminster Town and the Western League Premiership side, Bradford Town.

Both teams had to contend with the weather, and to their credit, they produced an entertaining game of football. Bradford went ahead, scoring two goals in the first half and at the very end of the second half, Warminster pulled one back. Final score, Warminster Town 1 Bradford Town 2.

Bradford, as expected, started brightly and went close to scoring in the opening minutes. Nathan Ball in goal for Warminster was called into action on several occasions and produced some fine saves. The visitor’s opening goal came in the 23rd minute when former Warminster captain Charlie Walton, shot low into the bottom right-hand corner.

The second Bradford goal came in the 29th minute when Morgan Marsh slotted the ball into the left corner from inside the 18-yard area. Warminster will be disappointed to have let that one in by leaving the player unmarked.

The home side was not outplayed by the higher league side and battled well. It took though right until the last minute of normal time to score when George Butler headed home a ball from a free kick on the left-hand side.

Warminster can now look forward to the first game of the season with a home fixture on Saturday, September 5th against Radstock Town.

Westbury Utd 4 Warminster Town 2

A Game of 2 Halves

With some Covid-19 restrictions lifted, a limited number of supporters were allowed in to Meadow Lane to watch Westbury United v Warminster Town. Following a period of rain and stormy weather, the sun shone on this local preseason derby. There were plenty of goals in this game with Westbury coming out as 4-2 victors.

The first-half saw a spirited and hard-working performance by the visitors who created quite a few early opportunities, winning free-kicks in good positions but were unable to capitalise on them. Warminster took the lead when a pass from the left was directed to Jack Miluk on the right. Miluk on 43 minutes, cut in along the edge of the 18 yards line beating the defenders to fire a left-footed shot into the top right corner of Westbury’s goal. 

The goal fired up the home side for the second half. Westbury scored the equaliser  (56) with a header from a corner. Their third goal came 7 minutes later (63) with a low shot squeezing under keeper, Hotine into the back of the net. 

Warminster was the side next to score when Mandson (84) received a low pass from Miluk, took a touch then chipped the Westbury keeper superbly and gave the Red & Blacks a chance of getting back into this game in the remaining few minutes on the watch. However, with just 2 minutes left, Warminster were caught out on a counter-attack and United made it 4-2, the final score. 

It was definitely a game of two halves, Warminster putting in a really good first-half effort but seemingly struggle to repeat it in the second against the Toolstation Western League Premier side. The match can be viewed on the Warminster Town Football Club YouTube Channel.