Wincanton Town 2 Warminster Town 1

On Saturday, January 25th., Warminster Town made the short trip down the A303 to Wincanton, to face “The Wasps”. The match took place on a sticky pitch and despite taking the lead lost the game 2-1.

The first half kicked off, and for much of it, Warminster looked the better side. The opening goal scored by the visitors was a superb volley from Eben Mortimer-Taylor on 23 minutes finding the top right corner. Moments before this goal, Allen almost connected with a superb cross on the 6-yard line from Miluk, which would have been a certain goal.

In the 28th minute, a penalty was given to The Wasps. The reason why was not seen by the referee as he went to consult with the linesman before deciding there was an infringement. One of Warminster’s subs, Nathan Ball was not best pleased and earned a yellow card for expressing his displeasure to the officials. The penalty was dispatched into the back of Carl Crabtree’s net by Dan Wise sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the goalscorer Mortimer-Taylor was substituted due to injury towards the end of the half. Just before this, Miluk went close with a shot that went over the home side’s crossbar.

Wincanton scored the winning goal in the 67th minute. A long ball from The Wasps defence was knocked on to Louis Irwin, who on the edge of the box, left-footed a shot into Town’s goal which went in off the left-hand post. In the 76th minute, Crabtree pulled off an excellent save diving high to his left to keep the ball out of his net. Minutes later Crabtree had to come charging out to the right-hand edge of his area to cut out a dangerous move from Wincanton.

With 11 minutes of the 90 remaining Miluk intercepted a back pass to The Wasps keeper. MIluk fired the ball on target, but the keeper managed to get a strong arm to prevent the goal.

With a few minutes remaining, it could be said that Warminster had two goalkeepers on the pitch as Allen was replaced by Nathan Ball, this time playing in a forward role. It would have a made a great story if Ball could have scored when playing at the opposite end of the pitch.

Warminster probably deserved a draw with everything taken into account but sadly have come away from Moor Lane without a point.

Next up, high-flying Wells City at Weymouth Street, Warminster on Saturday, February 1st. Kickoff at 3.00 pm.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Barnes, Graham, Jeffery, Lisowski, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Pawley, Allen, Shanley,

Subs (used) Ball, Chenery-Bowden*, De Silva

Warminster Maltings Competition Winners

On Saturday, January 25th our 3 competition winners had a lovely tour of Warminster Maltings.

Our 3 winners, Derek Severn, Malcolm McLundie, Chip Chapman along with their guests enjoyed the hospitality of Chairman Robin Appel of Warminster Maltings. Scott Drysdale went along to represent Warminster Town Football Club.

Winners along with Chairman Robin Appel (2nd left)

Warminster Town 0 Longwell Green Sports 3

After a courageous performance in the FA Vase, there was hope that Warminster Town would be able to reproduce that form in the league. However, this was not to be. Top of the league, Longwell Green Sports came away with a three-goal victory with no goals from the home side.

The visitors got off to a flying start with their opening goal in under thirty seconds. A throw-in on the left, halfway inside Warminster’s half resulted in two passes that found Liam Oswin in the box, and his low shot found the right-hand corner of the home side’s goal.

The second goal came in the 7th minute when a ball through the middle was attacked by Oswin this time Nathan Ball pulled off a diving save, but the parried ball was put away by number 10, Conor Britton this time into the opposite corner to the first goal.

A shell-shocked Warminster battled and settled down but lacked any serious attempt on goal in this first half. It looked like the tide could turn in the second half when with just a couple of minutes to go in the first half Longwell Green’s defender, Chris Alway received a second yellow card and had his marching orders to the dressing room.

Despite facing just ten men, Warminster could not get those elusive goals. Things got worse when Nathan Ball failed to clear a backpass quickly enough and had it robbed off his feet by substitute Dan Carter, who placed the ball into the back of the net in the 77th minute.

It certainly was a ‘bad day at the office’ as described on the official Warminster Town Twitter account, @warminstertnfc. Warminster now faces an away trip to Wincanton Town on Saturday, January 25th. The next home game is on February 1st when Wells City will be the visitors, kickoff 3.00 pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs*, De Silva*, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Miluk, McKay*, Allen, Pawley, Barnes

Subs (*used) McFerran*, Fletcher*, Shanley*, Crabtree

Bitton AFC 3 Warminster Town 1

It turned out to be an exciting game of football at Bitton AFC. Warminster made the relatively short journey for a 4th Round tie in the FA Vase to the Western Premier League opponents. Having already beaten higher league opposition in this cup, could Warminster once again be victorious? The victory though went to the home side 3 – 1.

The visitors proved to be a real handful for the home side, and much of the match were in control and took the lead in the 22nd minute after Jack Miluk was brought down in the penalty area. Ian Jeffery, Warminster’s left-back stepped up to take the penalty, smashing the ball home into the bottom left corner, evading the diving keeper.

Warminster’s leading goal scorer James Vincent had to be substituted by Martin Johnson after pulling up with what appears to be a groin injury. All over the pitch, the visitors were in control. Every player was winning their battles and causing the home side to struggle against the intensity of play.

Bitton was limited to few chances in the first half, and perhaps their frustration was showing towards the end of the first 45 minutes when a tackle on Jeffery could well have been worthy of a red card, but the referee didn’t see it that way.

The second half also proved to be highly entertaining. Nathan Ball had to make a good save in the 50th minute to keep the lead. On 62 minutes a free kick by Jeffery forced a near-post save. The cleared ball was then sent back into the box, a real goalmouth scramble was created, but the ball would not go into the back of the net!

Bitton made all three substitutions, which were to play a significant part in what happened next. The visitors came unstuck when on 72 minutes McClennan ran along the edge of the box and fired a left-foot shot to score an excellent goal. The home side went on to double their tally in the 83rd minute with a low strike from Josh Egan.

In a final attempt to push for a goal and deep in stoppage time, Bitton made it 3 with a one on one with the keeper, Kyte slipped the ball into the net.

A valiant effort by Warminster and the scoreline does not do justice to the performance and effort shown. Bitton now goes through to the final 16 in this cup competition.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*, Vincent*, Pawley

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

Bishop Sutton 2 Warminster Town 2

This match was originally due to take place in November but postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. There was still rain very much in the air for this game, but at least it was a mild evening. It was a game that finished all square at 2 – 2.

Warminster took the lead on 11 minutes with a well-worked goal with the final touch from James Vincent moving him onto 10 for the season. The visitors were mostly in the ascendency in this first half, however, with just a couple of minutes to go before halftime switched off and allowed Bishop Sutton to score an equalizer.

Much to the displeasure of manager, Andy Crabtree, the Red & Blacks gave too much room to the home side. A failure to press and go for the second ball allowed The Bishops to score early in the second half and looked the more dangerous team. It took an exceptional free-kick late in the game from Harry Barnes to double Warminster’s tally. Barnes left foot curled the ball over the wall and into the left-hand corner of the home side’s goal.

Overall it has to be said this was a frustrating performance against a team at the bottom end of the league table and viewed as 2 points lost rather than a point gained.

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Pawley, McKay, Shanley, Johnson, Vincent, Allen*

Subs: Miluk, McFerran, Blakeman, Chenery-Bowden*

Warminster Town 1 Radstock Town 2

The first home game of the new year saw the arrival of high flying Radstock Town to Weymouth Street. The home side conceded an early goal but did equalize in the first half. A spirited second-half performance from Warminster was undone by a second goal from The Miners, giving them all 3 points in front of 152 fans. 

Radstock’s first goal came in the 11th minute, a ball dropping into the penalty area was met by the head of Radstock’s James Rustell, the ball looped over keeper Nathan Ball and nestled into the back of his net. Warminster’ s equaliser came in the 22nd minute. A long ball from a free-kick quickly taken by Ball found Jack Miluk who ran at the defence up to the edge of the ‘D’.  He crossed the ball to James Vincent on his left who used his left foot to level the score with a low drive into the back of the net.

Minutes later Radstock went close on two occasions. The first hit Ball’s left post and the keeper fell onto the rebound to cut out the danger. The second called for Ball to make a fine save when a free kick is taken just inside Warminster’s which bounced in the penalty area and was heading under the crossbar. There was also a notable goal-line clearance by Lewis Graham in the 38th minute which kept the scores level in this very entertaining first half. On 45 minutes though, the action was at the other end of the pitch when Vincent turned and shot, the keeper fumbled the save, but managed to catch the ball on the second attempt as the shot wasn’t powerful enough to evade him.

The second-half saw Warminster create a first-minute opening chance with halftime substitute Allen’s shot saved by the keeper, Scrivens diving high to his right to prevent the ball from going in at the top left corner. Radstock doubled their lead in the 51st minute with a goal from a tight angle on the left and buried in the right-hand corner of the goal.

Warminster did go on to create more chances and so did Radstock which continued to make this game good to watch, especially for the neutral. The visitors did go down to 10-men when a second yellow card saw the defender Walker-Wiltshire dismissed. The home side tried hard to make the extra man count but when presented with opportunities were unable to make them count. The game though a disappointing result from Warminster’s viewpoint was a good advert for non-league football and that it can provide excitement for football fans wishing to support local clubs.

Team: Ball, Churchyard, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Pawley, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Fletcher*, Vincent*, Shanley*

Subs (used*) Johnson*, Allen*, McKay*

Corsham Town 2 Warminster Town 1

Having the last home game cancelled due to heavy rain making the pitch unplayable, Warminster looked forward to a trip to Corsham lying just one point below. A win for the Red & Blacks would have made a good impact on their league position. Unfortunately, Corsham Town took all 3 points with a 2 – 1 win.

An injury-time goal from Corsham settled this match, which was keenly contested but lacked a lot of goalmouth action. Warminster started very brightly and moved the ball well.

It came as no surprise within 10 minutes when they took the lead as Lewis Graham rose highest to meet Ian Jeffreys’ inviting corner.
Corsham responded and equalised after Warminster failed to clear a corner, the ball was returned for an unmarked Alex Hillier to head home from 8 yards. Both sides had further chances during the 2nd half, Nathan Ball was smartly off his line to thwart one effort, but neither keeper was seriously troubled.

Just as it seemed a rare draw was on the cards for the Red and Blacks when up popped Jon Bazley to apply the finishing touch to a corner that Warminster again failed to deal with properly.

A real “kick in the teeth” for Warminster who deserved at least a point for their efforts, sadly it was not to be, and they were left to reflect on what might have been, for not the first time this season.

Warminster next play on Saturday, January 4th at Weymouth Street when local rivals Radstock Town will be the opponents. Kick-off 3.00 pm. The following Saturday there is the matter of the big game at Bitton with the 4th round FA Vase, kick-off 3.00 pm, and it would be good to see plenty of Warminster fans make the trip to support the team on this wonderful cup run.

Report: Andy Crabtree

Team: Ball, Baggs, Jeffery, Graham, De-Silva, Shanley, Pawley, Barnes, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*
Subs: (used) Vincent, McFerran O, McFerran H

Warminster Town 2 Portishead Town 1

Having beaten Portishead Town twice already this season, scoring 5 goals in each game, Warminster should have been full of confidence to win this game. This game though did not see 5 goals in total but saw Warminster win 2 -1.

The visitors created so many chances in the first half that they should have easily won this game. The first chance came in the 4th minute when Chapman, one on one with Crabtree in goal, unbelievably put his shot just wide of the left post. More shots followed and then in the 12th minute with another easy chance, Sell skewed his shot well wide of the right-hand side of the goal.

Warminster got their first shot on goal in the 27th minute when Allen got a touch to send the ball towards the line, the ball was cleared but fell to Vincent whose shot was stopped by the keeper getting his body in the way for a corner. Shortly after this Alex Churchyard picked up a yellow card. In the 32nd minute, Vincent again forced the Portishead keeper, George Shanks-Boon into a save. 

Portishead’s efforts on goal were finally rewarded in the 36th minute, a long low ball down the right found number 7, Eastwood who cut into the edge of the penalty area, left-back, Ian Jeffery got a foot on the shot but the deflection carried the ball over Crabtree and into Warminster’s net.

One minute later, Portishead almost doubled their tally with a shot that went just over the crossbar. Their chances by now had reached double figures and 3 of which would be described as ‘sitters’ that were missed.

No doubt at halftime Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree gave an appropriate dressing room talk. The Portishead players were waiting on the pitch for while before the Red & Blacks and officials appeared. Warminster started much brighter and played well, cutting out the number of opportunities that had been afforded to the visitors in the first half. Mortimer-Taylor showed intent with his shot in the 53rd minute, which went wide of the post. Allen nearly scored Warminster’s first in the 67th minute, he got a glancing diving header sent just wide of the left-hand post. 

On 75 minutes Martin Johnson who had come on for James Vincent had an excellent chance to equalise when the ball fell to him at the far post from a corner on the left. Johnson tapped the ball towards the bottom right corner but due to a lack of power, the keeper got there in time to smother the ball.  Churchyard picked up his second yellow and now Warminster found themselves not just a goal down, but a man also. 

This, however, did not show on the pitch as the home side continued to battle and the break came in the 90th minute when Harry Barnes was brought down in the penalty area. Jeffery took the penalty and put the ball away with great confidence to draw the sides level. There was more drama still to come. Portishead’s manager received a red card possibly for something said about the awarding of the penalty. 

There were 10 minutes of added time in this game, and Warminster used every minute of it. Deep into added time Warminster crossed in a ball from the right which was met by the rising head of a defender and the ball finished in the back of his own net. There had been 2 other occasions in this half,  when they went close to scoring an own goal from the pressure created by the rejuvenated home side. 

This was quite a turnaround from the first half and manager Andy Crabtree had this to say after the game. “Today we were very poor first half and were very fortunate to go in only 1-0 behind, that said in the 2nd half we rolled our sleeves up and went about our work and should really have been level before we got a relatively soft penalty. One thing we don’t lack is character and we showed that again today after we were reduced to 10 men we went on to win the game.  All credit to the lads, they took on board what was said at half time and produced a very good 2nd half performance to send the supporters home happy.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard (2 yellows), Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Vincent*, Fletcher*

Subs (*used) Barnes, McEntee, Johnson  

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*