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 

Warminster Town 0 Wincanton Town 1

Following a convincing 5 – 1 win at Bishops Lydeard hopes were high for another victory over the visitors, Wincanton Town. On a very wet Saturday afternoon, and with good preparation work on the pitch a few days earlier play was possible. The first half saw a lacklustre performance by the home side with few chances created. The game finished with just one goal which was scored by the Somerset side.

Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball made a good save in the fifth-minute diving high to his left to push the ball out for a corner and deny Louis Irwin a goal. Wincanton’s only goal came in the 22nd minute, almost exactly at the halfway point of the first half. Nathan Ball had caught the ball in the box and from the edge of his penalty area kicked it deep into the Wincanton half only to find the head of a defender. This was then flicked on by another Wincanton player and fell favourably for Toby Cole who ran through the 2 central defenders and with just the keeper to beat, slotted the ball neatly past him with a low right-footed shot.

In the 32nd minute, Warminster went close when Martin Johnson’s curling shot went just left of the bottom of the post. It would obviously take more effort from the Red & Blacks in the second half to get a result from this game.

Warminster did indeed ‘up their game’ in the second half and created more chances, putting the visitors under much more pressure than before. In the 53rd minute, Warminster’s closest chance of a goal saw their keeper, Sam Stroud palm the ball away from his top left corner and then have to scramble to his bottom right to push it away from creeping over the line. 

There was goal-line drama too at the Warminster end in the 68th minute when a hit Ball’s right-hand post, the rebound was then fired back and cleared off the line by the head of Ian Jeffery. The only remaining drama came with a series of yellow cards and the sending off of Wincanton’s Kris Hastings. It could be said that Warminster deserved a point from the game, and bearing in mind the visitors are second in the league a one-nil loss was not too devastating.   

Team: Ball, McFerran, Johnson*, Graham, De Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton, Mortimer-Taylor, Butler*, Shanley*, 
Subs ( *used) Barnes* Churchyard, Lisowski, Fletcher*, Allan*

Ashton & Backwell 2 Warminster Town 1

Having won 3 out of 4 away games, Warminster travelled to Ashton & Backwell with hopes of getting a good result. The home side started the day 7 points ahead of the visitors, lying in 5th place in the league. The match didn’t go the way Warminster would have liked and lost 2 – 1 to a fairly unremarkable Bristol team. 

The first half saw lots of errors from The Town with poor passes, long balls, crosses into the box with no one to capitalise, and a very weak right side allowing the home side a lot of freedom. This is something similar to previous home performances in league games and no doubt the manager, Andy Crabtree will be addressing. 

Both sides had shots on goal with one of the best producing a superb diving save from Warminster’s goalie, Carl Crabtree in the 21st minute. 8 minutes later Charlie Walton, for the visitors, went close with his edge of the box right-footed shot which hit the right-hand post. 

In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Ashton & Backwell got closer and the opening goal came in the 43rd minute when from a corner a cutback by Charlie Saunders was smashed home by James White. 

As is often the case, Warminster came out in the second half energised and put more pressure on the home side. On 58 minutes Walton received a yellow card but as he was walking away from the referee obviously said something and then had another yellow, this time sending him to the sin bin, and would now spend 10 minutes off the pitch. 

10-men Warminster seemed rejuvenated by this and a minute later, James Vincent crossed into the box and the ball came off a defender into the back of his own net. The home side though recovered and in the 74th minute, when Saul Jarrett tapped in the ball as a result of good work from Paul Uppington. 

Warminster pushed for the equaliser but again wasted many balls with overhit crosses and passes that were easily dealt with by The Stags and so the game finished 2 -1. Ashton & Backwell in the last 10 minutes were doing everything possible to use up the time knowing that Warminster could have scored. Warminster can take heart that they should have won this game with better positioning and finishing. 

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Barnes*, Graham, De-Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton*, Vincent, Butler, Shanley

Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Baggs*, Fletcher*

Win a Tour of Warminster Maltings

The malting industry has been in Warminster for many years and we are pleased that Warminster Town Football Club has an association with Warminster Maltings, Britain’s oldest working maltings.

Warminster Maltings, our main sponsor, is pleased to offer a super prize to THREE of our supporters along with a guest each. The prize is for either a morning tour followed by a buffet lunch or an afternoon tour followed by a cream tea. This will be a fascinating tour and you will get to learn about the wonderful process of malting which of course results in a wonderful ingredient for beer.

To enter this competition all you have to do is answer 3 questions, the answers can be found on the Warminster Maltings website. Click here.

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to our winners!

Derek Severn
Malcolm McLundie
Chip Chapman

THE RULES:

 
1 The prize is for either a morning tour of Warminster Maltings followed by a buffet lunch or an afternoon tour followed by a cream tea. The winner chooses. The date will be mutually agreed with the winner and Warminster Maltings.
 
2 Entry is free. Entrants must be 18 or over and only one entry per person.
 
3 All correct entries will be entered into a draw and the winner randomly selected. 
 
4 There is no alternative to the this prize in cash or other value.
 
5 Players, club officials and anyone connected to Warminster Maltings are not permitted to enter.
 
6 The Competition closes on Friday November 8th 2019 at 8 pm and the winner will initially be announced shortly afterwards via our social media platforms and on this website.

Warminster Town 3 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 2

On a damp Saturday afternoon, The Town welcomed East Cowes Victoria Athletic for the First Round proper of the FA Vase. The pitch held up well despite the heavy rain during the previous few days. The FA Vase offers the chance to play in a final at Wembley and cash from playing in each round for the clubs, the winner of this game receiving £825, a lot of money for small non-league clubs. Warminster went on to win this game 3 – 2. 

The 133 in attendance were treated to a real cup tie with end to end action throughout the match. Warminster got off to a flying start when on 30 seconds Charlie Walton opened the scoring. James Vincent in the box pulled the ball back to Walton who fired across goal into the right-hand corner. The lead though was not to last long when just past the 3-minute mark The Vics equalised. A looping cross from their left from Joe Butcher into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home team and tapped home by Brandon Haywood. 

Both sides created chances with the visitors decidedly having the better possession and passing in the first half. Just after the half-hour, The Vics went close producing a wonderful save from Nathan Ball whose performance granted him the title “Man of the match” by the team. Half-time 1 -1.

As is often the case at home, Warminster came out a different team in the second half. From the off, they set about scoring more goals. The ever-busy Walton got a shot way within the opening seconds. In the third minute of this half, a corner was met by Walton who planted the ball home into the back of the net with a fine header to the left-hand corner, leaving the keeper little chance of making a save.

Once again though both sides were creating chances, and Warminster’s third goal came in the 65th minute with great work from a break-away counter-attack. James Vincent ran down the right after collecting a long clearance ball. He took on the defender on the right edge of the box and passed to a waiting Jack Miluk for him to tap home. 10 minutes later Walton went close with fine solo work, forcing the keeper to produce an excellent save. 

A consolation goal came for The Vics in the 88th minute when Butcher, who had been dangerous throughout the game, danced through the defence on the edge of the box and made certain of his shot to make it 3 -2.

Team: Ball, Barnes, McFerran, Jeffrey, De-Silva*, Lisowski*, Miluk*, Walton, Vincent, Shanley, Butler

Subs (used*) Baggs*, Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden, Curtis*

Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3

Super Size Crowd at Warminster Town

On what turned out to be a very wet Saturday evening on Ground-Hopper Day, 369 braved the weather including many ground-hoppers coming to Warminster for the first time. The spectators were entertained with a 5 goal thriller, a sending-off, missed chances, good saves and the ball crashing against the posts. The final score Warminster Town 2 – Bristol Telephones 3.

Bristol Telephones showed good pace up front and the early warning signs were there for Warminster to see. Balls were being played through the home sides defence for The Phones forwards to run on to. This did not appear to be a team who have only managed one point all season. The visitors breakthrough came on 14 minutes when a cross from the right was not dealt with by the Warminster defence and fell to Luke Barnfield who brought it down with his left foot and with his second touch left-footed it into the right-hand corner. 

Nathan Ball was called into action a number of times to prevent more goals from The Phones in the first thirty minutes as Warminster continued to rock under the attack from the team in blue. O’Neil and Barnfield for The Phones paired up well and were creating many chances and deserved to have scored more. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 31st minute when from a Phones corner Allen ran with the ball down the left-wing, passed inside to Shanley who then played in Miluk. Miluk beat 2 defenders on the edge of the D and fired home past the keeper. 

Two minutes later Butler down the left passed a long ball to Vincent who beats the defenders on the left of goal and made sure of hitting the target.

In the final minute of the half, Francois Allen received a red card, and at the time most in the crowd away from the action had thought he was being sin-binned for 10 minutes.

The second-half now started and Warminster with a 2 – 1 lead had some work to do with just 10 men on the pitch. Bristol Telephones 3 minutes into the half found number 11, Golding who tapped the ball home. The third goal for The Phones was in the 59th minute when Barnfield scored his second made all too easy by the home side. 

Despite being down to 10 men Warminster created chances but couldn’t either get them on target or were saved by the Phones keeper. Likewise, the visitors went close several times in a real end to end battle between the two teams. It was a game for the neutrals to enjoy who came along as ground-hoppers and made it worth getting thoroughly wet from all the rain.

After the game, Warminster’s manager, Andy Crabtree had this to say: “Obviously over the moon with the attendance of 369 it created a great atmosphere. More importantly, I’m very disappointed with the result and losing at home once again. At 2-1 we in the driving seat and the sending off just before half time had a big impact on the game. 

We didn’t defend very well all night and it proved our undoing. I can’t fault the effort the lads put in but it’s something we need to address as it has happened far too frequently for my liking. We have a tough FA Vase game next Saturday and it’s important that we learn from those mistakes, bounce back and show a bit of character if we are to kick on for the remainder of the season.”

Team: Ball, Baggs*, Barnes*, Allen (red card), De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Mcferran*, Johnson*, Mortimer-Taylor*