Warminster Win The Cup!

The final preseason match saw Warminster Town finish on a high with a win at Meadow Lane in the Alliance Cup which is reserved for such battles between these old rivals. The game only saw one goal but that was enough for the Red & Blacks!

The first half saw Westbury dominate and it looked as though they would score a bucket load of goals. However, despite the constant pressure and with excellent goalkeeping from Carl Crabtree nothing from the home team hit the back of the net. 

It’s probably fair to say that in all the preseason games the first half was Warminster’s poorest performance in this season’s build up. The Town players were becoming increasingly frustrated with each other and no doubt for manager Andy Crabtree a halftime talk couldn’t come soon enough. 

Halftime came and went and from the restart Warminster Town were a very different team. The visitors were now closing down Westbury much quicker and preventing them getting back into the flow of passing the ball around as they did in the first half. 

The only goal came when 7 minutes into the second half, captain, Charlie Walton standing United’s penalty area received a throw-in from the right taken by Henry McFerren. Walton had to beat 4 defenders as he manoeuvred across the box, eventually firing home left footed into the right hand side of goal.

This second half proved to be a much better game of football and although Westbury had chances Carl Crabtree in goal produced some excellent saves. Town also had more chances and went very close to increasing their lead and so it proved to be a very entertaining match to watch.  

The season kicks off on Saturday, August 3rd and Warminster welcome Welton Rovers to Weymouth Street. The club is preparing for a good attendance and you will see on social media the campaign #makeit300 to achieve a goal of having over 300 through the gate. The pitch is looking superb, the clubhouse is welcoming and refreshments are legendary! No charge for children under 16. 

You can watch the live replay on Periscope

What a Great Bunch!

On Saturday June 14th a fine bunch of volunteers turned out to help at the ground. Thank you to all the volunteers who included club members and players. We also would like to thank Sydenams for their continuous support to the club.

Podcast: A Fine End to the Season

Well, that is the end of the 2018/19 season and what a transformation there has been. Here’s our last season podcast connected to the actual football but we hope to slip in one or two before the new season to keep you updated.

A Fine End to the Season

For the final game of the season, Warminster welcomed Chippenham Park to Weymouth Street. The visitors, if they were to lose this match and Oldland Abbotonians win, would find themselves in the bottom two and relegated. Following a run of 4 draws Warminster were looking to finish the season on a high and if Chard were to lose would see them finish in 6th place and allow entry into the FA Cup next season. This was a match with much at stake for both sides.

A crowd of 163 the highest on the day in the Division watched “The Maltmen” win 3 -1 and indeed make it into sixth place! Sadly for Chippenham Park, the results did go against them and they finished the season second from bottom and relegated. With literally a strong wind prevailing this would be a game where the high ball could be a problem and so both teams tried to keep the ball on the grass as much as possible, Chippenham especially playing from the back with few long range kicks from the goalkeeper.

The home side got off to a great start and right on 3 minutes into the game went ahead with a super goal from Jack Miluk, following good work with a run from Lewis Graham, passed to Martin Johnson and then onto Miluk who played the ball into the bottom of the right-hand corner of the goal. Miluk went very close in the 14th minute after receiving another pass from Johnson. Miluk’s shot at goal forced a Chippenham Park defender into action to clear the ball off the line. In the early part of this half, it looked as if there would be a goal fest for Warminster but somehow the keeper and defence prevented more goals.

Warminster did not have it all their own way despite having more possession and opportunities. In the 23rd minute, the visitors went close when Porter flicked on a ball over goalkeeper Carl Crabtree with the crossbar preventing a goal. The Maltmen responded moments later when captain Charlie Walton’s shot went just over Chippenham Park’s crossbar. A few minutes later Johnson saw his attempt on goal cleared off the line and headed over the bar by a defender. The resulting corner was headed wide by Jordan De Silva, yet another opportunity that was close and the pressure on the visitors was constant. On 31 minutes Johnson again making a menace of himself in the box saw his shot squirm under the keeper but once again a defender on the line was there to prevent the goal.

Walton forced a save from the keeper Ben Drewitt just managing to get an arm to the ball to tip it over the bar. With just two minutes to go in the first half, Lewis Graham saw his shot cleared off the line (a recurring theme in this match) and the ball reached Walton who blasted the return into space. Shortly afterwards Eben Mortimer-Taylor saw his shot saved by the keeper. Right at the end of the half, the visitors went close when a ball from the right flashed across Warminster’s goal and the attacking player put the ball into the side netting. The halftime whistle saw Warminster head into the dressing room with a 1 nil lead which was it not for all those goal line clearances would have been very different.

The second half also proved to be entertaining and Warminster in this half gave less room to the Chippenham players, making it harder for them to get out of trouble when attacked. Just 7 minutes in and a corner was met by the head of the ever-busy Walton but he had to watch the ball agonisingly go over the bar. The next good opportunity came when Miluk (57) forced a good save following a good run down the right. A bizarre opening occurred not long after when keeper Drewitt took a swing at the ball and completely missed it, Jake Wright picked up the ball and crossed to Walton who’s header was going to the corner of the goal but the keeper managed to position himself well and hold onto the ball.

Chippenham had another good chance on 64 minutes when number 10 Shanley hit a long-range shot which hit the crossbar, the rebound from that had to be dealt with by Harry Barnes to prevent the goal. Warminster made their first substitution when Jake Wright was replaced with Alex Churchyard. The second substitution followed when off went right-back Ryan Baggs and on came Henry McFerran.

Warminster’s second goal came in the 72nd minute, Eban Mortimer-Taylor received a ball from Miluk which he had time to line up and fire left-footed into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The next substitution followed not long after when Stewart Lisowski went off for Jake Herd.

In the 81st minute number 9 for the visitors, Talmash headed and forced a save from Crabtree, he then fired home the rebound into the back of Warminster’s net. Herd went close on 90 minutes when his shot just clipped the outside of the post and went wide. The third and final goal came in additional time when Johnson threaded an excellent ball through to Mortimer-Taylor who finished into the bottom left-hand corner. All in all a good performance from Warminster Town against a side trying hard to stay in the league.

Manager Andy Crabtree commented, “A good win to round off what has been a great season for the club when we look back 12 months ago and not knowing where or what league we would be in as to where we are now, what a transformation! The whole Club has come on leaps and bounds not only on the pitch but off it as well. The boys have been great this season. Hopefully, we can push on from here and reward our loyal supporters who have backed us all the way. Thank you all for your support; it’s very much appreciated.”

It is also good news that Warminster Maltings will continue to be the club’s main sponsor for the 2019/20 season.  

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright, Mortimer-Taylor

Subs: (*used) Churchyard*, McFerran*, Pollock, Herd*

Football & Photography

In this week’s podcast we chat to David Feast who enjoys photographing football matches. David has taken photos at Warminster Town and more regularly at Frome Town. Listen as David shares his footballing story and how we too can take some good photos.

237 Watch Town Draw Against Devizes

This match had been promoted on social media to attract 200 to through the gate using the hashtag #makeit200. On a glorious Easter Monday afternoon, 237 attended breaking that two-hundred target to see some exciting football and a one all draw. There was a 7-minute delay to kickoff while one of the nets was attached to the satisfaction of the officials.

The game got off to a bright start with both sides looking for a win but with few real chances created. Warminster’s first real opportunity came in the 30th minute when Charlie Walton, returning from a ban, shot from 25 yards which was easily saved by the Devizes keeper, Adam Walters. Eight minutes later Walton shot again this time more powerfully and going just wide of the post.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Warminster won a free kick on the edge of the box. Eben Mortimer-Taylor and Harry Barnes stood over the ball, Mortimer-Tayor ran over the ball causing the Devizes wall to move slightly, and Barnes with his left foot curled the ball just inside the near post with the keeper making a valiant effort but unable to save the ball.

From the restart, the ball was sent out to the left and picked up by Matthew Russell for Devizes. He took on Ryan Baggs close to the corner who managed to get his head on the ball, but Russell ran onto it, cut back in and fired home with his right foot leaving Nathan Ball no chance of making a save. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards with both sides level at one-one and what would prove to be the final score and the third successive draw.

Warminster came out in the second half full of enthusiasm and looking to get back in front and in the first ten minutes of this half had a couple of good chances for Walton and Miluk (later substituted for Jake Wright). In the 62nd minute, Stewart Lisowski fired from a long way out, but his shot went over the bar. Two minutes later Lisowski sent a powerful shot towards Devizes’ goal which was blocked by a brave defender who felt the impact, and the resulting rebound was fired back by Walton which flashed only millimetres over the crossbar.

The second substitution saw Conner McKay replaced by Alex Churchyard and the third was Lisowski swapped for Max Pollock. In the final 15 minutes, the home side had several more chances with Walton, McFerran and with best one right at the end of normal time when Lewis Graham’s left footed shot hit the underside of the crossbar, but sadly no one was able to follow up on the rebound.

In summary, it was a very entertaining game of football watched by the largest crowd of the season and sees Warminster currently in 7th place with just one game remaining. That final game is at Weymouth Street on Saturday, April 27th when the visitors will be Chippenham Park, kickoff 3.00pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Lisowski, Miluk, Johnson, McKay, Mortimer-Taylor.

Subs (used*): Churchyard*, Wright*, Herd, Pollock*

A Saved Penalty Keeps the Score at 0 – 0

The Good Friday weather was perfect, and with the temperature, at around 25 degrees C it was going to be a warm afternoon for the players at The Athletic Ground in Wells.

Before the match got underway, manager, Andy Crabtree and assistant manager Rob McFerran were presented with the Toolstation Western League Division One Team of the Month Award for March 2019. A well-deserved award for the management and players for all the hard work that has been put in.

Warminster were looking to take all 3 points from this game to help with the challenge of finishing in the top 5 of the league table. Sadly this did not happen, and both sides took a point each with a goalless draw.

Throughout the match, Wells City showed that they are a good footballing side having more possession and able to win first and second balls more than the visitors could achieve. However, in the first half, Warminster came closest to scoring when in the 17th minute a long ball was picked up by Jack Miluk on the left-hand side, and he tried to squeeze the ball into the goal from a tight angle requiring a good save from the keeper, Fraser McDiarmid.

Miluk had another opportunity in the 22nd minute when he fired into the side netting. Two minutes later Ryan Baggs produced an excellent pass to Miluk who squared the ball across goal which was almost put into the back of his own net by one of the City defenders sliding in. Wells also had their chances but failed to put any in the back of the net. The closest coming in the 42nd minute which took a deflection and went just wide for a corner.

The second half got underway with Warminster trying hard to get something from this game. Just two minutes into this half Conner McKay was brought down by Mylum in the box for which he received a yellow card and a penalty decision for the visitors. Here now was a golden opportunity for the Red & Blacks to put a marker on this game. McKay took the penalty which was duly saved by McDiarmid diving the right way, along with saving 2 follow up shots, one from Jake Herd and another attempt by McKay.

Wells continued to have more possession and Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball was called into action several times, proving his worth in goal. Miluk also had several more opportunities which stayed out of the back of the net. With neither side able to score this game finished goalless which is quite unusual in the Western League.

Both sides can take positives from the game and although the 90 persons in attendance didn’t see any goals there was at least plenty of entertaining football on the pitch.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Pollock, McKay, Herd

Subs: Churchyard, McFerran, Johnson

Warminster Town are Team of The Month

On Friday April 19th Mr. David Brammar, Finance Director of The Toolstation Western League, presented manager Andy Crabtree and assistant manager Rob McFerran with the Division One March 2019 Team of the Month Award. The presentation took place at Wells City FC.

A big well done and congratulations has to go to Andy, Rob and all the team for such an excellent month and it’s good that this hard work has been recognised by the league.