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.

Can you help?

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

Club Historian

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.

Video Editor

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?

Late Penalty for Bishop Sutton

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 found 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

 

Another Away Win!

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*

Let’s Make it 200

Warminster Town v devizes town

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.

How can you help?

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. 

Plus do share our tweets and facebook posts promoting this day.

To follow on Twitter you need to follow these accounts:

@WTFCSupporter @WarminsterTNfc

Our Facebook Page is Here

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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.