Starting the day third in the league table, Warminster Town travelled to Odd Down in 8th place. In an early-season match in September, Warminster won 4 – 0. The goal tally was less this time, but it was Warminster’s day, with a two-nil win.
It took a while for Warminster Town to settle into the match. In the first half, they gave the ball away far too easily, giving Odd Down much of the early possession. The pitch was very bobbly, which did not help. Jack Miluk had an opportunity in the 8th minute with a shot going into the side netting. Odd Down responded a minute later with a shot over the bar.
Thomson was forced to make a save (17′), diving to his left and pushing the ball around the post for a corner. The goal came in the 36th minute when a spectacular long-range shot from Corey Gardner crashed off the crossbar. The ball rebounded to the 18-yard line, and Mortimer-Taylor guided home the ball beating both a defender and keeper. Had Gardner’s ball gone in, undoubtedly, it would have been a contender for the goal of the season!
The second half kicked off, and minutes later, Warminster failed to hit the target twice when through on goal. Fortunately, those errors didn’t cost them dearly. Odd Down threatened to draw level when in the 52nd minute, a shot flashed across Thomson’s goal going wide of his left post.
The visitor’s doubled their lead (67) when Jack Miluk working down the right, took the ball over the 18-yard line into the penalty area. He accurately placed the ball on the ground into the far left of Odd Down’s goal. Gardner nearly made it three on 72 minutes with a shot going just wide of the post.
Thomson had another save to make on 76 minutes but otherwise had not been too troubled by Odd Down. New signing Craig Sheppard came off the subs bench for the last 10 minutes and caused the home side some problems. Sheppard from Radstock Town has proven to be a prolific goal-scorer with ten from 12 appearances for The Miners.
A good result for Warminster, that now moves them into second place in Division One of The Toolstation Western League. A game that took a while for them to get going and shows the strength of this developing team.
Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Lisowski, Churchyard, Seviour(s), Miluk(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Gardner, Graham
Subs: (used) Bartley, Sheppard, Humphreys
(unused) De-Silva, Johnson M, Johnson L