Tag: Corsham Town FC

Warminster Town 1 Corsham Town 2

Football returned to Weymouth Street on Boxing Day with a local derby between Warminster Town and Corsham Town. With so much rain in previous days, it was little wonder that the pitch was sticky but at least playable. Corsham came out as winners, by two goals to one and placing them at the top of the league table.

In front of a near-maximum capacity crown (Covid Rules) of 291, the fans saw an entertaining football game. In the first half, both sides cancelled themselves out and restricted each other to few opportunities to score. It unsurprisingly resulted in no goals at the end of the opening half.

The second half commenced under floodlights, and Warminster got off to a good start in under two minutes. A ball from the left found Francois Allen and Corsham’s number 3, Leon Greenland battling for the ball close to the penalty spot. The ball came off the defender into the left of the goal with the keeper rooted on his line.

Allen went close in the 52nd minute with a beautiful strike which hit the crossbar and out for a goal-kick. Corsham equalised in the 58th minute. A long cross from the left from Greenland found Gary Higdon waiting in the box. Higdon headed and aimed across the goal into the left side.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 69th minute. Substitute, Leigh Rogers stepped up to take it. Drewitt in goal for Warminster went to his left and saved the ball with his legs. Unfortunately for the home side, the ball rebounded to Will Stead to strike it and double Corsham’s lead.

It was a close contest against a team much tipped for promotion this season. Warminster Town now has two away fixtures to play and will continue building on the team’s performance. The Red & Blacks are currently in 6th place in the league table.

Team: Drewitt, Sisson, Graham, Jeffery, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk(subbed), Mortimer-Taylor(subbed), Allen, Wain(subbed), Butler
Subs(used): Johnson, Seviour, Barnes
(not used): Bartley, Hotine

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

Corsham Town 1 Warminster Town 2

The Western League is experimenting with Friday evening games, and Corsham Town FC decided to try this out on Friday, March 15th against Warminster Town FC. The weather was somewhat disappointing with rain blowing across the pitch, but thankfully 184 braved the weather to watch this match, with enough cover for those who wanted to stay reasonably dry.

Corsham got off to a bright start and opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Josh Bright from the left turned the defender and then without being closed down rifled home a superb shot beating Nathan Ball in goal shooting into the top right corner.

In previous games, it seems that Warminster require time to settle in and this one was no exception. In the opening part of the first half, there was a lot of defending to do possibly not helped by the fact that the visitors had several regular midfield players unavailable and so there was a different midfield line up. Charlie Walton for one could not play as he is serving a 4-match suspension. Warminster kept playing out long-balls which Corsham usually managed to pick up and resume the attack.

Nathan Ball came to the rescue on several occasions, and also Corsham missed a couple of clear opportunities to test him out. Warminster though continued to battle and in the final minute of the half, a free kick was awarded halfway in the home side’s half by the right touchline. Ryan Baggs took the free kick which went through to the keeper in the centre of a crowded goal who punched the ball away with Jake Wright finding it took one touch then right-footed it home. As expected the whistle blew shortly after the restart with both sides on level terms.

With the second half underway, the visitors had an opportunity with a free kick 30 yards out in the 54th minute which Butler fired a little over the crossbar. Around 8 minutes later another free-kick was awarded to Warminster in a very similar position to the one just described. This time the kick was fired in lower but comfortably saved by Adam Clatworthy in goal for Corsham.

On a couple of occasions in this half Nathan Ball had to produce a fine save to keep the home side from scoring. Overall the teams were playing at about the same level which for the visitors lying at the start of the match in 9th place and Corsham in 4th is a testimony to how much the Red & Blacks have been improving over the past few months.

Warminster’s second goal came very late (86) in the game following some good work down the left-hand side and passed to Martin Johnson who wriggled his way through across the 18-yard line and lobbed the keeper with the ball dropping under the crossbar in the right-hand corner of the goal. This left little time for Corsham to recover. Warminster did have a final chance to make it 3 when yet another free kick in a similar area to the others described was awarded with only a couple of minutes to go. Butler once again sending the ball just over the bar. The final whistle blew with yet another win for Warminster Town.

The next game is at Weymouth Street on Saturday, March 23rd when Radstock Town will be the visitors. A social media campaign is well underway to have at least 200 through the gate for this game, so if you’re available and would like to see some exciting local non-league football do come along. Kickoff 3.00pm

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Herd, Johnson, Wright, Butler subs: Sisson, McFerran, Pollock, Collyer