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Warminster Town 2 Gillingham Town 1

History was in the making as Warminster Town gained all three points in the season’s final match. A 2-1 win over Gillingham Town sealed them as Western League Division 1 runner-up, the best finish in their history and a place in the playoffs for promotion. 

Two hundred thirty-seven turned up to watch the match and were entertained by a good football game. At times it seemed that the ball would not go into the back of the net for the home side, and that second place might elude them. 

On several occasions, the home side threatened to score; perhaps the best was when Martin Johnson intercepted a back pass and shot just wide of the far post. It was Conner McKay who opened the score in the 19th minute. Running down the left, McKay switched on the turbocharger to beat the right-back, cut in and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net.

Lewis Graham forced the Gillingham keeper into making a first-class save. Graham’s free-kick was surely going to be a goal but for the keeper’s athletic dive to his left and pushed the ball out for a corner.  

Towards the end of the first half, Gardner had to be substituted due to injury and on came Wain in his place. Gardner had collided with the Gillingham keeper earlier in the match and couldn’t shake off the effects.

Warminster this season seems to score more goals in the second half. This looked very likely in the opening two minutes, and Wain saw his shot go over the crossbar. Not long later, he slid in for a cross from the left only to see the ball flash by his feet, so agonisingly close.

However, it was Gillingham against the run of play that equalised. Uncharacteristically, the Warminster defence allowed Gillingham an easy chance to score. The keeper took a free-kick from halfway inside their half. The ball reached the left edge of the penalty area, De-Silva fell over the attacker, leaving Gillingham’s number 3 to run onto the ball, Graham covering slipped, and keeping Jeffery at bay, the player fired home into Thomson’s far post.

In the 64th minute, surely Warminster would regain the lead after McKay was brought down in the box. Warminster’s captain and top goal-scorer, Ian Jeffery, stepped up to take the penalty. The keeper went the correct way to his left and safely gathered the ball.

McKay was ten-minute sin-binned in the 75th minute leaving Warminster with ten men. As is often the case in football, ten men on the pitch can rise to the situation. In the 80th minute, Graham (voted man of the match) forced his way down the left, cut inside, and slid the ball out to the right to find Wain on the edge of the box. Wain fired low, and a defender deflected the ball into his own goal. 

And that was the final score 2-1 to Warminster. At the end of the match, the team were awarded the runners-up cup by the Western League representatives, and the players each received a medal. 

Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffery, De Silva, Humphreys, Gardner, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson, Butler, McKay

Subs: (used) Vincent, Miluk, Wain

(unused) Bartley, McFerran

Gillingham Town 1 Warminster Town 0

Tuesday, October 5th

A win at Gillingham would have moved Warminster Town into second place in the league table. The new pitch at Gillingham looked good under their new and very bright floodlights, a welcome addition at this level of football.

The match did not go according to plan. The visitors were dominant and remained so for most of the game. In the 14th minute, the Red & Blacks were a man down after McKay was sent off for a challenge in the middle of the pitch. Any latecomers would not have noticed that Warminster was playing with ten men as the domination continued. 

The game’s only goal came in the 39th minute when Bevis for the home side broke through down the left. Warminster’s right-back, Graham, pulled his hamstring chasing the attacker, leaving Bevis free to fire home past the onrushing Thomson.

The second half once again saw Warminster dominating play but unable to capitalise on it. The closest they came to scoring was in the final minutes when the keeper tipped over Seth Wain’s 18-yard shot over the bar. 

A disappointing result for Warminster as they could not create enough clear cut chances to score. 

Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffrey, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Lisowksi, Johnson, McKay, Wain

Subs: (Used) Humphrey, Pollock, Seviour 

(Unused) Atkins