Tag: Hengrove Athletic

Hengrove Athletic 1 Warminster Town 0

With a successful cup run and mid-week victory over Cheddar, Warminster should have travelled to Hengrove Atheltic with the confidence of a win. Hengrove who are third from bottom of the league and with a reputation for conceding goals looked to be a team to beat. The result though was disappointing for the Red & Blacks who it could be said of “had a bad day at the office”. 

Hengrove looked confident from the kickoff and in the second half scored the only goal of the game to give them a 1 – 0 win and a very rare clean sheet. The home team passed the ball well and spent much of the first half in Warminster’s territory. 

The warning signs were there early in the game, Carl Crabtree had to produce a good save in the 7th minute, diving to his left to keep the ball out of his net. The visitors did have a super opportunity to score when in the 10th minute a free kick taken from the right-hand edge of the box by Shanley curled in towards the onrushing Francois Allen who just failed to connect. A minute later though Hengrove responded with another shot on goal, this time an easy save for Crabtree.

Throughout this half, Warminster found it difficult to retain the ball and tended to give it away cheaply. All the outfield players seemed to have an off-day and passes went to a green shirt more often than to a man in red and black. Fortunately, none of the errors resulted in a goal and only a few shots on goal by the home team were made.

In the 42nd minute, Miluk did well down the right, cut in along the by-line and beat the defenders to get the ball through to Vincent who’s shot hit the defender and out for a corner kick. Shaney took the corner and it was met by the rising head of Lewis Graham who only managed to get the ball over the crossbar. 

The second half got underway with both team goal-less but that changed in the 56th minute when a ball from halfway inside the home side’s half was lobbed just inside Warminster’s, it was picked up by the home sides striker who ran down the centre pursued by 2 of Warminster’s defenders and the onrushing Crabtree. However, no one could stop the shot which finished up in the middle of Warminster’s goal. 

Crabtree had to produce a spectacular save just before the half-hour mark tipping the ball over the crossbar to keep the score to just the one goal. The final 15 minutes though did see Warminster finally put a lot of pressure on the home side’s goal and with 6 minutes of normal time left, Shanley forced the keeper into a fine save. In the 89th-minute substitute, Johnson had an opportunity to equalise but his header was saved by Carl Bush. Moments later Eban Mortimer-Taylor made a run along the byline on the left of goal and his curling shot went just over the top of the crossbar. 

In additional time Hengrove were hanging on as Warminster now awakened from their slumber pushed forward. Johnson shot wide and Mortimer-Taylor had a shot cleared off the line but in this game, it was all too late and victory was not to be snatched from the jaws of defeat on this occasion.

Warminster can now look to make amends on Saturday, December 14th with a home game against Portishead Town who they have beaten 5 – 2 in the league and 5 – 0 in the Les Phillips Cup, so will there be more goals? Kickoff at 3.00 pm and after 90 minutes that question will be answered!

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Jeffery, Graham, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen*, Vincent*, Shanley

Subs (*used) Fletcher* Johnson* Baggs*     

Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2

Suggested Title: Chances Galore For Warminster

On yet another glorious September afternoon Warminster faced the new team in Division 1, Hengrove Athletic who were relegated from the Premier Division last season. They have had to rebuild their team and despite getting off to a very shaky start have improved much in their last few games. Today was no exception and they played well as a team, finding space and creating chances, two of which turned into goals. Final score Warminster Town 1 – Hengrove Athletic 2.

It looked as though the home side would win this game with the early show of form, Walton forcing the keeper into a good save after just 18 seconds! This was followed by more chances but despite the run of play, Hengrove opened the scoring right on 12 minutes with a goal from a corner scored by Mickey Parsons.

Warminster went close in the 22nd minute when James Vincent headed into the ground which bounced over the bar and 4 minutes later he also headed again over the bar a ball from a corner. Walton and Barnes also had shots on goal but nothing went into the visitors’ goal. In the 37th minute, Churchyard tried to chip the keeper but it was an easy save. Miluk went really close with 2 minutes left of this half with a ball which flew just over the crossbar.

Warminster were giving Hengrove too much space which allowed them a number of chances and no doubt the halftime team talk would try and address this. The second half got under-way and Warminster did create several early chances which on another day would have gone in. Warminster had a series of early corners with the keeper being kept very busy. Following one of those corners in the 57th minute, a long hopeful clearance by Hengrove went over the head of defender Harry Barnes standing on the halfway line, leaving number 10 Regan Burton to run onto the ball with only Nathan Ball to beat. Burton kept calm and slotted the ball into the back of the net. 

Warminster pulled one back in the 68th-minute when a through ball from Shanley found Vincent who made no mistake and fired home.

The second half was full of incidents and saw Henry Mcferran substituted with Ashton Shanley following an accidental clashing of heads with an Hengrove player. Shanley was later sin-binned for 10 minutes on 80 minutes for dissent, he was allowed back on the field for the last 2 minutes of additional time. During the last couple of minutes of normal time, a bad tackle was made on Lewis Graham, the resulting melee saw a red card for the offending player as well as Graham for his reaction.

Right to the end, Warminster continued to try to get something from the game and continued to go very close to scoring especially when substitute, Francois Allen almost converted Jack Miluk’s cross from the right just in front of goal. It was a disappointing result for The Town after putting in so much effort and with the number of chances in front of goal.

The next game is away at Sherborne Town on Saturday, September 28th and the next home game is a late 7.45 pm kickoff on Saturday, October 5th. as part of Ground-Hopper Day. 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran*, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton, Johnson*, Vincent, Butler.

Subs (used*) Lisowski, Shanley*, Allen*, De-Silva