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Devizes Town 0 Warminster Town 2 – Les Phillips Cup

On Tuesday, January 18th, Warminster Town made the short trip to Nursteed Road, Devizes for the Les Phillips Cup qualifying round. Unbeaten in 11 games, the visitors looked to make it a round dozen. In a competitive match, Warminster came off victorious with a two-nil win.

Warminster’s players were energetic and pressed Devizes all over the pitch throughout the game. It was not one-sided, and although the home side is bottom of the league table, they were much improved from the previous league encounter. The match proved to be highly entertaining for the fans and those watching the livestream on YouTube.

Warminster spent much of the early period in the home side’s half and looked the more likely to score. The opening goal came in the 19th minute. Sheppard charged forward towards the goal, the keeper came out but only managed a touch with his right foot, which played the ball to the feet of Mckay, who just inside the 18-yard line lobbed the ball past the keeper. (See the goal on Youtube)

A minute later, Devizes went close. A last-ditch tackle by Jordan De-Silva on Devizes’ number 11 prevented the first shot; however, the attacker saved the ball from crossing the line and fired it back at goal. Thomson produced a fine save, and the ball cleared by Cockerill only up to the edge of the D, which invited another shot from Devizes requiring a good save by Thomson. (See the saves on YouTube)

The second half continued to be a competitive battle between two teams, both working hard. The second goal came on 52 minutes with good work down the right between Gardner and McKay and got the ball through to Wain. Eighteen yards out, Wain struck the ball accurately and gave the keeper little chance of saving it. (See the goal on YouTube)

Warminster played for ten minutes with ten men after the left-back Cockerill was sent to the sin bin. The visitors stayed compact whilst down to ten and battled through the period. This match also saw the return of James Vincent to the club. Vincent moved to Corsham a few seasons ago and made his return off the subs bench. Warminster continues to build the squad and press on to progress, not just in this cup but, more importantly, the league.

Team: Thomson, Humphrey, Cockerill, Graham(c), De Silva, Bartley, Gardner(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Sheppard(s), Wain, McKay
Subs: (used) Johnson M, Vincent, Seviour
(unused) Pollock, Miluk

It’s Tough With 10 Men

It's Tough With 10 Men

It was a long trip into Devon for Warminster Town to play their quarterfinal round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup at Premier Division Tavistock AFC. This is last season’s competition, carried over due to the Covid-19 curtailment. Disappointment reigned though as Warminster went down to a 4-0 defeat.

The game was spoiled by a series of yellow cards, 2 for Alex Churchyard which resulted in him being sent off before the halfway point of the first half. At the same time, team captain Ian Jeffery had to spend 10 minutes in the sin bin. The referee did seem intent on using his cards and the neutral watching the game might well agree that Churchyard was unfortunate to be sent off. Despite this, the visitors didn’t concede a goal until the 41st minute.

The second-half proved challenging with the man down, making it difficult against higher league opponents; however, it must be said that Warminster were not outclassed. The second goal came from a header from Prynn, the opening goal scorer on 55 minutes.

The third goal came from a shot outside of the box on 71 minutes. The fourth and the final one in the 87th minute from a through ball beating the tired defence. The attacker from just inside the 18-yard line chipped over the on-rushing Hotine to another Tavistock man, Grant, who scored despite the efforts of Sisson, who could not prevent the goal and injuring himself in the attempt.

This was a game which would have been far better if there were eleven v eleven on the pitch.

Next match: Saturday, September 26th when Bishop Sutton will be at Weymouth Street.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Pawley*, Allen, Wain*, Butler*
Subs *(used): McFerran, Lisowski*, Johnson, Seviour*, Bartley*

Warminster Town 5 Portishead Town 0

The Les Phillip Cup is the equivalent of the Carabao League Cup for Western League football clubs. In the first round, Warminster drew Portishead Town and the game took place on Wednesday, October 30th. The weather was inclement but the football on display proved to be truly exciting, a real Cup-tie. All 5 goals were scored by Warminster Town, well worthy with all the effort they put into this game. 

Both sides started out brightly and Warminster set off at a high tempo, which they maintained throughout the 90 minutes. In the opening minutes both teams had a good opportunity to score. The opening goal scored by Francois Allan came in just the 5th minute, when Jack Miluk crossed in from the right to Nyke Fletcher who then squared the ball to Allan, now in the box to shoot home. 

More chances were to come, mostly for the home side but Nathan Ball had to put in a good save. The second goal was tapped in by central defender, Lewis Graham after more good work from Miluk and Lisowski in the 40th minute. Moments later Allan went close firing just wide and so at halftime the Red & Blacks had a 2 – 0 lead and had given the fans much to applaud. 

The second-half kicked off with the same intensity and in the 53rd minute George Butler added his name to the score sheet with a close range shot. 

Following a Portishead foul on Warminster’s captain Charlie Walton and his subsequent reaction, saw both players sent off the pitch with a red card each. Fortunately, this did not stop the high intensity of football on the pitch. The hard working Nyke Fletcher scored his first goal and Warminster’s fourth on 69 minutes with a lovely shot on the turn.

The fifth goal in the 74th minute, was from Miluk’s low shot from outside of the central area of the box and saw the ball firmly planted in the back of the net. A superb all round performance from Warminster which showed what they are capable of this season. 

Team: Ball, Lisowski, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Walton(red card), Fletcher, Butler, Allan*

Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Shanley*, Vincent, McFerran