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Longwell Green Sports 1 Warminster Town 4

On a very blustery day, Warminster made the trip to the recently renovated ground of Longwell Green Sports. Looking to continue their run of form, the questions would be: Could the visitors make it 15 unbeaten games in a row? Would the artificial pitch favour the home side? Warminster came away with a 4-1 victory with a powerful second-half performance.

The Red & Blacks were not convincing in the first half and failed to put away several chances from McKay, Bartley, Pollock and Cockerill, who on another occasion might have scored. Throughout the first half, Warminster limited the home side a few chances, but a ball from Longwell’s number 9 found Greenslade by the far left post and free to fire home past the outstretched left arm of Thomson.

The halftime dressing room talk from the manager, Andy Crabtree, galvanised The Town into action! It wasn’t to be one-way traffic, and Longwell did produce chances to increase their tally. A few minutes after the restart, they went close but just off target. 

Warminster’s opening goal came on 49’ when Gardner rose to head home a corner by the near post. The tally was doubled (57’) when a long ball from defender Lewis Graham from his 18-yard line sent a long-ball forward over to the left. McKay chased the ball and caught up with it on the left-hand edge of Longwell’s penalty area. McKay burst into the box, and his powerful shot entered the top left corner. 

Three minutes later, McKay again burst down the left, crossed to the edge of the area to Gardner, who forced a fine save from the keeper. Warminster were posing Longwell a serious threat every time they got the ball forward.

The home side almost equalised in the 69th were it not for another good reaction save from Thomson. 

Andy Crabtree made some substitutions, and straight after coming on, James Vincent saw his 18-yard shot saved by the near post. However, the keeper parried the ball into the path of Mortimer Taylor, who made sure of getting the ball past the keeper to make it three. 

The fourth goal came in the 84th minute. James Vincent picked up the ball 10 yards inside Longwell’s half on the left. The fast-running forward made his way just inside the area and guided the ball into the right-hand netting. 

The second half was an emphatic performance from Warminster Town, and with the top two teams also winning, they haven’t lost ground and stay just one point away in third place. There are still many more games to play, and it is a thrilling title race. As manager Andy Crabtree says, “Every game is like a cup final”. 

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Graham, Churchyard(s), Gardner(s), Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson M(s), Bartley, McKay

Subs: (used) Miluk, Seviour, Vincent

(Unused) De-Silva, Butler

Warminster Town 1 v Longwell Green Sports 0

Following a 3-week break due to Covid-19 in the team, Warminster Town resumed winning ways on Saturday. The enforced break seemed to have taken its toll on the home side. Especially in the first half, Warminster were not at their best, and the visitors, Longwell Green Sports, looked more likely to score. The game was settled by a single goal, with a late penalty for Warminster.

The early chances fell to Longwell Green with a shot in the 14th minute producing a fine save from Thomson. An excellent opportunity on 32 minutes presented itself to the visitors when a ball flashed across the 6-yard box with 2 two players unable to connect with it.

Warminster did create some chances, firstly Gardner (23) and Bartley (28), with a long-range shot going wide of the post. On 30 minutes, Miluk was through on goal but fired well over the bar.

Longwell went close again (39) with a long-range shot that went just over the bar at the Weymouth Street end. In the 42nd minute, Thomson, diving to his right, stretched his hand to divert the ball past the post. Another close call in the first half.

The second half saw the opportunities to score for Longwell reduced, and thanks to Thomson in the 59th, prevented the ball from crossing the line. Gardner did well (70) down the left and created space to shoot but saw his effort go into the side netting.

In the 79th minute, Longwell’s number 9 created space around Jeffrey and left-footed the ball over the bar. A shot, no doubt he would have expected to get on target.

The only goal came in the 80th minute when Jack Miluk running into the right-hand edge of the penalty area, was met by the keeper and brought down. Up stepped the ever-reliable Ian Jeffery to shoot low into the left of the goal with the keeper going the wrong way.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk, Seviour, Johnson M(s), Bartley(s) Gardner

Subs Used Humphreys, Graham,
Unused Wain

Attendance 108

Warminster Win Penalty Shoot Out

On Tuesday, November 26th Warminster Town travelled to Longwell Green Sports F.C. The home side flying high in the league were likely to be tough opposition for Town, and so it proved to be in this round of the Les Phillips Cup. The game finished 2 – 2 and Warminster went through on penalties 3 – 4

Warminster got off to a wonderful start when just under 30 seconds in, keeper, Nathan Ball kicked long and the ball bounced kindly into the back of the opposition’s net. It was one of those moments that at first, no one could believe had just happened. 

Longwell throughout the game had more possession and passed the ball well. They created chances which Ball saved or went flying past the posts or uprights. 

The second goal came when Jack Miluk in the 15th minute, took on the defenders on the left side of the penalty area after receiving the ball from a cross. Miluk worked around a defender, fired the shot which then deflected off another defender leaving the keeper no chance to save it.

The home side pulled one back with a free-kick taken on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Keary stepped up confidently to take the free-kick, and his low passed into the net close to Ball’s right-hand goal-post. 

The second half proved to be eventful, and Longwell was awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute, which was despatched by Crumb for the home side.  Shortly afterwards, Warminster’s keeper found himself sent to the sin bin, and Lisowski had to don the goalie’s shirt for the statutory 10 minutes. Lisowski was called into action and prevented a third goal for the home side.

With Longwell Green now level it was a test of nerve for both sides as the next goal would likely seal the victory.  The final whistle blew, which meant the game had to be settled by penalties.

Longwell went first, and the shot was saved by Ball diving to his left and pushing the ball safely away. Lewis Graham stepped up for The Town and sent the ball to the left of the keeper who dived the wrong way. Mortimer-Taylor gave the keeper no chance for Warminster’s second. Town’s third penalty was saved, making it 2 – 2.

Longwell’s keeper saved two penalties and scored the 5th one himself and saved Warminster’s 5th.

Ball saved the fourth penalty diving low to his left and trapping the ball by the upright. He repeated this for the 6th penalty too and then went onto to take Warminster’s sixth and placed the ball into the right-hand side of the net as the keeper dived the opposite way giving a 3 – 4 victory in the shoot out.

Warminster nominated Nathan Ball as “man of the match”, so his earlier sin was forgiven! In fairness, both keepers had a good game, and with five saves and a penalty goal each, made the shoot out exciting to watch. The Red & Blacks now look forward to another round in this cup.

Longwell Green Sports 0 – Warminster Town 5

The Winning streak goes on!

Looking to build on their weekend win over top of the league Cheddar, the Red & Blacks travelled to Longwell Green Sports on a very wet Tuesday evening. Longwell started the game 7 points ahead of The Town and in the home fixture only lost by the one goal in a hard-fought match. The Town was also without their influential captain Charlie Walton who is serving a suspension. A good result this evening would show how much progress Warminster has made and so it proved to be with a fine 0 – 5 win over Longwell.

It took a while for the visitors to exert pressure on the home side and for much of the first half they had to defend deep and counter-attack on the break. However as the game progressed, Warminster began to reverse the pressure and create more opportunities to score.

The first goal for Warminster came in the 31st minute when Jack Miluk cut in from the right and shot from the edge of the box and the keeper, Powell unable to hold on to the ball. The second goal came 5 minutes later when Butler shot fairly centrally from outside the box, the keeper parried the ball into the air only to see it bounce behind him and into the net.

The third goal which was Miluk’s second came from a defensive clearance which found Martin Johnson near the halfway line. Johnson picked out Connor McKay who played it out to Miluk on his right and in a similar position to the last goal scored again. Warminster went close again just before the halftime whistle when Eban Mortimer-Taylor floated in a superb free-kick just inside the final third run onto by Lewis Graham who stretched but put the ball over the bar.

With a three-goal lead Warminster could have sat back in the second half but with rain lashing down and the wind against them continued to increase their lead. An early chance came just 4 minutes in when Miluk looking for his hat-trick headed over the bar. Mortimer-Taylor went close in the 58th minute when his shot was lifted over the bar by Powell.

The fourth goal came in the 63rd minute when McKay crossed from the right immediately in front of goal was met by Martin Johnson at the back post and fired home with no one to stop it. Around 5 minutes later the fifth and final goal was scored by Mortimer-Taylor who made a good run down the Warminster left to pick up a high ball, beat the keeper who was running out to meet him and tucked the ball nicely into the right-hand side of the net into the bottom corner.

This was another solid performance by Warminster, the back four proving difficult to beat and with other players sitting in front of them when needed made sure that a clean sheet was the order of the day. The team has been improving week on week and manager, Andy Crabtree has to be given great credit for the way he has organised the team and helped the young players to gel and play good football.

The future looks bright for the Red & Blacks, and it was also good to see excellent support from the travelling supporters who braved the rain.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson, McKay, Butler.
subs(*used): Herd*, Lisowski*, Pollock*