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Sherborne Town 0 – Warminster Town 3

Warminster’s only league wins of the season have been on the road and a trip to Sherborne Town was likely to be a tough fixture. Once again though, the Red & Blacks rose to the away challenge and won the game 0 – 3.

The opening moments of the game showed that Sherborne aka The Zebras would be no push-over and the early chances fell to them, chances which could have easily turned to goals in the opening few minutes. The home team, especially in the first half put Warminster under pressure and were very good at keeping possession of the ball. 

Warminster’s first goal came in the 10th minute when Jack Miluk found himself in space on the right side. Miluk crossed the ball into the box which was met by James Vincent bursting into the area to plant the ball firmly in the back of the net.

The Zebras proved to be very dangerous during this game with some slick passing and one-twos around the Warminster penalty area but with good defending managed to keep the ball out of the net. The back four was changed today, Lewis Graham and Henry McFerran were out and in came Jordan de Silva (back from injury) and Stewart Lisowski who got his first start for a while. The lads voted Lisowski ‘man of the match’ for the effort he put in on the pitch to keep that clean sheet.

The second half saw Warminster produce some better-attacking football. Very early in the half Warminster created several chances forcing the keeper to make several good saves. The second goal (54th minute) came when keeper Nathan Ball threw the ball to George Butler who ran down the left, cut along the edge of the box, back-heeled the ball to Charlie Walton who took on the defender in the box and fired home right-footed into the right corner. A very well-worked goal.

Sherborne continued to press the visitors and Warminster had to defend long and hard and sit deep with the intention of catching the home side out on the break. In the 73rd minute, Butler missed an absolute sitter, somehow managing to miss from a few yards out. The good news though for him would be that he would go on to score. This followed a triple substitution by the Zebras in the 77th minute. Immediately as play resumed, Jack Miluk ran the ball down the right and crossed to Butler who at the edge of the ‘D’ made no mistake with a left-footed shot past the advancing keeper to make amends for his miss. 

The travelling supporters went home happy after watching a dogged performance from the Red & Blacks and now look forward to welcoming Bristol Telephones for an unusually late kickoff on Saturday, October 5th at 7:45 pm as it is “Ground-Hopper Day”.  

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk*, Mortimer-Taylor, Walton, Vincent*, Butler, Shanley

Subs (used*) Fletcher*, Chenery-Bowden*, McFerran

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

Warminster Town 0 v Welton Rovers 1

The first match of the season kicked off with Warminster Town wearing their new red and black kit. Following a campaign to attract more football fans through the gate it was good to see 174 in attendance. In fact, 2 Warminster supporters, Paul & Barbara travelled all the way from Kent to be here and as a thank you had their photo taken before the start of the game with some of the players.

It proved to be an entertaining game of football with honours going to Welton Rovers with the only goal scored in the first half. Warminster had an early opportunity when new signing Kieran Baggs (former manager of Melksham Town) broke free down the left, got around the keeper and the shot cleared off the line. A couple of minutes later following good work from Jack Miluk, George Butler found himself with an opportunity to shoot but the ball went high and wide over the goal.

Rover’s goal came in the 21st minute when a long range pass from Joe Garland caught out the Warminster defence and found Lewis Coleman who kept the ball away from defender McFerran. This left the attacker clear in centre of goal, at the edge of the penalty area to be able to run into the box. Whilst sliding to get to the ball to beat the onrushing keeper Crabtree he was able to toe-poke home the ball.

Shortly after the goal, Warminster had a good chance to level up when Martin Johnson flicked towards goal a good cross from Miluk but the keeper was covering his near post and pulled off a good save. This half produced several opportunities for both sides with Warminster seeming to shoot high, whereas Rovers did bring into action Carl Crabtree with some fairly easy saves but nevertheless necessary ones.

The second half got underway with Warminster determined to close the gap. Johnson went close in the opening minutes which keeper, Thomas Drewitt cleared with his leg. On 61 minutes Charlie Walton had a good opportunity for the Red & Blacks with a shot just over Rovers’ crossbar. During this half manager Andy Crabtree brought on 3 substitutes to keep the attack going. Miluk, Johnson and Baggs were replaced with Mortimer-Taylor, Wright and Vincent.

A few other opportunities came Town’s way with the fresh legs but were unable to convert. The home side were not quite at the level of sharpness that they have shown possible during the latter part of last season and no doubt this game will have helped them as they look forward to the next one.

After the match assistant manager, Rob McFerran had this to say, “Obviously disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the opening game of the season. The opening encounters saw Welton sharper all over the pitch and we did a lot of chasing trying to get a foothold in the game.

Just as we were getting to grips with the pace of the game we gave away a soft goal from a hopeful long ball that we failed to deal with.

We had plenty of opportunities to level the score before halftime but poor decision making when the better option was to pass the ball rather than shoot and woeful finishing saw us go in at the interval a goal down.

The second half saw us far more attacking with Welton sitting on their lead and credit to their back four limited us to very few chances with all the possession we had. On another day we’d have taken something from the game as Carl had a fairly quiet afternoon, but it wasn’t to be.

We make the short trip to Devizes on Saturday and this gives us the opportunity to bounce back.”

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Walton(C), Johnson, Baggs, Butler Subs: Baggs, Mortimer-Taylor*, Vincent*, Lisowski, Wright* 

*Subs used.

Warminster Win The Cup!

The final preseason match saw Warminster Town finish on a high with a win at Meadow Lane in the Alliance Cup which is reserved for such battles between these old rivals. The game only saw one goal but that was enough for the Red & Blacks!

The first half saw Westbury dominate and it looked as though they would score a bucket load of goals. However, despite the constant pressure and with excellent goalkeeping from Carl Crabtree nothing from the home team hit the back of the net. 

It’s probably fair to say that in all the preseason games the first half was Warminster’s poorest performance in this season’s build up. The Town players were becoming increasingly frustrated with each other and no doubt for manager Andy Crabtree a halftime talk couldn’t come soon enough. 

Halftime came and went and from the restart Warminster Town were a very different team. The visitors were now closing down Westbury much quicker and preventing them getting back into the flow of passing the ball around as they did in the first half. 

The only goal came when 7 minutes into the second half, captain, Charlie Walton standing United’s penalty area received a throw-in from the right taken by Henry McFerren. Walton had to beat 4 defenders as he manoeuvred across the box, eventually firing home left footed into the right hand side of goal.

This second half proved to be a much better game of football and although Westbury had chances Carl Crabtree in goal produced some excellent saves. Town also had more chances and went very close to increasing their lead and so it proved to be a very entertaining match to watch.  

The season kicks off on Saturday, August 3rd and Warminster welcome Welton Rovers to Weymouth Street. The club is preparing for a good attendance and you will see on social media the campaign #makeit300 to achieve a goal of having over 300 through the gate. The pitch is looking superb, the clubhouse is welcoming and refreshments are legendary! No charge for children under 16. 

You can watch the live replay on Periscope

A Fine End to the Season

For the final game of the season, Warminster welcomed Chippenham Park to Weymouth Street. The visitors, if they were to lose this match and Oldland Abbotonians win, would find themselves in the bottom two and relegated. Following a run of 4 draws Warminster were looking to finish the season on a high and if Chard were to lose would see them finish in 6th place and allow entry into the FA Cup next season. This was a match with much at stake for both sides.

A crowd of 163 the highest on the day in the Division watched “The Maltmen” win 3 -1 and indeed make it into sixth place! Sadly for Chippenham Park, the results did go against them and they finished the season second from bottom and relegated. With literally a strong wind prevailing this would be a game where the high ball could be a problem and so both teams tried to keep the ball on the grass as much as possible, Chippenham especially playing from the back with few long range kicks from the goalkeeper.

The home side got off to a great start and right on 3 minutes into the game went ahead with a super goal from Jack Miluk, following good work with a run from Lewis Graham, passed to Martin Johnson and then onto Miluk who played the ball into the bottom of the right-hand corner of the goal. Miluk went very close in the 14th minute after receiving another pass from Johnson. Miluk’s shot at goal forced a Chippenham Park defender into action to clear the ball off the line. In the early part of this half, it looked as if there would be a goal fest for Warminster but somehow the keeper and defence prevented more goals.

Warminster did not have it all their own way despite having more possession and opportunities. In the 23rd minute, the visitors went close when Porter flicked on a ball over goalkeeper Carl Crabtree with the crossbar preventing a goal. The Maltmen responded moments later when captain Charlie Walton’s shot went just over Chippenham Park’s crossbar. A few minutes later Johnson saw his attempt on goal cleared off the line and headed over the bar by a defender. The resulting corner was headed wide by Jordan De Silva, yet another opportunity that was close and the pressure on the visitors was constant. On 31 minutes Johnson again making a menace of himself in the box saw his shot squirm under the keeper but once again a defender on the line was there to prevent the goal.

Walton forced a save from the keeper Ben Drewitt just managing to get an arm to the ball to tip it over the bar. With just two minutes to go in the first half, Lewis Graham saw his shot cleared off the line (a recurring theme in this match) and the ball reached Walton who blasted the return into space. Shortly afterwards Eben Mortimer-Taylor saw his shot saved by the keeper. Right at the end of the half, the visitors went close when a ball from the right flashed across Warminster’s goal and the attacking player put the ball into the side netting. The halftime whistle saw Warminster head into the dressing room with a 1 nil lead which was it not for all those goal line clearances would have been very different.

The second half also proved to be entertaining and Warminster in this half gave less room to the Chippenham players, making it harder for them to get out of trouble when attacked. Just 7 minutes in and a corner was met by the head of the ever-busy Walton but he had to watch the ball agonisingly go over the bar. The next good opportunity came when Miluk (57) forced a good save following a good run down the right. A bizarre opening occurred not long after when keeper Drewitt took a swing at the ball and completely missed it, Jake Wright picked up the ball and crossed to Walton who’s header was going to the corner of the goal but the keeper managed to position himself well and hold onto the ball.

Chippenham had another good chance on 64 minutes when number 10 Shanley hit a long-range shot which hit the crossbar, the rebound from that had to be dealt with by Harry Barnes to prevent the goal. Warminster made their first substitution when Jake Wright was replaced with Alex Churchyard. The second substitution followed when off went right-back Ryan Baggs and on came Henry McFerran.

Warminster’s second goal came in the 72nd minute, Eban Mortimer-Taylor received a ball from Miluk which he had time to line up and fire left-footed into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The next substitution followed not long after when Stewart Lisowski went off for Jake Herd.

In the 81st minute number 9 for the visitors, Talmash headed and forced a save from Crabtree, he then fired home the rebound into the back of Warminster’s net. Herd went close on 90 minutes when his shot just clipped the outside of the post and went wide. The third and final goal came in additional time when Johnson threaded an excellent ball through to Mortimer-Taylor who finished into the bottom left-hand corner. All in all a good performance from Warminster Town against a side trying hard to stay in the league.

Manager Andy Crabtree commented, “A good win to round off what has been a great season for the club when we look back 12 months ago and not knowing where or what league we would be in as to where we are now, what a transformation! The whole Club has come on leaps and bounds not only on the pitch but off it as well. The boys have been great this season. Hopefully, we can push on from here and reward our loyal supporters who have backed us all the way. Thank you all for your support; it’s very much appreciated.”

It is also good news that Warminster Maltings will continue to be the club’s main sponsor for the 2019/20 season.  

Team: Crabtree, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright, Mortimer-Taylor

Subs: (*used) Churchyard*, McFerran*, Pollock, Herd*

237 Watch Town Draw Against Devizes

This match had been promoted on social media to attract 200 to through the gate using the hashtag #makeit200. On a glorious Easter Monday afternoon, 237 attended breaking that two-hundred target to see some exciting football and a one all draw. There was a 7-minute delay to kickoff while one of the nets was attached to the satisfaction of the officials.

The game got off to a bright start with both sides looking for a win but with few real chances created. Warminster’s first real opportunity came in the 30th minute when Charlie Walton, returning from a ban, shot from 25 yards which was easily saved by the Devizes keeper, Adam Walters. Eight minutes later Walton shot again this time more powerfully and going just wide of the post.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Warminster won a free kick on the edge of the box. Eben Mortimer-Taylor and Harry Barnes stood over the ball, Mortimer-Tayor ran over the ball causing the Devizes wall to move slightly, and Barnes with his left foot curled the ball just inside the near post with the keeper making a valiant effort but unable to save the ball.

From the restart, the ball was sent out to the left and picked up by Matthew Russell for Devizes. He took on Ryan Baggs close to the corner who managed to get his head on the ball, but Russell ran onto it, cut back in and fired home with his right foot leaving Nathan Ball no chance of making a save. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards with both sides level at one-one and what would prove to be the final score and the third successive draw.

Warminster came out in the second half full of enthusiasm and looking to get back in front and in the first ten minutes of this half had a couple of good chances for Walton and Miluk (later substituted for Jake Wright). In the 62nd minute, Stewart Lisowski fired from a long way out, but his shot went over the bar. Two minutes later Lisowski sent a powerful shot towards Devizes’ goal which was blocked by a brave defender who felt the impact, and the resulting rebound was fired back by Walton which flashed only millimetres over the crossbar.

The second substitution saw Conner McKay replaced by Alex Churchyard and the third was Lisowski swapped for Max Pollock. In the final 15 minutes, the home side had several more chances with Walton, McFerran and with best one right at the end of normal time when Lewis Graham’s left footed shot hit the underside of the crossbar, but sadly no one was able to follow up on the rebound.

In summary, it was a very entertaining game of football watched by the largest crowd of the season and sees Warminster currently in 7th place with just one game remaining. That final game is at Weymouth Street on Saturday, April 27th when the visitors will be Chippenham Park, kickoff 3.00pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, McFerran, Lisowski, Miluk, Johnson, McKay, Mortimer-Taylor.

Subs (used*): Churchyard*, Wright*, Herd, Pollock*

Late Penalty for Bishop Sutton

Back in 2013, Bishop Sutton won promotion to the Southern League but unable to make their ground comply to league requirements had to forego the promotion. They are now four places from the bottom of division one and fighting off relegation, so the match was likely to be a tough one for Warminster seeking their tenth consecutive home win.

 

Warminster got off to a slow start. Chances for both sides were very limited with Bishop Sutton having better opportunities. The first half saw just one goal which was scored by the visitors in the 35th minute and made easy on this occasion by The Red & Blacks.  The second half saw a much-improved performance by Warminster and the game ended with a dramatic finish at 2 – 2.

 

The first half can only be described as poor from The Town’s point of view and the excellent crowd of 131 somewhat disappointed. However, the second half saw Warminster moving the ball much quicker and they created a super opportunity in the first 60 seconds which saw George Butler hit the side netting after shooting from a cross following a free kick from the right.

 

Stewart Lisowski went close 10 minutes into this half when his shot hit the lower half of the crossbar bounced back into play and was knocked out for a corner. The first goal came two minutes later, the 57th minute when George Butler crossed in from the left and Martin Johnson tapped the ball over the line, scoring for the second week running.

 

Four minutes later (61) a long ball from Jordan Silva found Jack MIluk who fired home into the corner of goal beating Thomas Fraser in The Bishops goal. Warminster Town were now in the ascendancy and looking to get a third goal.

 

With just two minutes of normal time remaining Jack Miluk stole the ball off a Bishops defender on the edge of the 18-yard line, laying it on for George Butler whose shot was very well saved by Fraser. The keeper released the ball which led to a counter attack and the Bishops came close to scoring were it not for some excellent defending which produced a corner for the visitors.

 

From that corner, goalmouth pressure by Bishop Sutton resulted in a tackle by the home side giving away a soft penalty which now was in additional time making it 2 -2.

 

After the game, assistant manager Rob McFerran had this to say, “A disappointing first half where we didn’t get out of first gear and went in a goal down at the interval.

 

The second half was much better with goals from Martin and Jack. We had plenty of chances to put the game to bed in the second half but failed to take them with the visitors’ keeper making some great saves.

 

Our missed opportunities came back to haunt us in the 90th minute when we conceded a soft penalty. With three games to go, we can still achieve a top-five finish, but we will need to start games at a better tempo for this to happen.”

 

Warminster are at home on Easter Monday when Devizes Town are the opponents and a large bank holiday crowd is expected For children under 16; entry is free.

 

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De-Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Johnson, McKay, Butler subs: Churchyard, Pollock, Herd, McFerran

 

Another Away Win!

Warminster Town wishing to continue their run of fine form travelled to the Aitchison Playing Fields the home of Oldland Abbotonians looking for another win to move towards a top-five finish. The players described the playing surface as “awful”, and the match proved to be a scrappy affair with the visitors winning with the only goal scored in the first half.

The home side got off to a flying start and in the first couple of minutes showed that although towards the bottom of the league they were a force to be reckoned with. Warminster soon realised that and worked hard to prevent any further scares. An early shot from 30 yards out by Lewis Graham went just over the bar. The only goal came in the 14th minute when good work from the team down the left saw George Butler get a cross into the box and met superbly by Martin Johnson turning to fire home into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Another excellent opportunity to make it two was missed when Jake Wright skewed his shot just wide of the left-hand post and Charlie Walton fired over the bar. Deep into additional time, Lewis Graham with a wonderful first-time volley from 25 yards hit the crossbar with no one able to capitalise on the rebound. The halftime whistle blew shortly afterwards.

The second half proved to be a scrappy affair with few chances for either side and the visitors finding themselves ruled offside on several occasions which could have led to more excitement! In the 53rd minute, Nathan Ball was called into action and produced a fine save diving low to his right to keep the clean sheet.

Unfortunately, central defender Jordan De Silva had to be substituted due to injury; however, Joel Sissons did an excellent job as his replacement.

The match was one of those without a lot to write home about, but Warminster Town got the job done and move up into 6th place on 56 points not far off third-placed Corsham Town on 63 points. The next match is at home against Bishop Sutton and Warminster will be looking to make it their tenth home win in a row.

Following the game, manager Andy Crabtree had this to say about his team’s performance, “I am obviously delighted to gain 3 points in what was a very difficult game .. we wasted some great chances in the 1st half but the lads dug in and at the end of the day there were only 3 points on offer and we took them. It keeps the run going and Saturday can’t come soon enough for the boys #TheMaltmen.”

There has been a debate about adding a new nickname for the team and with Warminster’s long history as a town connected to the malting industry, ‘The Maltmen’ seems appropriate. Incidentally, the current main sponsor of the club is Warminster Maltings. The Red & Blacks will also remain as a recognisable nickname, and many often use ‘The Town’.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Walton, Johnson, Wright. Subs (*used) Lisowski, Sisson*, Herd, McKay*

Ninth Home Win in a Row

When a bottom of the table team fighting for league survival is your opponent there is always that element of danger. It’s important not to take league position for granted and get caught out. Saturday’s opponents, Bristol Telephones sitting at the bottom of the division proved to be good opposition and played better than their league status would indicate. Warminster though wanted to continue their great run of home form and winning this match would make it 9 home wins in a row.

In glorious spring sunshine, a crowd of 109 would enjoy a good entertaining football match which shows what good value non-league football is in the Toolstation Western League. The final score in this entertaining game was Warminster Town 4 Bristol Telephones 0. This is how the game unfolded.

Warminster started very brightly with a high-intensity game, that in previous games had been missing until the second half. In the first 15 minutes, the home side had several chances including one in the sixth minute when Harry Barnes forced the keeper, Guest, into making a fine save, tipping the ball over the bar. Despite being bottom of the table The Phones played a good passing game and probably one of the best passing sides to be seen at Weymouth Street for a while. However, Warminster managed them well and worked hard to break up the passing by harrying their players whenever they had the ball.

For much of the first half, the home side pegged the visitors very much in their own half and limited them to very few opportunities to get anywhere near Nathan Ball’s goal giving him a much quieter day than in the last match against Radstock Town. The first goal came in the 29th minute following good work from Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor and Butler which resulted in a cross across the box and Jake Wright poked the ball home in the left-hand side of the goal.

4 minutes later a corner on the right was taken by Mortimer-Taylor and met by the head of Lewis Graham rising high and making it 2 – 0 to Warminster. The third goal came in the 40th minute when Butler making a terrific run on the left wing, squared the ball to Wright who then was able to fire home in the left-hand side of the goal. This made it 4 goals out of the last 3 games for Wright and well deserved for the effort he puts into each game.

At half-time, Jack Miluk returning from injury was substituted for Jake Herd. Captain Charlie Walton was also substituted early in the second-half for Stewart Lisowski. Lewis Graham in 63rd minute went close to making it 4 when he shot from the left almost along the byline and the ball ricocheted off the left-hand post, it first looked as though the keeper had punched it clear, however, a goal kick was awarded showing that it was the post that prevented a goal.

On 70 minutes a corner from the right for the home side was met by Johnson who got too much on the ball resulting in it going over the bar. 4 minutes later the fourth goal came when a ball through the centre put Wright through on goal. Wright with just the keeper to beat unselfishly squared the ball to Eben Mortimer-Taylor to slot the ball home. Warminster did not rest on their lead and continued to press throughout the rest of the match and created 4 good chances. The first two from Mortimer-Taylor one saved and the other over the bar, with two minutes to go, Butler, forced a saved and a minute later Graham did likewise.

This was a very solid performance by Warminster Town and places them in a good position to make a push for a top 5 place at the end of the season and confidence is high with 9 home wins in a row. This has been a wonderful turnaround in form compared to last season when as manager Andy Crabtree said on Twitter (@andythecrab) “last season we couldn’t win a corner!”. Andy’s comments after the game, “Really pleased with today’s performance. We played some good football on a very difficult surface. We’ve created a lot of chances and it’s good to see the lads enjoying themselves once again.”

Next game is away on Saturday, April 6th at Oldland Abbotonians and the next home game is on Saturday, April 13th when the visitors will be Bishop Sutton and perhaps making this a 10th home win in a row for The Red & Blacks.

180 Watch Warminster Win at Home!

With a two-week social media campaign to increase the attendance, there were high hopes that a good size crowd would be at this match. The club was not disappointed with a turn out of 180 to watch Warminster come out as 1 – 0 winners.

With so many recent games in wet weather, it was good to have dry conditions for this game. Radstock are fighting for their place in the league and buoyed by winning the home tie 4 -3 would be hoping to be victorious once again.

The first half was disappointing with a lack of quality from both sides with few chances for either team and little to write home about. The home side had an early opportunity when in the 7th minute Lewis Graham shot on target from a corner kick but, unfortunately, went straight to Scrivens, Radstock’s keeper. A nil-nil at half-time was a fair outcome and no doubt the Red & Black’s manager, Andy Crabtree would have some straight talking to do to get them to raise the performance to that which was being shown on the pitch.

The second half proved that action had been taken in the dressing room and probably why the home side was the last back out on the pitch! Within the opening seconds, Warminster were creating chances. The best of which was in the 52nd minute when good work by captain Charlie Walton, back from his suspension down the left was able to cross into the box. Conner McKay turned and shot from the edge of the penalty area forcing the keeper to make a fine save. A couple of minutes later a corner taken by Eban Mortimer-Taylor was met by the head of Walton 12 yards out and headed just over Radstock’s crossbar.

In the 57th minute, Radstock forced Nathan Ball in goal for Warminster to pull off an excellent save when a shot from the right just inside the penalty area was heading goalbound. Ball dived high to his right and got his hands to it sending the ball over the bar to keep the game goalless. The resulting corner was also caught by Ball in his 6-yard area, something which he had been doing well all game and proving why he is Warminster’s number one keeper.

A cross into the box in the 75th minute was almost converted to a goal by a defending Radstock player who headed the ball forcing an excellent save from his keeper to prevent the ball dropping under the crossbar.

As the time left for scoring was reducing it looked more likely despite the improved performance and the number of corners which Warminster were winning that it was going to be a goalless day for them. With 5 minutes of normal time remaining a throw-in was awarded to Warminster on the right inside the opponents half. This was first headed on by Joel Sissons then headed again from the ever-busy Walton and was met by the head of Jake Wright on the edge of the 6-yard box and squeezed the ball in between the left post and keeper Scrivens who couldn’t prevent the goal.

Deep into additional time Mortimer-Taylor went close and forced another good save by Scrivens. This win moves Warminster up to 8th place on 50 points, and Radstock are third from bottom finding themselves in a relegation battle.

Rob McFerran Warminster’s assistant manager said after the game, “We started the game slowly and never really got going in the first half.
Started the second half much better and as the game wore on you just fancied us to get a goal considering the form we are in and Jake Wright popped up at the far post to squeeze the ball home five minutes from the end.

By the high standards we’ve set of late we did at times look a bit nervous at the back. On days like that you need your keeper to be in great form which Nathan Ball was, he collected every cross with ease, made a top save in the second half and kicked well all game which certainly takes the pressure off. Good teams find a way to win when they don’t play well and we kept going to the end and collected all three points.”

The next game is another home tie when the bottom of the league Bristol Telephones will be the opposition. Warminster beat them seven goals to one earlier in the season, so let’s see if there will be another goal fest on Saturday, March 30th. kickoff 3.00pm.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Herd, McKay, Walton, Mortimer-Taylor, Wright, Butler.
Subs (*used): Lisowski, Johnson*, Sisson*, Churchyard*