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Warminster Town 6 Devizes Town 0

Seeking to make amends for errors which resulted in a defeat at Welton Rovers, Warminster now faced bottom of the league, Devizes Town. Make amends they did, and Warminster Town scored six goals and kept a clean sheet, with the new keeper, Tom Drewitt making an excellent debut.

The first quarter of an hour saw a fairly even performance from both teams. However, from that point on, the home side pressed Devizes back into their half, and the visitors found it very difficult to break out and create opportunities to score.

The only goal of the first half came in the 42nd minute. A through ball to Jack Miluk on the edge of the penalty area, allowed him to slot the ball into the left side of the goal.

From the whistle, the second-half saw Warminster pile on the pressure onto the visitors. Seth Wain scored the second on 50 minutes with a long-range shot going low into the left corner beating the outstretched arm of Devizes keeper, Mitchell.

George Butler made it 3 eight minutes later, a cross from the left from Barnes found Sisson on the right. Sisson looped the ball into the 18-yard box where Butler stretched to guide the ball once again into the left of the Devizes goal leaving the keeper no chance of a save.

The Red & Blacks were now truly dominant, and the 4th goal came with Wain scoring his second in the 62nd minute. A pass came from Churchyard into Wain’s feet on the right-hand edge of the area, and he made no mistake with the right-footed shot and the keeper unable to keep the ball out of his net.

Next up to score, centre-back Jordan De Silva, (71) up for the corner kick. Devizes failed to clear the ball, and Miluk outside the area put the ball back in the box to De-Silva, who turned and shot past the stationary keeper.

The final goal of this game in the 83rd minute, Martin Johnson put away a ball from a free kick taken on the right with an easy tap-in to make it six and a good day at the office for the home side. This result now places Warminster Town in fifth place in the league.

With the announcement of another lockdown, there will be no further league games until December providing the lockdown is lifted.

Attendance: 172

Team: Drewitt, Sisson, Jeffrey, De Silva, Churchyard*, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor*, Johnson, Wain, Butler*
Subs: (used) Bartley*, Lisowski*, Seviour*, Graham

Wells City 1 Warminster Town 3

Title: A Hard Fought Win

Monday is an unusual day for Western League football but a good crowd of away fans travelled with Warminster Town to Wells. Their efforts did not go unrewarded as the visitors produced a strong performance against Wells City, and won the match 1-3.

Wells started at a high tempo and Warminster had to defend from a number of free kicks which Wells won close to Warminster’s 18 yard box. The home side looked dangerous and it took great effort from the Red and Blacks to keep them from scoring.

The first goal came in the 25th minute and it was Warminster’s Martin Johnson who tucked the ball home. A shot from Sisson was blocked and the rebound fell for Johnson to give the visitors the lead. Barnes went close a few minutes later, his free kick hit the wall then the rebound back into the wall and the third attempt hit the post.

This was a good period for The Town and on 33 minutes Johnson produced a superb cross from the left which was met by the head of Joel Sisson to double the lead. In the final minute of normal time, Wells were awarded a free kick inside Warminster’s half. Hotine saved it, but the rebound and scramble inside the goal mouth saw the ball popped into the back of the net. Halftime: Wells City 1  Warminster Town 2.

Warminster battled hard and from the kickoff in the second half saw them start to assert more pressure on the home side. Several early chances were created but the scoreline remained the same. Wells brought on all 3 substitutes to try to get back level but this probably opened them up to Warminster’s attacks. A terrific move from Sisson saw him breaking through the middle of City’s defence. Sisson passed the ball to Allen, who calmly slotted the ball home, and making it 3 goals (66).

Less than 10 minutes later saw Allen sin-binned for 10 minutes, however not long afterwards, Wells lost a player through injury and they too were down to 10 men. Allen came back on with 5 minutes of normal time remaining and should have made it a brace. Right at the end Warminster had another opportunity, which somehow flashed wide of the City goal.

A very hard fought game of football and a good test for Warminster as they climb the table to 4th place.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Barnes, Jeffery, De Silva, Churchyard*, Mortimer-Taylor*, Bartley, Allen, Johnson*, Butler

Subs (*used) Lisowski*, Wain*, Seviour*, Graham

Wick FC 2 Warminster Town 1

On one of the hottest days I have ever attended a football match, Warminster travelled to Wick Football Club. Wick are in the Gloucestershire County League, and when the season was aborted in March were in second place, 4 points behind the leaders with two games in hand. 

This was the first preseason game and as instructed by the Football Association, these games are played behind closed doors due to Covid-19. Clubs are waiting for more details about precautions for the start of the football season. 

The first 15 minutes were fairly even, but the home side began to assert themselves and kept first-half keeper Nathan Ball very busy. Ball had to pull off some good saves, however in the final minutes of the first half Wick opened the scoring. 

With the intense heat, both sides made changes and new keeper Calum Hotine took up position between the sticks at the start of the second-half. If the first-half performance was to be an indicator, he was in for a busy time, and so it proved to be. 

Wick continued from where they left off and were dominant all over the pitch, creating chances and putting the visitors constantly under pressure. It was no surprise when the goal tally was doubled. 

That second goal seemed to spark Warminster into life and in the final 15 minutes started to see more of the ball and create opportunities to score. With some dogged determination down the left Francois Allen crossed the ball to Dalitso Mandson, in space in the penalty area. Mandson made sure with a low drive into the back of the net. 

A few more chances came and went and so the home side finished with a well-deserved 2 – 1 victory. 

Team: Ball, Sissons, Pawley G, McFerran H, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Allen, Pawley T, Butler. 

Subs: Hotine, Lisowski, Seviour, Johnson, McFerran O, Mandson, Bartlet, Morse. 

Warminster Town 3 Wells City 3

High-flying Wells City came to Warminster Town on the first day of February. The club made this a special day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as part of World Cancer Day on February 4th. There was a raffle, and the takings from the refreshment cabin being donated to the cause.

The 107 in attendance watched a 6-goal thriller and honours were even at the end of this game at 3 – 3. This is how the game unfolded.

Warminster got off to a very bright start and almost scored in the opening seconds when Miluk on the right crossed into the box. Allen flicked the ball into the centre of the area, and Pawley shot over the bar. In the 4th minute, more pressure from the home side saw Shanley’s header saved by Wilkinson in City’s goal.

City scored first against the run of the opening play in the 7th minute. Foster, City’s number 10, practically unmarked, made sure by firing into the right-hand corner of Crabtree’s net. From the encounter earlier in the season, Warminster should have been aware of the goal-scoring ability of Wells and the ability to get balls into the box and finish them.

Wells continued to pump long balls forward throughout the match and make use of their taller players. Warminster had to be on guard against this tactic for the whole 90 minutes. The home side though did not let their heads drop after the opener and equalised in the 13th minute. Shanley found Allen on the edge of the box, whose shot went in off the left-hand post.

Allen doubled his tally in the 23rd minute, with a super shot from a parried save from a Shanley strike and buried the ball into the left corner of the goal. Crabtree pulled off a good save 5 minutes later to keep Town’s lead intact. Two minutes later, at the opposite end, Allen went close to a hat trick forcing the keeper into a fine save. Crabtree right at the death of the first half pulled off another good save contributing to him being the players’ Man of the Match.

With a 2 – 1 lead Warminster started the second-half as brightly as the first, and on 50 seconds Miluk going down the entire right of City’s half took on both defence and keeper to force the ball low into the back of the net to make it 3 – 1. Wells responded in the 52nd minute with Foster getting his second. Moments later Crabtree produced another fine save, but the lead was to vanish in the 68th minute when City equalised with a goal into the middle of the net by Hunt.

Warminster made a double substitution when Fletcher and Johnson replaced Barnes and Shanley. The fresh legs seemed to turn things in Warminster’s favour and the home side in the final quarter of an hour or so created several chances where Allen could have scored again.

Overall, Warminster should be pleased with their performance, and the fans of both teams were treated to an entertaining football match. There were opportunities for the home side to win and no doubt this will give them the confidence to perform well in their next game, which is on Saturday, February 8th away at Oldland Abbotonians.

Team: Crabtree, McFerran, Jeffery(c), Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Pawley, Allen, Shanley*, Barnes*,
Subs: (used) Fletcher*, Johnson*, Ball, Tylek

Warminster Town 0 Wincanton Town 1

Following a convincing 5 – 1 win at Bishops Lydeard hopes were high for another victory over the visitors, Wincanton Town. On a very wet Saturday afternoon, and with good preparation work on the pitch a few days earlier play was possible. The first half saw a lacklustre performance by the home side with few chances created. The game finished with just one goal which was scored by the Somerset side.

Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball made a good save in the fifth-minute diving high to his left to push the ball out for a corner and deny Louis Irwin a goal. Wincanton’s only goal came in the 22nd minute, almost exactly at the halfway point of the first half. Nathan Ball had caught the ball in the box and from the edge of his penalty area kicked it deep into the Wincanton half only to find the head of a defender. This was then flicked on by another Wincanton player and fell favourably for Toby Cole who ran through the 2 central defenders and with just the keeper to beat, slotted the ball neatly past him with a low right-footed shot.

In the 32nd minute, Warminster went close when Martin Johnson’s curling shot went just left of the bottom of the post. It would obviously take more effort from the Red & Blacks in the second half to get a result from this game.

Warminster did indeed ‘up their game’ in the second half and created more chances, putting the visitors under much more pressure than before. In the 53rd minute, Warminster’s closest chance of a goal saw their keeper, Sam Stroud palm the ball away from his top left corner and then have to scramble to his bottom right to push it away from creeping over the line. 

There was goal-line drama too at the Warminster end in the 68th minute when a hit Ball’s right-hand post, the rebound was then fired back and cleared off the line by the head of Ian Jeffery. The only remaining drama came with a series of yellow cards and the sending off of Wincanton’s Kris Hastings. It could be said that Warminster deserved a point from the game, and bearing in mind the visitors are second in the league a one-nil loss was not too devastating.   

Team: Ball, McFerran, Johnson*, Graham, De Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton, Mortimer-Taylor, Butler*, Shanley*, 
Subs ( *used) Barnes* Churchyard, Lisowski, Fletcher*, Allan*

Ashton & Backwell 2 Warminster Town 1

Having won 3 out of 4 away games, Warminster travelled to Ashton & Backwell with hopes of getting a good result. The home side started the day 7 points ahead of the visitors, lying in 5th place in the league. The match didn’t go the way Warminster would have liked and lost 2 – 1 to a fairly unremarkable Bristol team. 

The first half saw lots of errors from The Town with poor passes, long balls, crosses into the box with no one to capitalise, and a very weak right side allowing the home side a lot of freedom. This is something similar to previous home performances in league games and no doubt the manager, Andy Crabtree will be addressing. 

Both sides had shots on goal with one of the best producing a superb diving save from Warminster’s goalie, Carl Crabtree in the 21st minute. 8 minutes later Charlie Walton, for the visitors, went close with his edge of the box right-footed shot which hit the right-hand post. 

In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Ashton & Backwell got closer and the opening goal came in the 43rd minute when from a corner a cutback by Charlie Saunders was smashed home by James White. 

As is often the case, Warminster came out in the second half energised and put more pressure on the home side. On 58 minutes Walton received a yellow card but as he was walking away from the referee obviously said something and then had another yellow, this time sending him to the sin bin, and would now spend 10 minutes off the pitch. 

10-men Warminster seemed rejuvenated by this and a minute later, James Vincent crossed into the box and the ball came off a defender into the back of his own net. The home side though recovered and in the 74th minute, when Saul Jarrett tapped in the ball as a result of good work from Paul Uppington. 

Warminster pushed for the equaliser but again wasted many balls with overhit crosses and passes that were easily dealt with by The Stags and so the game finished 2 -1. Ashton & Backwell in the last 10 minutes were doing everything possible to use up the time knowing that Warminster could have scored. Warminster can take heart that they should have won this game with better positioning and finishing. 

Team: Crabtree, McFerran*, Barnes*, Graham, De-Silva, Jeffery, Miluk, Walton*, Vincent, Butler, Shanley

Subs (*used) Mortimer-Taylor*, Baggs*, Fletcher*

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