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Warminster Town 2 Wells City 0

Warminster Town got the new year off to a good start with a 2 – 0 home win over Wells City. In their last encounter, back in early November, the result was honours even in a 1 – 1 draw. 

Following much rainfall, the pitch was sticky and slippery for the players. A good crowd of 214 watched the match, not one for the purists due to the conditions; however, there were moments of excitement for the nonleague fans to enjoy.

For most of the match, Warminster had control and looked the most likely to score. In the opening minutes, Cockerill blasted a shot over the bar, and although not on target, showed that Warminster could open up the City defence. In the 29th minute, Lewis Graham saw his curling shot saved by City’s keeper, Josh Nicol. Shortly afterwards, Seviour fired over the bar. With 5 minutes of the half left, he tried again; this time, his shot was lower but went just wide of the left post. The halftime whistle blew with no goals for either team.

The visitors came close to scoring for the first time four minutes from the restart when a free-kick was sent just over Thomson’s crossbar. Warminster thought they had scored on 55 minutes, but it was ruled out for offside. The goal came a minute later, courtesy of Corey Gardner. Firstly from the left of the penalty area, Miluk shot and the keeper parried the ball just wide of the left post. Johnson kept the ball in play sending it back across the goal for Gardner to tap home.

In the 75th minute, both teams were down to 10 men. A crunching tackle on Warminster’s Humphreys got a reaction from teammate Churchyard who had already received a yellow card earlier in this half. Off went City’s number eleven, Herrod and Churchyard got his second yellow. 

The second goal came in additional time; deep in his half, Cockerill played the ball forward along the left to Miluk on the halfway line. Miluk scampered into the middle of the pitch, pursued by two City defenders. Upon getting to the edge of the area, he released his shot leaving the diving keeper to look back and see the ball in the back of the net. 

This match is Warminster’s 11th unbeaten game in a row and another clean sheet to add to Thomson’s stats. 

Team: Thomson, Pollock(s), Cockerill, Jeffery, Graham, Churchyard (sent off 75′), Miluk, Bartley, Johnson(s), Gardiner, Seviour(s) 

Subs (used): Sheppard, Humphreys, Wain

Subs (unused): Butler, McFerran

Devizes Town 0 Warminster Town 2

On bank holiday Monday, Warminster made the short journey to local Wiltshire rivals Devizes Town. At one point, following heavy, rain the fixture looked in doubt; fortunately, a break in the weather made the game possible. Devizes planted firmly at the bottom of the league table proved difficult to beat. However, Warminster did prevail, coming out 2-0 winners.

Warminster created early chances to score, and with just over ten minutes on the clock, Jack Miluk saw his shot go over the bar. A minute later, a shot from Churchyard went straight into the keeper’s arms. On 24 minutes, an excellent free kick taken from Warminster’s left by Bartley had to be tipped over the crossbar by the keeper. Cockerill went close (38′) towards the end of the half with a long-range shot going just left of the post. 

Although having the better chances, Warminster were not at their best in the first forty-five minutes, and without a goal, there was always the danger of being beaten by the team propping up the table. 

Thomson was called into action seven minutes into the second half in the Warminster goal, tipping the ball over his bar. This shot was the first time the keeper had to save a ball in nearly an hour of play. 

The first goal came for Warminster in the 56th minute. A through ball from McKay was calmly put away by Lewis Graham. Devizes pushed up more in the second half, but the visitor’s defence did well to clear up any danger. A cracking strike from McKay came on 69 minutes and clipped the top of the crossbar. If a fraction lower, it would have been a contender for the goal of the season.

Warminster were much sharper in the second half, and other goal-scoring opportunities were created. The second goal did not come until additional time. Seth Wain, back from injury, came on as a substitute. Wain manoeuvred around the box, made space and watched his shot fly into the back of the net. A well-deserved win and is now the 11th match in an unbeaten run for Warminster Town.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, De-Silva, Churchyard, Miluk, Bartley, Graham*, McKay*, Gardner* 

Subs (all used): Johnson, Sheppard, Wain

Warminster Town 2 Bishops Lydeard 2

By a quirk of the fixtures, the two teams met again. Last week, Warminster Town travelled to Bishops Lydeard and came away with a 2-0 victory. This time at a very windy Weymouth Street in front of 80 fans, it was honours even in a 2-2 draw.

Warminster was the more dominant side throughout the match and lying in second place in the league, and with the visitors second from the bottom, that should have been no surprise. In the 16th minute, Gardner’s shot was blocked by a defender. That was followed in the 22nd when Mortimer-Taylor saw his effort going just wide of the right-hand post. Three minutes later, Churchyard, with an 18-yard drive, forced the keeper into a low save in the centre of the goalmouth.

The home side opened the scoring (26′) with a goal from Eben Mortimer-Taylor. Miluk threaded a ball through to him on the edge of the penalty area; Mortimer-Taylor slipped past the defenders and shot from the right low into the left side of the net. The lead, however, did not last for long. A long cross from The Bishop’s right wasn’t cleared, and bouncing off the Warminster defender was met inside the 18-yard line by Sparkes, who left-footed it just past the outstretched left leg of Thomson on 30 minutes.

Lewis Graham restored Warminster’s lead 3 minutes later. Mortimer-Taylor crosses from the right; is chested down by Cockerill and picked up by Graham. Just inside the central part of the penalty area, Graham runs to the right, almost brought down by a defender, gets up, moves further right, and smashes the ball home. An excellent goal!

Mortimer-Taylor was red-carded just before the half-time whistle, leaving Warminster with ten men for the second half and a one-goal lead.

The home side started brightly, and Miluk almost made it three in the opening minute until a Bishop’s defender intercepted his shot from Graham’s cross. On 54′, Miluk went close again with an 18-yard strike going just over the crossbar.

The equaliser came in the 73rd minute. With a super long-range shot from the left, substitute Oscar Albano found the top of Thomson’s goal.

Even with ten men, Warminster still looked like going on to win the game but just missed out with several chances not going their way. A point still keeps Warminster Town in second place, and they now look forward to an away trip on Saturday to Portishead.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Churchyard(s), Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor(red card), Graham, Bartley(s), Gardner(s)
Subs Used: Seviour, Sheppard, McKay
Subs Unused: De Silva

Odd Down FC 0 Warminster Town 2

Starting the day third in the league table, Warminster Town travelled to Odd Down in 8th place. In an early-season match in September, Warminster won 4 – 0. The goal tally was less this time, but it was Warminster’s day, with a two-nil win.

It took a while for Warminster Town to settle into the match. In the first half, they gave the ball away far too easily, giving Odd Down much of the early possession. The pitch was very bobbly, which did not help. Jack Miluk had an opportunity in the 8th minute with a shot going into the side netting. Odd Down responded a minute later with a shot over the bar.

Thomson was forced to make a save (17′), diving to his left and pushing the ball around the post for a corner. The goal came in the 36th minute when a spectacular long-range shot from Corey Gardner crashed off the crossbar. The ball rebounded to the 18-yard line, and Mortimer-Taylor guided home the ball beating both a defender and keeper. Had Gardner’s ball gone in, undoubtedly, it would have been a contender for the goal of the season!

The second half kicked off, and minutes later, Warminster failed to hit the target twice when through on goal. Fortunately, those errors didn’t cost them dearly. Odd Down threatened to draw level when in the 52nd minute, a shot flashed across Thomson’s goal going wide of his left post.

The visitor’s doubled their lead (67) when Jack Miluk working down the right, took the ball over the 18-yard line into the penalty area. He accurately placed the ball on the ground into the far left of Odd Down’s goal. Gardner nearly made it three on 72 minutes with a shot going just wide of the post.

Thomson had another save to make on 76 minutes but otherwise had not been too troubled by Odd Down. New signing Craig Sheppard came off the subs bench for the last 10 minutes and caused the home side some problems. Sheppard from Radstock Town has proven to be a prolific goal-scorer with ten from 12 appearances for The Miners.

A good result for Warminster, that now moves them into second place in Division One of The Toolstation Western League. A game that took a while for them to get going and shows the strength of this developing team.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Lisowski, Churchyard, Seviour(s), Miluk(s), Mortimer-Taylor(s), Gardner, Graham

Subs: (used) Bartley, Sheppard, Humphreys
(unused) De-Silva, Johnson M, Johnson L

Warminster Town 2 Lebeq Utd 1

In their previous encounter back in August, Lebeq Utd won 3 – 1 with the home advantage and 3G pitch. The reverse fixture proved very different, with Warminster winning 2 -1. However, it could have been a much larger margin. The home side was awarded three penalties, the last two saved by Ahmed Quammi in goal for Lebeq.

This was a match in which Warminster created many chances. Some of those opportunities were hard to miss and yet somehow were. Against the run of play, Warminster failed to deal with a run and low cross from the right, and Jack Young wearing number 9 by the near post, directed the ball past Thomson on the half-hour mark.

Warminster levelled up the score in the 40th. A long ball from deep within Warminster’s territory was picked up by Jack Miluk on the edge of the ‘D’ and chipped over the onrushing keeper at his 18-yard line.

The second half kicked off, and in under a minute, Miluk broke down the right, crossed to Gardner, who fired over the bar from close range, though it most likely would have been ruled offside. It didn’t take long for Warminster to create a great chance when Graham crossed low from the left edge of the box to Miluk. Miluk, about to shoot, was brought down by Knapman (52nd) and awarded the first penalty. The referee consulted with the linesman, and the defender received a red card. Ian Jeffery took the penalty driving the ball to the left. The keep dived the correct way but to no avail.

Gardner went close (56′) with a shot with the outside of his foot that curled just past the right post. Minutes later, Gardner cut across to the right side of the pitch to pick up a ball from Miluk, ran into the 18-yard box and forced a good save. Miluk almost scored in the 65th with a superb effort that just hit the crossbar, possibly off the keeper’s fingers, but deemed a goal-kick and not a save when the ball went out of play.

It was on 78 minutes when Gardner was blocked off inside the penalty area. The keeper saved Jeffrey’s penalty effort, who shot this time to the right. The keeper side-stepped in that direction before the ball was struck and made a good save.

Right on 90 minutes, Warminster were awarded their third penalty! Lewis Graham being brought down in the box, having beaten a defender. Once again, Jeffrey took the penalty, this time going more down the middle, but Quammi waited and got it right again, getting down to save the low shot.

Cockerill had an excellent chance on +2 minutes but seeing his shot go wide of the post. Ten-man Lebeq did put up a good fight and threatened to score just before the final whistle were it not for some good defending by the home side.

It was a good performance from Warminster Town and a match to look back on and wonder why there were not 5 or 6 goals scored. The win moves them into third place in the league table.

Team: Thomson, Pollock, Cockerill, Jeffrey, Lisowski, Bartley, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Graham, Seviour, Gardner,

Subs: (all used) Humphreys, Johnson L, De Silva

Wells City 1 Warminster Town 1

On a cold and still night, Warminster Town travelled to the City of Wells. With both teams on a good run of form, it promised to be a good match. Indeed, it proved to be a highly entertaining close-fought contest with a 1 -1 draw, a fair result.

The visitors started quickly out of the blocks forcing an early save by the Wells City keeper. As the first half progressed, Wells evened up play, and in the 30th minute when Herrod was brought down and a penalty awarded. Up stepped City’s number 9 Wright and blasted it into the top-left corner.

Warminster responded as though stung by a bee. Within a minute of the restart, Miluk received a through ball, ran to the byline. His low cross, met by Martin Johnson, forced the keeper into an excellent save to preserve City’s lead.

Not to be outdone for fine saves in the first minutes of the second half, Warminster’s Sam Thomson was called into action to prevent the home side from doubling their lead in a crowded goalmouth attempt on goal.

Warminster levelled the score in the 82nd minute. Substitute Lewis Graham came down the right, crossed to Miluk in the box. Jack Miluk’s shot came off the keeper’s left leg back into Miluk and on into the goal. An unusual one but a good goal.

The game finished level despite efforts from both sides to change the score-line in the remaining minutes. Chairman of Warminster Town FC, David Parry, said, “the game was a credit to Western League football. I think all watching would agree.

Team: Thomson, Pollock(s), Cockerill, Jeffery, Lisowski, Bartley, Miluk, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson M(s), Gardner(s), Seviour.

Subs: (used) Graham, De-Silva, Humphrey
(unused) Johnson L

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 Town 7 Hengrove Athletic 6

Hengrove Athletic were the visitors to Weymouth Street Saturday, the first home game played on a Saturday since AEK Boco visited way back on the 14th of August!

The sides had previously met a mere 3 weeks ago in the reverse fixture, Warminster running out 3-0 winners at the AVB stadium.

Despite missing a few regular players through injuries Town put on a bit of a goal fest in the 45 minutes!

The first 10 minutes were quite the scrappy affair, and the first meaningful chances went Hengroves way. A cross from the left just 4 minutes in only needing a touch. 4 minutes later, another opportunity presented itself for Hengrove, managing to get in behind the Warminster back line and get a shot away. Town keeper Sam Thompson having to get down smartly to his left at the near post to block it.

First blood would go to Warminster however. In the 10th minute a long ball over the top found Conner McKay onside and one on one with the keeper he slotted his shot low into the bottom right hand corner.

Hengrove managed to pull one back just 2 minutes later however. Another ball finding its way behind the Town back line to Sam Jackson who managed to weave around and get his shot away, burying it into the left side of the Warminster Goal.

After conceding Warminster seemed to go up a gear and floodgates opened. On 18 minutes another ball over the top finding Conner McKay who turned his man and let fly, burying his shot into the bottom right corner. 2 minutes later yet another long ball just out of reach of McKay was poorly cleared by the Hengrove keeper from the edge of his area and it fell kindly to Alex Churchyard near the halfway line who calmly lobbed the back tracking keeper to make it 3-1.

Hengrove did have their chances though as Town were still looking a little shaky at the back, 22 minutes in, one on one with Thompson, but fortunately steering the shot wide.

End to end stuff as 2 minutes later, McKay could’ve had his hattrick. A low driven ball in from Jack Miluk taking a few deflections on its way through found McKay at the back post, but not knowing much about it, his touch sent the ball just wide.

Straight up the other end, Sam Jackson was causing more trouble for the Warminster defence as two more chances went begging for the visitors.

Just past the half hour mark, Town were awarded a penalty. McKay being brought down. Seth Wain stepped up to take the resulting Penalty and coolly put it away.

Warminster were not finished though and in the last 15 minutes of the first half put two more past the visitors! Number 5 coming from a low driven ball by Owen Bartley on the left side, finding Aaron Cockrill in the 6 yard area to poke it home and number 6 courtesy of a tap in from Martin Johnson after a low ball across the face of goal from Seth Wain on 44 minutes.

6-1 to Warminster at the break.

Warminster looked to continue where they left off in the first half and bagged their 7th goal 13 minutes into the second half! A counter attacking move saw McKay burst away, sliding a lovely ball into the middle for Martin Johnson to get his second of the game, finishing low into the bottom left corner.

63rd minute saw Hengrove have their best chance since their goal. #10 Danny Dodimead forcing a very athletic save from Sam Thompson! The resulting corner pinballed around the face of goal before eventually being nodded home by Dodimead!

A comeback seemed highly unlikely, but Non-league football is always full of surprises…

2 minutes later yet another long ball over the top, caught theWarminster defence napping and Dodimead one on one slotted the ball home.

Hengrove now had their heads up and could smell the blood from a complacent home side. 71 minutes, practically a carbon copy of the goal before, Dodimead yet again on the end of it for 7-4!

On 77 minutes substitute Luco Poncillo, again getting on the end of a long ball, managed to shrug off the challenge from Cockrill to finish into the bottom right corner.

A few moments later, Dodimead again had a chance, managing to shrug off several challenges and getting a shot away toward the near post, Thompson again having to get something on it, deflecting it onto the post.

With just 4 minutes of normal time to play, Hengrove brought the deficit back to just one! The referee awarded a penalty after a challenge from Substitute Toby Ruck. The ref had a good game, but he got this one horribly wrong!

Either way, the penalty was given and Sub Billy Vaughan thumped it home!

The dying minutes of the game were tense with Warminster all over the place and Hengrove piling on the pressure forcing two more fantastic and crucial saves from Thompson in the Town goal!

Warminster however managed just to hold on and take the 3 points, writes Jamie House.

7-6 the final score!

Starting XI: Thompson, Pollock, Cockerill, Lisowski, De Silva, Churchyard ©, Miluk, Bartley, Johnson M, Wain, McKay

Subs: RuckHampsonAtkins, Humphrey (Not used)

Subs: RuckHampsonAtkins, Humphrey (Not used)

Warminster Town 1 Almondsbury 0

Gardner Seals The Win

The sun broke through for the opening match of the new season at Weymouth Street. The visitors in their green and white strip, made this a close game. The home side producing the only goal in the second half. 

The first half proved to be fairly even. Both sides produced a few opportunities to score but failed to capitalise on them. The Almonds produced the first shot on goal but fired over the bar. Warminster were missing a number of first team regulars, particularly from defence, however, the players who stepped in did very well, which shows the ability the team has in time of need. 

Warminster got quickly out of the blocks in the second half and went close to breaking the deadlock. The home side proving to be more assertive over the visitors. The goal came in the 78th minute when Corey Gardner, in the box, struck home the cross from Miluk, firing firmly into the roof of the net. He almost made it 2 when in the final second of the match he beat the keeper only to see the ball hit the bottom of the upright. 

A good start for the home team, making them one of the 6 teams in the division to gain 3 points. 

Team: Jepson, Bartley*, Cockerill, Graham, Lisowski, Churchyard, Miluk*, Mortimer-Taylor, Gardner, Wain, Seviour*

*subbed

Subs: Pollock*, Thomson, Humphreys*, Johnson*, Whittaker

Calne Town 3 Warminster Town 2

The Western League resumed play on Saturday, and Warminster Town travelled to Calne for a change in the advertised fixture. The plan had initially been to travel to Oldland Abbotonians, but with the area being in Tier 3, the league made the change.

With Calne Town starting the day in third place and Warminster just 2 points behind in sixth, it was all to play for in this match. The game finished with the home side winning 3-2.

Warminster took the lead in the 13th minute when De-Silva crossed from the left-hand edge of the penalty area finding Lewis Graham inside the box. Lewis turned and fired low into the left side of the goal. Not to be outdone, it took barely 2 minutes for Calne to equalise. Jay Walters finding himself in space in front of goal tapped home the ball, following the ball being nicely worked from left to right and back to the scorer.

Calne put a lot of pressure on the visitor’s goal in the first half and was it not for the brilliant efforts of the keeper, Callum Hotine, the scoreline would have been much higher for Calne at halftime. Warminster almost regained the lead in the 44th minute, when Calne cleared the ball off the line.

The second half also proved to be a game with both teams putting in great effort to win the game, making it exciting to watch. Calne doubled their score in the 53rd minute when Walters made it a brace with a shot from the 18-yard line beating Hotine, near the post diving to his right.

Warminster were denied a goal 19 minutes into the half as deemed offside. In the 65th minute on came Francois Allen and within 4 minutes he tucked home the ball from a corner kick drawing the Red and Blacks level. Warminster were looking much stronger in the second half and placed the home team under much more pressure.

Calne’s third goal came from a mistake by the keeper Hotine, who had been excellent throughout the match. In the 77th minute, Jamie Norman shot hopefully from 25 yards out, and Hotine for some reason tried to clear it with his right foot, and the ball appeared to go underneath it.

A disappointing result from Warminster’s point of view as they had worked so hard in the game to lose that way. They remain in 6th place in the league but have shown that they are capable of moving higher.

Team: Hotine, Sisson, Jeffery, Graham, De Silva, Lisowski, Miluk, Bartley*, Johnson*, Wain, Butler*. (*Subbed)
Subs: (Used) Seviour Allen Barnes
(Unused) Churchyard, Mortimer-Taylor