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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

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

A Saved Penalty Keeps the Score at 0 – 0

The Good Friday weather was perfect, and with the temperature, at around 25 degrees C it was going to be a warm afternoon for the players at The Athletic Ground in Wells.

Before the match got underway, manager, Andy Crabtree and assistant manager Rob McFerran were presented with the Toolstation Western League Division One Team of the Month Award for March 2019. A well-deserved award for the management and players for all the hard work that has been put in.

Warminster were looking to take all 3 points from this game to help with the challenge of finishing in the top 5 of the league table. Sadly this did not happen, and both sides took a point each with a goalless draw.

Throughout the match, Wells City showed that they are a good footballing side having more possession and able to win first and second balls more than the visitors could achieve. However, in the first half, Warminster came closest to scoring when in the 17th minute a long ball was picked up by Jack Miluk on the left-hand side, and he tried to squeeze the ball into the goal from a tight angle requiring a good save from the keeper, Fraser McDiarmid.

Miluk had another opportunity in the 22nd minute when he fired into the side netting. Two minutes later Ryan Baggs produced an excellent pass to Miluk who squared the ball across goal which was almost put into the back of his own net by one of the City defenders sliding in. Wells also had their chances but failed to put any in the back of the net. The closest coming in the 42nd minute which took a deflection and went just wide for a corner.

The second half got underway with Warminster trying hard to get something from this game. Just two minutes into this half Conner McKay was brought down by Mylum in the box for which he received a yellow card and a penalty decision for the visitors. Here now was a golden opportunity for the Red & Blacks to put a marker on this game. McKay took the penalty which was duly saved by McDiarmid diving the right way, along with saving 2 follow up shots, one from Jake Herd and another attempt by McKay.

Wells continued to have more possession and Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball was called into action several times, proving his worth in goal. Miluk also had several more opportunities which stayed out of the back of the net. With neither side able to score this game finished goalless which is quite unusual in the Western League.

Both sides can take positives from the game and although the 90 persons in attendance didn’t see any goals there was at least plenty of entertaining football on the pitch.

Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, Graham, De Silva, Mortimer-Taylor, Miluk, Lisowski, Pollock, McKay, Herd

Subs: Churchyard, McFerran, Johnson