This match promised to be a titanic battle under floodlights, and so it proved to be. Welton Rovers unbeaten and top of the table, arrived at Weymouth Street full of confidence by their successful start to the season. The game was goalless at halftime with 3 goals coming in the second half, finishing, Warminster Town 1 Welton Rovers 2.
Welton had several opportunities to score in the opening forty-five minutes, however, Sam Thomson’s safe hands prevented the ball from going into the back of the net. At the very end of this half, Warminster had a great chance to score only to see McKay’s shot fly well over the opposition’s goal.
With everything to play for and in front of a good crowd of 151, the home side got off to a good start. On 54 minutes McKay fired home after Welton failed to clear the box a couple of times. McKay was in the right place when the ball came to him on the left-hand side of the goal and he made no mistake in smashing home from close range.
Welton have shown this season that they are never out of a match, and even though down to 10 men at the time due to Batchelor being sinned binned, scored the equaliser. On 73 minutes, Kyle Box right-footed home from inside the penalty area, after Warminster failed to clear the ball.
Warminster had a great opportunity to take the lead again but the shot from Lewis Graham on the 18-yard line, flashed just wide of the post.
Rovers second goal came with 4 minutes of normal time remaining. A free-kick 10 yards inside the home side’s half was chested down by Garland in the box, leaving Joe Ellis to smash the ball past Thomson.
Both goals were disappointing to have conceded and the Red & Blacks missed out on an opportunity to put a dent in Welton’s grip on the league.
Team: Thomson, Bartley, Milburn, Cockerill, De Silva, Churchyard, Hiscocks, Johnson M, Graham(s), Wain(s), McKay(s)
Subs: (used) Humphry, Atkins, Miluk
(unused) Johnson L, Seviour