Following the 13 goal thriller of the last game, Warminster would be looking to score, but not to let in so many goals! The two sides met in early August, which resulted in a 2-2 draw. The home side conceded in the first half but went on to win 2-1, scoring twice in the second half.
The first half certainly saw Warminster with more possession, spending more time in the visitor’s half. However, it was Wincanton who struck first with a goal in the 24th minute. A cross from the left found the head of Tom Richardson, which went downwards along the goalmouth for him to then tap home with his left foot and squeeze between Thomson and the left post.
The home side continued to dominate the match but seemed to try long-range shots without enough power to likely trouble the Wincanton keeper. The visitors, therefore, started the second half with a one-goal lead.
From the start of the second half, Warminster looked more dangerous. In the 48th minute, Seth Wain, from 25 yards out, turned and, with his left-footed shot, beat the keeper but rebound off the crossbar. A couple of minutes later, Cockerill fired from long-range just wide of Wincanton’s left post.
Wain continued to harass the Wasps with a shot from the right edge of the 18-yard line that went just wide of the left corner of the goal in the 53rd minute. Seven minutes later, Wain went close again, firing from the left and seeing his shot go just wide of the right-hand corner of the goal. This was soon after recovering from a crunching tackle that saw a yellow card for Wincanton’s right-back Danny Golden.
In the 77th minute, Churchyard was pushed into the visitors’ goal in an off the ball incident, resulting in a penalty. Up stepped the ever-reliable Ian Jeffery with a perfect penalty into the bottom left corner beating Nathan Ball.
The second goal was a beautiful sight to see! With 4 minutes of normal time remaining, Graham’s free-kick from just inside the Wincanton half was flicked on by the head of Churchyard. The ball landed perfectly for Martin Johnson. Johnson, and with two touches, created space and shot with his right foot and floated a curved shot just under the Wasps crossbar. A worthy contender for the goal of the season.
Overall, a good performance from the home side against a very physical Wincanton side, with the second half producing the better football. With such performances, it shows that Warminster is a capable side and can do well in this season’s Toolstation Western League.
Team: Thomson, Graham, Cockerill, Jeffery, De-Silva, Churchyard, Pollock, Lisowski, Johnson, McKay, Wain
Subs: (Used) Seviour, Humphreys, Atkins
Subs: (Unused) Bartley, Hampson