On a glorious Good Friday, the 217 in attendance enjoyed an afternoon of football at Weymouth Street. Wiltshire rivals Devizes Town were the visitors, and although propping up the league table, the away team has shown improvement in recent times. The Warminster fans were delighted with a 3-0 win.
Both teams were defending well during the first half, with Warminster spending more time in the opponents’ half. Devizes passed the ball well and worked hard to keep possession, frustrating Warminster’s scoring attempts. The break came for Warminster when Ian Jeffery blasted home a penalty in the 33rd minute. A Devizes defender stuck a leg out to bring down James Vincent inside the box. Due to a very high number of penalties this season, Jeffery, a central defender, is the team’s leading goal scorer.
It didn’t take long in the second period of the match for Warminster to double their score. The crowd appreciated both this goal and the next to follow. Mortimer-Taylor (53’) received a throw-in from the right, then ran with the ball into the penalty area, beating defenders and firing home into the left, giving the keeper little chance of saving it.
Not to be outdone for the potential goal of the season, in the 62nd minute, Vincent picked up the ball by the centre circle in the away team’s half. Dribbling past the first defender, he chipped the second, then centrally from the 18-yard line, shot into the right side of the goal. A good 6 yards off his line to narrow the angle, the keeper could only watch the ball go past.
Mortimer-Taylor almost made it a brace with 6 minutes to go forcing the keeper to save at his near post. However, it remained 3-0 and credit to Devizes that they continued to battle and play for every ball until the final whistle.
Warminster Town is now assured of a play-off place for promotion and are currently in 4th place and can not be overtaken.
Team: Thomson, Humphreys, Cockerill, Jeffery, Graham, Pinder(s), Vincent, Mortimer-Taylor, Johnson(s), Gardner(s), Mckay
Subs: (used) Butler, Bartley, McFerran
(unused) Lisowski, De-Silva