8 Goals at Weymouth Street
Warminster Town were looking to end a run of four defeats in all competitions. After a bright start to the season, the 5-0 defeat away at Bridport in the FA Vase there seems to have been a turning point in form.
The visitors to Weymouth Street this weekend for this Western League Division 1 fixture were high flying Chard Town, a Somerset based club near the border with Devon.
Warminster in quite a contrast to the previous weekend started very brightly and were easily on the front foot and managed to find the net after just 14 minutes through Nick Taylor. His glancing header from a Reece Collyer cross nestling in the bottom left corner of Chard keeper Scott Wells-Burr’s goal.
The Red & Blacks came close again just a minute later with a low cross, this time from Jack Miluk to Taylor who poked his shot wide.
Chard weren’t lying down on the job though and started creating some dangerous chances of their own. Ben Haines lifting his effort over the bar in the 17th minute before a minute later Town keeper Nathan Ball was forced into a great save, tipping the ball over the bar from Tom Salters header.
On 24 minutes the visitors persistence paid off when a huge throw-in, which Rory Delap would have been proud of, from Chard’s No.4 Andrew Holmes found the head of the towering Keran Bailey who’s little flick-on deceived everyone and bounced into the corner of Ball’s net.
Chard were starting to get more into the game and find those runs in behind Towns back line. In the 27th minute, Ball had to be quick off his line to tackle the advancing Steve Friend, the fair but hard challenge leaving the Chard striker on his back needing some attention from the physio.
Town didn’t rest on their laurels either and in the 32nd minute took the lead again, another finish from Nick Taylor, this time from a low driven cross from Jack Miluk, thumped firmly past Wells-Burr into the roof of the net. Towns lead lasted for less than the first one however. In the 38th minute a low driven ball into the Warminster box by Ben Haines was met by Tom Salter at the far post who had the easiest of finishes.
Half-Time score WTFC 2 - 2 CTFC
The second half started much like the first, Warminster pushing forward. In the 54th minute a free-kick from Harry Barnes on the right wing was met by the head of Nick Taylor, but his effort went comfortably wide.
In the 59th minute the visitors took the lead for the first time in the game, a scramble on the edge of the box eventually fell to the feet of Ben Haines who slotted home past Ball into the bottom left hand corner. It was really from here it started to deteriorate for the home side. In the 73rd minute Chard increased their lead to two goals as another cross was met by the head of the Chard Captain Kieran Bailey.
On 87 minutes saw Chard get yet another goal. Total miscommunication from the Town defense had Nathan Ball running out of his area, the ball found its way to the unmarked Chard Substitute Jacob Manley who had acres of space and an open goal to touch home and make it 2 - 5 to the visitors.
Town managed to force a rare save from the Chard keeper in the second half in the 88th minute and some pinball in the box forced Wells-Burr into a leaping save to his left from a rebound off Corey Garnder.
Warminster did manage to pull another one back in stoppage time. A long ball from Lewis Graham down the Channel found substitute Jake Wright in the box who turned well and finished low past the Chard Keeper.
Final score: Warminster Town 3 Chard Town 5
- Nathan Ball
- Joel Sisson
- Stewart Lisowski (69’ - Corey Gardner)
- Lewis Graham
- Henry McFerran (c)
- Jake Herd
- Reece Collyer (69’ - Jake Wright)
- Sam Wright (75’ - Max Pollock)
- Jack Miluk
- Nick Taylor
- Harry Barnes
Unused Subs: 15. Carl Crabtree
Match report by Jamie House