Match Report: Wincanton Town FC v Warminster Town FC

With a flurry of games to get in before the end of the season, bottom of the league Warminster travelled to tenth placed Wincanton Town on Saturday 27th April, for their third game of the week.

A Game of 2 Halves!

The game got off to a very positive start for Warminster. Within minutes of kickoff they were pressing Wincanton and causing the midfield and defence some problems. There were several opportunities to score early in the game and on 11 minutes captain, Charlie Walton passed a great ball to Lewis Graham just inside the penalty area. Unfortunately Graham kicked out but completely missed the ball, which if hit as he would normally do would have been in the back of Wincanton’s net.

Soon afterwards, Warminster’s striker, James Vincent shot over the bar. However, this was all putting pressure on Wincanton who were looking troubled by numerous attacks from their visitors. Warminster were working the ball well down both left and right flanks of the pitch as well as winning lots of the ball midfield.

In the 18th minute Charlie Walton, always at the centre of everything for Warminster put superb ball down the right hand side for Matt Dyer. As Dyer chased in what looked a great goal scoring opportunity, he had to pull up with a hamstring injury, the first he has experienced. Sadly for the team he had to go off the pitch and a few minutes later be substituted by Pete Drew.

Whilst Warminster played on with ten men until the substitution could be made, Wincanton tried to rally and get back at Warminster with a very good shot by captain Dan Wise which was blocked in the penalty area on 20 minutes.

The first goal of the game was scored by James Vincent for Warminster Town on 24 minutes fired low into the left hand side of the goal with Wincanton’s keeper looking on in disbelief as were the spectators. For many watching it seemed that the ball was going wide and more likely to go into the side netting before realisation set in that it was a goal!

The first half continued with Warminster pressing and limiting the hosts to few opportunities in the game until the last few minutes of the half when Warminster’s keeper Nathan Ball pulled off a really good save, diving to his left and putting the ball out of play for a corner. The best opportunity and final one of the half fell to Wincanton’s number 9, Darren Shearer when a corner from the left went to the far right of the pitch and crossed back in but the Wasps player couldn’t put it away. Shortly after this the whistle blew for halftime. Wincanton 0 Warminster Town 1

This match certainly proved to be a game of two halves although for the first few minutes of the second half it was Warminster creating the opening opportunities. In the second minute a cross from James C-Bowden found Charlie Walton who headed just wide. Moments later James C-Bowden had a shot which was charged down by a Wincanton defender. Eben M-Taylor also fired over the crossbar for Warminster. This was all good pressure from Warminster looking for their first victory in 2018.

Warminster seemed to lose some of their shape allowing the hosts to get back into the game and start growing in confidence. In the 57th minute a ball from a free kick crossed from the left went across Nathan Ball’s goal and hit the right post and found it’s way into the back of his net. Shearer and Wise are both claiming the goal. From this moment on Wincanton had put themselves in the driving seat and Warminster had lost the edge they had in the first half, looking almost like a different team.

The next goal came from a cross in the 70th minute from Wincanton’s left and picked up and smashed home by Shearer after good work by Connor Williams. 2 - 1 now to the home side but Warminster kept trying hard although still not as organised as they were before, despite the loud calls from the bench. They did create a few chances on the Wincanton goal and a long range range shot from left-back Eben M-Taylor went wide in the 81st minute.

The final goal of the game was scored by Wise for Wincanton and struck well and finding its way into the top right corner of the goal. Both sides had played a lot matches in the previous days but despite that they gave everything possible to make this a hard fought contest and interesting game to watch.

This loss has now confirmed Warminster Town’s relegation from the Western League unless rumours of another club in the division wishing to voluntarily leave are true. We will just have to wait and see!

Warminster Town: Ball, Mortimer-Taylor, Lisowski, Lewis, Cole, Herd, Dyer, Chenery-Bowden, Walton, Holland, Vincent
subs: McFerran, Drew

Wincanton Town: Norris, Davis, Hawkins, Hastings, Voizey, Chapman, Fletcher, Wise, Shearer, White, Morris
subs: Cook, Mitchell, Williams, Sanneh