Third Win in a Row for Warminster Town FC
On Saturday, August 18th Warminster Town welcomed fellow league survivors Portishead Town to Weymouth Street. Portishead Town arrived looking for their first points of the season having lost their opening 2 games. Warminster, on the other hand, had played 3 games, losing the first and winning the last 2. We are delighted to say that Warminster have carried on with their winning streak making it 3 in a row with a 1 - 0 victory over the visitors.
In front of a good crowd of 153 an entertaining game emerged. Warminster looked dangerous from the kickoff and created many chances which were not taken. In the third minute, the home side could have been ahead and several more chances followed which were also missed. However, in the 16th minute, Jake Wright came down the left cut in along the goal line beating the Portishead defenders, forcing his way into the penalty area and unselfishly crossed the ball into the path of Matt Minnus to score the game's only goal.
Following the goal, more chances came for Warminster in fact only a minute or so after the goal Collyer shot wide of the post. It was not all Warminster's way in the game although if you counted the total opportunities to score you might assume so. Portishead had a number of chances but often the shots were weak and easily collected by Warminster's keeper, Nathan Ball. One of best chances for the visitors was early in the first half, fisted away by Ball and then fired back over the bar. Another notable chance for Portishead was in the 19th minute when Lovejoy Mafina was through on goal forcing Ball to make a fine save at the strikers feet. On 28 minutes Collyer forced a fine save from Scott diving high to his left to put the ball out for a corner kick. With 5 minutes to go Butler’s shot for Warminster was saved, pushed onto the bar. Collyer, Butler and Minnus worked well in the last few minutes of the half and created so many chances that it’s almost impossible to believe the score was still 1 - 0.
So, at halftime, the teams went in with Warminster probably having 10 good chances with just the one goal, which is often worrying as we all know in football a team can regret those missed opportunities. The second half kicked off and the game continued to be entertaining, with more chances for Warminster which were not converted, the team was working hard to get that second goal. It can be said that, Butler, Minnus, McFerran, Lisowski, Collyer, Graham and Wright all had opportunities to score and were either denied by the keeper or the ball was wide of the mark.
Portishead did not lie down and continued to make a good game for everyone to watch and in the last ten minutes had a couple of chances that perhaps they too should have converted into goals. Just before the final whistle, and 5 minutes into added time, Reece Collyer for the home team fired in a left-footed shot which was saved by Ryan Scott who worryingly saw the ball slip between his legs but managed to turn around to stop it before creeping over the line.
There are a lot of positives to take from this game, particularly the ability to create chances and also the much better positioning over the pitch, especially in midfield. In the last match there were times when the midfield was left open and on another day could have cost Warminster the game. Herd and Lisowski certainly played well in helping control the midfield in this match. A clean sheet is also something to be pleased with.
In speaking with assistant manager Rob McFerran after the game he said that "The management is more than pleased with the way the season has started. And their only criticism is that they aren't finishing games off squandering numerous chances, which in turn led to a nervy last ten minutes." Warminster now lie in second place in Division One of The Western League on equal points, nine, with Bishops Lydeard, top and Bishop Sutton in third place.
Warminster Town are at home again on Saturday, August 25th and looking forward to playing Welton Rovers. More people are discovering that it's great value sporting entertainment at Weymouth Street so do come along and enjoy the football. Warminster Town thank their sponsors and their main sponsor, Warminster Maltings.
Teams: Warminster Town: Ball, Sissons, Graham, McFerran, Wright S, Collyer, Lisowski, Wright J, Herd, Butler, Minnus subs: Miluk, Gardiner, Taylor
Portishead Town: Scott, Head, Lott, Charman, Fallon, Hatfield, O'Keefe, Cox, Mafini, Triggs, Briggs, Hughes, Trevarthen
Photo: Courtesy of Alan March : Andy Crabtree and Rob McFerran on duty
Photo: Courtesy of Alan March : The new stand!