Warminster Town 1 Keynsham Town 3
Keynsham Town (at the start of the season my tip for promotion) were the visitors to Weymouth Street. Having had a shaky start to the season they arrived having found better form and lying in sixth place in the league table. At the end of last season against all odds Warminster did beat them 4 - 3 in a thrilling game. Could the Red & Blacks pull off another good result?
Sadly, it was not to be and Keynsham came out on top with a three goals to one victory. How did the game pan out?
The beginning of the game was somewhat scrappy with few chances. The first goal was scored by Keynsham Town in the 15th minute. A free kick inside their own half, close to the right hand touchline was floated long into the penalty area and headed in by Tom Knighton to go over the outstretched arm of Nathan Ball and just under the crossbar. A few minutes later the visitors had another opportunity to score but Cam Shorney shot wide of the left hand post. Keynsham had several more chances during the game but failed to capitalise on them. The best opportunities for Warminster to score in the first half fell to Jack Miluk in the 43rd minute. The first was a run by Miluk down the left into the penalty area and the shot saved by the keeper. The ball was then played out and after several Keynsham players had passed it around a back pass on the visitors left hand side of the pitch was intercepted by the fast paced Miluk. His shot was saved and forced out wide by the keeper for a corner. The teams went in at halftime Warminster Town 0 - Keynsham Town 1.
The second half started with a substitution for Warminster, off went Lewis Graham who had taken a knock in the first half and on came Joel Sissons to replace him. Warminster got off to a bright start when following a save, a long kick from goalkeeper Nathan Ball bounced once outside the penalty area over all the defenders then bounced Keynsham's penalty area and Miluk was able to get under the ball to lift it over the keeper and make it 1 - 1 in the 48th minute.
Keynsham were not to lie down and in the 56th minute had a corner which was sent to the far post and headed down and in between the sticks by the unmarked Mike Grist. It disappointing that none of the home side had marked him to prevent the goal. In the 63rd minute a free kick on the edge of the box for the home side was lifted 5 or 6 feet over the centre of the goal. To make matters more difficult, Warminster's Eben Mortimer-Taylor picked up a second yellow card and was sent off in the 74th minute. The Town now had a real uphill battle on their hands. In the 81st minute a ball from the right by Jake Wright found George Butler who fired over the bar leaving the home side still trailing.
The killer blow came on 85 minutes with a goal for Keynsham scored by James Ollis who picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area, stepped a few paces to his right then fired home into the left side of the goal beating Nathan Ball diving to his right. In the final moments of the game a long ball down Keynsham's left was picked up by an attacking player who cut in towards the penalty area and fired just wide across the goal, leaving the final score at Warminster Town 1 - Keynsham Town 3.
After the match, manager, Andrew Crabtree had this to say: "Obviously disappointed to lose and the manner in which we conceded the goals. Keynsham are a very good side, and we gave a good account of ourselves and created a few chances. We need to learn from our mistakes and alarmingly we don't seem to do that, we've conceded 3 goals that were down to our own inability to do the basics. That's unacceptable at any level and it's something that needs to be addressed as it happens far too often and it's costing us dearly. But we will dust ourselves down and work on it to put it right. We need to raise our standards and get back to winning ways. To do that we need to stop giving away goals in the manner we've done of late.
Warminster now travel to league leaders, Cheddar FC on Saturday November 10th. The next home game is on Saturday, November 17th when Corsham Town visit Weymouth Street, kickoff 3.00pm.
Team: Ball, Baggs, Barnes, McFerran, Wright, Herd, Graham, Lisowski, Miluk, Butler, Mortimer-Taylor subs. Collyer*, Sissons*, Crabtree, Wright*
Photos Courtesy of David Feast