Wells City win at nine-man Warminster Town in Toolstation League Division 1
MATCH REPORT: Warminster Town 0, Wells City 2
Wells City were not at their best but got back to winning ways at Warminster on Wednesday.
City’s cause was helped by a physical home side who had two players sent off, one for a two-footed tackle and the other for a headbutt on Harry Lewis.
Wells started well as Jamie Howson sent an effort just wide but Warminster then enjoyed a period of possession, earning three free-kicks and sending an effort against the crossbar from 25 yards.
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Mark Randall sent a free-kick wide for Wells, while Francis Rolli put Toby Cole in but his shot was well saved by the keeper, who also made a double save from Howson’s rebound.
Both teams were then reduced to long-range efforts, with Jason Loxton firing over for Wells and Lee Begg making two excellent tackles at the other end, while Ross Padfield worked hard in midfield.
City started the stronger after the break, with Cole pouncing on a mis-hit clearance, only for the keeper to recover in time and dive full length to make the save.
However, the visitors took the lead from the resulting Randall corner as Loxton’s header was blocked on the line and Howson was on hand to smash the ball home in the 51st minute.
Dan Williams shot wide from a Lewis cross before the game changed as a poor challenge on Begg resulted in the first red card, with the Wells defender booked for retaliation.
City responded by sending on Billy Manning and Ryan Crowther, with the former involved immediately as he sent Howson through for a shot that was well saved.
Warminster were then reduced to nine men after a challenge from Loxton produced an angry reaction from a home player, with Lewis headbutted as he stepped in to break up the incident.
Gavin Eyre came off the bench and had a shot saved after rounding two defenders before setting up the visitors’ second goal, crossing for Crowther to head home in injury time.
Man of the match: Ross Padfield.
The victory lifted Wells to seventh in Toolstation Division 1, ahead of a home match against Roman Glass St George on Saturday (3pm).