WARMINSTER Town claimed the early-season bragging rights over Wiltshire rivals Devizes Town with a 3-1 victory on the road on Saturday.

Both teams arrived at Nursteed Road hunting their first points of the new Toolstation League Division One campaign following defeats on the opening day a week earlier, and it was the visitors who were able to get off the mark.

The sides could not be separated in the first period as Devizes’ Jack Hopper cancelled out Jack Miluk’s opener for Warminster.

Andy Crabtree’s side upped the tempo after the break, though, and snatched the win through further goals from Charlie Walton and Francois Allen.

Although blustery conditions made life difficult for both sides, Warminster boss Crabtree felt his side had the better of things overall.

"We started off really well on Saturday and created a fair few chances in the first half-hour or so and got ourselves in front,” said Crabtree.

"I was a bit disappointed to concede right before half-time but we came out in the second half and played well and deserved to win in the end.

"That’s not being disrespectful to Devizes as they came back at us once we got back in front and caused us a fair few problems.

"The conditions were difficult. Everyone knows what it is like when it is windy, it just plays havoc.

"Overall, I think we deserved to win. We created quite a few chances early on and had we taken them, it would have been a bit more comfortable.”

After drawing a blank in their season opener seven days earlier, going down 1-0 at home to Welton Rovers, Crabtree is pleased Warminster’s wait for a maiden victory has not dragged on for long.

Crabtree said: "Saturday’s performance was a good response to the first game as we didn't perform as well as we could that day.

"It is good to get a win under your belts nice and early in the season, you want that monkey off your back sooner rather than later.

"Now we have got that first one, hopefully we can push on from here."

Elsewhere, Calne Town made it two wins from two at the start of the new season following a 3-0 success away at league newcomers Lebeq United.

All three of Calne’s goals came in a rampant six-minute spell as Bristol side Lebeq were put to the sword.

Stuart Windsor opened the scoring on the hour mark and grabbed Calne’s third goal on 65 minutes, with a strike from Josh Hard sandwiched in between the two.

Corsham Town suffered a heavy 7-2 defeat away at Radstock Town, with Josh Bright and Jamal Chevolleau on target for the Southbank side in Somerset.

Calne face a Friday night fixture this weekend as they travel to Cheddar, Corsham host Bishops Lydeard and Warminster are at home to Lebeq. Devizes have no game this weekend.

  • PEWSEY Vale remain without a point two games into the new Sydenhams League Division One campaign after going down 2-0 at home to Ringwood Town on Saturday.