WARMINSTER Town boss Andy Crabtree called his team’s top-six finish in Toolstation League Division One a ‘tremendous effort’ after a final-day victory over Wiltshire rivals Chippenham Park saw them improve on last season by 16 places, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

Eben Mortimer-Taylor netted twice during the 3-1 win, with Jack Miluk rounding off the scoring for Town.

Rhys Talmash scored for a Park team who have announced they will be pulling out of the league with immediate effect.

The win for Warminster resulted in them losing just one of their last nine games, while the sixth-place finish was perhaps even more remarkable given Town were 18th back in November.

Crabtree felt his side deservedly picked up all three points on Saturday, but felt his team could have signed off from the season in a more emphatic manner.

He said: “We scored early doors and should have really got a few more before half-time, but we had most of the game and took our chances eventually.

“It could have been a more convincing win – we need 10 chances to score one goal.

“If you look at the table, we’ve got 35 more points than we had last season, so I can’t really complain, can I?

“It was a tremendous effort from all of them to get where we are.”

Warminster finished the season as the second-best Wiltshire team in the table, trailing Corsham Town by eight points.

Crabtree wants to move up one spot in the Wiltshire rankings next season, but knows acquiring players will not be easy, given the lack of money he has to attract players to the club.

He said: “Obviously, the aim is to build on this finish. We’ve got the nucleus here already, so if we can add a few players then we will. It just depends on what becomes available.

“We don’t spend money, so it’ll be a case of what we can beg, steal, borrow and have a chat with a few people to see if we can interest them in coming to play for us.

“We’re doing a lot of work to the pitch and to the ground, so hopefully it will make it more attractive to people who might come here.

“It’s a club pushing in the right direction, so hopefully we can take it on from here.”

Elsewhere, Corsham drew 1-1 with Ashton & Blackwell – Jonathan Bazley equalising in the second half – while Calne Town lost 1-0 at home to Oldland Abbotonians.

Devizes Town beat Chard Town 2-1 thanks to goals from Matthew Russell and Thomas Slater.