Norwich United 0 Ware 0
The good, the bad and the not especially good looking.
As the expression goes, this was not a game that will live long in the memory although it did see a couple of milestones that might mildly interest future historians.
A good way mark was that Ware achieved their first clean sheet of the season, a sign that the good work in the previous game at Hornchurch was being continued.
A less palatable statistic was that Ware's run without scoring is now five games or, if you want greater accuracy (and that would be good in front of goal as well), it is now 450 minutes since Murat Karagul's equaliser in added time of the 1-1 draw against AFC Sudbury.
Of course goalless draws can be very entertaining but this one wasn't easy on the eye for the good number of Ware fans who had made the journey from various parts of the country as well as Hertfordshire.
Both teams knew that on paper this game represented an opportunity to boost their points tally and it was Norwich, on the back of two away draws, who appeared to fancy their chances of doing so as they made the running early on.
They had a 10th minute free kick on the edge of the Ware area but it got no further than the defensive wall whilst a break three minutes later came to nothing when a delayed pass led to the Planters' threat melting away under the assistant's offside flag.
In fact it was Ware who had the ball in the net after 16 minutes when Marcus Milner's cross was deflected on to Junior Appiah who shot home. However he too was given offside, presumably in the build up.
Ware claimed the first corner of the game just over half way through the opening period after good work by Milner who was finding good openings down the left. He was also involved in a neat interchange with new boy Nicholas Brown, signed from Heybridge Swifts, which brought the best chance of the game for either side. In the end Brown's fierce shot was scrambled away from the foot of his post by keeper Andrew Wilton.
The good moments were however matched by some mistakes by both teams with the home side too often drilling passes to no-one in particular and the visitors sometimes directing theirs to the opposition. The half time whistle signalled the chance for both managers to get at their players to try to improve things.
They didn't really succeed though once again Norwich started more brightly than Ware as they forced their first two corners of the game soon after the restart whilst later a surge into the Ware area was only brought to a halt by a well timed tackle by Appiah.
By and large though defences had the better of things and Ware were restricted to shooting from outside the area. Milner remained dangerous down the left but his crosses were being cleared until, as Ware increased their effort in the final five minutes, he got to the by line before pulling the ball back for Murat Karagul to fire wide. A minute later Alaa Oujdi turned in the area only to have his shot cleared by Wilton in the last serious effort of the game.
For Ware Brown had an encouraging debut and Nicholas Symons was again impressive in the back four. There's a tough game on Tuesday at home to Welwyn Garden City who are going well in the Spartan South Midlands League but the signs from the last two games suggest a full strength Ware are fully capable of making progress in the senior cup.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Gareth Madden, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Maxwell (Harry Larner 67mins), Nicholas Symons Lee White, Junior Appiah, Ahmed Abdulla, Murat Karagul, Nicholas Brown (Elias Siligato 82mins), Marcus Milner. Unused subs: Gus Douglas, Jamie Guy, Lewis Byrne-Hewitt.