Romford 0 Ware 2
Vital win is just what Ware need as Dreyer records first points as manager.
If Ware were looking for a morale booster they could hardly have asked for a better one than this. An away win, in a six-pointer against a team on a run of victories, all with the backdrop of an outfielder in goal after a fifth minute injury to Harry Voss.
Voss was stretchered off the field after colliding with a goal post and was taken to hospital for checks, the results of which suggest he will be out for four weeks. Murat Karagul, not for the first time in his 230 appearances for the club, took over between the posts and kept one of Ware's few clean sheets this season to ensure the Blues first victory away to the Boro since November 2009.
Karagul made a number of important stops but he was no doubt grateful for some good work from his defence. Tayo Coker, who played well on Saturday, was absent but Louis Bowen was drafted in from assistant manager Paul Halsey's former club Hoddesdon and played a solid game in the centre of the back four.
Also making a debut was Daniel Olusemo who was with Aylesbury United last season whilst Josh Oyibo and Harley Haag were in the squad having returned to the club. On the debit side Alaa Oujdi was booked late on, his tenth of the season, and will be suspended as a result.
There is no doubt that the home side sought to exploit Ware's vulnerability without a recognised keeper but it was Ware who made the breakthrough midway through the half when Ross Elsom was through on goal only to be denied by James May between the Romford posts. However May's block fell into the path of Olusemo who buried the chance for his first goal for the club.
Had the goal merely poked a stick in the Romford wasps nest? Certainly the home side came looking for an equaliser with Karagul saving Ishmail's shot and Charlie Yexley heading off the line. But ten minutes after the first goal it was two as Marcus Milner received the ball in the box, kept his head and fired past May.
There was more of the same at the start of the second half as Romford again came forward but as the game wore on Ware might have made it three with Yannick Kamanan's shot being deflected onto the bar. Ahmed Abdulla was next with a shot that had May scrambling to grab it at the second attempt with the game near its conclusion.
Ware climb above Romford and Norwich as a result of this win and are now just a point behind Brentwood who are the visitors to Wodson Park on Saturday for what now promises to be an exciting contest.
Ware: Harry Voss (Marcus Milner 5mins), Charlie Yexley, Alaa Oujdi, Ahmed Abdulla, Damien Green, Louis Bowen, Ross Elsom, Josh Oyibo (Ace'a Laurent 87mins), Yannick Kamanan (Harley Haag 72mins), Daniel Olusemo, Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Necati Gench, Andrew Tirivanhu.