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Wed 17 Jan 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 105

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.

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Key moments

Goal Daniel Olusemo scores for Ware
Goal Marcus Milner scores for Ware


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87:00 Sub On
Ace'a Laurent is substituted on for Ware
87:00 Sub Off
Josh Oyibo is substituted off for Ware
84:00 Sub On
Olakunle Giwa is substituted on for Romford
84:00 Sub Off
James Ishmail is substituted off for Romford
79:00 Yellow Card
Alaa Oujdi is yellow carded for Ware
76:00 Sub On
Josh Sykes is substituted on for Romford
76:00 Sub Off
Nick Reynolds is substituted off for Romford
74:00 Yellow Card
Ross Elsom is yellow carded for Ware
72:00 Sub On
Harley Haag is substituted on for Ware
72:00 Sub Off
Yannick Kamanan is substituted off for Ware
70:00 Yellow Card
Nick Reynolds is yellow carded for Romford
54:00 Sub Off
Chris Taylor is substituted off for Romford
54:00 Sub On
Billy Coyne is substituted on for Romford
53:00 Yellow Card
James Ishmail is yellow carded for Romford
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 0 - 2
Marcus Milner scores for Ware
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
Daniel Olusemo scores for Ware
5:00 Sub On
Marcus Milner is substituted on for Ware
5:00 Sub Off
Harry Voss is substituted off for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Marcus Milner Sub On 5:00'
  • Harry Voss Sub Off 5:00'
  • Daniel Olusemo Goal 18:00'
  • Marcus Milner Goal 29:00'
  • James Ishmail Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Chris Taylor Sub Off 54:00'
  • Billy Coyne Sub On 54:00'
  • Nick Reynolds Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub On 72:00'
  • Yannick Kamanan Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ross Elsom Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Josh Sykes Sub On 76:00'
  • Nick Reynolds Sub Off 76:00'
  • Alaa Oujdi Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Olakunle Giwa Sub On 84:00'
  • James Ishmail Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Sub On 87:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

  • 1. James May
  • 2. Ayodeji Olukoga
  • 3. Hugo Atkinson
  • 4. Danny Cossington
  • 5. Michael Finneran
  • 6. Billy Coyne
  • 7. Jonathon Nzengo
  • 8. Harry Daly
  • 9. Nick Reynolds
  • 10. Connor Hammond
  • 11. James Ishmail
  • 12. Sam Mvemba
  • 14. Olakunle Giwa
  • 15. Josh Sykes
  • 16. Chris Taylor
  • 17. Stephen Reynolds


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# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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