Ware U15 4 Cheshunt 2
Ware make hard work of dominant performance.
A frosty morning that saw all other EJA games cancelled, saw Ware take on Cheshunt courtesy of the 3G pitch, a valuable resource at this time of the year.
It was still a little slippery in the first half and led directly to the opening goal. A Cheshunt attack appeared to have broken down when the centre forward put the brakes on and saw his feet slip away from under him, the referee adjudged there to have been some help from the defender though, and the resulting free kick on the edge of the area was then dispatched into the bottom corner of the goal with Charlie Page wrong footed.
Ware quickly responded with Ollie Luck combining well with Andrew Bennett before threading a delicious pass through to Thomas Weald. The timing of the run and pass was immaculate as was Thomas Weald's emphatic finish.
A corner was won 2 minutes later and, whilst not Tom Hayden's finest delivery, it found it's way to James Sacre who finished from close range. James has picked up a nice habit of scoring from corners lately having scored against Cockfosters in a similar fashion.
Ware were expected to kick on at this point but found another way to inflict damage upon themselves. Charlie Page taking an extra touch for a back pass that was not on, the centre forward stealing the ball and hooking in from a tight angle.
The decision making had been poor throughout the team, the extra touch the most common issue particularly in midfield. Charlie's challenge is when he gets it wrong a goal is likely to follow, whereas the midfield were fortunate to have their defence regain lost possession time and again in this match.
The second half saw a small improvement, Joe Chard showing simple fast passes make the pitch so much bigger, and possession much more fluent, and whilst you could sill count the number of passing moves on one hand, territorially Ware were almost exclusively dominant.
A combination of events stopped further goals in the first 30 minutes, some great saves, from James Sacre (1st Half) Thomas Weald, Tom Hayden, Andrew Bennett and Ollie Luck were one element, the second was the inability to finish either goal mouth scrambles or shots sliding over the bar and past the post. Cheshunt throughout the game had never stopped hustling and defended well as a unit without threatening the Ware goal, leaving Charlie Page with no goal mouth action other than sweeping up long balls.
So, as we entered the last 10 minutes it looked like two points may be slipping away. Charlie then picked up a long clearance and slipped he ball to Alfie Campbell, Alfie spread the ball quickly to Nathan Tree at right back and Nathan drove to the half way line before delivering a long diagonal towards Ollie Luck in the centre forward channel. Under great pressure, Ollie's first touch was impeccable, bringing the ball down instantly allowing him to cut inside onto his right foot and drill the ball into the bottom corner. A very well worked goal, notable for the simplicity and speed of decision making.
Shortly after, Tom Hayden stole possession on the half way line and again quickly found Rodney Clements, who also cut back inside before finishing low into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Sometimes you wonder, the boys make it look so easy.
In summary, not a game that will live long in the memory, Cheshunt battled well and whilst lacking quality in the final third they were in this game all the way until the last 10 minutes. Ware will be looking for a real step up in quality for next week's quarter final game away to Hornchurch, weather permitting.
MOTM Joe Chard- industry and decision making in the centre of midfield that changed the game.