Ware 3 Queens Park Rangers U-18 1
A few notes on another win as pre-season ramps up towards the big kick off - but different trials lie ahead.
I expounded a theory of mine to a number of people at this match, well those who cared to listen (and maybe some who would have preferred not to). It goes along the lines of - if you lose all or most of your pre-season friendlies you are probably in for a poor season whilst if you win most or all of them it seems to carry no significance whatsoever for the coming campaign.
This result does mean that we have a healthy number of wins from our friendlies but what to make of this victory over a youthful QPR side who had skill and fitness but not yet sufficient muscle to upset Ware's style of play? A Tuesday night at Tilbury will present a different proposition but on the evidence so far Ken Charlery seems to be shaping a useful side.
There is no doubt that the pairing of Gareth Price and Brian Haule is a potent one and within little more than the first five minutes they had combined twice to give Price excellent chances. In fact it took another ten minutes for him to open the scoring but it was a fair return on Ware's performance in the opening period.
Both teams were undaunted by the heat and the game was played at a good tempo but it was not until the second half that a second goal came, this time Haule taking the honours after 54 minutes. It was just about all over ten minutes later when Alaa Oujdi worked his way past a number of defenders before crossing the ball for it to be laid off to Price who doubled his tally.
It might have been 4-0 a few minutes later but George Essuman's header from a corner came back off the post. At least Ware now seem to be producing some good corners after a couple of seasons where they have not been a significant part of their arsenal.
Charlery rang the changes in the second half and the full complement of 21 named players were used but the changes did not detract from Ware's performance and they seemed to be in control of things until the last ten minutes when the visitors mounted a number of attacks. One of these produced a penalty which Josh Bowler converted comfortably with five minutes to go. They then searched for a second goal but it was all too late.
Midweek will provide different tests with the visit of Step 3 Harlow on Tuesday and Enfield Town on Thursday before it's back to full time professional opponents with Peterborough United next Saturday. You can't say the squad aren't being given a thorough preparation.