Ware 5 Peterborough United XI 3
Encouraging pre-season programme ends with another victory.
The final pre-season friendly ended with a good looking win over a Peterborough United side fielding at least five players with Football League experience.
In an even first half this appeared to be the difference between the two sides as Ware struggled to convert their chances (hitting the underside of the bar and netting from and offside position) whilst United scored twice in quick succession. Jon Taylor after 27 minutes and then Ricardo Santos after 30 both found the net with deflections from Ware defenders helping on both occasions.
For a while after this Ware looked to be in trouble as the visitors started to exert pressure with Taylor's speed and skill on the left side being noticeable. Aston Goss, replacing the unavailable Jack Mace at right back, had his work cut out but coped well.
If the main hope of home supporters at half time was to avoid too crushing a defeat they had a pleasant surprise as Ware took their chances to completely turn the game around in little more than 20 minutes after the restart.
Gareth Price seized on a defensive mistake to score after 48 minutes and six minutes later was on the end of a through ball that caught out the visiting defence. He made no mistake and the scores were suddenly level.
Brian Haule was then in on the act, cutting out a back pass and scoring from the narrowest of angles after 65 minutes before Evandro Delgado increased the lead a minute later. It was then only two minutes before Price completed his hat trick to give Ware a three-goal cushion.
Substitiutes then started to appear for both sides with United pulling a goal back on 76 minutes from Deon Moore. For a time it was possible to wonder if the game might take another swing in fortune but it was not to be and Ware's pre-season finished with five wins and two draws from nine games.