Ware 1 Crawley Green 1
Close season cobwebs are dusted away as Kem runs the rule over 19 players.
With a number of players on holiday and Yannick Kamanan nursing a dislocated wrist even Ware's starting eleven had an unusual look to it. 17-year-old Matt Nolan was in goal with Gus Douglas at right back and trialist Daniel Evandon on the left side of defence. Lee White and Anthony Furlonge took up the central defensive positions.
Central midfield saw Ryan Hervel and Josh Oyibo joined by new signing Ahmed Abdulla with Marcus Milner wide on the right and Murat Karagul on the left. Another trailist Elliot Charles completed the line up as striker. He was formerly with Dover Athletic, Staines Town and Eastbourne Borough.
This all seemed to work reasonably well in the first half with plenty of chances being created mostly from balls pinged out to the wings where Milner, particularly fast and effective, and Karagul were supplemented by the two full backs. But crosses to the box were either dealt with by the defence or good openings went begging as shots were scuffed though one good effort from Charles was close.
It came good after 20 minutes when Milner's cross to the edge of the area found three Ware men waiting unchallenged. It was Ryan Hervel who seized the opportunity and his shot found its way through a number of defenders into the net to open Ware's account for the season.
Crawley Green had not been idle however and one shot did come off the Ware cross bar but overall the home side might reasonably claim that their half time lead was a fair measure of the game.
The second half started without Charles who had aggravated a back injury and was replaced by Warren Kayembe. Even so things carried on as before until the visitors were left with an opening when the offside trap was sprung on 54 minutes. Nolan was out to do his best to narrow the attacker's angle but the ball went past him and sneaked agonisingly slowly over the line despite the attentions of a defender.
It was just a few minutes later when Ware made wholesale changes bringing on seven players with only Nolan, Furlonge and White left to see out the whole 90 minutes. Coming on were Laurence Vaughan, Finley Long, Denzel Conteh, Prince Madu, Ahmed Mohammed, James Ogunleye and Festus B wearing 22.
There was an inevitable spell in which the new entrants looked more like seven individuals than a team but the new Ware eventually produced some good moments with the number 22 doing well on the right. He even had the ball in the net from a Vaughan cross but the attempt was ruled out for offside. None of his efforts may be enough to get him a signing though with the three Ms Marcus, Murat, and Marvin Hamilton all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Ware next face Harlow at Wodson Park on Tuesday at 7.45pm as pre-season gets more serious.