Ware 3 St Margaretsbury 0
From subs bench to man of the match. Ahmed Mohammed scores twice and makes a third as Ware win again.
Ware started without Alaa Oujdi (still on holiday) and the absent Josh Oyibo and Ryan Hervel but it was the delayed arrival of Prince Madu that elevated Mohammed to the starting line up. Not that there was much sign from the Blues in the first half of what was to come after the break.
The home side produced a lot of good approach work in the first half but failed to test the visiting keeper. Marcus Milner did release a shot that was narrowly over and Yannick Kamanan hit a post though the effort wouldn't have counted as the referee blew up for an infringement. St Margaretsbury on the other hand were content to counter Ware at the back with former Blue Jon Stevenson marshalling their defence well and waited for their chances up front.
There were two good ones with another former player giving the home side a reminder of what he could do. Ryan Wade (top scorer for Ware in 2010/1) provided a cross with the visitors' number 9 just unable to reach the ball in front of goal. If he had it would surely have been in the net. Later a poor back pass left Tom Coulton exposed in the home goal and his arms tingling after he batted away a fierce shot.
The second half saw Ware looking more intent on a victory. A couple of corners in quick succession did bring the Saints keeper into action and five minutes in Ware had the lead. A good ball through from Junior Appiah found Mohammed who took it forward and kept his composure to lift it over the advancing custodian to make it 1-0.
Ware then started to bring on the substitutes but on 63 minutes Mohammed was on the end of another through ball, this time from Kamanan whose skill opened up the chance. Another dink over the keeper made it 2-0. Ware were now on top and almost immediately after the second goal Marcus Milner brought a save out of the keeper with a low shot.
On 68 minutes Mohammed returned the favour to Kamanan after taking the ball down the right side. He might have crossed earlier but the delay wrong footed the visiting defence and when the ball did come across no-one could get a foot to it except Kamanan who slid in to bury the ball from short range.
More substitutes followed whilst St Margaretsbury worked hard to get something out of the game with Stevenson driving them forward. But Ware held on to their clean sheet as well as the victory and now look forward to Tuesday's visit of Biggleswade United at 7.45.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Junior Appiah (Trialist 69mins), Daniel Evodan, Denzel Conteh (Liam Griffin 61 mins), Lee White, Anthony Furlonge (Gus Douglas 56mins), Marcus Milner (Patrick Agyemang 72mins), Ahmed Abdulla (Finley Long 78mins), Yannick Kamanan (Elliot Charles 75mins), Ahmed Mohammed, Murat Karagul (Warren Kayembe 78mins).