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1st Team - Match centre

Ware
Cheshunt
M Sem (76')
Full time
Thu 1 Jan 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Ryman North Attendance 112

Ware go down to local rivals.

First league double conceded to Cheshunt as team changes affect consistency.

Glen Alzapiedi returned to the scene of his many triumphs and fashioned another but this time for Cheshunt against his old club. The home side worked hard but were not up to the mark on a day when three new players made their debut. With Ajet Shehu seemingly surplus to requirements and Jack Fowler dropped supporters were left scratching their heads at another new line up for the back four.

Well they might as Ware have now used 36 different players in their league games and the starting line up showed five changes from the previous match. Despite results attendances remain stubbornly low and frustration at large scale team changes after a good performance mean that supporters find it hard to identify with the team.

Despite all this Ware pushed forward for much of the match deploying their usual passing game but without the cohesion of seasoned team mates. But for all Ware's possession Cheshunt were able to absorb the forward pressure and break quickly at every opportunity. So it was that no sooner had Ware missed a gilt edged chance from a corner on six minutes than the ball was at the other end of the pitch and in the net from Luke Illsley.

This was the model for much of the first half as Cheshunt broke with speed and power to exploit the open spaces left behind a stalled Ware attack. Within another ten minutes Josh Cooper had doubled the visitors' lead, firing home with power from close range and giving Rhys Madden no chance.

At this stage an embarrassing score looked possible so Ware must take some credit for preventing matters from getting worse. But neither did they get better as the home side continued to run into dead ends in the search for openings.

The second half did see an improvement with Ryan Hervel and debutant Mete Sem coming off the bench to fire Ware into a more aggressive approach. Chances started to come more regularly and Kalin Artakiev in the Cheshunt goal had to prove his worth. But any reward was late in coming.

Murat Karagul had worked tirelessly through the game and was still prompting and probing as he brought the ball up the left side with 15 minutes to go despite close attention from Lewis Payne. Eventually the referee lost patience as the two number fours jostled for possession and awarded a free kick to the home side.

Up stepped Ryan Wade whose free kicks have caused problems to opponents all season. This time the ball looped over the defensive wall and struck the under side of the bar before bouncing down in front of the goal. It seemed another missed opportunity until Sem rose to head home against his old club.

However this did not spark an all out assault and for the next five minutes it was Cheshunt applying the pressure with Madden being called upon more than once to keep his side in the game. Ware's last chance came when Kieran Bishop unleashed a shot that skimmed through Artakiev's hands but in doing so took a sufficient deflection to smack against the bar rather than salvage a point.

It summed up Ware's day as Cheshunt became the first team to score a double over them in the league this season.

Ware: Rhys Madden, Charlie Yexley (Ryan Hervel 45 mins), Arturs Reinis, Murat Karagul, Dan Odamo, Albert Adu, Leon Wilson (Rheo Josephs 60 mins), Ayodeji Olukoga (Mete Sem 45 mins), Kieran Bishop, Ryan Wade, Alaa Oujdi

Alaa Oujdi

Player of the Match

Alaa Oujdi

Key moments

76:00
Goal Mete Sem scores for Ware
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Cheshunt
  • 0
  • Ryan Hervel Sub On 45:00'
  • Charlie Yexley Sub Off 45:00'
  • Mete Sem Sub On 45:00'
  • Ayo Olukoga Sub Off 45:00'
  • Rheo Josephs Sub On 60:00'
  • Leon Wilson Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ryan Wade Assist 76:00'
  • Mete Sem Goal 76:00'

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League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Wroxham 46 79
9. Aveley 46 70
10. Ware 46 64
11. Soham Town Rangers 46 63
12. Heybridge Swifts 46 62
13. Thamesmead Town 46 58
14. Tilbury 46 58

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