Tilbury 1 Ware 1
Sweet sixteen keeps Dockers at bay.
Ware's sixteenth draw of the season enabled them to keep Tilbury four points behind them in what is becoming a fight between the two sides for tenth and eleventh places in the final table.
That they missed a penalty with two minutes to go was frustrating but at the end of a tough game towards the end of a hard season Murat Karagul's kick looked tired and lacking in energy and didn't properly test Jack Giddens in the home goal. It was an unfortunate mark to leave on what had been another positive performance by one of Ware's key players.
Others to make a mark in their own way were Ross Bourke making his second start and Mickey Clark his fourth appearance as a substitute. They are signs that Ware's youth policy is paying dividends though Clark's yellow card may also suggest he has picked some of the bad habits of the more senior squad members.
That would have to include Finbarr Robins who lasted less than half an hour after he came on in the second half. His red card offence left his team mates up against it for the second time in a week albeit that this time they only had to survive for less than twenty minutes.
It had all started well for Ware as they had the better of the opening exchanges and were ahead after eight minutes when Karagul's cross was controlled by Sean Johnson before being drilled into the net for his first goal for the club. For a while it looked as though Ware could go on to get a second but the home side came back and started to run at the Ware defence.
This was a testing period for Ware and Bourke in particular with Babalola being the main concern. This came to fruition after 20 minutes when the ball was given away near the half way line and the Tilbury man carved his way through a couple of tackles before unleashing a shot that beat Tom Coulton to his left.
Now it was Tilbury who were looking likely to score again but an injury to Babalola saw him hobbling before his eventual retirement from the game after 27 minutes and the sting was taken out of their attacks.
Ware had their own injury problems with Robins coming on for the second half after Kieron Street stayed in the dressing room with a groin strain. As a result Karagul dropped to defence but this failed to blunt the visitors' attacks and they had plenty of the second half albeit that their passing game became a little disjointed with over elaboration.
Tilbury were grateful to 'keeper Giddens who clawed away a goal bound header at one point and of course made that penalty save towards the end. With draws being so numerous in Ware's league record this season the result wasn't entirely a surprise but it might have been more.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Gavin Hinds-Cadette, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel (Mickey Clark 64mins), Ross Bourke, Kieron Street (Finbarr Robins 46mins), Khale Dacosta, Josh Oyibo, Abobaker Eisa, Murat Karagul, Sean Johnson. Unused subs Jack Fowler, Marco Tuzzer.