Aylesbury United 0 Ware 3
Ware riding the crest of a wave.
Ware were gifted a flying start to this game with an early own goal and went on to control the first half hour of play. However, the home side found their way into the contest and might have had an equaliser on a couple of occasions before Ware reasserted themselves with two well taken goals to clinch another three points.
With Paul Cooper unwell Khale Dacosta was a surprising but effective replacement at right back whilst late in the game Wesley Hause was brought on to make his debut for the club.
The visitors started with a flourish and took the lead after a fifth minute corner from the left was headed firmly into his own net by United captain Jack Wood. He was presumably trying to clear it away for another corner but, under no immediate pressure, played the role of centre forward rather than defender.
Even before this piece of fortune Ware had looked in good form and now they took control with a number of flowing movements. The home side on the other hand seemed unable to get into any sort of stride and most of their attempts to move the game to the other end of the pitch were stifled early on.
Too often however Ware's attacks lacked the necessary penetration and final passes went astray or players opted for long range shots rather than getting in behind the home defence. A lengthy period in control of things passed without Ware improving on their lead.
They almost paid the price on the half hour as the ball was hammered against Glenn Williamson's right hand post with the sound of a bell which echoed round the ground. It turned out to be a warning knell, a change was coming in the game. Buoyed by their near miss Aylesbury started to increase their effort and now it was a fifty/fifty contest with both sides giving as good as they got.
In the circumstances it was surprising that Kieran Bishop almost doubled Ware's lead with his side's best effort so far, a long range rasping shot from the edge of the area that could only be parried away by Dan Green in the home goal.
The second half continued in a similar vein though it wasn't very old before casualness in defence exposed Williamson who was rounded by an attacker before a timely interception from Ben Crilley saved the day. Another break by Aylesbury's Sonny French required smart work by Murat Karagul and Jack Fowler to recover the ball but that was the last major scare for Ware.
The game was finally theirs when the hard working Corey Davidson put over a cross from the left and Rod Young was on hand to head home after 73 minutes. Just three minutes later Bishop worked the ball down the other side of the pitch and his cross was met by Josh Oyibo who scored with a first time strike from outside the area.
Ware were home and dry with a clean sheet and a sixth consecutive league win which lifted them to third in the table. The only disappointment was Karagul's red card for stamping in the final minutes. He will now miss Ware's rearranged game at Hanwell Town on October 31st.
Ware: Glenn Williamson; Khale Dacosta, Murat Karagul, Ryan Maxwell, Ben Crilley, Corey Davidson (Cameron Currie 81mins), Liam Griffin (Finbarr Robins 60mins), Kieran Bishop, Joshua Oyibo, Rod Young (Wesley Hause 76mins). Unused sub Mickey Clark