Egham Town 3 Ware 2
Promotion hopefuls pull through despite another good performance from Ware.
Not for the first time this season Ware lost after holding the lead though this time it would be hard to deny their opponents the credit for turning the game round. With games in hand Egham could top the table and they showed why with a powerful second half performance.
Tom Spenser, the young American making his debut in goal after Tom Coulton was held up in traffic, must have wondered what he'd let himself in for once the home side started to turn up the pressure after the break.
It all started quite differently in an entertaining first half of attack and counter attack with Ware playing another high intensity attacking game reliant on the speed and skill of Khale Dacosta, Jimmy Hartley and Dernell Wynter in a repeat of Saturday's win over Petersfield.
They had their reward in the 36th minute when Kieran Bishop was played in and powered his way through a tackle to score from the edge of the penalty area.
There was more to come four minutes later. After Alaa Oujdi negotiated a way through two defenders the ball reached Wynter on the left whose curling shot from outside the area just avoided James Reading's finger tips to find the back of the net.
At the other end Spenser's good positioning had enabled him to block the home side's best chance of the half, a stinging shot from one melee in his penalty area. Marcus Rose, who is establishing himself in central defence, was also looking comfortable but a foul just a minute from the break drew a yellow card which was an omen of what was to come.
Things changed after the break as Egham came looking to save the game. Ware were pressed back in their own half and found it difficult to clear the ball and impossible to start their own attacks. It was five minutes before Wynter raided down the left in their first attack of the half but support was slow in materialising for him and the opportunity faded away.
This was now the character of the game and Egham finally found a way through in the 58th minute. A high cross found Brendan Matthew competing with Spenser for the ball and winning out to head home.
Whether it was that Ware woke up at this point or Egham paused to catch their breath, the visitors started to have a greater say in the proceedings from this point and hopes of a victory were revived.
Maybe they were trying too hard and Wynter picked up a caution in the 67th minute which was possibly the cause of him being substituted almost immediately after. If his speed and commitment were likely to lead to a second yellow best to bring on another speed merchant in the shape of Onur Bakici.
But within a minute the game took another turn when Rose was adjudged to have fouled as an Egham attack started to build. The referee reached for a yellow card and it was an early shower for the central defender. Bishop was then immediately sacrificed for Steven O'Hara to come off the bench to plug the gap in defence.
Bit it wasn't enough and Egham were level on 72 minutes after Jake Cass fired in from distance. It was a perfect shot, looping over defenders but under the bar before anyone could react.
The home side were back in control but the ten men worked hard to contain them until the 85th minute when a shot was parried away from goal by Spenser but returned with interest by Luke Neville playing a captain's role to score the winner.
Ware upped their game in the time remaining but an equaliser was beyond them.
Ware: Tom Spenser, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Marcus Rose, Ben Crilley, Khale Dacosta, Jimmy Hartley, Kieran Bishop (Steven O'Hara 69mins), Dernell Wynter (Onur Bakici 68mins), Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Elliot Bailey, Cameron Currie, Tom Coulton.