Beaconsfield SYCOB 1 Ware 1
Ware go undefeated in five.
Due to a clash of colours Ware played in a mix of first and second choice strip which was sufficiently uncoordinated to give a guide to the quality of play through much of this game. As winter gave way to spring both sets of players were confronted by a well mown pitch with little give in it. They took their time to adjust to these conditions and play suffered as a result.
Even so Ware showed early on with a good run by Khale Dacosta down the right to put Dernell Wynter in with a chance but Sam Bunting in the home goal was quick off the mark and saved at the Ware man's feet. Ten minutes later Jack Hutchinson made a good run and pass down the left only for Kieran Bishop to be thwarted by a last ditch tackle.
At the other end of play Alaa Oujdi earned himself a yellow card with a poorly timed tackle but after the resultant free kick drifted over the bar he went on to play a captain's role with some timely interceptions, especially in the second period. Minutes after that Hutchinson came forward and drove the ball just inches wide of the post but Ware didn't have to wait much longer for their goal.
A disputed corner on Beaconsfield's right saw Oujdi play the ball short to Wynter who took it closer to goal before putting in a low cross. Bishop was inches away from connecting and making it eight scoring games on the trot but Karagul, a foot further forward, was able to bend and head the ball home.
Beaconsfield came back and there was plenty of action from both sides. This culminated in a 38th minute run at goal by the home side's Ashleigh Artwell who was something of a thorn in Ware's side for much of the game. Down either wing or running a diagonal across the pitch, his speed made him difficult to handle and so it proved on this occasion as he went down in the penalty area under close attention from the Ware defence.
There were those in the home support let alone amongst the visitors who thought he had gone down too easily but the referee had made up his mind. James Harding stepped up for the spot kick but he gave Tom Coulton too little trouble with a shot that the keeper gathered comparatively easily.
Artwell was felled more convincingly by Ryan Hervel with three minutes to go to half time but the free kick came to nothing. A word from manager Ken Charlery to both Hervel and Hutchinson as they came off for the break may well have included advice to his midfielders on holding back from rash tackles. In any event there were fewer such incidents after play resumed.
That didn't prevent a yellow for Steven O'Hara after 57 minutes for pulling back an attacker. The resultant free kick required an excellent save from Coulton at the top left corner of his goal to keep Ware ahead. It was a sign that Beaconsfield were still fighting for a point and only a minute before they had been denied by a fine tackle from Oujdi after Karagul had been committed upfield.
Hutchinson, whose debut off the bench a week before was so impressive, was having to work harder in this game but had two chances before being substituted. Firstly when Josh Oyibo, who had made his own delayed entry to the game in place of Wynter, put him through. Hutchinson's shot off the outside of his right foot, intended to curve round the keeper, was easily gathered by Bunting. Secondly when Bishop played him in only to shoot wide.
Beaconsfield were making their own openings not least when captain Lee Togwell forced another fine save out of Coulton who tipped his shot round the post. But the keeper was beaten at the death when a long throw-in in the 91st minute was headed home by Sam Deadfield. It was ironic satisfaction for the home side who had lost at Ware earlier in the season to an identically timed goal.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Murat Karagul, Steven O'Hara, Khale Dacosta, Jack Hutchinson (Danny Hart 80mins), Kieran Bishop, Dernell Wynter (Josh Oyibo 61mins), Jimmy Hartley (Cameron Currie 75mins). Unused subs: Harley Haag, Joe Simmonds.