Ware 1 Bedford Town 0
First win over the Eagles as Wynter strikes.
Ware moved on to six games without defeat but made hard work of this win. In the end it was settled by an excellent strike from Dernell Wynter. With his back towards goal and under pressure from a defender he recovered his balance and possession of the ball to turn and shoot into the top corner of Ashley Harris's net. Harris had a good game and had thwarted Ware on a number of occasions but Wynter's placing was too good for him this time.
It was fair reward for Ware's second half performance after an evenly contested first period. The opening to this had seen Ware claim three corners in quick succession but Ollie Peters' more numerous long throws were ample compensation for the visitors.
A good routine from a Ware corner in the 13th minute between Jack Hutchinson and Khale Dacosta ended with the latter firing across the face of Harris's goal. But the majority of Ware's 13 corners in the game were mostly too short or too long to give the Bedford defence much trouble.
The visitors meanwhile seemed to rely a lot on Leroy Griffiths as a focal point. Not without cause as the former League player was always a useful target for those long throws and free kicks whilst at other times his eye for a good chance and the skill to exploit it allowed him to prompt and supply a number of opportunities for his side.
With Marcus Rose still nursing his hamstring Murat Karagul was again drafted in at centre back. The battle that he and his partner Steven O'Hara had to keep Griffiths quiet was possibly the key point of interest in an otherwise unremarkable first half.
The second half was a different matter as Ware started to exercise more control over the game. Perhaps Griffiths, at 39, was tiring but his influence was not as strong after the restart. Certainly the visitors didn't have a shot of note on target in the second period.
Ware however were beginning to push forward more regularly, something signalled as early as the first minute of the half when Hutchinson was through on goal though his shot lacked power. He made amends ten minutes later when a delicate touch saw him glide round one tackle and set up Wynter who was only denied by Harris smothering the ball at his feet.
The keeper was back in action within a minute, this time flicking DaCosta's shot over the bar as Ware's corner count mounted. Ware were beginning to put some good football together and a 71st minute move involving Josh Oyibo, Bishop and Wynter again required the visiting defence to pull out all they had to prevent a goal.
But six minutes later Wynter made the breakthrough with his shot from distance. Ware rang the changes with their last two substitutions as the game wore on, the last bringing Jake Chambers-Shaw on. Chambers-Shaw joins Ware from Cambridge United but had little time to show his worth though at least he got on. Justin Leavers , another from United, spent the afternoon on the bench. Presumably they will both get better chances in the future.
The immediate future brings Egham Town to Wodson Park next Saturday. Egham are the only team to inflict defeat on Ware in their last nine games but have just suffered two home reverses (including one to Bedford) which have prevented them from taking over at the top of the table as many expected. They will want to make up for that next week. It should be a good game.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Murat Karagul, Steven O'Hara, Khale Dacosta (Danny Hart 79mins), Josh Oyibo, Kieran Bishop, Dernell Wynter (Jake Chambers-Shaw 91mins), Jack Hutchinson (Jimmy Hartley 69mins). Unused subs: Cameron Currie, Justin Leavers.