Ware 1 Aylesbury 0
Five wins on the trot at Wodson Park.
Ware rewarded their home support with a fifth successive win at Wodson Park. Like three of the previous four the margin was a single goal leaving the visitors probably disappointed not to have had more from a hard working performance as they seek a play off place.
But Ware stood firm in defence where Marcus Rose returned from injury for his first game since February's draw at Potters Bar. His centre back partnership with George Essuman playing only his second game for the club looked a solid combination as Ken Charlery continues to think about next season's squad.
In that respect he should also be pleased with the performance of Jake Chambers-Shaw who played his first full game and in an important midfield role. The smallest player on the pitch he nevertheless looked strong and was not easily intimidated. He demonstrated good ball skills and sound awareness of the tactical aspects of the game.
A guide to his significant role on the day came from the only time he was dispossessed allowing Aylesbury their best chance of the game and drawing a fine save, low to his right, out of Tom Coulton. In similar vein Dernell Wynter continues to prosper and Ware's only worry must be that his loan from Enfield will not be renewed.
This game was probably won by Ware's defence dealing effectively with an out of sorts attack, the latter emphasised by Daniel Gordon's miss after 75 minutes when he skied the ball from close range not just over the bar but nearly above the trees outside the ground.
But solid defence did allow Ware to attack from a firm base and with more steadiness and accuracy in front of goal the victory could have been bigger. As early as the fifth minute Kieran Bishop seized on a poor back header but with only James Weatherill to beat in the Aylesbury goal he shot weakly beyond a post to his own very obvious frustration.
After Ware's early superiority a slip in defence conceded a corner to Aylesbury which was cleared only with difficulty and provided the incentive for the visitors to raise their game. This heralded a testing time for Ware which brought the Essuman and Rose combination under close examination, a test they passed comfortably making use of height and power to clear their lines.
Essuman was also on hand to head just over the bar from a corner on 20 minutes as Ware continued to probe and then it was Bishop again, this time taking the ball to the by-line. His pass inside just evaded the oncoming Khale Dacosta who over ran it.
Dacosta seemed to be having little luck against Jeanmal Prosper when he tried to go past him on the left but when he cut inside after 40 minutes the number 2 tripped him in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
No-one in the Aylesbury defence complained though Dacosta's extravagant fall might have raised a few eyebrows. Bishop made amends for his earlier miss by despatching a powerful spot kick to Weatherill's left as the keeper dived to his right.
Dacosta had more luck in the second half and on 62 minutes took the ball to the goal line before delivering a pass across the face of the goal where it somehow eluded the necessary touch from a Ware player. He got to the line again but was well challenged and went down under pressure. Another elaborate fall was rightly ignored by the referee.
The visitors made two substitutions with 18 minutes to go in the hope of changing the game and might have done so but for Gordon's miss. As it was Ware went back on the attack from the restart and Dacosta was once again brought down in the area. It seemed a pretty clear penalty but the referee, doubtless wary after the Ware man's earlier tendency to go down easily, waved play on.
Undeterred Dacosta was again at the by line, this time on the Ware right, but his cross failed to be converted. Then it was Bishop who showed his ball skills by beating two defenders in the same position but his cross cum shot could only find the side netting with seven minutes to go.
Aylesbury put all they could into the final moments and a corner deep into added time saw Weatherill in the Ware area. But it came to nothing and with more control Ware's break from defence might have brought a second goal.
As it was Ware had to endure five minutes of added time which, given there had been no injuries, was probably required after some amusing if obvious time wasting antics but the referee eventually signalled a satisfying win.
There's now just one home game left and it has a possible impact on the relegation situation with the visit of Hanwell Town on the 23rd. Can Ware make it six in a row?
Ware: Tom Coulton, Jack Mace, Murat Karagul, Jake Chambers-Shaw, Marcus Rose, George Essuman, Khale Dacosta, Josh Oyibo, Kieran Bishop, Dernell Wynter, Danny Hart (Jack Hutchinson 66mins). Unused subs: Justin Leavers, Joe Simmonds, Ryan Hervel, Steven O'Hara.