1st Team v Tilbury
Relief as Ware banish disappointment of Saturday's defeat.
After Saturday's disappointing result it was important for Ware to win this game and get their season on track. That they did so with only one personnel change to their starting line up from the game at Aveley suggests an absence of panic after the weekend's defensive nightmare.
There were however significant positional changes. Jack Mace was the new face coming in to replace Jason Coughlan who suffered a calf strain in the weekend's game but he went in at right back to allow Aston Goss to move into Coughlan's vacant midfield position.
On the left Alaa Oujdi returned to his accustomed left back slot with Murat Karagul also released to bolster midfield. With those changes the Ware back four took on a look more reminiscent of the end of last season when it was limiting opponents to one goal at most in almost every game.
It is no surprise then that Tilbury suffered a shut-out although that was only possible thanks to Kyle Forster. His penalty save when he pushed away Jack Carlile's spot kick after 25 minutes helped preserve the clean sheet but also nipped in the bud any possible come-back by the visitors after Ware had taken an early two-goal lead.
Ware seem to have made a habit of scoring twice early in games and this one was no exception. Brian Haule, who had been playing second fiddle to his scoring partner Gareth Price in pre-season, scored again to give Ware the lead after only five minutes. As at Aveley on Saturday it was a close range header from Aston Goss's cross.
The ability to get the ball into dangerous areas close to goal is something Ware seem to be developing this season and after 17 minutes they did it again. This time it was from a corner with Evandro Delgado's in-swinger being met by Murat Karagul who buried the ball in the net from short range. Corners have been wasted in recent seasons but Ware appear able to deliver them more accurately and consistently again.
The second half was a different matter against a more than competent Tilbury side and it was then that the revised defensive set up had to be at its best. In the end the clean sheet was almost as important as the three points and restored credibility to Ware's ambitions this season after the leaking of so many goals on Saturday.
New signing Kambo Smith was the only substitute in what may become a settled side but coming on late in the game had little time to impress.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Murat Karagul, Marcus Rose, Tom Bradbury, Aston Goss, Josh Oyibo, Brian Haule, Gareth Price (Kambo Smith 87mins), Evandro Delgado. Unused subs: Ryan Hervel, Nathan Mukuna, Anton Johnson, Joe Simmonds.