Ware 3 Wroxham 1
Three points and a move up the table by four places were the outcome of Ware's victory but a shaky period in the second half almost cost them.
With Marcus Rose still nursing his hamstring Ware started with the same eleven that took the field at Brentwood in midweek. That meant Murat Karagul was again a partner to Tom Bradbury at centre back. It's a good pairing but until Rose gets back to fitness it means that Karagul's strength is missed in midfield.
Even so Ware started well enough with Josh Oyibo bringing a save out of Elliot Pride with a shot that was turned round the post after four minutes. Gareth Price was set free two minutes later and bore down on goal but Pride was out quickly to thwart him again at the expense of a corner.
In between these two chances Wroxham had come close to a goal themselves when it seemed easier for Kyle Baker to score than not but his shot drifted wide of the post with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
By and large however Ware continued to play the ball around neatly on a surface looking remarkably green after the recent rain but Wroxham defended in depth whilst offering the ever present threat of a break away.
Ware broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when Aston Goss, on the left, fed the ball to Price who moved it across the area to his striking partner Brian Haule. For a moment it seemed that Haule hesitated as he tried to get control of the ball but having drawn Pride from his goal he side stepped the keeper to open up a sight of the goal. The hard work had been done and the scoring shot itself was relatively straight forward.
It was 2-0 after 43 minutes when Goss, this time on the right, floated a free kick into the Wroxham area. Haule rose highest and his glancing header found the far corner of the goal.
Two goals up and kicking down the slope everything looked rosy for Ware and they started the second half hoping to close out the game. But Wroxham, looking for their first points of the season, weren't going quietly.
Less than five minutes into the half a free kick from Baker ended with Ben Lewis's shot from close range being deflected over the bar. This signalled a nervy period for the home side and it was no surprise when Wroxham pulled a goal back after 58 minutes. A smart move upfield caught the Ware defence back pedalling desperately. Ross Gilfedder's cross found Jordan Rocastle who scored from close range.
For a while it looked as though the visitors would push on to get an equaliser but Ken Charlery refreshed the team with substitutions and Ware began to come back into contention. Indicative of this was Oyibo's long range lob on 67 minutes which just went the wrong side of Pride's left post. Meanwhile Wroxham did get the ball in the net again but Gilfedder's header was disallowed for a push.
Ware then sealed the points on 80 minutes when Jack Mace's forward header was cushioned by Oyibo on his chest before the midfielder turned and split the Wroxham defence with a pass to Price. The Ware man advanced before shooting past Pride and just inside his right post for 3-1.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Murat Karagul, Tom Bradbury, Aston Goss (Jonathan Constant 79mins), Josh Oyibo, Brian Haule, Gareth Price (Dani Ladeira 89mins), Nathan Mukuna (Evandro Delgado 68mins). Unused subs: Kambo Smith, Joe Simmonds.