Ware 3 Thamesmead Town 1
Ware stay undefeated at home in the league with another good performance.
Not for the first time this season the Ware starting line up was the same as that for the previous match. There is a lot to be said for this consistency both in terms of team morale and player confidence on the pitch. Certainly Ware's frustrating habit of having plenty of the first half in matches but failing to score was dealt a satisfying blow by Evandro Delgado's goal after 17 seconds, his first for the club in competitive football.
Ware continued to press and Gareth Price provided a chance for his fellow top scorer Brian Haule after 18 minutes but Haule, clear in the six yard box, put his header over the bar. Instead it was Price who took over as top scorer after 30 minutes when he cut in from the right and saw his shot deflected in for 2-0.
Ware might have had another two minutes later but Aston Goss was denied a follow up to his goal on Saturday by a narrow offside decision. Then Thamesmead keeper Tyler McArthy denied him with a great save three minutes from the break.
It wasn't quite all one way traffic as Aaron Rhule sprung the offside trap and was only denied by Kyle Forster's legs in the dying moments of the half but Ware had had by far the better of things and looked to be on their way to more home points.
Things were not so clear cut in the second period with Thamesmead looking more threatening and proving it after 61 minutes. The ball fell to Thomas O'Connor on the edge of the Ware area and he drilled the ball through a ruck of players to reduce the arrears.
Even so Ware looked to have recovered their two goal margin five minutes later when Price engineered a good opportunity for himself only to see his shot cannon back off the post.
But Ware were not to be denied and James Mays, coming off the bench 15 minutes earlier for only his third appearance for the Blues, effectively secured the three points with ten to go. As Ware counter attacked and with defenders backing off him he fired a great shot into the corner of the net from outside the area.
Ware remain undefeated at home but will be disappointed by the loss of discipline at the end of the game when four players received bookings from the 89th minute onwards to make it five yellow cards over all.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Marcus Rose, Murat Karagul, Aston Goss (James Mays 66mins), Joe Reynolds, Brian Haule (Paolo Montella 90mins), Gareth Price, Evandro Delgado. Unused subs: Josh Oyibo, Dani Ladeira, Joe Simmonds.
Now only 8 matches to go to reach 5,000 first team games since 1892.