Tilbury 1 Ware 3
First away win in the league as Ware complete a double over the Dockers.
Was this the kind of response Ken Charlery wanted from his team after Saturday's disappointment? It's hard to believe that he could have asked for much more.
With this result Ware gained their first away win in the league this season, a first double and, after the loose defending at the weekend, kept a clean sheet for 90 minutes before an unlucky slip by Marcus Rose caused him to handle the ball in the area for a penalty. It is also the first time since the league table developed a mature look that they have beaten a side above them in Ryman North.
Perhaps it was to be expected. After inflicting a heavy 6-1 defeat on Ware in 2012 Tilbury have now only scored twice against them in the seven subsequent meetings. But Charlery will put this down to more than just the football gods.
After early sparring Ware played well and were two up at the break. Gareth Price and Brian Haule were the scorers as they edged themselves further ahead of all other contenders in the Blues goal chart.
Haule was the first to strike with what is becoming a trade mark glancing header, this time from a Jack Mace cross on 35 minutes.
Price took another seven minutes to make his mark. He had earlier brought a good save out of Lee Butcher who had also denied Evandro Delgado when he tipped his header against the bar but the Tilbury keeper had no chance on 42 minutes as Price rifled home for 2-0.
Butcher was in action again in the second half saving well from Aston Goss and then getting down to deny Mekhi McLeod from a tight angle. McLeod had only just arrived from the bench to make his debut having joined Ware from Dagenham & Redbridge though with earlier spells at Wolves and Glasgow Rangers as an under-20 player.
He showed good touches but it was Price who clinched the points with two minutes of normal time left. A long clearance by Kyle Forster caused problems for the home defence which the Ware man exploited to score his tenth league goal of the season and 13th in all competitions.
Kurt Smith was the man to deny Ware a clean sheet with his powerful penalty kick into the roof of Ware's net in added time.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Murat Karagul, Marcus Rose, Tom Bradbury (Josh Oyibo 61mins), Aston Goss (Mekhi McLeod 73mins), Joe Reynolds, Brian Haule, Gareth Price, Evandro Delgado. Unused subs: Ryan Hervel, Dani Ladeira, Joe Simmonds.
And I nearly forgot. That's now six matches to go to Ware's 5,000th since 1892.