Ware 2 Bury Town 2
When a draw feels like a win. Seemingly dead but not Bury-ed Ware rise like (they did against) Phoenix.
Ware have come back from two down more than once already this season but this latest draw was perhaps more special than any of the others. It put a stop to a run of defeats and extended the gap between them and the relegation zone.
Goals from Murat Karagul (a penalty with fourteen minutes of normal time left) and Gareth Price in added time salvaged a point after Ollie Hughes had scored either side of half time to give Bury a seemingly unassailable lead. Curiously it was the same scorers even down to Karagul's penalty and Price's added time equaliser who had rescued a point at home to Phoenix earlier in the season.
In Ware's last three games a two-nil deficit would have been enough to finish them off with the possibility of more goals to rub salt in the wound so the recovery was a welcome sign of a stiffening of the collective resolve.
Helping in that were the changes from Saturday's game with Ryan Hervel retaining his place in midfield with the man he replaced, Reece Simpson, not selected in the squad for this game. Karagul's return for his 190th competitive appearance after sitting out the defeat at Bowers was surely also an important factor whilst Anthony Furlonge coming back from injury will have brought a steadying influence in defence.
Ware: Darren Behcet, Junior Appiah (Kambo Smith 89mins), Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Marcus Rose, Anthony Furlonge, Jonathan Nzengo (Dean Mason 80mins), Josh Oyibo, Gareth Price, Bradley Wood-Garness (Ellis Remy 62mins), Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Russell Harley, Lewis Soraf.