Brightlingsea Regent 5 Ware 0
Home side have the wind in their sails as Ware are blown away.
After conceding a goal inside the first two minutes it began to look as though Ware were containing the damage as half time approached. But having finished off a long through ball at the start of the game to give his side the lead Billy Hunt made it 2-0 when he headed home a corner after 39 minutes.
Only a minute later it was 3-0 as another corner came in and this time Tom Richardson's shot from a goal mouth scramble was blocked but from behind the line. Making the most of the strong wind at their back Brightlingsea might have made it four before the break as Connor Hogan broke forward with just Darren Behcet to beat but the keeper did enough to force the shot wide.
Ware started the second half with two substitutions; Rokas Janilionis replacing Jack Fowler in the back four and wide mid fielder Junior Appiah taking over from full back Jack Mace presumably reflecting the need to exploit the strong wind now in their favour.
It seemed to pay off come the hour as Kambo Smith had a chance with a half volley across the face of goal and then ten minutes later when the same player was on the end of a good move between Josh Oyibo (back for his first game after suspension) and Murat Karagul. This time Smith headed just over the bar.
But it all seemed to be undone with fifteen minutes to go when Phil Kelly extended the home side's lead, exploiting defensive fragility to roll the ball in to the net. And it was not over as another defensive lapse allowed Hunt to complete his hat trick in the last ten minutes as Ware (albeit without Gareth Price or Joe Reynolds) fell away to a chastening defeat.
It was the first time Ware have conceded five league goals since the start of the season and they face the same team on Saturday at Wodson Park. Regent meanwhile move level on points with Maldon & Tiptree at the top of the table and with a game in hand.
Ware: Darren Behcet, Jack Mace (Junior Appiah 46mins), Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Marcus Rose, Jack Fowler (Rokas Janilionis 46mins), Dean Mason, Josh Oyibo, Kambo Smith, Geoff Mitchell (Evandro Delgado 74mins), Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Lewis Soraf, Russell Harley.