Ware 2 Bowers & Pitsea 3
Close but no cigar as Ware fall away after a good first half.
With Brian Haule injured, Murat Karagul suspended and Kyle Forster released there were new signings in the Ware team for this match. Connor Boloton arrived from Enfield Town to have a good first half in midfield and Josh Oyinsan came on loan from Billericay to add power and height up front. In goal was Lewis Todd with experience at North Greenford United and Barton Rovers but, still in his teens and with a slight build, he was the source of some apprehension among supporters.
It took some time for the new players to blend in with their team mates and in the opening period there were spells when the visitors held sway with some confident football. But Ware had their moments and in the sixth minute Joe Reynolds fired a free kick beyond former Ware keeper Rhys Madden and just over the bar.
Shots just over the bar became a feature of this game and Bowers' David Knight did likewise on 15 minutes. Five minutes later, Oyinsan took a pass from Jack Mace inside the opponents' area and turned well to give himself an opening but he was the next to drive a shot just over.
Ware were now looking more comfortable as a unit and after 27 minutes good work by Bolton gave Gareth Price the opportunity for a shot that Madden saved at the expense of a corner.
Blues had what they wanted three minutes later when Alaa Oujdi put over a cross from the left and Oyinsan rose above everyone else to head past Madden for the lead. Ware were on top for the rest of the half but their best chance came after 35 minutes. Price's shot from a full 30 yards was again just over the bar with Madden beaten.
If supporters felt a little hard done to by the final result it has to be said that Ware never achieved the same level of football in the second half. Raids down the wings were replaced by high balls down the middle. Oyinsan seems able to win just about any ball in the air but it's asking a lot of him to turn these into scoring chances.
Wares best chance in this period came after 50 minutes when the ball was cleared off their line and a break was immediately set up with Price carrying the ball down the right. Bolton was coming up fast down the middle and received Price's pass but his shot was high and wide.
Bowers were looking better in the second half and it wasn't entirely surprising that they should equalise though the penalty conceded by Jack Mace on 56 minutes seemed a little soft. Bradley Warner converted it with ease but Ware might have regained the lead four minutes later except that Gareth Price's free kick was driven just wide.
The game took a significant turn around the 65th minute. Aston Goss's fierce shot was well saved by Madden and within a minute Bowers had their second when Warner was unmarked on the end of a cross with the goal staring him in the face.
Ware came back and a 73rd minute corner was cleared only as far as Reynolds whose shot through a crowd of players brought the scores level. But it didn't last and almost immediately Bowers fired a warning when they hit a post. Shortly after that Lewis Green was put through with just the keeper to beat and made no mistake to wrap up the points.
Ware worked hard for another equaliser but all they got was a yellow card for Price. After Tuesday's disappointing performance this was a noticeable improvement. Next Tuesday sees them at home yet again with the chance to get back to winning ways. They will probably have to do so without Marcus Rose who limped off near the end with what looked like a knee injury. If so the returning Karagul will once again take up the centre back role he has filled with success at other times in the season.
Ware: Lewis Todd, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Aston Goss, Marcus Rose (Jason Coughlan 87mins), Tom Bradbury, Connor Bolton (Ryan Hervel 65mins), Joe Reynolds, Josh Oyinsan, Gareth Price, Evandro Delgado. Unused subs: Josh Oyibo, Dani Ladeira, Joe Simmonds.