AFC Hornchurch 4 Ware 0
Ware not up to the mark in disappointing performance.
Ware suffered their worst defeat of the season with a performance to match. They found themselves up against a Hornchurch side that was quicker on the ball, stronger in the tackle and able to find their men more tellingly.
The visitors fielded two debutants with Clarke Bogard in goal probably left to wonder if he had made the right decision in joining Ware. None of the goals could be laid at his door as AFC too often found openings to exploit.
Ware did at least look more threatening in the second half but the penalty of going forward was that they were left exposed at the back and allowed Hornchurch, limited to one goal before the break, to score three more and miss a number of other good chances. Blues' second half performance was also improved by the eventual arrival of Aston Goss and Evandro Delgado from the bench.
Delgado may be guilty of over elaboration at times but he can hold on to the ball and make progress whilst occupying the attention of the opposition defence. The two wide men who started the game were not able to do this with Dean Mason's debut on the right ending in favour of Goss whilst Laurence Vaughan gave way earlier to Delgado.
The first twenty minutes of this game saw Hornchurch monopolising possession and territory as they exploited gaps between Ware's defence and midfield. It all told in the 17th minute when a long throw caused problems in the Ware penalty area and after a brief period of pinball in front of goal Abs Thompson was on hand to lift the ball into the net.
This did appear to wake Ware up and they started to put some moves together. They launched their best attack thus far just before the half hour but it came to nothing and Hornchurch immediately showed them how it should be done. A crisp passing move left Ware with nothing but vain appeals for offside before Leon McKenzie fired narrowly over.
A little later Ware's injury problems were deepened when Brian Haule had to leave the field with yet another recurrence of his knee problem which suggests that he needs a lengthy period off to properly recover.
The second half saw Ware make a more lively start with Gareth Price having an early long range shot which tested Sam Mott in the home goal. But thoughts that the visitors might yet make a game of it were given a set back five minutes in when McKenzie had time to turn and fire with pinpoint accuracy beyond Bogard and into the net off the keeper's left hand post.
Ware plugged away but were getting nothing from a strong defence and with Hornchurch ever dangerous a third goal was always on the cards. It came after 68 minutes following some unchallenged head tennis in front of goal by the home forwards until the ball fell to McKenzie's feet and he scored from close range.
The scoring was completed six minutes later when Ross Wall benefitted from a ball pulled back to him on the edge of Ware's area before burying it in the net. It might have been worse as Hornchurch scented blood but they were wasteful of their chances with George Purcell missing twice in a matter of minutes as the game wound down.
Ware: Clarke Bogard, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Murat Karagul, Tom Bradbury, Dean Mason (Aston Goss 76mins), Joe Reynolds, Brian Haule (Josh Oyinsan 37mins), Gareth Price, Laurence Vaughan (Evandro Delgado 58mins). Unused subs: Ryan Hervel, Ashley Harris.