Cheshunt 2 Ware 0
No merry Christmas for Ware as second half goals condemn them to defeat.
There were changes in the Ware team from the previous good performance against Needham Market with Marcus Rose, after a long injury lay-off, returning as captain at centre back at the expense of Tom Bradbury. Jack Mace also returned from injury to relegate Aston Goss to the bench.
At number 11 Junior Appiah replaced Evandro Delgado, who was absent from the squad for only the second time this season, to make his debut for Ware and to hit the bar in the second half. Appiah's transfer from Thurrock masks earlier attachments to several Essex clubs in the Thames corridor with whom he has played enough games against us to be a familiar face to Blues' supporters.
Both teams had their chances in the first half with Cheshunt's Jordan Spearman hitting the Ware bar before chances fell to Brian Haule and Gareth Price for the visitors.
With Ware having come into the game as the first half wore on hopes were high of them continuing after the break but it was Cheshunt who broke the deadlock four minutes into the second half. Jason Hallett followed up a save by Kyle Forster to bury the loose ball in the net.
Tom Bradbury replace Brian Haule shortly after in a move to release Murat Karagul to go forward. However, Cheshunt wrapped up the points when Emmanuel Osei was given too much space and time to score into the bottom corner of Forster's goal.
More substitutions followed for both sides as any hope seemed to slip from Ware's grasp. There were few disciplinary problems in this game with just one player from each side finding his way into the referee's notebook which makes Alaa Oujdi's 90th minute sending off all the more frustrating.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Marcus Rose, Murat Karagul, Dean Mason, Joe Reynolds, Brian Haule (Tom Bradbury 53mins), Gareth Price (Aston Goss 73mins), Junior Appiah. Unused subs: Kambo Smith, Laurance Vaughan, Ashley Harris.