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Great Wakering Rovers
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D Mason (1'), G Price (4', 41'), J Oyibo (9', 64')
Sat 7 Jan 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - North Division Attendance 104

Great Wakering Rovers 0 Ware 5

New management team gets off to "Great" start. Mehmet Elitok (2nd right) joins the photo as Steve Clark, Danny Foster, Anwar Uddin and Rich Bates pose before the start of the game.

With only nine minutes gone and the result already seemingly in the bag after Ware had scored three times without reply all concerned might have been forgiven for thinking that a new era had dawned heralding success all the way to the end of the season.

Understandably new manager Anwar Uddin expressed himself "Delighted" with the response from the team, "They did what was asked of them," he said after the game but he is too wise to think that every opponent will be as generous as Great Wakering were in the opening period. Stiffer tasks lie ahead and he will have to face the next one without top scorer Gareth Price who is starting a two-match suspension next Saturday.

Even so this was a very good performance from a team that went looking for supremacy and goals from the off and got what they were looking for after just 35 seconds. Dean Mason's shot from outside the box skidded on the greasy surface and slipped under Tyler McCarthy's dive to hit the back of the net.

McCarthy had apparently been Wakering's hero in a 1-1 draw last Monday but such are the ups and downs of a goalkeeper's life that he was picking the ball out of the net again just two minutes later. That man Price was doing his usual never-say-die act and closed in on the keeper as he prepared to clear a seemingly harmless back pass. The keeper was too late and Price too quick, the clearance cannoning off him and into the goal for two-nil.

The home side looked shell-shocked and the ball rarely got beyond Ware's midfield when they launched an attack. Darren Behcet, Ware's sixth goalkeeper this season and the only new man in the team hardly touched the ball in the first half as Ware seemed to win just about every tackle to prevent Great Wakering developing anything of note going forward.

At the other end of the pitch it was a different story and in the eighth minute a break on the left saw Murat Karagul feed the ball to Price who wrong footed the home defence by turning the ball inside for Josh Oyibo. His shot from outside the area was low and hard, going past McCarthy's left and into the corner for three-nil.

Ware kept up the pressure with McCarthy saving with his feet after a good move from the visitors in the 11th minute before a poor clearance two minutes later gave the ball to Ware just inside the home side's half. The ball was fired back with two defenders letting it slip between them to reach Price who shot wide under pressure from McCarthy.

With Marcus Rose fit again it was Lewis Soraf who retained his place in the back four at the expense of Tom Bradbury on the bench. Soraf was having a good game and after 24 minutes split the home defence with a great pass for Karagul who couldn't quite get his foot to it.

It looked as though the half was going to see no more scoring until five minutes before the break. One Ware attack was broken up but the ball cleared only as far as Joe Reynolds who played it out to Jack Mace. The full back worked forward before finding Price close to the six yard box from where he made no mistake to make it four-nil.

If anything the first twenty minutes of the second half saw Ware in more control than they were before with play almost permanently in the home half of the pitch. Ware eventually found their fifth goal but in curious circumstances.

Jack Mace had already been yellow carded for what seemed a relatively innocuous tackle when Evandro Delgado was brought down in a heavy tackle. The referee awarded a free kick but Oyibo, who has developed a mature attitude on the pitch of late that has improved his football considerably, presumably sensed the need to point out the difference in the two offences. He reverted to his old ways and charged across the pitch to remonstrate and might have got himself a red card if he had not been held well clear by his team mates.

There was more than a little irony that Karagul's free kick was floated over to the far post where Oyibo was on hand to head home for Ware's fifth.

In the charged atmosphere following the events there was a sense that scores might be about to be settled and the sight of home players racing to tackle Oyibo when he had the ball raised apprehension though needlessly as it turned out.

Whether it was a need to calm everything down or that Ware started to relax but Great Wakering started to come into the game. On 74 minutes McCarthy cleared the ball straight to Karagul outside the area but he was unable to make anything of it and this time the clearance found a home player. Jacob Cleaver tried a long range shot that bounced off the top of Ware's bar.

Ten minutes later Rovers were denied a consolation when Lewis Soraf headed the ball off the line. It was the last serious action of a good afternoon's work which lifted Ware back towards the middle of the table.

For the record it was Ware's biggest league win since they beat Fleet Town 6-1 last season and their biggest away win in the league since 15th December 2007 when Waltham Abbey also went down by 5-0. At 35 seconds the opening goal was five seconds later than Elliot Bailey's at Kings Langley last year, the game, as it happens, that marked the start of Ken Charlery's time as manager.

Ware: Darren Behcet, Jack Mace, Aston Goss, Josh Oyibo (Ryan Hervel 86mins), Lewis Soraf, Marcus Rose, Dean Mason, Joe Reynolds, Gareth Price (Kambo Smith 83mins), Evandro Delgado (Junior Appiah 72mins), Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Tom Bradbury, Dani Ladeira.

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Key moments

Goal Dean Mason scores for Ware
Goal Gareth Price scores for Ware
Goal Josh Oyibo scores for Ware
Goal Gareth Price scores for Ware
Goal Josh Oyibo scores for Ware


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86:00 Sub On
Ryan Hervel is substituted on for Ware
86:00 Sub Off
Josh Oyibo is substituted off for Ware
83:00 Sub On
Kambo Smith is substituted on for Ware
83:00 Sub Off
Gareth Price is substituted off for Ware
72:00 Sub On
Junior Appiah is substituted on for Ware
72:00 Sub Off
Evandro Delgado is substituted off for Ware
71:00 Sub Off
Jake Gordon is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
71:00 Sub On
Stephen Butterworth is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
64:00 Goal 0 - 5
Josh Oyibo scores for Ware
63:00 Yellow Card
Josh Oyibo is yellow carded for Ware
58:00 Sub Off
Michael Ogboin is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
58:00 Sub On
Dan Gilchrist is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
58:00 Sub Off
Scott Pethers is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
58:00 Sub On
Jason Ring is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
56:00 Yellow Card
Jack Mace is yellow carded for Ware
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 0 - 4
Gareth Price scores for Ware
9:00 Goal 0 - 3
Josh Oyibo scores for Ware
4:00 Goal 0 - 2
Gareth Price scores for Ware
0:35 Goal 0 - 1
Dean Mason scores for Ware
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Great Wakering Rovers
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Dean Mason Goal 0:35'
  • Gareth Price Goal 4:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Goal 9:00'
  • Gareth Price Goal 41:00'
  • Jack Mace Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Jason Ring Sub On 58:00'
  • Scott Pethers Sub Off 58:00'
  • Dan Gilchrist Sub On 58:00'
  • Michael Ogboin Sub Off 58:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Goal 64:00'
  • Stephen Butterworth Sub On 71:00'
  • Jake Gordon Sub Off 71:00'
  • Junior Appiah Sub On 72:00'
  • Evandro Delgado Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kambo Smith Sub On 83:00'
  • Gareth Price Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ryan Hervel Sub On 86:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Sub Off 86:00'

Team selection

Great Wakering Rovers
  • 1. Tyler McCarthy
  • 2. Scott Pethers
  • 3. Jimmy Nottage
  • 4. Kai Heather
  • 5. John Easterford
  • 6. Kye Jude
  • 7. Jonathan Nzengo
  • 8. Ricky Evans
  • 9. Jake Gordon
  • 10. Michael Ogboin
  • 11. Jacob Cleaver
  • 12. Jason Ring
  • 14. Dan Gilchrist
  • 15. Nikki Beale
  • 16. Stephen Butterworth
  • 17. Harley Kee

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Dereham Town 46 54
19. Soham Town Rangers 46 53
20. Waltham Abbey 46 51
21. Heybridge Swifts 46 51
22. Ware 46 51
23. Wroxham 46 25
24. Great Wakering Rovers 46 25

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