Ware 2 Aveley 0
Three points and a clean sheet as Ware look to prosper under new management.
It is of course too early to make predictions with absolute confidence but on this thoroughly composed performance it does look as though Ware can start to think about climbing back up the table.
Other than an early scare when Alaa Oujdi was required to head off the line after an Aveley, corner the visitors failed to have an effort on goal. Ware on the other hand slowly got a grip on proceedings and if their performance wasn't spectacular it was solid.
If any players stand out from a good all round showing it is two of the midfielders. Joe Reynolds' calm authority was complemented by Josh Oyibo's impetuous skills. Regrettably that impetuosity led to two mistimed tackles that both warranted yellow cards. Oyibo's return from suspension thus sees him back on the FA's list of offenders and missing next week's key encounter at Brentwood.
Even so, after an opening period in which both sides cancelled each other out it was Oyibo who set the game alight exactly half way through the first 45 minutes. Imedd Kartita played him through with a diagonal pass and although this appeared to force Oyibo wide he unleashed a fierce shot that came back from the intersection of post and bar.
This seemed to add impetus to the home team's play and for much of the rest of the game the balance was in their favour. Five minutes later Kambo Smith rescued a ball on the goal line and with the aid of some physicality eluded his marker to pull the ball back for a better angle on goal. However, his shot hit the outside of the post before running along the side netting for a goal kick.
Moments later Oyibo fed Dean Mason whose centre was scrambled away by the visiting defence whilst a further five minutes saw Smith going down under pressure in the Aveley area. Cries for a penalty were ignored by Mr Chalmers who waved play on but Ware were back again. This time Murat Karagul's free kick on the right was headed wide by Lewis Soraf, on for the injured Rokas Janilionis.
The second half continued to see Ware having the better share of the game and almost immediately after the restart Kartita had a chance to open the scoring but fired straight at Clarke Bogard in the visitors' goal.
It took another ten minutes for Ware to open their account. Mason was on the end of a free kick and took the ball to the goal line on the right. It looked as though he might have played himself into difficulty but he squeezed a centre out of a tight situation. The ball reached Marcus Rose in the six yard box who, with his back to the goal, was able to turn and shoot home for the lead and his first goal for the club.
It was 2-0 after 67 minutes when Reynolds played a long pass from right to left and deep into Aveley territory. Karagul was there to meet it and took the ball deeper still before his pull back was met on the run by Evandro Delgado who smashed the ball home from outside the penalty area.
The points were pretty much Ware's after that and they were able to survive the loss of Oyibo to his early shower whilst bringing on Gareth Price for some match practice before Tuesday's game with Bishop's Stortford in which he will presumably figure more prominently.
Ware: Darren Behcet, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Marcus Rose, Rokas Janilionis (Lewis Soraf 36mins), Dean Mason, Joe Reynolds, Kambo Smith (Gareth Price 77mins), Imedd Kartita (Evandro Delgado 59mins), Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Russell Harley, Laurence Vaughan.