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Brightlingsea Regent
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J Turner (49'), P Kelly (74'), R Griggs (87')
Sat 25 Feb 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - North Division Attendance 102

Ware 0 Brightlingsea Regent 3

Defensive lapses cost Ware as Brightlingsea go clear at the top.

The score line reads as a hugely disappointing, not to mention morale sapping outcome from a game in which Ware enjoyed an equal share of possession and territory. They even won the corner count 6-3 but you have to put the ball in the net and the visitors clearly edged matters in that respect. Ware were reliant on Geoff Mitchell's headers and flicks but too often there was no-one available to take advantage beyond the lone Gareth Price who put in his usual good shift.

Supporters might have been anxious before the start of this game given the 5-0 defeat in the away game just four days earlier but Ware started well. They had their weekend faces on which suggested that the recent string of poor performances in midweek would not be repeated. Nor was there a repeat but mistakes at the back were ultimately to be their undoing.

That was all for the second half but for the moment Ware had a good spell and as early as the fifth minute might have taken the lead. Mitchell supplied Price whose ball across the six yard box had Sam Cowler in the Regent goal floundering but no one was on hand to steer the loose ball into the net from a couple of feet and it bounced away to safety.

Ware v Brightlingsea Regent 25.02.17
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Ware continued to have the upper hand and by the time Brightlingsea won their first corner in the 17th minute had won four of their own. Regent's effort was headed harmlessly over but it was a sign that they were beginning to feel their way into the match. As a result the rest of the half was an even handed affair with the visitors looking comfortable playing the ball across their back four whilst looking for the chance to create an opening.

Even so it was Ware who had a good chance on the half hour when Price robbed Matt Cripps in his own half and carried the ball goalwards. But good recovery work forced Price wide and his shot was straight at Cowler who gathered the ball at ground level.

Half time brought the feeling that the game was anyone's and that the first goal might be enough to settle things. So it was disappointing when, far from the first time this season, Ware conceded within five minutes of the restart. A good move down the left led to an opening for Brightlingsea that was well blocked by Darren Behcet but Jake Turner was closest to the loose ball and reacted to hit it into the net.

Ware responded almost immediately and Murat Karagul's corner was met by Josh Oyibo on the edge of the area. His shot seemed to beat Cowler but was cleared from the goal line by an alert defender. It was enough to tell Ware that there was still something on offer from the game and they enjoyed another good spell playing down the slope in search of an equaliser.

It was all undone with just over 15 minutes to go. Karagul's tempting cross was cleared up field where Junior Appiah, having a good game at right back, could have intercepted. Instead Marcus Rose took his captain's responsibility to the limit and went to cut it off himself. However he couldn't quite make it and instead clipped the ball into the path of Phil Kelly who was left with only Behcet to beat for 2-0.

The search for at least a consolation continued but with two minutes of normal time left Alaa Oujdi blotted what had been a strong performance when he under hit a back pass to Behcet. This time it was Ricky Griggs who exploited the exposed keeper to round off a good day for the visitors. With Maldon & Tiptree beaten at Bury, Regent are three points clear at the top with a game in hand.

If there was to be any consolation for the Blues it was in the debut of Reece Simpson who gave an assured and exemplary performance in midfield. The retirement of Joe Reynolds already seems to have been compensated for.

Ware: Darren Behcet, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Reece Simpson, Marcus Rose, Lewis Soraf, Kambo Smith (Ryan Hervel 67mins), Josh Oyibo, Gareth Price, Geoff Mitchell, Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Dean Mason, Russell Harley, Rokas Janilionis, Jack Mace.

Key moments

Goal Jake Turner scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Goal Phil Kelly scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Goal Ricky Griggs scores for Brightlingsea Regent

Videos and photos

Ware v Brightlingsea Regent 25.02.17
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87:00 Goal 0 - 3
Ricky Griggs scores for Brightlingsea Regent
80:00 Sub On
George Doyle is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
80:00 Sub Off
Connor Hogan is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
75:00 Sub On
Ricky Griggs is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
75:00 Sub Off
Phil Kelly is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
74:00 Goal 0 - 2
Phil Kelly scores for Brightlingsea Regent
69:00 Sub On
Robbie Rees is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
69:00 Sub Off
Billy Hunt is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
67:00 Sub On
Ryan Hervel is substituted on for Ware
67:00 Sub Off
Kambo Smith is substituted off for Ware
49:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jake Turner scores for Brightlingsea Regent
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Alaa Oujdi is yellow carded for Ware
24:00 Yellow Card
Murat Karagul is yellow carded for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • 0
  • Murat Karagul Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Alaa Oujdi Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Jake Turner Goal 49:00'
  • Ryan Hervel Sub On 67:00'
  • Kambo Smith Sub Off 67:00'
  • Robbie Rees Sub On 69:00'
  • Billy Hunt Sub Off 69:00'
  • Phil Kelly Goal 74:00'
  • Ricky Griggs Sub On 75:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub Off 75:00'
  • George Doyle Sub On 80:00'
  • Connor Hogan Sub Off 80:00'
  • Ricky Griggs Goal 87:00'

Team selection

Brightlingsea Regent
  • 1. Sam Cowler
  • 2. Phillip Boyland
  • 3. Russell Malton
  • 4. Connor Witherspoon
  • 5. Josh Gould
  • 6. Matt Cripps
  • 7. Connor Hogan
  • 8. Jake Turner
  • 9. Tom Richardson
  • 10. Phil Kelly
  • 11. Billy Hunt
  • 12. Aaron Condon
  • 14. Ricky Griggs
  • 15. George Doyle
  • 16. Robbie Rees
  • 17. Robert Harvey

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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