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Bowers & Pitsea
M Stokes (2'), B Warner (4'), D Knight (8', 32', 43')
Full time
Sat 4 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - North Division Attendance 106

Bowers & Pitsea 5 Ware 0

Another disappointing defensive display leaves Ware hovering above the danger zone.

If you want to win games you have to give the forwards something to aim for. Conceding three poor goals in the first eight minutes left them facing an uphill struggle and suggested to the watching fans that the game was essentially over as a contest.

Bowers are well placed in the play-offs but had little need to demonstrate their credentials for promotion in an opening half during which Ware leaked goals almost from the off. A second minute corner was missed by the defence and whilst Darren Behcet got a hand to Martyn Stokes' header he had little chance of stopping it.

A second goal followed two minutes later as a long through ball was missed by Lewis Soraf allowing Brad Warner a clear run on goal. It was three in another four minutes when a corner on Ware's left seemed to skim off Behcet's fist and David Knight headed home.

The mistakes were being shared amongst the team but it might have been better to have one person to blame rather than many. As it was Reece Simpson was the eventual one chosen, not because of defensive mistakes but his midfield display was a fair way short of his man of the match performance the previous week. Ryan Hervel replaced him but by then his team was four down, Knight having scored his second from close range just after the half hour.

The Bowers marksman completed his hat trick with a couple of minutes left of the half after another lofted through ball was misjudged by Soraf and fell to him. Marcus Rose was across to try to snuff out the danger but Knight was in control of the situation and broke free to score with a low shot.

It might have been worse after an earlier header from Callum Leahy hit the bar and rebounded on to Alaa Oujdi. The full back kept his nerve to clear the ball before it crossed the line.

Ware started the second half with no further changes and looked livelier in the opening minutes. They certainly had more of the game though Bowers may have taken things easier in the second period. This did at least give Ware's latest signings - Jonathan Nzengo and Bradley Wood-Garness - a chance to demonstrate their talents though the latter tired as the game wore on and presumably needs to get match fit.

Ware might have scored a consolation when former Ware keeper Rhys Madden dropped a cross leaving his defenders to scramble Kambo Smith's goal bound shot away from danger.

The home side weren't idle however and when Behcet came out of his area to cut off a long punt forward he was too late leaving the Bowers man to shoot at an empty goal though Soraf, tracking back, was on hand to head clear.

Overall there was some lamentable defending by Ware in this game and their once reasonable goal difference is now well into the negative. Consolation came with the knowledge that all the teams below them also lost but they need to start winning and stop relying on others' results.

They face Bury at home on Tuesday and need to shed their recent midweek form which now seems to have spread to Saturdays if they are to get something from the game.

Ware: Darren Behcet, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Marcus Rose, Lewis Soraf, Jonathan Nzengo, Reece Simpson (Ryan Hervel 39mins), Gareth Price (Kambo Smith 71mins), Bradley Wood-Garness, Dean Mason. Unused subs: Murat Karagul, Anthony Furlonge, Russell Harley.

Key moments

Goal Martyn Stokes scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Goal Brad Warner scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Goal David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Goal David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Goal David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea


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83:00 Yellow Card
Josh Oyibo is yellow carded for Ware
77:00 Yellow Card
Jack Gardner is yellow carded for Bowers & Pitsea
73:00 Sub On
Aaron Russell is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea
73:00 Sub Off
Ben Sartain is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea
71:00 Sub Off
Gareth Price is substituted off for Ware
71:00 Sub On
Kambo Smith is substituted on for Ware
56:00 Sub On
Billy Jones is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea
56:00 Sub Off
David Knight is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea
46:00 Sub On
Jack Gardner is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea
46:00 Sub Off
Alfie Hilton is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 5 - 0
David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
39:00 Sub Off
Reece Simpson is substituted off for Ware
39:00 Sub On
Ryan Hervel is substituted on for Ware
32:00 Goal 4 - 0
David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
8:00 Goal 3 - 0
David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
4:00 Goal 2 - 0
Brad Warner scores for Bowers & Pitsea
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Martyn Stokes scores for Bowers & Pitsea
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As it happened

  • Bowers & Pitsea
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Martyn Stokes Goal 2:00'
  • Brad Warner Goal 4:00'
  • David Knight Goal 8:00'
  • David Knight Goal 32:00'
  • Ryan Hervel Sub On 39:00'
  • Reece Simpson Sub Off 39:00'
  • David Knight Goal 43:00'
  • Jack Gardner Sub On 46:00'
  • Alfie Hilton Sub Off 46:00'
  • Billy Jones Sub On 56:00'
  • David Knight Sub Off 56:00'
  • Kambo Smith Sub On 71:00'
  • Gareth Price Sub Off 71:00'
  • Aaron Russell Sub On 73:00'
  • Ben Sartain Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jack Gardner Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Yellow Card 83:00'

Team selection

Bowers & Pitsea
  • 1. Rhys Madden
  • 2. Lewis Clark
  • 3. Sam Cross
  • 4. Martyn Stokes
  • 5. Jamie Salmon
  • 6. Ben Sartain
  • 7. Lewis Manor
  • 8. Callum Leahy
  • 9. David Knight
  • 10. Brad Warner
  • 11. Alfie Hilton
  • 12. Aaron Russell
  • 13. Martyn Guest
  • 14. Billy Jones
  • 15. Jack Gardner
  • 16. Fahad Nyanja

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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