Ware 0 AFC Hornchurch 2
Urchins deserve their win as defensive mistakes again cost Ware dear.
This was Ware's fifth game in the last six against a side in the play-off places. They continued to find such opponents difficult to break down but whilst the final result was more respectable than other recent games they were still prey to defensive mistakes that once again blighted their performance.
Ware started the game with the same line up that took the field against Bury in Tuesday's draw. With the fillip of that point behind them the Blues started well with Jonathan Nzengo driving down the right but sending his cross high and wide before Gareth Price's strong shot was spilled by Sam Mott in the Hornchurch goal.
At the other end Leon McKenzie fired a fierce shot just wide as a sign of the role he would play as a thorn in the side of the Ware defence. This soon became more apparent on 14 minutes when Marcus Rose missed a through ball and McKenzie was on to it but again shot wide, this time of the other side of the goal, with only Darren Behcet to beat.
Having bracketed his target McKenzie was only waiting for another chance and it came five minutes later when the defence once again failed to cut out a through ball. Behcet was off his line to try to narrow McKenzie's options but he shot home easily to give his side the lead.
Ware gained their first corner on 26 minutes and two more followed quickly as they looked to snatch an equaliser but when Price pulled a good centre across the Hornchurch six-yard box on the half hour mark there was no one on hand to convert it.
There were absentees in Ware's own six-yard box four minutes later as a corner came over and Kenzer Lee rose virtually unchallenged. His header directed the ball downwards before it bounced up into the roof of the net with the exposed Behcet caught off balance.
The second half found Ware coping better with the threat from the visitors though a free kick five minutes in went dangerously across the face of the Ware goal. Price then had a shot deflected for a corner whilst on the hour mark Josh Oyibo volleyed narrowly wide from distance.
Six minutes later Oyibo tried again from distance with a turn and shot but it was straight at Mott before Ross Wall attempted something similar for the visitors though this time the shot was high. The best chance of the half fell inevitably to McKenzie but his shot with 15 minutes to go was turned away by Behcet at the expense of a corner.
Kambo Smith was off the Ware bench by this time and five minutes later provided Murat Karagul with an opportunity that was wide. He was much closer himself in added time after Alaa Oujdi played him in with a good through ball. However, as he bore down on Mott with defenders either side of him the ball was hustled off for a corner amid muted claims for a penalty that were waved away by the referee.
Ware: Darren Behcet, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Marcus Rose (Jack Fowler 79mins), Anthony Furlonge, Jonathan Nzengo (Kambo Smith 73mins), Josh Oyibo, Gareth Price, Bradley Wood-Garness, Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Russell Harley, Dean Mason, Ellis Remy