Ware 1 Great Wakering Rovers 0
Ware make hard work of grinding out a win. Oujdi's first goal for the club seals the points.
Every game is different and Ware proved this with a lacklustre performance against already relegated Great Wakering Rovers that compared badly with their win a week earlier.
The home side held a half-time lead but failed to build on that in the second period as they too readily conceded possession to the visitors. As the clock ticked down there was a genuine sense that Wakering might score an equaliser but in a game in which both sides failed to create many opportunities Rovers' finishing let them down.
Ware seemed to be making the right moves early on. Kambo Smith, starting in place of the absent Josh Oyibo, was in action as early as the second minute but he was closed down quickly by the Rovers defence as he took the ball towards their six-yard area. Gareth Price was the next one to cause problems as he robbed a defender before shooting across the face of goal and narrowly wide.
The only goal came midway through the half after Ware were awarded a free kick on the right. Alaa Oujdi seemed an unlikely candidate to take it but judged the kick to perfection, dropping it near the base of Ashley Harrison's left post with the keeper scrambling to claw it back from over the line. The referee was not deceived however and confirmed Oujdi's first ever goal for the club in his 125 appearances.
The home side failed to drive on from this point and were limited to a couple of chances only. Murat Karagul received the ball in the Rovers area five minutes later but with his back to the goal was unable to get a clear shot on the turn.
Then with five minutes left Ryan Hervel, who really seems to have come into his own in recent weeks, delivered a free kick from the left that Jack Fowler headed just over the bar. There was still time for Fowler to pick up a needless yellow card before the end of the half. It was his fifth in the nine games since rejoining Ware and earlier in the season would have earned him a suspension for next Saturday's game at Wroxham. He and Ware may be lucky enough to avoid that as the FA take a more lenient view so near to the end of the campaign.
The second half saw Rovers controlling possession in the early stages and it was not until ten minutes in that a long pass from Hervel was well controlled by Marcus Milner and then carried to the by line. He pulled it back across the edge of the visitors' area to where Price was waiting but the ball went under his foot before being cleared.
Two minutes later Rovers had their best chance as Darren Behcet parried a fierce shot into the space in front of him. As players from both sides closed in on the ball it was somehow fired wide for a goal kick.
Ware were next to show when Milner again provided a cross from the right, this time into the six yard area where Karagul, in his 50th appearance of the season, collected the ball. Once again however he had his back to the goal and was closed down before being able to turn and get a shot off.
Much of the rest of the game saw Rovers striving to get an equaliser without creating a clear opening. Towards the end Ware felt the need to run down the clock at the corner flag as a sign of their inability to kill off the game with a second goal although in the final minutes Milner created an opportunity for himself only to fire over the bar.
The final whistle signalled a second consecutive league win for the home side but if they want to make it three on the run for the first time this season they will have to play better than this at Wroxham. Hopefully the maxim that every game is different will hold true next week.
Ware: Darren Behcet, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Jack Fowler, Lee White, Marcus Milner, Tyrique Hyde, Gareth Price (Evandro Delgado 66mins), Murat Karagul, Kambo Smith (Ahmed Mohammed 55mins). Unused subs: Liam Griffin, Jamie Smith, Anthony Furlonge.