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Waltham Abbey
M Milner (62'), Y Kamanan (90')
Full time
C Assombalonga (30')
Mon 28 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 93

Ware 2 Waltham Abbey 1

Kamanan's quality goal seals the points as Ware return to 7th in the table.

Ware exorcised the disappointment of Saturday's defeat when they denied Abbey a share of the points in the last minute of normal time.

A poor first half performance had seen them go a goal down to a team that looked better organised and buoyed by their own comeback victory on Saturday. By contrast Ware had made changes after their defeat at Mildenhall and seemed unable to fire on all cylinders with Murat Karagul injured, Ryan Hervel and Finbarr Robins seemingly dropped and Josh Oyibo possibly on his way out.

So after some initial sparring which saw Yannick Kamanan send an early free kick narrowly wide and Ahmed Abdulla set free after 20 minutes only to have his shot blocked, Abbey started to take some control.

Ware v Waltham Abbey 28.08.17
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By the half hour mark the visitors engineered a break which ended with Gareth Madden having to deal with two attackers of whom Christian Assombalonga took the chance to shoot past Tom Coulton from close range for the lead. It might have been 2-0 ten minutes later but Coulton brought off a good stop from another close range shot.

Ware did look better after half time with Abdulla dropping back into a more defensive role and Marcus Milner and Rheo Josephs having greater influence carrying the ball forward. Ten minutes in it almost paid off as Milner's cross was met by Kamanan who lifted it narrowly wide.

Even so there seemed to be an over reliance on high crosses which played into the hands of the visiting defence. And yet on 62 minutes another cross from Milner out on the right wing started to drift in towards goal and had Lewis Lockyer back peddling in vain as the ball went over his head and hands to find the back of the net.

Now Ware saw the possibility of getting at least a point out of the game and with a defence that has yet to concede more than one goal in any league game they made Abbey look less impressive going forward. This seemed to be reinforced when Aron Gordon, a thorn in Ware's side both with his ball skills and his physical presence, was substituted.

Yet it remained anyone's game and most home supporters would have been happy with a point as they watched with anxiety when the visitors mounted some late attacks. But in the final minute of normal time Kamanan was given the ball 40 yards out from goal on the left side of the pitch, as the ball was teed up he turned and volleyed it over Lockyer but under the bar to give Ware the points.

It was a goal worth the entrance fee on its own as demonstrated by the reception given by fans to its scorer when the final whistle was blown three minutes later; but it cannot disguise the need for a better all round team effort if Ware are to progress past Witham in next Saturday's FA Cup game.

Ware: Tom Coulton, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Denzel Conteh (Courtney Clay 60mins), Gareth Madden, Lee White, Marcus Milner, Ahmed Mohammed, Yannick Kamanan, Ahmed Abdulla, Rheo Josephs (Prince Madu 74mins). Unused subs: Bradley Kay, Oreoluwa Ogunleye, Symeon Taylor.

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Key moments

Goal Christian Assombalonga scores for Waltham Abbey
Goal Marcus Milner scores for Ware
Goal Yannick Kamanan scores for Ware

Videos and photos

Ware v Waltham Abbey 28.08.17
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90:00 Goal 2 - 1
Yannick Kamanan scores for Ware
79:00 Sub On
Jack Daveney is substituted on for Waltham Abbey
79:00 Sub Off
Shad Ngandu is substituted off for Waltham Abbey
74:00 Sub On
Prince Madu is substituted on for Ware
74:00 Sub Off
Rheo Josephs is substituted off for Ware
72:00 Yellow Card
Shad Ngandu is yellow carded for Waltham Abbey
68:00 Sub Off
Aron Gordon is substituted off for Waltham Abbey
68:00 Sub On
Tyler Brampton is substituted on for Waltham Abbey
62:00 Goal 1 - 1
Marcus Milner scores for Ware
60:00 Sub Off
Denzel Conteh is substituted off for Ware
60:00 Sub On
Courtney Clay is substituted on for Ware
58:00 Yellow Card
Denzel Conteh is yellow carded for Ware
56:00 Yellow Card
Yannick Kamanan is yellow carded for Ware
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Alaa Oujdi is yellow carded for Ware
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
Christian Assombalonga scores for Waltham Abbey
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Waltham Abbey
  • 0
  • Christian Assombalonga Goal 30:00'
  • Alaa Oujdi Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Yannick Kamanan Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Denzel Conteh Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Denzel Conteh Sub Off 60:00'
  • Courtney Clay Sub On 60:00'
  • Marcus Milner Goal 62:00'
  • Tyler Brampton Sub On 68:00'
  • Aron Gordon Sub Off 68:00'
  • Shad Ngandu Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Prince Madu Sub On 74:00'
  • Rheo Josephs Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jack Daveney Sub On 79:00'
  • Shad Ngandu Sub Off 79:00'
  • Yannick Kamanan Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Waltham Abbey
  • 1. Lewis Lockyer
  • 2. Benjamin Glasgow
  • 3. Daniel Rimmell
  • 4. Harrison Spencer
  • 5. Eli Benoit
  • 6. Michael Spencer
  • 7. Aron Gordon
  • 8. Billy Holland
  • 9. Christian Assombalonga
  • 10. Shad Ngandu
  • 11. Darrelle Russell
  • 12. Tyler Brampton
  • 14. Macauley Joynes
  • 15. Ross Johnson
  • 16. Jack Daveney
  • 17. James Pellin

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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