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1st Team - Match centre

Witham Town
Full time
H Haag (85')
Sat 27 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 97

Witham Town 0 Ware 1

Another win and clean sheet plus a bit of family history as Ware rise to 20th in the table.

A balmy summer basking in the expectation of another season at Step 4 may still be a long way off but a first Swallow was sighted at Witham as Ware worked hard for their three points. There are the signs of a good team ethic developing and this, counter intuitively, has allowed individuals to blossom, not least among these is current captain Ahmed Abdulla who seems to be fulfilling the promise that came with him at the start of the season.

But this was not a classic contest as both sides battled the elements as much as each other with early exchanges fairly even as the players tried to come to terms with a strong wind blowing down the pitch.

On 18 minutes however a Witham attack saw Charlie Yexley running across the edge of the Ware area to intercept a pass. He slipped to the ground and an opponent, closing in to take advantage, tripped over the prone full back. The referee saw something more however and awarded a free kick to Witham and booked the Ware man to the bemusement of most in the ground.

The free kick was hammered wide in what was a prelude to the rest of the half. Witham, with the wind at their back, started to dominate territory with Ware happy to concede ground. But the home side made little use of the chances this produced, wasting a lot of possession with over hit balls and wayward shooting.

Near the end of the half, both teams had chances with Yannick Kamanan's shot spilling out of Bobby Mason's grasp and Daniel Olusemo's follow up being deflected to safety. At the other end Shamido Pedulu's shot then grazed the top of Ware's bar though Tom Coulton, back in for the injured Harry Voss, had it covered.

After the break Ware did cope somewhat better than the home side had done once the wind was at their backs but Witham were still causing problems with their long balls forward no longer outrunning the intended recipient as often as in the first half.

Ware were having their own moments too with Abdulla's run forward taking him past several opponents as the home defence was cut open. Twice the same player was involved in neat inter-passing with colleagues as Ware endeavoured to keep the ball low and under control. The second of these saw Abdulla and Ross Elsom in a one-two before Yexley was released and fired his curling shot just over the bar.

It was still anyone's game and when time started to run out the tempo began to rise as both sides sensed the possibility of a deciding goal. It was to be Ware's with five minutes of normal time left. Abdulla's well judged pass to the left found Harley Haag, only three minutes off the substitutes' bench, who cut in and released a goal-bound shot that was deflected into the roof of the net off Witham's Lance Akins.

Haag's winner leaves Ware ten short of 10,000 first team goals since 1892. It also came a little over 16 years since his father scored both goals in Ware's 2-0 win at Witham in the old Isthmian League Division Three.

Ware: Tom Coulton, Charlie Yexley, Dominique Njoya, Ahmed Abdulla, Damien Green, Louis Bowen, Ross Elsom, Tayo Coker (Ace'a Laurent 80mins), Yannick Kamanan, Daniel Olusemo (Harley Haag 82mins), Marcus Milner. Unused subs: Finley Long, Necati Gench, Gareth Madden.

Key moments

Goal Harley Haag scores for Ware


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89:00 Yellow Card
Luke Mallett is yellow carded for Witham Town
87:00 Sub On
Max Wilson is substituted on for Witham Town
87:00 Sub Off
John Watson is substituted off for Witham Town
85:00 Goal 0 - 1
Harley Haag scores for Ware
82:00 Sub Off
Daniel Olusemo is substituted off for Ware
82:00 Sub On
Harley Haag is substituted on for Ware
80:00 Sub Off
Tayo Coker is substituted off for Ware
80:00 Sub On
Ace'a Laurent is substituted on for Ware
72:00 Sub On
Moulaye Aidara is substituted on for Witham Town
72:00 Sub Off
Lewis Payne is substituted off for Witham Town
70:00 Sub On
Ryan Imbert is substituted on for Witham Town
70:00 Sub Off
Chinedu Osadebe is substituted off for Witham Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Ahmed Abdulla is yellow carded for Ware
End of period 1
29:00 Yellow Card
Ross Elsom is yellow carded for Ware
18:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Yexley is yellow carded for Ware
15:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Payne is yellow carded for Witham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witham Town
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Lewis Payne Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Charlie Yexley Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Ross Elsom Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Ryan Imbert Sub On 70:00'
  • Chinedu Osadebe Sub Off 70:00'
  • Moulaye Aidara Sub On 72:00'
  • Lewis Payne Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Sub On 80:00'
  • Tayo Coker Sub Off 80:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub On 82:00'
  • Daniel Olusemo Sub Off 82:00'
  • Harley Haag Goal 85:00'
  • Max Wilson Sub On 87:00'
  • John Watson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Luke Mallett Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Witham Town
  • 1. Bobby Mason
  • 2. Sam Owusu
  • 3. Luke Mallett
  • 4. Lewis Payne
  • 5. Lance Akins
  • 6. Tyler Corlett
  • 7. Shamido Pedulu
  • 8. John Watson
  • 9. Chinedu Osadebe
  • 10. Elliot Ronto
  • 11. Correy Davison
  • 12. Jeff Gyamfi
  • 14. Kofi Gyebi
  • 15. Moulaye Aidara
  • 16. Ryan Imbert
  • 17. Max Wilson

League round up

Other North Division results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Tilbury 36 42
19. Aveley 35 40
20. Ware 34 35
21. Brentwood Town 31 33
22. Norwich United 34 31
23. Cheshunt 37 31
24. Romford 36 25

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