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Norwich United
A Abdulla (67' Pen)
Full time
A Hipperson (32', 42', 64' Pen)
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 60

Ware 1 Norwich United 3

Ware suffer self inflicted wounds and end with a disappointing result.

In an otherwise even contest Ware gifted two goal scoring chances to the visitors before a harsh penalty decision effectively put the game beyond them. An equally harsh looking penalty at the other end gave them some hope of a come back but Norwich withstood a late onslaught to take the points.

There was little to choose between the two teams in a mostly uneventful first half as Ware's back four initially weathered whatever Norwich had to offer going forward. Meanwhile Ware's two new signings up front - Ivan Machado from Barton Rovers and Jordon Watson from Aveley - were doing their best to provide some attacking bite as they settled in amongst new colleagues.

The problems started for Ware just after the half hour mark when over elaboration in defence presented the ball to Norwich and with no-one tracking back left Dominique Njoya with two players to mark. The ball reached Adam Hipperson in the Ware area and with time and space he shot past Harry Voss for the lead.

There was an immediate response from the home side with Watson's header being gathered low on the line by Andy Wilton in the Norwich goal and Louis Bowen's header shortly after going just wide. However, Ware had failed to learn their lesson and ten minutes after the first goal the defence was exposed in similar fashion allowing Hipperson to double his and his team's total.

With Ware kicking towards the home end in the second half there were inevitably hopes that they could turn things around. For a while they held the upper hand but the game settled into another even contest.

Meanwhile, the referee, who had seemed quite lenient in the first half especially with some pretty tough challenges from the visitors started to flash yellow cards at frequent intervals, often frustrating fans who had seen those earlier infringements go unpunished. This was compounded with what, to Ware eyes at least, seemed a harsh penalty call.

Damien Green intercepted a Norwich attack with a sliding tackle and as the players collided with both of them on the ground, the ball ran along the centre back's body and then his arm. It looked innocent enough but Mr Begley had no hesitation in blowing for a penalty and Hipperson completed his hat trick from the spot on 64 minutes.

If Ware were aggrieved it took only three minutes for another penalty, equally tough on the defence, to be awarded at the other end. Ahmed Abdulla burst into the Norwich area and was stopped by what appeared to be a good tackle. Mr Begley thought otherwise and Abdulla picked himself up to score his first goal for the club, giving Wilton no chance with the penalty kick.

Norwich looked rattled for a while after this but Ware couldn't force a clear opening. With ten minutes to go there was some desperate defending as the visitors twice blocked goal bound efforts and as the clock ticked over into added time there was more panic in the Norwich defence as another Ware chance was hacked away. But the visitors had done enough to survive and Ware were left reliant on Romford's defeat at Waltham Abbey to stay clear of immediate trouble in the league table.

Ware: Harry Voss, Charlie Yexley, Dominique Njoya, Ahmed Abdulla, Damien Green, Louis Bowen, Marcus Milner, Murat Karagul (Gareth Madden 64mins), Jordon Watson, Ivan Machado (Harley Haag 77mins), Alaa Oujdi. Unused subs: Finley Long, Kevin Kuhn

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Key moments

Goal Adam Hipperson scores for Norwich United
Goal Adam Hipperson scores for Norwich United
Scored Penalty Adam Hipperson scores a penalty for Norwich United
Scored Penalty Ahmed Abdulla scores a penalty for Ware


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90:00 Yellow Card
Damien Green is yellow carded for Ware
87:00 Yellow Card
Ahmed Abdulla is yellow carded for Ware
84:00 Sub On
Charlie Hitch is substituted on for Norwich United
84:00 Sub Off
Nathan Stewart is substituted off for Norwich United
77:00 Sub Off
Ivan Machado is substituted off for Ware
77:00 Sub On
Harley Haag is substituted on for Ware
72:00 Sub On
Henry Pollock is substituted on for Norwich United
72:00 Sub Off
Sam Applegate is substituted off for Norwich United
70:00 Yellow Card
Gareth Madden is yellow carded for Ware
67:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 3
Ahmed Abdulla scores a penalty for Ware
64:00 Sub Off
Murat Karagul is substituted off for Ware
64:00 Sub On
Gareth Madden is substituted on for Ware
64:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 3
Adam Hipperson scores a penalty for Norwich United
59:00 Yellow Card
Rian Carroll is yellow carded for Norwich United
55:00 Yellow Card
Murat Karagul is yellow carded for Ware
51:00 Yellow Card
Alaa Oujdi is yellow carded for Ware
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 0 - 2
Adam Hipperson scores for Norwich United
39:00 Yellow Card
Sam Applegate is yellow carded for Norwich United
37:00 Sub On
Rian Carroll is substituted on for Norwich United
37:00 Sub Off
Liam Jackson is substituted off for Norwich United
32:00 Goal 0 - 1
Adam Hipperson scores for Norwich United
24:00 Yellow Card
Louis Bowen is yellow carded for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Norwich United
  • 0
  • Louis Bowen Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Adam Hipperson Goal 32:00'
  • Rian Carroll Sub On 37:00'
  • Liam Jackson Sub Off 37:00'
  • Sam Applegate Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Adam Hipperson Goal 42:00'
  • Alaa Oujdi Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Murat Karagul Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Rian Carroll Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Gareth Madden Sub On 64:00'
  • Murat Karagul Sub Off 64:00'
  • Adam Hipperson Scored Penalty 64:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Scored Penalty 67:00'
  • Gareth Madden Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Henry Pollock Sub On 72:00'
  • Sam Applegate Sub Off 72:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub On 77:00'
  • Ivan Machado Sub Off 77:00'
  • Charlie Hitch Sub On 84:00'
  • Nathan Stewart Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Damien Green Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Norwich United
  • 1. Andy Wilton
  • 2. Angus Mackie
  • 3. Keirron Rose
  • 4. Shaun Wones
  • 5. Andrew Eastaugh
  • 6. Sam Watts
  • 7. Ben Jones
  • 8. Sam Applegate
  • 9. Liam Jackson
  • 10. Nathan Stewart
  • 11. Adam Hipperson
  • 12. Tim Henry
  • 14. Henry Pollock
  • 15. Rian Carroll
  • 16. Charlie Hitch

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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