Haringey Borough 2 Ware 0
Ware don't quite measure up against play-off hopefuls.
The news to greet us at Coles Park was that Ahmed Abdulla had departed the club to join Heybridge Swifts whilst Murat Karagul was on crutches with strained knee ligaments. Of Alaa Oujdi there was no news.
On the other hand Ace'a Laurent was back whilst the former League player Anthony Furlonge, who made two appearances for the club early in the season to add to his eight in 2016/7, returned to bolster a side that played some useful stuff in an opening period of end to end football.
At this time Ware's threat often came from driving runs from the back by Charlie Yexley and even Louis Bowen with Laurent making similar forays from midfield. Ware were lively up front and an 11th minute free kick from Furlonge had the home defence clearing narrowly wide of their goal for a corner.
But Ware weren't the only ones to attack from depth with Haringey's David Olufemi and Michael O'Donoghue both operating up the flanks as both sides sought the opening goal.
Rakim Richards might have done it for the home side but his shot across Harry Voss's goal was wide, if narrowly so after twenty minutes. There was a similar chance from Haringey's Michael Ademiluyi as the half hour approached and the wind from Siberia blowing in Ware's faces started to have a bigger influence.
Not that it seemed to affect Yexley who robbed O'Donoghue near the Ware area and carried the ball forward before releasing Jordan Watson whose cross was cleared for a corner. But it was of little account a few minutes later at the other end of the pitch when a long ball, bouncing awkwardly under the stiff wind, was scrambled away for a Haringey corner.
The ball came over and appeared to be only partially cleared. With players of both sides trying to react it was Borough's Coby Rowe who was first to his senses and he managed to stab the ball high into the Ware net.
Almost immediately after the restart Marcus Milner's long range shot cannoned off Valery Pajetat's left hand post and the ever alert Watson was on hand to shoot home. Unfortunately assistant referee Mr Bougouizi raised his flag at once to indicate an offside though video evidence seems to suggest Watson was onside.
With the wind behind them in the second half the visitors looked capable of drawing level but their task was made more difficult as the hour mark neared. Anthony McDonald picked up the ball in his own half and carried it down the left before cutting inside near the Ware goal line. Having avoided numerous attempts to stop him he drove the ball into the net from what appeared to be a narrow angle.
It was a great goal and one that sealed the match in Haringey's favour but it could surely have been prevented at several points even if at the cost of a yellow card. As it was, the home side started to move the ball around with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the game was probably theirs. Ware seemed to think so too and brought on the Rose brothers Louis and Leigh in quick succession, newly signed and in need of some experience, maybe also to have the manager cast his eye over them.
Not that Ware gave up and before the end a well worked free kick on 66 minutes saw Watson put the ball into the Haringey net only once again to be ruled off side, this time clearly so. Four minutes later a free kickwas headed home but again disallowed this time for a push that the match video seems to justify.
Ware: Harry Voss, Charlie Yexley (Leigh Rose 62mins), Dominique Njoya, Gareth Madden, Damien Green, Louis Bowen (Louis Rose 61mins), Marcus Milner, Conor Okus, Jordan Watson, Ace'a Laurent, Anthony Furlonge. Unused subs: Harley Haag, Ivan Machado, Finley Long