Potters Bar Town 1 Ware 0
Fourth minute goal ends Ware's undefeated run.
Faced with the need to rest players yet maintain the consistency of the previous four matches John Dreyer opted to make just one change to his starting line-up from that of Saturday's drawn game at Grays. Leigh Rose went to the bench to be replaced by Marcus Milner who had come on in the second half at the weekend.
Ware were unready at the start of the game as a cross from the left into their area found Sean Grace rising above the defence to head home from close range. It didn't bode well for a game against a team lying third and looking to go second. But Ware grew into the game and by the end might have reasonably expected something better than defeat out of it.
Certainly by half time they had fought their way into contention with several chances to equalise. The most significant of these saw Jordon Watson hit the bar, Gareth Madden follow up with a header that was stopped by Berkley Laurentin in the home goal only for Watson to try again with his follow-up shot somehow blocked.
The second half saw Ware continuing to search for an equaliser but the home side had their moments too with Harry Voss called on to tip Chris Doyle's speculative shot from wide over the bar.
Perhaps the best indication of Ware's threat to their opponents' winning run which now stretches to six games was the sight of the home side trying to kill time as the final minutes ticked away. They were successful and are now only excluded from an automatic promotion spot by goal difference.
Ware will take comfort from another well drilled performance. It is interesting to recall the highly successful team of the 1950s which, under former Scottish international Tommy Law, played game after game with rarely a change in personnel. There is something of that philosophy under John Dreyer with a consistent squad taking shape and substitutes used sparingly. How that will stand up to the packed programme of games in the next few weeks only time will tell but things continue to look promising.
Two statistics stand out from the game. Firstly there was just one yellow card (Potters Bar's Andrew Lomas) which underlines the theory that successful teams tend to be disciplined ones. Secondly it was Josh Oyibo's 100th game in a Ware shirt. Here's to the next hundred.
Ware: Harry Voss, Charlie Yexley, Dominique Njoya, Gareth Madden, Damien Green, Bradley Fraser, Marcus Milner (Ivan Machado 78mins), Josh Oyibo, Jordon Watson, Dave Cowley, Ace'a Laurent (Leigh Rose 79mins). Unused subs: Harley Haag, Alaa Oujdi, Ross Elsom.