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Bury Town
Full time
C Ramadan (64' Pen)
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 98

Ware 0 Bury Town 1

Second half penalty decider takes the points back to Suffolk.

This game did not live up to the pre-match billing of a goal fest with just a spot kick separating the two teams at the end. The fact that even now the average number of goals scored in this fixture is still four tells you that the match had a lot to live up to, maybe too much for an end of season encounter with nothing riding on it.

That said it wasn't without entertainment and both sides might have had more to shout about with better finishing and maybe a more sympathetic assistant referee. Harry Voss was required to make a good save from Tommy Robinson on 20 minutes and then Cemal Ramadan missed two first half golden opportunities before making amends from the penalty spot in the second.

Meanwhile Harley Haag was twice given offside with no-one quite sure why, the second only after he had the ball in the net and to the mystification of supporters on both sides.

Haag had a good game even winning a free kick on the edge of the Bury area when he just appeared to have slipped to the ground. His close control is a definite asset and he can usually get past opponents with comparative ease which may be why the referee sided with him in this occasion.

That was within five minutes of half time in a period when Ware were in the ascendancy. It hadn't always been that way and Bury had earlier enjoyed plenty of possession and territory. It was then that Ramadan was twice released into the Ware area with only Voss to beat, the second just after 30 minutes when a clever reverse pass opened up the Ware defence. But Ramadan lofted a soft shot that was easily dealt with by the keeper.

Ware were first to show in the second half with Leigh Rose engineering an opening after 53 minutes. Caught between passing to Haag or shooting for goal he hit the ball midway between the two and it was safely gathered by Luis Tibbles in the Bury goal.

Haag then made his own opening three minutes later, working past three defenders before shooting over the bar from outside the area.

But again it wasn't all Ware and just past the hour mark a Bury attack caused problems in the Ware defence. The ball bounced up and hit Louis Bowen on the arm to claims for a penalty from the visitors. The referee waived these aside but even as he did so, with Bowen struggling to get control of the ball, a Bury player came round him and seemed to trip over the centre back's leg. It looked self inflicted but it was a case of two half penalties making a whole for the referee and Ramadan made no mistake from the spot.

Ware had started the game with four changes from the side that won at Soham in midweek, Bradley Fraser coming in at centre back for the surgery-bound Damien Green, but otherwise several of those rested on Tuesday back in the starting line up. The goal now brought a triple substitution as Ware sought to reinvigorate their game.

The best chance came on 75 minutes when Milner did well to get into the box near the by line before sending the ball across the face of the Bury goal. The incoming Haag was just short of connecting for a well worked equaliser but the ball went away from him and with it the game.

Ware: Harry Voss, Anthony Furlonge (Charlie Yexley 69mins), Dominique Njoya, Gareth Madden, Bradley Fraser, Louis Bowen, Marcus Milner, Josh Oyibo, Harley Haag, Leigh Rose (Jordon Watson 69mins), Dave Cowley (Ross Elsom 69mins). Unused subs: Finley Long.

Whine or wag. Disappointed as Tiberius was that we lost he still feels that things look good for next season. Two wags of his tail confidently directed towards the future.

Key moments

Scored Penalty Cemal Ramadan scores a penalty for Bury Town


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90:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Yallop is yellow carded for Bury Town
90:00 Yellow Card
Ben Mayhew is yellow carded for Bury Town
87:00 Sub On
Harry Moore is substituted on for Bury Town
87:00 Sub Off
Tommy Robinson is substituted off for Bury Town
84:00 Sub On
John Kenedy is substituted on for Bury Town
84:00 Sub Off
David Cooper is substituted off for Bury Town
74:00 Sub On
Josh Revell is substituted on for Bury Town
74:00 Sub Off
Joseph Yaxley is substituted off for Bury Town
69:00 Sub On
Jordon Watson is substituted on for Ware
69:00 Sub Off
Leigh Rose is substituted off for Ware
69:00 Sub On
Charlie Yexley is substituted on for Ware
69:00 Sub Off
Anthony Furlonge is substituted off for Ware
69:00 Sub On
Ross Elsom is substituted on for Ware
69:00 Sub Off
Dave Cowley is substituted off for Ware
64:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Cemal Ramadan scores a penalty for Bury Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Josh Oyibo is yellow carded for Ware
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ware
  • Bury Town
  • 0
  • Josh Oyibo Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Cemal Ramadan Scored Penalty 64:00'
  • Jordon Watson Sub On 69:00'
  • Leigh Rose Sub Off 69:00'
  • Charlie Yexley Sub On 69:00'
  • Anthony Furlonge Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ross Elsom Sub On 69:00'
  • Dave Cowley Sub Off 69:00'
  • Josh Revell Sub On 74:00'
  • Joseph Yaxley Sub Off 74:00'
  • John Kenedy Sub On 84:00'
  • David Cooper Sub Off 84:00'
  • Harry Moore Sub On 87:00'
  • Tommy Robinson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Ryan Yallop Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Ben Mayhew Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Bury Town
  • 1. Luis Tibbles
  • 2. David Cooper
  • 3. Jed Wigley
  • 4. Joseph Yaxley
  • 5. Kyran Clements
  • 6. Joseph White
  • 7. Noel Aitkens
  • 8. Tommy Robinson
  • 9. Cemal Ramadan
  • 10. Ollie Hughes
  • 11. Ryan Yallop
  • 12. John Kenedy
  • 14. Josh Revell
  • 15. Jay Proctor
  • 16. Harry Moore
  • 17. Ben Mayhew

League round up

Other North Division results

Brentwood Town
Haringey Borough
Bowers & Pitsea
Dereham Town


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# 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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