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1st Team - Match centre

Hertford Town
A Adu (20')
Full time
D Keenleyside (35'), J Beck (67' Sent Off)
Tue 25 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 272

Ware 1 Hertford Town 1


Honours even on a night to gladden the heart.

This result was enough to put a stop to Ware's run of defeats but it was the sight of the youth teams training on the pitch (see picture) right up to 45 minutes before kick off that pointed the way to a brighter future. Additional income aside the artificial surface provides a focal point for the town and those young players and families who stayed for the match swelled the crowd to way beyond the official attendance.

What they saw was an entertaining and full blooded contest that Hertford seemed to be edging until Jason Beck nearly cut Ben Hart off at the ankles with a full speed, crunching tackle. The referee didn't even have to think about it and was already drawing a red card from his pocket as he approached the scene.

Hart got to his feet which, much to the surprise of many, were still there and fired the free kick from just outside the penalty area inches over the bar. Meanwhile Hertford regrouped and brought on Mark Twumasi for Keiran McCaffrey which was taken to mean they would now settle for a draw.

This did give Ware more opportunities and they started to play some good football in the Hertford half and might have got a winner with a bit more steadiness. But Hertford got their point and will feel that they might have got more but for playing with ten men for the last quarter of the game.

But Ware also had their problems, losing Dave Cowley as early as the tenth minute after he fell awkwardly in a tackle. Following treatment to his back he struggled on for a moment but pulled up again and after further treatment withdrew from the action much to his frustration.

Even in those ten minutes he had been linking well with Albert Adu and after good work had set Dominique Njoya free as early as the second minute. Njoya's cross into the box caused momentary trouble for the visiting defence but the ball was scrambled away.

That didn't set the tone of the half however and even before Cowley's departure Hertford had started to look dangerous leaving Ware reliant on breakaways to force a chance. One such saw Njoya fouled needlessly out on the Ware left and Hart lining up a free kick. In it came and there was Adu peeking out from a clutch of defenders to head home for the lead.

Hertford were subdued for a while after that but slowly pulled themselves back into contention with Charlie Ruff just over with a long range shot. It was Ruff again with ten minutes to half time when he released David Keenleyside. With the home defence hoping to see an offside flag the Hertford man was free and gave Harry Ricketts no chance for the equaliser.

The news at half time was that Ricketts had picked up a calf strain and it was soon clear in the second half that he was limping. This was almost Ware's undoing as first he dropped a cross and was lucky to see the ball go across the six yard area for a goal kick. Then just before the hour mark Ricketts was left one on one with Lutaaya and could do little about it. However, the number eleven's lob was cleared off the line by Bradley Foster.

It looked like being a difficult time for Ware but ten minutes later Adu broke from defence before laying the ball through to Hart. He pulled clear of a foul and with the referee playing an advantage made room for a shot. It was then that he was hit by the Beck express. The rest you know.

Oh, except that Harry Norman made a more than solid debut for Ware at right back. He looks like a good addition to the squad.

Ware: Harry Ricketts, Harry Norman, Dominique Njoya, Gareth Madden (Jack Daveney 78mins), Louis Rose, Bradley Fraser, Dave Cowley (Callum Taylor 16mins), Jason Brown, Leigh Rose, Albert Adu, Ben Hart. Unused subs: Billy Baird, Josh Oyibo, John Frendo.

Key moments

Goal Albert Adu scores for Ware
Goal David Keenleyside scores for Hertford Town
Red Card Jason Beck is sent off for Hertford Town


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87:00 Sub Off
David Keenleyside is substituted off for Hertford Town
87:00 Sub On
Elliot Bailey is substituted on for Hertford Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Lamar Johnson is yellow carded for Hertford Town
78:00 Sub Off
Gareth Madden is substituted off for Ware
78:00 Sub On
Jack Daveney is substituted on for Ware
77:00 Sub Off
Charlie Ruff is substituted off for Hertford Town
77:00 Sub On
Tyler Hatherly is substituted on for Hertford Town
75:00 Yellow Card
Mark Twumasi is yellow carded for Hertford Town
70:00 Sub Off
Keiran McCaffrey is substituted off for Hertford Town
70:00 Sub On
Mark Twumasi is substituted on for Hertford Town
67:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Jason Beck is sent off for Hertford Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Leigh Rose is yellow carded for Ware
59:00 Yellow Card
Callum Taylor is yellow carded for Ware
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 1 - 1
David Keenleyside scores for Hertford Town
20:00 Goal 1 - 0
Albert Adu scores for Ware
16:00 Sub Off
Dave Cowley is substituted off for Ware
16:00 Sub On
Callum Taylor is substituted on for Ware
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ware
  • Hertford Town
  • 0
  • Dave Cowley Sub Off 16:00'
  • Callum Taylor Sub On 16:00'
  • Albert Adu Goal 20:00'
  • David Keenleyside Goal 35:00'
  • Callum Taylor Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Leigh Rose Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Jason Beck Red Card 67:00'
  • Keiran McCaffrey Sub Off 70:00'
  • Mark Twumasi Sub On 70:00'
  • Mark Twumasi Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Charlie Ruff Sub Off 77:00'
  • Tyler Hatherly Sub On 77:00'
  • Jack Daveney Sub On 78:00'
  • Gareth Madden Sub Off 78:00'
  • Lamar Johnson Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Elliot Bailey Sub On 87:00'
  • David Keenleyside Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Hertford Town
  • 1. Lamar Johnson
  • 2. Joe Clemo
  • 3. MacAuley Joynes
  • 4. Keiran McCaffrey
  • 5. Jason Beck
  • 6. Oliver Sharman
  • 7. David Keenleyside
  • 8. Jordan Lawal
  • 9. Tommy Wade
  • 10. Charlie Ruff
  • 11. George Lutaaya
  • 12. Mark Twumasi
  • 14. Matthew Thomson
  • 15. Tyler Hatherly
  • 16. Elliot Bailey
  • 17. Charlie Mann

League round up

Other South Central Division results

Hayes & Yeading United
Ashford Town (Middx)
Tooting & Mitcham United
Chalfont St Peter


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hayes & Yeading United 38 93
2. Bracknell Town 38 77
3. Cheshunt 38 76
4. Marlow 38 73
5. Westfield 38 70
6. Tooting & Mitcham United 38 65
7. Ware 38 63

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