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J Ewington (37', 85')
Full time
B Hart (62'), J Brown (77' Pen)
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 137

Northwood 2 Ware 2


Points lost as Ware squander a lifeline or two.

This match swung one way then another as Ware came from behind to lead seemingly comfortably before leaking a late equaliser. The Blues were without Dave Cowley and Harry Ricketts both nursing injuries from Tuesday's game with Hertford. Anthony Page, signed from Grays Athletic two weeks ago, made his first team debut between the posts whilst Jack Daveney took over Cowley's number seven shirt.

Ware played well enough in the opening period but the continuing absence of Jordon Watson leaves Leigh Rose as the focal point for all long balls pitched forward when in normal circumstances he is the one to feed off Watson's ability to hold the ball and chase everything. As a result Ware needed to put more emphasis on working the ball forward but until they did the game started to drift in Northwood's favour.

Their danger man was James Ewington, the division's leading scorer, who popped up clear of the Ware defence on several occasions. Somehow he was denied each time and the game began to swing back to Ware with the visitors gaining their first corner on 24 minutes thanks to Leigh Rose's determination.

Jack Daveney took the corner and played the ball out to the edge of the home area where Albert Adu was waiting to meet it on the volley but the connection wasn't quite clean enough and the ball went wide.

Ware were now sensing their chance and Adu was wide again with a header from Harry Norman's cross before a free kick was steered away for another corner. Once again Daveney found Adu in the area but this time it was a powerful header flying just wide.

It was all undone on 37 minutes when another Ware attack down the right was broken up and Northwood spotted their chance. The ball was back into the Ware half and there was Ewington free again carrying it into the penalty from where he slipped it past the isolated Page for the opening goal.

After this the wind went out of Ware's sails and they seemed to be drifting towards a half time deficit. It might have been two but for Page tipping Alex Morgan's strong shot over the bar but with time running out Ben Hart, from whom much of Ware's good work was emanating, put over a cross from the right.

There was Adu yet again coming in to meet it but he was bundled over by Sam Jenkins for a penalty. Adu got up to take the kick but seemed unhappy with the placement of the ball and eventually shot to Luke Sheldrick's right. The keeper did well to get across and push the ball away for a corner.

Ware came out looking more determined in the second half and were handed another lifeline when Northwood's Emmanuel Melford-Rowe committed two yellow card offences in two minutes leaving his team a man short on 56 minutes. This certainly had its effect on the home side. Even though they might easily have chosen to sit tight in defence and rely on quick breaks to exploit Ewington's proven ability they seemed to lose confidence and Ware worked hard to exploit this.

They found a way six minutes later when Daveney's cross reached Hart at the far post and the number eleven fired home for the equaliser. The game was now surely for the taking and Ware certainly applied the pressure with both Adu and Leigh Rose heading wide from promising positions whilst Northwood were having trouble getting the ball forward.

The apparent breakthrough came after 76 minutes when Leigh Rose was brought down in the area by the home keeper. This time Jason Brown took the penalty kick and made no mistake to give Ware the lead.

Ware needed another goal to finish off the opposition but they couldn't get it and this time it was Northwood who sensed their chance. Another Ware attack broke down on the edge of the home area and was quickly cleared to Kweku Lucan fresh off the substitute's bench. The Ware defence was caught napping and Lucan, choosing his moment, crossed the ball to where Ewington was waiting, so clear of any Ware player it was a surprise he wasn't offside. He had all the time in the world to fire the equaliser into an empty net.

The Blues will see this as two points dropped but the draw does bring them their first away point of the season.

Ware: Anthony Page, Harry Norman, Dominique Njoya, Gareth Madden (Callum Taylor 74mins), Louis Rose, Bradley Fraser, Jack Daveney (Harley Haag 92mins), Jason Brown, Leigh Rose, Albert Adu, Ben Hart. Unused subs: Josh Oyibo, John Frendo, Billy Baird.

Key moments

Goal James Ewington scores for Northwood
Goal Ben Hart scores for Ware
Scored Penalty Jason Brown scores a penalty for Ware
Goal James Ewington scores for Northwood


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90:00 +2:00 Sub Off
Jack Daveney is substituted off for Ware
90:00 +2:00 Sub On
Harley Haag is substituted on for Ware
85:00 Goal 2 - 2
James Ewington scores for Northwood
83:00 Sub Off
Cameron Ferguson is substituted off for Northwood
83:00 Sub On
Kweku Lucan is substituted on for Northwood
77:00 Yellow Card
Harry Norman is yellow carded for Ware
77:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 2
Jason Brown scores a penalty for Ware
74:00 Sub Off
Gareth Madden is substituted off for Ware
74:00 Sub On
Callum Taylor is substituted on for Ware
67:00 Sub On
Dan Newton is substituted on for Northwood
67:00 Sub Off
Alex Morgan is substituted off for Northwood
62:00 Goal 1 - 1
Ben Hart scores for Ware
56:00 Yellow Card
Emmanuel Melford-Rowe is yellow carded for Northwood
54:00 Yellow Card
Emmanuel Melford-Rowe is yellow carded for Northwood
54:00 Sub On
Miguel Lopus De Matos is substituted on for Northwood
54:00 Sub Off
Zaied Sabti is substituted off for Northwood
End of period 1
44:30 Missed Penalty
Albert Adu misses a penalty for Ware
44:00 Yellow Card
Sam Jenkins is yellow carded for Northwood
37:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Ewington scores for Northwood
34:00 Yellow Card
Dominique Njoya is yellow carded for Ware
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Northwood
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Dominique Njoya Yellow Card 34:00'
  • James Ewington Goal 37:00'
  • Sam Jenkins Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Albert Adu Missed Penalty 44:30'
  • Zaied Sabti Sub Off 54:00'
  • Emmanuel Melford-Rowe Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Miguel Lopus De Matos Sub On 54:00'
  • Emmanuel Melford-Rowe Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Ben Hart Goal 62:00'
  • Alex Morgan Sub Off 67:00'
  • Dan Newton Sub On 67:00'
  • Callum Taylor Sub On 74:00'
  • Gareth Madden Sub Off 74:00'
  • Harry Norman Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Jason Brown Scored Penalty 77:00'
  • Kweku Lucan Sub On 83:00'
  • Cameron Ferguson Sub Off 83:00'
  • James Ewington Goal 85:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub On 90:00 +2:00'
  • Jack Daveney Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Luke Sheldrick
  • 2. Sam Jenkins
  • 3. Matt Cooper
  • 4. Stefan Powell
  • 5. Sam Tring
  • 6. Carl Pearce
  • 7. Emmanuel Melford-Rowe
  • 8. Cameron Ferguson
  • 9. Alex Morgan
  • 10. James Ewington
  • 11. Zaied Sabti
  • 12. Kweku Lucan
  • 14. Dan Newton
  • 15. Miguel Lopus De Matos
  • 16. Hakim Nyariki
  • 17. Chris Gosling

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# 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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