Hanwell Town 3 Ware 0
By Stephen King
Ware have the potential but don't use it.
The site of a ginger tom pacing alongside a magpie at South Greenford station when it could, one assumes, easily have pounced on it provided an apt metaphor for the preceding afternoon's football or at least the first half.
Ware, in their amber change strip, had the possession and territory in the opening 45 minutes of this game to have done a lot better than leave the field at half time two goals in arrears. But they failed to pounce with a killer touch whilst the men in the black and white of Hanwell showed them how. Just one man really as Tom Collins finished with a hat trick.
It started as early as the eleventh minute when a high ball forward into the Ware half was covered by both centre backs. It looked as though it would be too high for Gareth Madden to clear comfortably and might have been better left to Louis Rose coming in behind him. Was there a call or not? In any event Madden attempted a headed clearance but the ball screwed off his head towards the edge of the Ware area where two home players pounced on it. Collins took control and slotted past Anthony Page.
Ware had their chances to get back into the game not least when Dave Cowley's perfectly judged lob allowed Albert Adu to take the ball to the by line and then cross. The ball went out for a corner after what looked like a deflection off the outstretched arm of a defender. Penalties have been given in those circumstances but not this time.
Adu was involved again on 35 minutes when he rose to meet a Ben Hart cross and saw his header go just inches wide of Aaron Bufton's right hand post. It was pretty much Ware's last hurrah as four minutes later they conceded again. A ball across the face of goal was met by Collins who doubled his and his team's tally.
The second half's opening 15 minutes were quite different with Ware somehow unable to get into the game. Hanwell were winning the ball on the few occassions that Ware ventured forward and maintained pressure on the Ware defence at the other end of the pitch.
A third goal looked likely and it came after 59 minutes when the Ware defence parted like the Red Sea to allow Collins to complete his hat trick.
With the outcome decided the game lost much of its impetus although there was another penalty shout for Ware as a home defender clamped his arms around an attacker. The referee either didn't see it or was unconvinced.
Ware have now played five away games in the league to garner just one point and on this evidence it's not hard to see why. Defensive mistakes at crucial moments cost them goals and for all the commiseration from the home officials that the result flattered the hosts it's goals that count. Despite the good approach play and possession of the first half Ware couldn't score.
The return of Jordon Watson from injury and Jason Brown from the West Indies should help in the next league game in two week's time. Ware will have ground advantage too but the visitors, Hayes and Yeading, look capable of ending their unbeaten home record.
Ware also have the experienced Dave Collis, signed from AFC Hornchurch, and he made a confident debut at Hanwell although a rash tackle earned him a yellow card and with another referee it might have been a red.
Ware: Anthony Page, Harry Norman, Dominique Njoya, Dave Collis, Louis Rose, Gareth Madden, Ben Hart (Charlie Yexley 92mins), Josh Oyibo, Leigh Rose (Brett O'Connor 55mins), Albert Adu, Dave Cowley (John Frendo 65mins). Unused subs: Bradley Fraser, Harley Haag.