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1st Team - Match centre

Waltham Abbey
Ware
C Assombalona (55')
Full time
A Adu (39', 70')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 126

Waltham Abbey 1 Ware 2

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Ware back on track after previous week's setback as play-offs appear on the horizon.

There were three changes to the starting line up for this game with, firstly, the former Abbey player Jack Daveney being brought into action at the expense of Kardan Campbell. Possibly manager Paul Halsey was looking for Daveney to raise his game and make a point against the club that let him go at the beginning of the season.

Ben Hart also made a start in place of the absent Fraser John whilst Harry Norman moved across to his old right back position with Alaa Oujdi filling the left back post and Charlie Yexley on the bench.

Daveney was replaced by Campbell with 15 minutes to go and, making his debut, Williams Danquah came on for Hart even later but the match was already heading Ware's way by the time of these substitutions. These also included Jordon Watson for Oujdi and the freshened the line up enabled Ware to keep their noses in front.

Beyond this tinkering Dave Cowley, Brandon Adams and Albert Adu have become a powerful trio for Ware. In a game in which the recently prolific Adams drew a blank, Adu came through with a brace of goals to lift the visitors into eighth place in the table and within sight, albeit a distant one at the moment, of the play off places.

Ware had started at a high tempo and as early as the third minute Cowley's shot on the turn skimmed the cross bar. Four minutes later the same player was robbing Ryan Handalaar on the right before sending over a cross that Adams headed just over the bar. Adams was again close on ten minutes when a hesitant defence opened up for him but his shot from the edge of the area was narrowly wide of the post.

Even so there was a scare for Ware on the half hour mark when Anthony Page came out of his area to head a through ball clear but with not enough power on the clearance it fell to Daniel Aristidou. He lobbed the keeper who was stranded in no man's land and it looked as though Ware would be punished but Gareth Madden got back to clear off the line and keep the scores level.

That was something of a turning point as with little more than five minutes to the break Adu was on the receiving end of a Hart corner. Adu is far from the tallest player in the side but he got his head to the ball to direct it into the top corner of Lamar Johnson's goal. It was not a million miles away from his previous goal against the same keeper, then playing for Hertford in this season's encounter at Wodson Park.

The game was not won yet though and after Christian Assombalona had equalised for the home side, sweeping the ball home ten minutes after the restart, it needed another Adu header to settle the outcome. This time a cross from the right was directed into the bottom of the goal with 20 minutes to go.

Ware might yet have put the result beyond doubt. Cowley's free kick to the back post was met by Louis Rose but the defender could not mark his fiftieth appearance for the club with a goal, instead heading the ball wide. Perhaps his contribution to a third consecutive away win will be enough.

Ware: Anthony Page, Harry Norman, Alaa Oujdi (Jordon Watson 81mins), Jack Daveney (Kardan Campbell 75mins), Louis Rose, Gareth Madden, Ben Hart (Williams Danquah 81mins), Leigh Rose, Brandon Adams, Albert Adu, Dave Cowley. Unused subs: Charlie Yexley, Josh Oyibo.

Key moments

39:00
Goal Albert Adu scores for Ware
55:00
Goal Christian Assombalona scores for Waltham Abbey
70:00
Goal Albert Adu scores for Ware

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Leigh Rose is yellow carded for Ware
90:00 Yellow Card
Ricky Brennan is yellow carded for Waltham Abbey
81:00 Sub On
Charlie Yexley is substituted on for Ware
81:00 Sub Off
Ben Hart is substituted off for Ware
75:00 Sub On
Kardan Campbell is substituted on for Ware
75:00 Sub Off
Jack Daveney is substituted off for Ware
74:00 Sub On
Petrit Elbi is substituted on for Waltham Abbey
74:00 Sub Off
Daniel Aristidou is substituted off for Waltham Abbey
70:00 Goal 1 - 2
Albert Adu scores for Ware
55:00 Goal 1 - 1
Christian Assombalona scores for Waltham Abbey
53:00 Sub On
Ellis Brown is substituted on for Waltham Abbey
53:00 Sub Off
Jack Stevenson is substituted off for Waltham Abbey
45:00 Sub On
Rob Clark is substituted on for Waltham Abbey
45:00 Sub Off
Ryan Handalaar is substituted off for Waltham Abbey
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 0 - 1
Albert Adu scores for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Waltham Abbey
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Albert Adu Goal 39:00'
  • Rob Clark Sub On 45:00'
  • Ryan Handalaar Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ellis Brown Sub On 53:00'
  • Jack Stevenson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Christian Assombalona Goal 55:00'
  • Albert Adu Goal 70:00'
  • Petrit Elbi Sub On 74:00'
  • Daniel Aristidou Sub Off 74:00'
  • Kardan Campbell Sub On 75:00'
  • Jack Daveney Sub Off 75:00'
  • Charlie Yexley Sub On 81:00'
  • Ben Hart Sub Off 81:00'
  • Leigh Rose Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Ricky Brennan Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Waltham Abbey
  • 1. Lamar Johnson
  • 2. Ryan Handalaar
  • 3. Rimmell Daniel
  • 4. Ricky Brennan
  • 5. Ross Dedman
  • 6. Sammy Knott
  • 7. Timothy Ogunrinde
  • 8. Billy Holland
  • 9. Christian Assombalona
  • 10. Daniel Aristidou
  • 11. Jack Stevenson
  • 12. Rob Clark
  • 14. Ellis Brown
  • 15. Luis Fernandes
  • 16. Petrit Elbi

League round up

Other South Central Division results

4
0
Ashford Town (Middx)
Cheshunt
2
2
0
2
FC Romania
1
9
Hayes & Yeading United
3
0
Northwood
0
1
Chipstead
0
0
Chalfont St Peter
Tooting & Mitcham United
1
1

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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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