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S Bell (39'), J Gallagher (47' Sent Off)
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D Cowley (66'), B Adams (67', 75')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 77

Chipstead 1 Ware 3


Ware inch closer to the play-offs despite below par performance.

Whilst both teams had their periods of ascendancy, Ware failed to properly get to grips with this game in the first half. Instead it was the home side who made the break through with little more than five minutes before the break.

A long, high ball into the Ware area bounced awkwardly and left Williams Danquah to duel for possession with the home side's Sam Bell. Bell used his size and weight to shift Danquah out of the way before turning to shoot home at Calum Kitscha's near post.

Ware might have lost the game after that as Chipstead, buoyed by what was a well taken goal, sought to double their lead. They applied pressure and it needed a good save from Kitscha to prevent another goal in the one minute of added time.

Before that the teams had cancelled each other out with both having periods when they looked to be on top and yet unable to penetrate the defences. This was hopeful for Ware as Gareth Madden had been left on the bench, his swollen knee only to be tested if absolutely necessary. Louis Rose, returning from his own injury, took Madden's place and the captain's arm band to no obvious detriment.

It was Rose's brother Leigh who had the first shot of the game on ten minutes. After the ball was cleared from one Ware attack it fell to him outside the area. His quick return though was wide enough for 'keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond not to trouble himself with more than a trot to retrieve the ball.

However, this did signal Ware's first significant period with the upper hand although a reliance on high balls into the home area looked unlikely to pay off as Chipstead were quick to outnumber the attackers. The best chance came from Tom Bruno's free kick just before the half hour mark but Albert Adu's header was over the bar.

Chipstead came back into contention after that with Izzy Bademosi's fast breaks down the left beginning to cause Ware problems. The visitors seemed to be holding out under increased pressure with Kitscha making a couple of notable saves until Bell's goal.

Things needed to change in the second half and they did if not in the way expected. Ware came out looking to make a difference and won two corners almost immediately but it was too early to assess the significance of this.

Yet, as the ball was cleared from the second corner Tom Bruno robbed Josh Gallagher with a strong but seemingly fair tackle. Gallagher felt otherwise and took out his frustration on Bruno holding him down and possibly kicking out. The referee, much closer to the incident than those watching from the side, had seen enough to wield a red card.

This may have been good news for Ware but Mr Green also produced a yellow for Leigh Rose. Given that the Blues had heeded the warning to avoid over reaction in these situations it was a little hard to take. Rose later asserted that he had done no more than hold players back from any involvement which did seem to be the case. In any event he had little more than ten minutes left after a collision with Bruno left him unable to continue.

Initially Ware failed to make the most of their man advantage and it certainly seemed that Chipstead were capable of defending the one goal lead. That all changed in the space of 60 seconds midway through the half.

A defence splitting pass from Bruno found Brandon Adams out on the right. His cross into the area eluded the home defence and there was Dave Cowley, stooping low to head the equaliser.

The game had hardly restarted before the ball was laid back to Chipstead's Dean Hamlin on the edge of his area. Somehow he lost control and allowed Adams possession. The Ware man then bore down on goal and slipped the ball past Ashby-Hammond to give his side the lead.

Ten minutes later the game was effectively won. Charlie Yexley's runs up the right had been looking more and more effective. This time his cross into the box caused a scramble in the six yard area with the ball looping across the face of goal. Ashby-Hammond got a hand to it but could do no more than deflect it to Adams who had the easiest task of heading into the net.

With nothing to lose Chipstead started to gamble on pushing their men forward and on another day it might have paid off with a goal but Ware held out to claim the points and a ninth away win of the season. Other results went their way too and there is now a two-point gap between them and the teams behind whilst the distance to fifth placed Westfield has been halved.

Ware: Calum Kitscha, Charlie Yexley, Williams Danquah, Tom Bruno, Bradley Fraser, Louis Rose, Jack Daveney, Leigh Rose (Jordon Watson 59mins), Brandon Adams, Albert Adu, Dave Cowley (Frazer John 85mins). Unused subs: Gareth Madden, George Casey, Andrew Bennett.

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Key moments

Goal Sam Bell scores for Chipstead
Red Card Josh Gallagher is sent off for Chipstead
Goal Dave Cowley scores for Ware
Goal Brandon Adams scores for Ware
Goal Brandon Adams scores for Ware


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90:00 Yellow Card
Tom Bruno is yellow carded for Ware
85:00 Sub Off
Dave Cowley is substituted off for Ware
85:00 Sub On
Frazer John is substituted on for Ware
77:00 Sub Off
Nathan Ayling is substituted off for Chipstead
77:00 Sub On
Jacob Sewell is substituted on for Chipstead
77:00 Sub Off
Anthony Oaks is substituted off for Chipstead
77:00 Sub On
Tommy Smith is substituted on for Chipstead
75:00 Goal 1 - 3
Brandon Adams scores for Ware
67:00 Goal 1 - 2
Brandon Adams scores for Ware
66:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dave Cowley scores for Ware
65:00 Sub Off
Izzy Bademosi is substituted off for Chipstead
65:00 Sub On
Jeremy Boakye is substituted on for Chipstead
62:00 Yellow Card
Dan Moody is yellow carded for Chipstead
59:00 Sub Off
Leigh Rose is substituted off for Ware
59:00 Sub On
Jordon Watson is substituted on for Ware
48:00 Yellow Card
Leigh Rose is yellow carded for Ware
47:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Josh Gallagher is sent off for Chipstead
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sam Bell scores for Chipstead
22:00 Yellow Card
Dean Hamlin is yellow carded for Chipstead
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chipstead
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Dean Hamlin Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Sam Bell Goal 39:00'
  • Josh Gallagher Red Card 47:00'
  • Leigh Rose Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Leigh Rose Sub Off 59:00'
  • Jordon Watson Sub On 59:00'
  • Dan Moody Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Izzy Bademosi Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jeremy Boakye Sub On 65:00'
  • Dave Cowley Goal 66:00'
  • Brandon Adams Goal 67:00'
  • Brandon Adams Goal 75:00'
  • Jacob Sewell Sub On 77:00'
  • Anthony Oaks Sub Off 77:00'
  • Nathan Ayling Sub Off 77:00'
  • Tommy Smith Sub On 77:00'
  • Dave Cowley Sub Off 85:00'
  • Frazer John Sub On 85:00'
  • Tom Bruno Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2. Matt Warren
  • 3. Dan Moody
  • 4. Dean Hamlin
  • 5. Sam Page
  • 6. Anthony Oaks
  • 7. Josh Gallagher
  • 8. Nathan Ayling
  • 9. Izzy Bademosi
  • 10. Sam Clayton
  • 11. Sam Bell
  • 12. Jeremy Boakye
  • 14. Michak Stanic-Stewart
  • 15. Tommy Smith
  • 16. Jacob Sewell
  • 17. Tayo Oyebola

League round up

Other South Central Division results

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Chalfont St Peter
FC Romania
Hayes & Yeading United
Bracknell Town
Tooting & Mitcham United


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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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