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1st Team - Match centre

Marlow
Ware
Full time
L Rose (69'), D Cowley (83'), A Adu (89'), B Adams (94')
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 171

Marlow 0 Ware 4

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Ware sign off with an ultimately comfortable win.

Unlike the home side who were expected to be looking to improve their place in the play-offs Ware seemingly had little to play for in this game. And that's how it looked when the team sheet revealed the absence of Leigh Rose, Jordon Watson and any recognisable right back, 16-year-old Nathan Tree making his debut in that position, the fourth member of Ware's youth set-up to get into a match day squad this season. Yet Ware stuck to their task and despite the loss of 'keeper Calum Kitscha with the score at 0-0 pulled through to a comprehensive victory.

The foul that sidelined Kitscha did result in a second yellow for Marlow's Kelvin Bossman but with no keeper on the bench and the strong wind at Marlow's back the advantage still seemed to lie with the home side. Gareth Madden went between the posts to emulate his brother who made 149 appearances in that position for Ware, surely the first time two brothers have kept goal for the club. In the event home supporters may well ask why Madden junior wasn't troubled much.

There was little sign of a goal rush in the first half. The high wind made life difficult for both sides and Ware struggled to establish a cohesive effort whilst Marlow enjoyed plenty of possession. Yet it was the visitors who had the first chance on seven minutes when Kardan Campbell sent Brandon Adams free to draw a good save out of Simon Grant.

That was the story of much of the first half; Marlow having possession to little effect but Ware exploiting the wind to break away.

Albert Adu's shot after 15 minutes was just wide before he then headed wide from Dave Cowley's 27th minute corner. A minute later Cowley was close to connecting with the ball at Grant's right hand post whilst a Campbell cross cum shot had to be scrambled away for a corner.

Marlow might have scored on 34 minutes when Junaid Bell shot high from six yards out after Jordan Edwards' pull back but this did herald a period of pressure from the home side. Four minutes later there was what might well have been the turning point of the match when Kitscha somehow turned Adam Richards' close range header wide for a corner.

With the scores level at the restart it became a matter of how Ware would cope now that there could be no wind assisted breaks. But they kept the ball low and opened up the home defence on a couple of occasions in the opening moments.

Four minutes in however came the injury to Kitscha and the expectation that Ware would have to sit back on defence. Yet Marlow failed to make the most of facing a stand-in 'keeper and such shots as they had were high or wide.

Meanwhile Tree, who had seemed to be finding the step up to senior football demanding in the early stages of the first half was now gaining confidence. Following Kitscha's departure he was joined off the bench by James Paul, another young debutant this time from the Under-23s and he too made the most of his opportunity.

As a result Ware were pushing forward and with little more than 20 minutes remaining won a corner on their left. Tom Bruno's cross fell to Louis Rose at the far post and, under pressure he headed home for the lead.

There was still time for Marlow to pull something out of the game but, showing four changes in the starting line up from their Easter Monday win at Northwood, they just didn't seem to be firing on all cylinders. Instead Ware doubled their lead on 83 minutes when the home defence relaxed on a through ball with a Ware player in an offside position. But he wasn't interfering with play and Cowley burst through from ten yards onside, took the ball forward and slipped it under the advancing Grant.

The game was up on 89 minutes when Adu laid the ball into Adams' path. The number nine turned his defender with a deft overhead kick and pulled the ball back from the by line for Adu, who had continued his run, to score from close range.

Adams had his own reward in the fourth minute of added time to finish as Ware's highest scorer in the league when he converted Paul's cross on the line after good work by Cowley.

So a season that started with a first opening day win since 2008 ended with the best last day result since the 4-0 win at Great Wakering in 2007. Two records that bookend an excellent season and whet the appetite for 2019/20.

Ware: Calum Kitscha (James Paul 54mins), Nathan Tree, Williams Danquah, Tom Bruno, Louis Rose, Gareth Madden, Kardan Campbell, Jack Daveney, Brandon Adams, Albert Adu, Dave Cowley. Unused subs: Harry Norman, Michael Bardle, Ben Hart.

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Key moments

69:00
Goal Louis Rose scores for Ware
83:00
Goal Dave Cowley scores for Ware
89:00
Goal Albert Adu scores for Ware
90:00 +4:00
Goal Brandon Adams scores for Ware

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Goal 0 - 4
Brandon Adams scores for Ware
89:00 Goal 0 - 3
Albert Adu scores for Ware
85:00 Yellow Card
Chris Ovenden is yellow carded for Marlow
83:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dave Cowley scores for Ware
70:00 Sub Off
Junaid Bell is substituted off for Marlow
70:00 Sub On
Marcus Mealing is substituted on for Marlow
69:00 Goal 0 - 1
Louis Rose scores for Ware
61:00 Sub Off
Allen Bossman is substituted off for Marlow
61:00 Sub On
Charlie Samuel is substituted on for Marlow
59:00 Sub On
Chris Ovenden is substituted on for Marlow
59:00 Sub Off
Tristan Campbell is substituted off for Marlow
54:00 Sub Off
Calum Kitscha is substituted off for Ware
54:00 Sub On
James Paul is substituted on for Ware
53:00 Yellow Card
Calum Kitscha is yellow carded for Ware
51:00 Yellow Card
Kelvin Bossman is yellow carded for Marlow
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Junaid Bell is yellow carded for Marlow
35:00 Yellow Card
Jack Daveney is yellow carded for Ware
25:00 Yellow Card
Gareth Madden is yellow carded for Ware
25:00 Yellow Card
Kelvin Bossman is yellow carded for Marlow
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Marlow
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Gareth Madden Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Jack Daveney Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Junaid Bell Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Calum Kitscha Yellow Card 53:00'
  • James Paul Sub On 54:00'
  • Calum Kitscha Sub Off 54:00'
  • Chris Ovenden Sub On 59:00'
  • Tristan Campbell Sub Off 59:00'
  • Allen Bossman Sub Off 61:00'
  • Charlie Samuel Sub On 61:00'
  • Louis Rose Goal 69:00'
  • Marcus Mealing Sub On 70:00'
  • Junaid Bell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dave Cowley Goal 83:00'
  • Chris Ovenden Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Albert Adu Goal 89:00'
  • Brandon Adams Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Marlow
  • 1. Simon Grant
  • 2. Isaac Olorunfemi
  • 3. Leslie Sackey
  • 4. Tristan Campbell
  • 5. Adam Richards
  • 6. Louis Rogers
  • 7. Allen Bossman
  • 8. Junaid Bell
  • 9. Kelvin Bossman
  • 10. Jordan Edwards
  • 11. Isaac Osei-Tutu
  • 12. Chris Ovenden
  • 13. Kameron English
  • 14. Romaine Walker
  • 15. Charlie Samuel
  • 16. Marcus Mealing

League round up

Other South Central Division results

Bracknell Town
6
0
Ashford Town (Middx)
Cheshunt
3
0
1
4
Chipstead
2
1
Chalfont St Peter
0
1
Northwood
Tooting & Mitcham United
2
1
FC Romania
2
2
Hayes & Yeading United

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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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