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B Hart (4'), D Cowley (30'), L Rose (47')
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Tue 2 Oct 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - South Central Division Attendance 83

Ware 3 Marlow 0


Floodgates open as Ware record best league win in eighteen months.

This was an exciting and entertaining encounter between two teams that put their all into the contest. Marlow came to Wodson Park with an unbeaten record and just one goal against. Ware on the other hand have struggled to put games to bed recently and have looked vulnerable at the back.

With such daunting omens the ultimate result was a real fillip and brought only the second victory under current manager Paul Halsey. After this game he will be a little less worried about what he admitted when he took over the job was a probationary period. Another home game comes this Saturday and this performance should have raised morale as Ware seek to maintain their unbeaten home record in the league.

Ware did have Dave Cowley back for this game but on the debit side they were without Dom Njoya. Billy Baird stepped into the breach at left back and proved again that this might be his best position as he kept Marlow's Allen Bossman under control.

Bradley Fraser was also missing from the starting line up with Gareth Madden dropping into the back four and Josh Oyibo coming in to midfield. It looked as though the loss of Madden in midfield could be a handicap but Cowley, Oyibo and Albert Adu controlled matters for the most part with the last two putting in a good defensive shift.

None of this is to say that Marlow weren't a force in this game and they were constantly looking to engineer openings. For a period in the first half and towards the end of the game they looked as though they might just do it; but too often they lacked a telling final ball and on the night the home defence held firm to earn their first clean sheet of the league season.

Meanwhile Ware were finding more chances up front especially feeding balls out wide for Ben Hart to run at the Marlow defence. And yet the opening goal came from Leigh Rose's 4th minute cross from the right which took a slight deflection off a defender's head before reaching Hart who was in the middle of the area. His left foot shot gave Simon Grant in the Marlow goal little chance and Ware were off to a good start.

It was certainly a boost to Ware who worked well in attack for pretty much the rest of the game, always looking likely to open up the Marlow defence. They did so again after 30 minutes when Marlow failed to clear a ball in the area and Cowley was on hand to steer the ball home with ease.

Any fear that the second half might see a different pattern of play was pretty much eliminated two minutes in. Hart's corner from the right was cleared back to him so he tried again with a higher ball that dropped towards the six yard box by the far post. Leigh Rose was there to head it down and into the net with a defender trying unsuccessfully to clear from the line. Rose's second league goal of the season was a reward for his hard work up front through this and earlier matches.

Despite this apparently clinching goal the game lost none of its competitive edge and on another night Marlow might had some reward for their efforts whilst Ware might have extended their lead especially when Adu was through and only denied at the last moment by Grant.

Ware: Anthony Page, Harry Norman, Billy Baird, Josh Oyibo (Harley Haag 77mins), Louis Rose, Gareth Madden, Ben Hart (Callum Taylor 78mins), Jason Brown, Leigh Rose, Albert Adu, Dave Cowley (Jack Daveney 63mins). Unused subs: Bradley Fraser, Michael Bardle.

Key moments

Goal Ben Hart scores for Ware
Goal Dave Cowley scores for Ware
Goal Leigh Rose scores for Ware


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78:00 Sub On
Callum Taylor is substituted on for Ware
78:00 Sub Off
Ben Hart is substituted off for Ware
77:00 Sub Off
Josh Oyibo is substituted off for Ware
77:00 Sub On
Harley Haag is substituted on for Ware
63:00 Sub Off
Dave Cowley is substituted off for Ware
63:00 Sub On
Jack Daveney is substituted on for Ware
54:00 Sub On
Tristan Campbell is substituted on for Marlow
54:00 Sub Off
Samuel Bangura is substituted off for Marlow
54:00 Sub Off
Chidubem Onokwai is substituted off for Marlow
54:00 Sub On
Kelvin Bossman is substituted on for Marlow
54:00 Sub Off
Allen Bossman is substituted off for Marlow
54:00 Sub On
Kameron English is substituted on for Marlow
47:00 Goal 3 - 0
Leigh Rose scores for Ware
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Dave Cowley scores for Ware
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ben Hart scores for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Ben Hart Goal 4:00'
  • Dave Cowley Goal 30:00'
  • Leigh Rose Goal 47:00'
  • Tristan Campbell Sub On 54:00'
  • Samuel Bangura Sub Off 54:00'
  • Chidubem Onokwai Sub Off 54:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Sub On 54:00'
  • Allen Bossman Sub Off 54:00'
  • Kameron English Sub On 54:00'
  • Jack Daveney Sub On 63:00'
  • Dave Cowley Sub Off 63:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub On 77:00'
  • Josh Oyibo Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ben Hart Sub Off 78:00'
  • Callum Taylor Sub On 78:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Simon Grant
  • 2. Samuel Bangura
  • 3. Jack Kerrigan
  • 4. Chris Ovenden
  • 5. Alex Salmon
  • 6. Calam Gallimore
  • 7. Allen Bossman
  • 8. Junaid Bell
  • 9. Chidubem Onokwai
  • 10. Devontae Romeo
  • 11. Isaac Osei-Tutu
  • 12. Idris Kamara
  • 14. Leslie Sackey
  • 15. Tristan Campbell
  • 16. Kameron English
  • 17. Kelvin Bossman


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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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