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1st Team - Match centre

Staines Town
L Hope (43', 75' Pen), O Akinsanya (65')
Full time
M Bettache (25'), R Paul (60'), A Demby (92')
Sat 17 Aug 15:00 - The BetVictor Isthmian League - South Central Division Attendance 109

Ware 3 Staines Town 3


Points shared in season opener.

Conceding an equaliser on 92 minutes is always hard to stomach but on the run of play a draw seemed a fair result. In fact Staines could have had the game sown up by half time as their determination at the back, plus speed and skill going forward gave them a noticeable edge.

Yet although conceding mid way through the half Ware somehow stayed in the game and equalised just before the break. They might well have gone on to win the three points with a much improved second half performance but the fates intervened to ensure justice over the ninety minutes was done.

Anthony Gale's side seemed determined to take control in the first half during which their young and skilful players were beating Ware to the ball and running the show. In particular Che Krabbendam seemed to be on good form as he raided down the left.

He might have scored on the half hour when his fierce shot from outside the area brought a good save out of Charlie Crowley who palmed it away to his right for a corner. That may well have been a turning point in the game for by that time Ware were already a goal down. A second goal would surely have finished them.

Five minutes earlier the home defence had been split by a good through ball that released Mahrez Bettachi. Despite Bradley Fraser bearing down fast on the Staines number ten he kept his cool and drove the ball beyond Crowley's dive.

Crowley was on hand again with a double save on 42 minutes. The clearance reached Liam Hope and as he outpaced a defender he lifted the ball over the advancing Denzel Gerrar but under the bar to level the scores.

The second half found Ware looking much better and five minutes in Tom Bruno turned to volley from outside the area and just beyond the intersection of post and bar. With this encouragement Ware started to play a good passing game that carried the game to Staines in a way that had been missing before the break.

Yet as Ware looked to be taking a degree of control it was the visitors who went back into the lead on the hour. Rhys Paul rose from a crowded area to head home from a corner.

Ware didn't lose their focus however and were level within five minutes. A ball forward found Olu Akinsanya in a tussle for control with the visiting defence. His determination allowed him to stab the ball forward with sufficient power to take it past a wrong footed Gerrar and into the net from distance.

Another five minutes saw the introduction of youth player Andrew Bennett who had just one substitute appearance for the Blues to his name. It was his run into the Staines box on 74 minutes that prompted a defender to pull him back leaving the referee to point to the penalty spot. Hope converted comfortably to double his tally and give Ware the lead for the first time.

It looked as though they would hang on for the points with Tom Bruno running things and looking like the midfield general it was hoped he would be. That said, a yellow card early in the first half might have been doubled in the second when he questioned the referee a little too robustly. You don't get to be man of the match if you don't stay on the pitch.

But Staines were not out of things and Ware survived a scare when a "goal" was ruled out for offside. However, two minutes into added time with most Ware supporters hoping desperately for the final whistle, the visitors claimed a point when Andrew Demby's well struck shot from the left found the net.

Another engrossing game on the Wodson Park surface surely did enough to entice the complimentary ticket holders who swelled the crowd beyond its official attendance to come again.

Ware: Charlie Crowley, Dajour Buffonge (Andrew Bennett 70mins), Patrick Adamson, Bradley Fraser, Gareth Madden, Harry Norman, Jason Brown, Tom Bruno, Liam Hope, Olu Akinsanya, Kardan Campbell (Williams Danquah 79mins). Unused subs: Tobi Adenkunle, Imani Matthews, Reece Crowter.

Tom Bruno

Player of the Match

Tom Bruno

Key moments

Goal Mahrez Bettache scores for Staines Town
Goal Liam Hope scores for Ware
Goal Rhys Paul scores for Staines Town
Goal Olu Akinsanya scores for Ware
Scored Penalty Liam Hope scores a penalty for Ware
90:00 +2:00
Goal Andrew Demby scores for Staines Town


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90:00 +2:00 Goal 3 - 3
Andrew Demby scores for Staines Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Joseph Taylor is yellow carded for Staines Town
82:00 Yellow Card
Harry Norman is yellow carded for Ware
79:00 Sub Off
Kardan Campbell is substituted off for Ware
79:00 Sub On
Williams Danquah is substituted on for Ware
79:00 Sub On
Scott Walker is substituted on for Staines Town
79:00 Sub Off
Che Krabbendam is substituted off for Staines Town
75:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 2
Liam Hope scores a penalty for Ware
70:00 Sub On
Andrew Bennett is substituted on for Ware
70:00 Sub Off
Dajour Buffonge is substituted off for Ware
70:00 Sub On
Andrew Demby is substituted on for Staines Town
70:00 Sub Off
Dara Dada-Anite is substituted off for Staines Town
65:00 Goal 2 - 2
Olu Akinsanya scores for Ware
60:00 Goal 1 - 2
Rhys Paul scores for Staines Town
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 1 - 1
Liam Hope scores for Ware
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Mahrez Bettache scores for Staines Town
9:00 Yellow Card
Tom Bruno is yellow carded for Ware
0:00 Player of the Match
Tom Bruno is awarded player of the match for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Staines Town
  • 0
  • Tom Bruno Yellow Card 9:00'
  • Mahrez Bettache Goal 25:00'
  • Liam Hope Goal 43:00'
  • Rhys Paul Goal 60:00'
  • Olu Akinsanya Goal 65:00'
  • Andrew Bennett Sub On 70:00'
  • Dajour Buffonge Sub Off 70:00'
  • Andrew Demby Sub On 70:00'
  • Dara Dada-Anite Sub Off 70:00'
  • Liam Hope Scored Penalty 75:00'
  • Williams Danquah Sub On 79:00'
  • Kardan Campbell Sub Off 79:00'
  • Scott Walker Sub On 79:00'
  • Che Krabbendam Sub Off 79:00'
  • Harry Norman Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Joseph Taylor Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Andrew Demby Goal 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Staines Town
  • 1. Denzel Gerrar
  • 2. Niran Butler
  • 3. Joseph Taylor
  • 4. Stefan Wright
  • 5. Rhys Paul
  • 6. Aaron Ibe
  • 7. Dara Dada-Anite
  • 8. Ashley Lodge
  • 9. James Philpot
  • 10. Mahrez Bettache
  • 11. Che Krabbendam
  • 12. Kladji Cani
  • 13. Scott Walker
  • 14. Malaki Coker
  • 15. Andrew Demby
  • 16. Cory Hall

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Tooting & Mitcham United 1 3
8. Staines Town 1 1
9. Ware 1 1
10. Chertsey Town 1 1
11. South Park 1 1
12. Uxbridge 1 1
13. Waltham Abbey 1 1

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