Enfield Town 2 Ware 1
By Stephen King
Velocity Trophy game lacks any pizzazz to get the neutrals excited.
Maybe the league cup wasn't sufficiently inspiring to the players but the outcome could not be disputed. Premier division deservedly beat first division but it was a disappointing spectacle with even the three goals lacking any sparkle.
Enfield took the lead with a 15th minute penalty conceded out wide on the left edge of Ware's area. Billy Bricknell had the ball, turned and collided with the incoming Gareth Madden. Both subsided to the ground but whilst it looked soft it was still a penalty. Bricknell got up to score from the spot, giving Harry Ricketts no chance.
Ware's equaliser came five minutes into the second half and immediately after an Enfield cross had come back from a post. Play moved to the other end and the ball was not dealt with properly by the home defence, a shot coming off a defender to Jack Daveney who steered it home.
Enfield sealed the victory 13 minutes later when Bilal Sayoud's cross into the area eluded everyone and found Ricketts' right corner. Ware's keeper had a good game and if he was at fault for this goal it was in assuming that at least one of his defenders might have thought about dealing with the ball. Gareth Madden's frustration with his team for conceding such a simple goal was clear to all.
Those are the highlights of a game spoiled by mistakes from both sides. Too often the ball was lost or given away by both sides and towards the end Ware, despite bringing on their substitutes, looked devoid of ideas.
Enfield frustrated their supporters in other ways and in that last period found themselves with many chances to finally put the game to bed but they shot wide or more often high at the end of each attack. At least the ball boys had plenty of action.
Ware were without the injured Jordon Watson which left Leigh Rose, harshly yellow carded for a late but hardly dangerous tackle in a neutral area, ploughing something of a lonely furrow in the number nine role. It was not to his liking and with his team relying too much on long balls he didn't have much chance to shine.
Charlie Yexley was also out with injury and may be missing for a few weeks prompting Paul Halsey to go in search of a right back in time for Tuesday's derby. Billy Baird took the position in this game and had a tough time.
The only other notable omission was Dave Cowley who was rested on the bench. By the time he came on the game had drifted out of Ware's reach and into a rhythm that it couldn't be rescued from.
Harry Ricketts, Billy Baird, Dominique Njoya, Jason Brown, Louis Rose (Ben Hart 77mins), Bradley Fraser, Gareth Madden, Josh Oyibo (Harley Haag 66mins), Leigh Rose, Albert Adu, Jack Daveney (Dave Cowley 77mins). Unused subs: Callum Taylor, Anthony Page.