Ware 0 Maldon & Tiptree 2
Ware go down to FA Cup defeat against an impressive Maldon side.
The result may have been disappointing but it was fair enough as Ware came up against a very useful looking Maldon & Tiptree. So it will be the Essex side that progresses to the next round of the FA Cup with a performance that bodes well for their home game against Biggleswade Town who are currently lying low in The Southern League Premier Division.
It didn't seem that way at the beginning and for the first 25 minutes of this contest Ware seemed to be having the better of things. Even so the home side were fortunate when Jack Mace was caught on the wrong side of his attacker after five minutes and brought him down in the area as he struggled to make amends.
Sam Newson, the former Needham Market striker, stepped up for the spot kick but drilled it against the bar with the ball cannoning high in to the air before being cleared when it dropped to earth. This let off seemed to lift Ware and play was mostly in the Maldon half after that.
A free kick on the right three minutes later reached Tom Bradbury but with his back to goal his swivel shot went wide. Ware were enjoying the slope and continued to test the visiting defence but in truth were not getting much change from a back four that included former Ware man George Essuman.
Even so Gareth Price broke free after 24 minutes but his shot was just wide and with that escape the visitors started to blossom. Four minutes later a cross-field ball to Adam Mills allowed him to bear down on Kyle Forster who made a good save to prevent a goal. But it was only a temporary reprieve and the home defence was opened up again with Maldon's next move. Newson made amends for his penalty miss with a fine long range shot that curled into the top left corner of Forster's goal.
Maldon now began to monopolise play and although Bradbury was again wide with a 39th minute header from a corner it was the visitors who looked the most likely to score the next goal as they closed Ware down and found their own men with regularity.
Ware looked better in the second half but never again had the upper hand. Maldon's attacks always carried a threat whilst Ware's forwards were well marshalled in the final third. This was clear as early as two minutes into the half after Price got beyond his defender but as he bore down on goal was unable to pull the trigger before a recovery tackle took the ball from him.
Under the circumstance frustration grew and Josh Oyibo was guilty of pulling his man back on 62 minutes. It earned him a yellow card and worse was to follow when the free kick found Mills whose shot from out wide hit the back of the net to double his team's score.
The game looked to be over and it soon was for Oyibo. A rash tackle earned him a possibly harsh second yellow card and an early shower. The ten men battled on and substitutions followed to add fresh legs as Ware sought a consolation. But it was Maldon who had the last word with Jerry Kamanzi bringing a good save out of Forster at the expense of a corner shortly before the final whistle.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Murat Karagul (Anton Johnson 85mins), Marcus Rose, Tom Bradbury, Aston Goss (Nathan Mukuna 64mins), Josh Oyibo, Brian Haule, Gareth Price, Evandro Delgado (Ryan Hervel 71mins). Unused subs: Jason Coughlan, Joe Simmonds.