Brentwood Town 1 Ware 2
Another good performance and this time a win to go with it. League cup victory sees us at Canvey in the next round.
Five consecutive away games that have seen Ware put in some dominant performances have at last yielded a victory. It was their first win in a league cup competition since their run to the semi-final of the Ryman cup in 2013/4 and a second consecutive win at the Brentwood Arena.
With the home side making four changes to the team beaten 3-1 at the weekend Ware stuck with the majority of their starting line up from Saturday's game at Witham. Marcus Rose was an inevitable absentee with his hamstring strain but Evandro Delgado gave way to Nathan Mukuna. Jonathan Constant was absent and Murat Karagul dropped back into the defensive four leaving space for Josh Oyibo and Aston Goss to come back into midfield.
It seemed a strong enough side to contest a game that many managers might normally use to blood junior squad members but even so Ware were behind after 31 minutes when Karagul turned the ball into his own net.
They weren't behind for long and demonstrated their determination five minutes later when Gareth Price laid on a good opportunity for Oyibo. The midfielder shot wide but made amendments just two minutes later with a long range shot that caught Lewis Moore off his line in the home goal. It was his fifth goal for the club and Ware's 100th in the Ryman league cup.
Ware continued to enjoy the majority of play in the second half but a break through started to seem a long way off with a shot from Goss that brought a good save out of Moore being the high spot.
Substitutions were made to break the deadlock including the late introduction of Dani Ladeira who has patiently waited for his international clearance to come through. Even so a penalty shoot-out seemed to be on the cards until the pressure paid off. A poor back pass was seized on by Price who rounded Moore to hit the decisive goal.
There were just three minutes of normal time left, not enough for Brentwood to mount a recovery and Ware moved into round two and a visit to premier division Canvey Island, 6-1 winners over Great Wakering Rovers.
Before that Wroxham visit Wodson Park on Saturday. Hopefully this win will have boosted Ware's confidence after the frustrations of their recent travels.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Jack Mace, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel (Dani Ladeira 75mins), Murat Karagul, Tom Bradbury, Aston Goss, Josh Oyibo, Brian Haule (Kambo Smith 84mins), Gareth Price, Nathan Mukuna (Evandro Delgado 65mins). Unused subs: Jason Coughlan, Joe Simmonds.