Ware 1 Needham Market 2
Ware look in good shape against premier division leaders as they narrowly miss out on quarter finals of league cup.
Somewhat surprisingly there was no hint of a second string about the visitors whose starting eleven showed only one change from the team that played throughout Saturday's premier division win over Hendon. Sitting at the head of the division after their 5-2 success they obviously had no intention of resting anyone. Maybe they want a league and cup double which is still possible after this close victory.
Ware had four changes in their starting line-up from that of Saturday's defeat though there was less of a sense of the pack being shuffled than of Ken Charlery beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. His recast squad seems to be taking shape not least with the reintroduction of Kyle Forster between the posts.
No-one wants to blame the other occupants of that position for the slump that has occurred in the last eight games (just two wins and a draw in that time) but things have felt unsettled with a sense that results suffered as a result.
There was no hint of that in the first half as the two teams stood toe to toe, with Needham first in the driving seat, Reece Dobson hitting the bar and then opening the scoring on 26 minutes before Josh Oyibo equalised four minutes later. This heralded a period with Ware going through the gears as Gareth Price (twice) and Brian Haule came close to giving Ware the lead.
The second half started with a debut for Lewis Soraf, most recently with Witham Town, who came on at the expense of Tom Bradbury. Ware had their chances again but it was the Marketmen who won the tie just after the hour mark when Luke Ingram side-footed home from close range after good build up work. Dean Mason and Price both came close to a second equaliser for the home side but it is the visitors who advance to the quarter final.
Ware: Kyle Forster, Aston Goss, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Murat Karagul, Tom Bradbury (Lewis Soraf 45mins), Dean Mason, Joe Reynolds, Brian Haule (Kambo Smith 80mins), Gareth Price, Laurence Vaughan (Evandro Delgado 64mins). Unused subs: Simon Mensah, Ashley Harris.