Ware 6 Berkhamsted 2
Debut goals as Ware restore pride and confidence.
Having suffered their worst defeat of the season on Saturday, Ware produced their best win so far with this resounding Herts Senior Cup victory over Berkhamsted. It was all achieved with an inevitably rearranged side though whether Ken Charlery will treat the quarter final at home to Kings Langley in the same way is hard to tell. For this match he made, if not wholesale changes, certainly a good many compared with the usual line up.
Amongst these Ashley Harris was back in goal with Aston Goss in at right back for the absent Jack Mace. Dean Mason and Laurence Vaughan, both withdrawn on Saturday were given another start and took the opportunity gratefully as both scored their first goals for the club in an opening half which saw Ware trying to shake off the challenge of the Spartan South Midlands League side.
In between their goals Murat Karagul scored the first of two penalties which meant that Ware went in at the break better off by the odd goal in five. It might have been more but Kambo Smith, also on duty after not being in the squad for Saturday, hit a post, the first of several strikes by both sides against posts and bar.
Ware pulled clear in the second half which, if that wasn't good enough in itself, also saw Karagul complete his hat trick (Ware's first in a competitive fixture since Charlie Ledula's three against Great Wakering on 18th October 2014) whilst Gareth Price got back on the score sheet. It was his first since 29th October and Ware's 9,900th in all matches since 1892.
Our opponents in the next round, King's Langley, beat another Step 5 side in Tring Athletic by a comfortable 3-0. The quarter final is scheduled for the week commencing January 9th.
Ware: Ashley Harris, Aston Goss, Alaa Oujdi, Josh Oyibo, Murat Karagul, Tom Bradbury, Laurence Vaughan, Ryan Hervel (Dani Ladeira 63mins), Dean Mason, Kambo Smith (Joe Reynolds 88mins), Evandro Delgado (Gareth Price 66mins). Unused sub: Clarke Bogard.