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Witham Town
D Conteh (6'), Y Kamanan (45')
Full time
E Ronto (73')
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - The Emirates FA Cup 17-18 Attendance 101

Ware 2 Witham Town 1

Nerve shredding end to game but Ware progress in the FA Cup. Draw for next round on Monday.

From a position of some comfort Ware slowly saw their grip on the game loosened as the visitors came back to almost force a draw.

Ware started well enough and played some good football to open up the visitors' defence but after Denzel Conteh's early goal they couldn't improve on their score until late in the half. Conteh had benefitted from a high ball into the Witham area that was laid off by Yannick Kamanan to give him the opportunity to strike the ball home with his right foot after six minutes.

After that Ware's flowing football was countered by Witham's speed on the break and there were several opportunities for an equaliser but all were wasted. During this period Ware were winning the midfield battle with Finbarr Robins doing particularly well whilst Witham were just making too many mistakes, shooting wide or misdirecting passes.

But Ware were vulnerable to quick breaks. With an injury to Junior Appiah forcing them to play three at the back, Gareth Madden went to the right of the defensive line rather than in the centre of a back four but he was caught out by the darting run of Nathan Koranteng just before the half hour. A cynical foul brought an end to the run and a yellow card for the Ware man.

It was the first of several cards to be handed out to both sides particularly towards the end of the game as tempers frayed under the pressure. Koranteng was himself the next recipient just six minutes later after he failed for the third time to heed the repeated advice of Mr Forrester to keep quiet and let him referee the game.

Madden was back in action in added time at the end of the half and this time as a hero when his timely tackle in the penalty area saved a dangerous situation. As a result Ware broke up field with Marcus Milner taking the ball down the right before sending over a cross into the Witham area. Kamanan was there and steadied the ball with his back to goal before turning to shoot home for 2-0.

It was just what Ware needed on the verge of half time and had they been able to turn early pressure in the second half into a third goal the game would have been as good as over. They had their chance on 52 minutes when a flowing move from their own penalty area ended with a cross into the Witham area. Rheo Josephs was there but somehow the chance eluded him as he struggled to stay onside.

Witham slowly pulled themselves into the game after that and might have had some reward after 57 minutes when they broke forward only for the final effort to be hit high over the bar.

They did get a goal with just over 15 minutes of normal time left. A free kick just outside the Ware penalty area was put away by Elliott Ronto with questions once again being asked about the defensive wall.

Ware might still have made the game safe when Lee White's header from a corner drifted just wide but much of the remaining time was spent with fingers crossed and nails bitten until the final whistle signalled relief for the home support.

Ware: Tom Coulton, Gareth Madden, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Lee White, Denzel Conteh (Ahmed Mohammed 54mins), Marcus Milner, Finbarr Robins, Yannick Kamanan, Rheo Josephs (Prince Madu 66mins), Elliott Charles (Murat Karagul 73mins). Unused subs: Marvin Hamilton, Bradley Kay, Oreoluwa Ogunleye.

Key moments

Goal Denzel Conteh scores for Ware
Goal Yannick Kamanan scores for Ware
Goal Elliottt Ronto scores for Witham Town


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83:00 Sub Off
Timothy Monsheju is substituted off for Witham Town
83:00 Sub On
Chinedu Asadebe is substituted on for Witham Town
77:00 Sub Off
Damien Green is substituted off for Witham Town
77:00 Sub On
Tylet Corlett is substituted on for Witham Town
73:00 Sub Off
Elliott Charles is substituted off for Ware
73:00 Goal 2 - 1
Elliottt Ronto scores for Witham Town
73:00 Sub On
Murat Karagul is substituted on for Ware
66:00 Sub On
Shamedu Pedulu is substituted on for Witham Town
66:00 Sub On
Prince Madu is substituted on for Ware
66:00 Sub Off
Rheo Josephs is substituted off for Ware
66:00 Sub Off
John Watson is substituted off for Witham Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Hervel is yellow carded for Ware
61:00 Yellow Card
Sam Owusu is yellow carded for Witham Town
54:00 Sub On
Ahmed Mohammed is substituted on for Ware
54:00 Sub Off
Denzel Conteh is substituted off for Ware
End of period 1
44:59 Goal 2 - 0
Yannick Kamanan scores for Ware
33:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Korenteng is yellow carded for Witham Town
27:00 Yellow Card
Gareth Madden is yellow carded for Ware
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Denzel Conteh scores for Ware
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ware
  • Witham Town
  • 0
  • Denzel Conteh Goal 6:00'
  • Gareth Madden Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Nathan Korenteng Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Yannick Kamanan Goal 44:59'
  • Ahmed Mohammed Sub On 54:00'
  • Denzel Conteh Sub Off 54:00'
  • Sam Owusu Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Ryan Hervel Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Prince Madu Sub On 66:00'
  • Rheo Josephs Sub Off 66:00'
  • Shamedu Pedulu Sub On 66:00'
  • John Watson Sub Off 66:00'
  • Murat Karagul Sub On 73:00'
  • Elliott Charles Sub Off 73:00'
  • Elliottt Ronto Goal 73:00'
  • Tylet Corlett Sub On 77:00'
  • Damien Green Sub Off 77:00'
  • Chinedu Asadebe Sub On 83:00'
  • Timothy Monsheju Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Witham Town
  • 1. Lewis Moore
  • 2. Alexander Anderson
  • 3. Tyler Hayes
  • 4. John Watson
  • 5. Lance Atkins
  • 6. Damien Green
  • 7. Nathan Korenteng
  • 8. Sam Owusu
  • 9. Timothy Monsheju
  • 10. Elliottt Ronto
  • 11. Usman Adeniji
  • 12. Chinedu Asadebe
  • 14. Shamedu Pedulu
  • 15. Patrick Ahern
  • 16. Tylet Corlett
  • 17. James Robinson
  • 18. Liam Whipps
  • 19. Devon Jeggo


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