Potters Bar Town 4 Ware 1
Defensive lapses cost Ware in the Velocity Trophy.
There were the inevitable changes for this game with Prince Madu, Oreoluwa Ogunleye and Warren Kayembe getting their first starts of the season and Daniel Emovon just his second. This meant that Elliott Charles, Lee White, Gareth Madden and Yannick Kamanan were omitted though the last two were on the bench.
Steve Ringrose made even more changes with only five members of the Potters Bar team that lost 4-2 on Saturday making the starting line-up. Most of those were at the back but it made little difference as Ware opened the scoring after eight minutes, Murat Karagul seizing on a poorly cleared ball to shoot low into the net.
More good work from Ware saw Prince Madu's cross headed just wide by Warren Kayembe but a minute later it was the home side coming close when Frank Keita's free kick needed Tom Coulton to be at his best as he tipped it over the bar.
With that Potters Bar showed their potential and proved it on the half hour mark when Eion Casey turned clear of his marker and shot past Coulton for one-all. Ten minutes later the same player made it 2-1 to the Scholars from a free kick with Coulton grabbing air.
Ware had their moments in the second half with Prince Madu and Gareth Madden both having headers thumping off the woodwork, and Kamanan, Finbarr Robins and Marvin Hamilton all fizzing shots just wide of the mark. But it was destined to be Casey's night as he completed his hat trick after beating the offside trap on 72 minutes. It was his ninth goal of the season.
Just to add salt to Ware's wounds Bradley Sach made it four in the dying moments with a goal out of nothing. A disappointing result especially with Saturday's derby in mind but the league cup, at least at this stage, was always going to provide a testing ground for squad players. Strangely they seem to have done well with the result apparently flattering to the home side.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi, Murat Karagul, Daniel Emovon (Gareth Madden 81mins), Oreoluwa Ogunleye (Yannick Kamanan 60mins), Marvin Hamilton, Ahmed Abdulla, Warren Kayembe (Robert Mensah 54mins), Prince Madu, Finbarr Robins. Unused subs: Denzel Conteh, Symeon Taylor