Honours even in local derby
With twenty or so minutes remaining the Blues looked well set to take all three points at local rivals, Ware, but the sending-off of Jason Beck changed the balance of the game and, in the end, the Blues were grateful for a point.
The football that they had played up to that point was worthy of more, though, and but for some missed chances they would probably have come away with a victory.
It was the home side that started the better and might well have taken a 2nd minute lead had it not been for a save with his foot from Blues custodian, Lamar Johnson. The game soon settled down, though, and the Blues began to gain the upper hand with some good possession play that was causing the hosts some difficulty.
It was therefore against the run of play when the hosts took a 21st minute lead; Albert Adu heading home Ben Hart’s excellent freekick from out on the left.
This goal did nothing, however, to halt the flow of the Blues’ play and they immediately picked up the pace of their game and pressed forward in search of an equaliser. Charlie Ruff was posing the home defence a lot of problems and it was his defence-splitting pass that set up David Keenleyside for an excellent finish on the half-hour mark.
The second half saw the Blues looking the far more likely to take the lead and, inside the first twenty minutes, good chances fell to Tommy Wade, George Lutaaya and Charlie Ruff and, although all went close, none were taken. Tommy Wade’s effort rolled across an empty goal, George Lutaaya’s was cleared off the line and Charlie Ruff’s grazed the outside of a post.
It was at this point, with the Blues well on top, that they were caught out by a quick break that was halted by a rash tackle by Jason Beck that resulted in him being instantly shown a straight red card. The rhythm of the game was effectively destroyed by this incident and the last twenty minutes lacked any of the earlier quality and the game petered out into a draw.
One of the positives to come out of the game was the debut performance of Jordan Lawal, a recent signing from Potters Bar.
Team:, Lamar Johnson, Joe Clemo, Macauley Joynes, Keiran McCaffrey (Mark Twumasi 70’), Ollie Sharman, David Keenleyside (Elliott Bailey 88’), Jordan Lawal, Tommy Wade, Charlie Ruff (Tyler Hatherly 77’) and George Lutaaya.