Ware overcome Rovers in the snow.
Second half performance is enough to bring home the points.
With the wind and snow showers at their back Ware failed to make the most of a good start to this game. After a solid opening ten minutes the visitors lost their way and Great Wakering, buoyed by a 6-1 win in midweek at Burnham Ramblers, came into the game. Ware's passes were going astray whilst Rovers began to look much more at home in the difficult conditions, finding their men well and cutting through their opponents' defence.
But for all their neat passes it was a Rovers' long ball down the centre that undid Ware in the 15th minute. It ultimately found top scorer Jay Nash who advanced on the Ware goal. Tom Coulton, making his debut as replacement for the departed Rhys Madden, must have had second thoughts about his move in the light of his teammates' inability to keep him covered. He came out and forced Nash wide but not wide enough and the home striker slotted home.
For a while it looked as though Ware were in for a difficult afternoon. Last week's hero Charlie Yexley was out injured and Murat Karagul sat on the bench as did the late arriving Ajet Shehu. Ryan Hervel took the captain's arm band. With so many changes the team hadn't yet coalesced into unit.
Yet, as the half approached the last ten minutes, there were signs of improvement and Rheo Josephs was put through for one of the Blues' rare opportunities. However, like Nash before him, he too was forced wide but his shot hit the post before running across the front of the goal to be cleared. Two minutes later Anthony Thomas put a shot just wide and Ware could start to believe that they might get something out of the game.
Certainly they were a different team at the start of the second half and carried the game to the home side as they searched for an equaliser. Even so it took a double substitution to settle it, Karagul and Tyler Christian-Law coming on after 56 minutes. The former started raiding down the left at every opportunity and it was his pass to the latter in the 62nd minute which enabled Christian-Law to fire in Ware's winner two minutes after Anthony Thomas's well taken equaliser.
That goal came after the tireless Khale Dacosta provided the opening. DaCosta was everywhere in this match and took several knocks for his trouble. The worst came with twenty minutes to go when Stuart Hepburn's flying tackle robbed him of the ball and his legs. The referee chose not to give a second yellow but brandished a straight red leaving Rovers with an uphill task in the remaining time.
They stuck at it well but even so it was Ware who almost got another goal when Thomas was unable to reach the ball as it skimmed across an open goal in the dying minutes.
Ware: Tom Coulton, Arturs Reinis (Ryan Wade 80mins), Omari Walker, Kazim Bishop (Tyler Christian-Law 56mins), Mete Sem, Jack Fowler, Khale Dacosta, Ryan Hervel, Anthony Thomas, Rheo Josephs (Murat Karagul 56mins).