Sat 14
1st Team
2
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1
League
Chalfont St Peter
L Rose (39'), A Oujdi (46')
C Doyle (88')
Ware 2 Chalfont St Peter 1

Ware 2 Chalfont St Peter 1

By Stephen King
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Ware stay unbeaten and move up to seventh in the table with fourth consecutive win over Chalfont.


Sadly this was not a game to entertain the surprisingly small crowd for this meeting of two undefeated sides. With Gareth Madden and Patrick Adamson on holiday Ware somehow seemed to be below par for much of this game.

Yet the replacements didn't disappoint with Williams Danquah coming in for Adamson and playing his regular solid game at left back whilst Tom Boxer returning to the back four had his best game for the club. But if Ware failed to set the day ablaze there were some individual contributions that highlighted the benefit of hard work.

In a half in which Ware had the better possession and territory but Chalfont often looked dangerous on the break Leigh Rose, Alaa Oujdi and Jordon Watson put in good shifts and never stopped chasing seemingly lost balls and lost causes. The result was the ball was often won back or the opponents were worried into mistakes.

Yet if Ware were having the better of things they couldn't make it tell, the best early chance coming just before the half hour. Olu Akinsanya rode a foul tackle and with the referee waving play on laid the ball back into the area where Watson made himself room for a shot that glanced off the top of the Chalfont crossbar.

The visitors continued to look dangerous on the break and Daniel Williams was close with a shot soon after and then moments later Arash Abdollah brought a good save out of Calum Kitscha. It was a close contest without rising to great heights.

It was Leigh Rose who broke the deadlock on 39 minutes. After good build up by Ware he won the ball in the area and his shot found the net off the back of a defender. Now the Premier League will have had a committee sit to judge it as an own goal but it was on target before the deflection and for Ware that's good enough to award it to Leigh.

The game seemed to take a decisive turn in Ware's favour in the first minute of added time at the end of the half. Watson worked hard to first win and then retain the ball before crossing to Oujdi in the area. The number eleven shifted the ball onto his left foot, adjusted his position in the box and then drove it under the advancing Dan Purdue's body.

The second half saw Ware playing better football and they started to move the ball around between them in a manner reminiscent of previous games and they certainly created an increasing number of half chances. That these were not turned into real openings was due to a resolute defence and sometimes it seemed a degree of plain bad luck.

As ever there was the chance of a breakaway for the visitors who were looking to get behind the Ware defence with long diagonal balls. Even so it looked as though the home side were going to get their first clean sheet of the season until the ball was lost just inside the Ware half. A quick pass opened up the defence and after one chance was fired across an almost empty goal the ball was recovered and returned to Callum Doyle who had a relatively easy task of burying it.

This was a cue for a nervy final five minutes to the game for the home side before the referee's whistle indicated they had the win and an unbeaten record stretching to nine games. The score was close but the run of play suggested it was a fair result over all culminating in a fourth successive win over Chalfont, the best run for either side in their 32 meetings to date.

Ware: Calum Kitscha, Harry Norman, Williams Danquah, Tom Boxer, Louis Rose, Tom Bruno, Jordon Watson (Tobi Adekunle 66mins), Leigh Rose, Liam Hope, Olu Akinsanya, (Sam Chaney 74mins), Alaa Oujdi. Unused subs: Jason Brown, Dajour Buffonge, Harry Watkins.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 14, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

83

Competition

South Central Division

League position

5
Chalfont St Peter
7
Ware