Sat 07
1st Team
L Hope (1'), T Bruno (45'), O Akinsanya (77'), (93'), L Rose (80')
M Blake (72')
Ware 5 Leiston 1

Ware 5 Leiston 1

By Stephen King
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Ware maintain their unbeaten run to make progress in the FA Cup.

The season is still young and the opposition, despite playing a division higher, have been struggling to find their form. Even so this was a good win and another pointer towards a successful season for the Blues.

No manager is going to say he is satisfied with his squad but Paul Halsey must be at least a little happy that his players seem to be coalescing into a fine combination. If you want confirmation (or otherwise) you can hear his views in his interview with East Herts Radio. It will be broadcast in their 9pm programme on Sunday.

The first half saw Ware in almost total control with goals coming at the very beginning of play and the very end before the break. Almost straight from the kick off a good ball into the area was well controlled by Olu Akinsanya before being laid back to Patrick Adamson whose long ball out to the right found Jordon Watson. His ball came across the face of goal and there was Liam Hope to score from close range, an even quicker goal than the one scored by Elliot Bailey at Kings Langley in our Southern League season.

Ware had other chances to find the net after that as they had the best of the game. Watson and Akinsanya both shot over when well placed and Leigh Rose headed onto the top of the net from a Tom Bruno free kick all in the opening 15 minutes.

Later Hope supplied Akinsanya with a good chance but his shot lacked enough power to trouble Beckwith. Almost immediately afterwards they reversed roles but this time it was Hope whose shot was easily collected by the Leiston keeper.

Ware finally established clear blue water between themselves and their opponents in added time at the end of the half. Bruno spotted Beckwith off his line and from within his own half lofted the ball goalwards. It looked as though it might go wide but after one bounce it rose up to kiss the inside of the post and continue into the top of the net.

Leiston were a different team after the break and started moving the ball around well and retaining possession. As a result Ware were finding it hard to get into their first half rhythm.

The visitors had their first two shots on target in this period with the second, from Matthew Blake, bringing a good save from Calum Kitscha. Ware didn't seem to heed the warning and Jeremiah Kamanzi might have done better when firing wide when well placed before Blake was just over the bar as he met a free kick in the box.

Leiston did get their goal with just under 20 minutes left when a sweeping pass from midfield was met by Sebastia Llado who took it forward before supplying Blake in the six yard area with what was in effect an open goal in front of him. Ware struggled for a while after that with one Bruno pass into the box seemingly not attracting any interest from the front runners.

An equaliser looked possible but the foundations for a revival had already been laid with a change of personnel with a quarter of the game left, the two wide midfielders being taken off with Dajour Buffonge coming on and Tobi Adekunle replacing Alaa Oujdi as he had in midweek.

It was Adekunle's drives down the left that started to bring Ware back into the game as an attacking force and five minutes after Leiston's goal his cross found Akinsanya who side footed home. Suddenly it all looked quite easy.

This restored Ware's confidence and three minutes later it was 4-1 when more good work from Adekunle this time set up a chance for Leigh Rose to score from close to the penalty spot. With the game apparently safe new signing Sam Chaney was brought on for his debut in advance of Tuesday's Velocity Trophy match against Hertford in which it seems likely he will be given more minutes on the pitch.

Akinsanya made it five goals three minutes into added time when he followed Adamson's though ball to be one on one with Beckwith. He doesn't seem to be fazed by these situations and scored comfortably.

Ware: Calum Kitscha, Harry Norman, Patrick Adamson, Leigh Rose, Louis Rose, Gareth Madden, Jordon Watson (Dajour Buffonge 67mins), Tom Bruno, Olu Akinsanya, Liam Hope (Sam Chaney 82mins), Alaa Oujdi (Tobi Adekunle 67mins). Unused subs: Charlie Crowley, Tom Boxer, Kardan Campbell, Jason Brown.

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Sat 07, Sep 2019






The Emirates FA Cup 19-20