Tuesday night football round-up ARLESEY Town crashed 3-0 at home to Ware after the euphoria of Saturday evaporated. This was a replay of the game rained off at the end of 2006 and for a long period it looked as though this attempt would have the same fate
Tuesday night football round-up
ARLESEY Town crashed 3-0 at home to Ware after the euphoria of Saturday evaporated.
This was a replay of the game rained off at the end of 2006 and for a long period it looked as though this attempt would have the same fate.
Arlesey are going through a difficult period at the moment and they again suffered defeat as well as a serious injury to a key player for the second match running.
Kaan Fehmi was stretchered off late on with a broken ankle.
For the first hour, the Blues were a match for Ware and were slightly unfortunate to be behind. But once they conceded the second goal, they fell apart and they were again to rue some missed chances coupled with poor defending.
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Missing the forward power of Martin Williams, Ozie Foster and Michael McKenzie - who like Craig Rydeheard are no longer contracted at Hitchin Road - the Blues failed to turn early pressure into goals.
Player-manager Darran Hay, in charge until the end of the season at least, headed wide from a Lee Tekell free-kick.
From a series of corners, James Gray headed goalwards only to see his effort blocked and when Hay found Matthew Clarke overlapping, his shot was off target.
Ware missed a golden chance through Stevens with a poor finish but in the 13th minute, an excellent cross from Rose ended with Burton volleying the ball home from close range.
Hay saw his header cleared off the line from one of a mounting tally of home corners.
And on the half hour, Arlesey should have equalised as Alex Charalambouis was clear with only keeper Woods to beat but twice his efforts were blocked and Hay suffered the same fate following up.
The second half resumed in similar fashion with the home attack presenting few problems despite having most of the pressure.
In the 55th minute, Arlesey were made to pay as a cross from the left saw two home attempts at clearing fail before Halsey saw his deflected shot beat Jack Rashid.
Arlesey again missed a great chance when Hay knocked the ball on in the box only for Charalambouis to miss the target with the goal at his mercy.
John Barnett was introduced into the game and almost immediately, Kaan Fehmi was clearly in agony prostrate in front of the home dugout.
He was stretchered off and was replaced by his brother Arin.
The points were safely in the grasp of Ware and Steve Dogbe proved the perfect host in the last minute.
Dogbe made a present of the ball to Horsley and in trying to rectify the situation, he sent the ball past Rashid for an own goal.
Blues squad: Rashid, Read, Clarke, McElroy, Dogbe, Gray, Tekell, K Fehmi, Hay, Mills, Charalambouis, A Fehmi, Townsend, Leon, Barnett, Rydeheard.
Stotfold's recent mini-revival ended in a 2-0 defeat at Raunds.
An inspired display by the home keeper ensured the Rokermen's two-match winning run was halted.
Two second-half goals enabled the home side to end a six-match losing run after Elio Salerno broke the deadlock after 56 minutes.
A second goal from Adam Taylor 16 minutes from time sealed their first win of 2007.
Rokermen: Blower, Taylor (Vooght), Philbin (D Drury), Kennoy, Juneja, Hull, Lee, Donnelly, Byrne (Guile), Dance, Case.