Monday 27 November 2023


On league positions Ware were considered favourites for this Southern League Division One (Central) game on Saturday when Aylesbury United visited Wodson Park. 

The hosts, who have been beaten in the play-off final for the last two seasons, are once again placed towards the top of the table in 5th place prior to kick off with The Ducks down in 17th. 

Ware started well forcing a brilliant save from James Callan  to keep the score at 0-0 in the opening minutes. Aylesbury United were then much the better side having two great opportunities to score prior to half time. 

After the break Ware raced into a two goal lead via Liam Dulson (who started the season at Isthmian Premier Division Potters Bar Town but then moved back to Ware) and former Witham Town striker Ramiah Mills who has a very unique somersault goal celebration. 

Massive credit to Aylesbury United who, when many teams would of folded being 2-0 down away from home, continued to play some good football. I thought their stand out player was Max Cavana in the centre of midfield. The American born player who can also play in defence is currently on loan from League One side Wycombe Wanderers where he is part of their development team having signed in the summer. 

David Lynn scored on 60 minutes and then defender Derek Feyi rose at the back post to head home a cross following a short corner on 89 minutes to the delight of the travelling fans amongst the crowd of 142 people. There was some great support for The Ducks - I particularly liked the Christmas themed chant to Mike Oldfield's 'In Dulci Jubilo'. 

There was more drama to come as Justin Dass who was making his debut for Aylesbury scored the winner with a 94th minute header - the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line. The 21 year old winger recently joined from Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Crawley Green - He played for Newport Pagnell Town and Yaxley last season. 

On the final whistle The Ducks celebrated with their fans whilst Ware manager Paul Halsey spoke with his squad on the pitch - to say he was not happy is a slight understatement! 



Ware and Hertford Town are right up and involved in the play-off picture this season - A crowd of 959 saw Ware win 0-2 at their local rival's back on August Bank Holiday Monday with the return game scheduled to take place at Wodson Park on Boxing Day. I think there could be a huge attendance of 1000+ at this game! 

What is incredibly sad that when I first covered Aylesbury United for THE COLD END back in February 2011 when they lost 2-0 away to Broxbourne Borough I added a 'Bring The Ducks Home' graphic to the end of the video and now we are in 2023 with Aylesbury United still without a ground they can call their own in their Town. 

It was 2006 when The Ducks lost their Buckingham Road ground and they are currently ground sharing at Chesham United which is around a 30 mile round trip for their loyal fans. They have also played at Thame United and Leighton Town.

Aylesbury's next game is tomorrow evening when they travel to Combined Counties Premier Division One North side Milton United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Third Round. They then host Kempston Rovers in the league on Saturday. 

I think on this showing it's clear their Manager Jack Wells is building a good competitive side so they will finish higher up the league than their current    position of 15th.  

Ware will want to get back to winning ways on their trip to Kidlington in the league next Saturday.  



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