Wroxham 4 Ware 3

Wroxham survived a late comeback to beat Ware 4-3 in a thriller at Trafford Park.

First half goals from Stephen Drake and Fernando Vide handed control to the Yachtsmen, before a 25 yard strike from an inspired Ross Durrant after 68 minutes seemed to cement the victory.

But Wroxham's vulnerability from set pieces became apparent as the second half wore on, with two goals either side of a Pedro Sanha toe poke coming from dead ball situations for the visitors.

And as the game ticked into injury time, another corner provided Ware with a third goal to make the final few minutes nervous for the home side, but Wroxham held out for victory.

Although the Yachtsmen looked dangerous in attack, their weaknesses from set piece plays will be a big concern as they look to their next game against Waltham Forest on Wednesday.


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Wroxham stated their intent early on with a goal inside six minutes, lovely footwork from Durrant taking him into the penalty area, before laying it across for Drake to expertly volley in from 18 yards.

Durrant, pictured, then almost turned goalscorer himself 10 minutes later, an audacious 45 yard lob landing just wide of the post after Ware goalkeeper Jack Kelly was floundering in no man's land after a headed clearance.

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The Wroxham attacker was finding space for fun, with Ware struggling to cope with his movement as he almost set up Paul Cook for a second, only for the striker to head wide.

This seemed to spur Ware into life and the home side almost gifted them an equaliser after 26 minutes, a sloppy pass from Jordan Southgate allowing Ware striker Leigh Rose in, only for him to poke his effort wide of the post.

Fernando Vide replaced the injured Tim Cary after 35 minutes and the right midfielder didn't wait long before making his mark, doubling Wroxham's lead with five minutes of the half remaining.

After some intricate play between Remy Gordon, Durrant and Drake on the edge of the box, it was the latter who played the ball out to the right hand side of the penalty area, Vide sending a well struck effort across Kelly in the Ware goal for 2-0. As the heavens opened, it was once again Wroxham who started better in the second half, Durrant finding space on the right after 48 minutes before whipping a great ball in for Gordon. The left winger unselfishly laid the ball back for Cook, but the striker fluffed his lines.

The attacking prowess of Wroxham was too much for the Ware defence to handle, and they got a third after 68 minutes. A good break down the left from Drake allowed Gordon a shot at goal, with the goalkeeper's clearance rebounding to Durrant, who struck in from 25 yards into the top left corner.

Ware struck back after 73 minutes, Jamie Smith heading the ball in from a corner and despite Sanha reinstating Wroxham's three goal advantage 10 minutes later, goals from Gareth Madden and Tony Martin made it an nervous finale.

the on looking home fans, but the Yachtsmen held out for victory to claim their second straight win and sentence Ware to their third successive defeat.

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