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Tomorrow sees our pre-season campaign come to an end with a visit to Wodson Park to take on Isthmian League Division 1 Central side Ware.
Formed in 1892 as Ware Town the club enjoyed a lot of early success at county level before moving into the Spartan League in the 1920s, where they won the Premier Division in 1953 - the same season Hendon won their first Athenian League championship.
Four years later Ware achieved their highest ever home attendance in an FA Amateur Cup tie against Hendon, the game finished 1-1 with Jimmy Quail scoring for the Greens in front of 3,800 spectators. A week later the two sides battled away at Claremont Road and Quail scored again as the Greens came away with a 4-0 win. Tommy Lawrence, Ron Stanton and Miles Spector were the other goalscorers. Hendon's run in the cup came to an end a week later losing 4-3 at Brigg Sports.
Ware spent time in both the Delphian and Athenian Leagues, during which time they reached the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in their history, losing 6-1 against Luton Town, before being elected into the Isthmian League in time for the 1975/6 campaign.
Aside for a solitary season in the Southern League, the Blues have remained in the Isthmian League ever since, winning the 2nd Division title in 2005/6 and reaching the FA Cup 1st Round against in 2007 where they were narrowly defeated by Kidderminster Harriers.
Last season they ended the curtailed campaign top of their division, 6 points ahead of Hanwell Town who had two games in hand. The title race was shaping up to a fine conclusion before the pandemic interrupted and the Hertfordshire side denied a shot at promotion to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League for a first time.
Managed by Paul Halsey, brother of former Premier League referee Mark, the Blues will be hoping to maintain their progress and challenge for promotion once again.
The two sides have met on one other occasion to that Amateur Cup tie with the Greens narrowly winning an FA Cup tie on the road 1-0 in 1987 thanks to a Gary Keen goal. We did travel to Wodson Park last pre-season and found ourselves well beaten 3-1.
Admission for tomorrow's match is £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions with tickets available on the gate. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and as always, we ask that supporters adhere to the social distancing and hygiene protocols that will be in place.