POTTERS Bar Town were the grateful recipients of Ware’s generosity on Tuesday night in their Herts Charity Cup quarter-final clash.
The Scholars won the tie 1-0 thanks to a second half own goal from Blues defender Ryan Flemming.
Town will now face Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division outfit St Albans City in the semi-final.
The game was slow to get going with the first real chance not coming until the 17th minute as Bar’s Cole Penney fed James Gershfield and his effort was well saved by Ware stopper Rhys Madden.
Ware, who fielded ex-Scholar Shane Wyllie up top, offered little going forward with rare attempts seeing Robbie Green head off target from a Ibrahim Conteh right wing cross and then captain Dave Hunt toe-poked over after Raffaelle Kaphouris’ deep free-kick.
Before the break the hosts twice went close with Dan Johnson’s scuffed effort easily saved while Anton Agdomar clipped just over with his back following a dangerous Liam Magwood centre.
Three minutes into the second period it was Liam Magwood who helped break the deadlock.
His whipped in cross from the left was knocked into his own net by the unfortunate Flemming.
The introduction of Elvis Balic at half-time bolstered the Bar midfield, and he lofted one attempt over Madden’s goal.
Ware tried to force a leveller and Flemming was unable to make amends for his own goal as his header from Conteh’s corner flew just wide.
Back at the other end Liam Magwood again whipped in a dangerous cross that just evaded Balic as he looked to touch it home.
Potters Bar seemed the more likely to grab the game’s second goal and should have done when Gershfield was unable to beat Madden when through with just the keeper to beat.
However, they didn’t need the second as they secured a cleansheet and progressed to the semi-final stage.
After the match Bar boss Adam Lee was delighted that his side, who had lost 5-0 to Beaconsfield in their previous friendly match, had stepped up their performance levels.
He said: “We had let a few pre-season goals in, albeit against stronger sides, and five on Saturday was not good.
“We’re still in a slight transformation with the side, I’d love to be in a position where it was done and dusted, but it never is at this level.
“The criteria tonight [Tuesday against Ware] was to keep a cleansheet and we did ok considering three of the back four were new faces in terms of starting for us so I was pleased with that.
“A lot of our forward play at times was very good, second half especially.
“If we had won the game by three or four no-one would have complained.
“We missed some good chances second half, but the concentration levels with 10 minutes to go were good.”
Bar begin their Ryman League Division One North campaign at home to Wroxham on Saturday.
“The group are understanding the way we want to play and the Ware win will give them some confidence, they’ve kept a clean sheet and are getting where they want to be,” he said.
“They’re an honest group, a young group, but with Ed [Thompson] in goal and Wesley [Beckles] at the back they add a bit of experience to us and I’m still working to try to bring one or two before Saturday.”