Under-23's 20/09/2019

Under-23: Watford 2-1 Bristol City

By Kevin Affleck

Hayden Mullins got the result the doctor ordered on Friday (September 20) after his Under-23 side bounced back from the heavy defeat to Leeds United with a confidence-restoring win over Bristol City.

First-half goals from Kane Crichlow and Joseph Hungbo put the Hornets in complete control before a late strike from Tommy Conway made things slightly more uncomfortable than they ought to have been.

That’s now four wins out of five for this newly-configured squad and a good way to respond to the 6-0 defeat at Elland Road.

“In spells we were good,” said Mullins. “We perhaps should have been further in front than just two, and 2-0 is always a dangerous score. We spoke at half-time about keeping the same mentality and seeing the game out. 

“We were okay in the second half but I’m just disappointed with the late goal, really. We spoke about getting the clean sheet and getting into good habits, so the lads are very disappointed about that one. But that gives us something to work on and tidy up.”

The Hornets’ bench had a real Irish feel to it, with Republic of Ireland youth international Ryan Cassidy coming on for his first appearance of the season and then former Bohemians midfielder Bosun Lawal being handed his first shot at this level.

“It was good to see Ryan back,” said Mullins. “He looked sharp and bright. Bo came on and he looks a really good player. He’s come over from Ireland and is still young. I was impressed with how he went about his game today. It’s a reward for how well he has been doing for the Under-18s, so it was a well done for him and Jack Burchell who was also on the bench.”

HORNETS: Parkes; Balogun (C), Barrett, Spencer-Adams, Zeegelaar; Hungbo (Trialist 68), Wise (Lawal 76), Whelan, Bennetts; Crichlow, Dalby (Cassidy 57).

Subs not used: White, Burchell. 

Ladies 20/09/2019

Ladies: Watford FC Ladies Coaching Staff Confirmed

Watford FC Ladies is pleased to reveal that Clinton Lancaster has taken on the role of Head Coach with the Golden Girls.

Having joined the club in October 2016, Lancaster worked as Head Coach for the Development Team. His side had won four straight games in the league when a new opportunity presented itself.

In December 2017, he stepped up to the role of Assistant Coach with the first team. His previous work would prove vital, as several younger players were given opportunities at WSL 2 level.

Lancaster continued in that position last season and now makes the step up yet again, as he becomes the team’s new Head Coach.

“I am so proud to have been given this opportunity of Head Coach of this fantastic club and this excellent group of players,” Lancaster told watfordfc.com. “I, Armand and the rest of the staff are very excited to see where this season can lead us and we are confident it will be one to remember.”

We can confirm that previous Head Coach, Armand Kavaja, will still be working with the ladies as he continues to provide his valuable knowledge in the role of first team coach developer.

Kavaja recently received a new role working with the Watford FC Academy as U15/16 Lead Phase Coach, which will require him to devote more of his time to. All involved with the Golden Girls would like to congratulate Armand on his new position and wish him the very best of luck with it.

“I would like to congratulate Clinton on his new role, he has worked really hard during the three years he has been in the club and deserves the opportunity. I look forward to the season ahead that we have worked on together with the ladies, and working closely with Clinton and the coaching staff to help them all become successful,” Armand Kavaja told watfordfc.com.

The make-up of the rest of the first team coaching staff remains unchanged. Ilirjan Memaj, Pablo Mandiola and Mikolaj Pujdak continue in their positions as Goalkeeping Coach, First Team Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach respectively.

Laura Dyer stays as Head Coach with the Under-23s and she will continue to be assisted by Amy Shepherd with help from Joanne Williams.

Coaching Staff 2019/20

First Team Head Coach – Clinton Lancaster
Coach Developer - Armand Kavaja
First Team Coach – Pablo Mandiola
Goalkeeping Coach – Ilirjan Memaj
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Mikolaj Pujdak
Under-23 Head Coach – Laura Dyer
Under-23 Assistant Coach – Amy Shepherd
Under-23 Coach – Joanne Williams