Ladies: Watford FC 7-0 Maidenhead United
Watford FC Ladies produced a sensational attacking display on Wednesday evening (August 8), as they defeated Tier 4 side Maidenhead United 7-0 in a preseason friendly at Kings Langley.
The Golden Girls came into the fixture - their first at home this season - with confidence, following a win at the weekend against Cheltenham Town Ladies.
Five goals in the first half was the reward for efficient attacking play, with striker Helen Ward grabbing a brace.
The second half saw a youthful Hornets side grab a further two, through Leanne Bell and Anaisa Harney.
New signing Alysha Stojko-Down opened the scoring for the Golden Girls with ten minutes played. The midfielder collected the ball centrally, before unleashing a powerful shot which arrowed high into the net past the reach of the keeper.
It took only ten minutes for the second to follow. Ward, in fine-form, was played in behind the defence, allowing her to take a touch around the keeper and fire in her first of the match.
On the half-hour mark, another new Hornet - Laura Baker - got in on the action. The attacking midfielder glided past the defence and picked her spot perfectly, coolly rolling the ball into the bottom corner.
The Magpies were restricted in their chances as the Hornets kept pushing forward. Their attacking intent was again rewarded soon after as Ward grabbed her second goal of the game, and fourth of preseason. It was another fine finish from the Welsh international, placing her shot with precision low into the goal.
With the last kick of the half, Bell was alert to a loose pass by United's defence, darting into the box before slotting a fine left-footed effort past the keeper.
Head Coach Armand Kavaja made changes at the break, allowing young players such as Kayleigh Currivan, and goalkeeper Charlotte Bolland the opportunity of precious first team minutes.
The sixth goal for his side came ten minutes into the second period. Ward floated a fantastic cross into the box, which Bell gratefully headed home with perfection into the top corner.
With an hour on the clock, Harney notched the side’s final goal of the match. A delightful through ball from Ward set up the young striker, she kept her composure, rounding the keeper and calmly placing her shot into the empty net.
Ward, Harney, and Katie Akerman all went close to extending the Golden Girls’ substantial lead, but the Maidenhead defence put in a strong closing performance in what was a positive pre-season exercise for Kavaja’s Watford.
HORNETS | Martin (GK); Peck, O'Halloran, Kettle, Huggins; Akerman, Stojko-Down; Bell, Baker, Carid; Ward (c).
Subs (used): Shakes, Bolland (GK), Hill, Trialist, Harney, Hallsworth, Johnson A, Currivan.
Match action by Prime Media Images
The Golden Girls are in action on Thursday August 16, as they face Stevenage in their final pre-season friendly.
The game kicks-off at 19:45 at Kings Langley FC (WD4 8BS), and entry is free!