Under-18's 19/10/2019

Under-18: Bristol City 3-2 Watford

The Under-18s lost 3-2 at Bristol City on Saturday (October 19) but remain top of the Under-18 Professional Development League with 22 points from 10 games.

The Golden Boys were pegged back early on at the SGS College Wise Campus in Stoke Gifford, going behind in the third minute through a Marlee Francois goal.

It was a lively start and there were chances for both teams, but it was almost an hour until the next goal was scored. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, who had recently been away with Scotland Under-19s, equalised after 58 minutes.

But the Robins went back ahead after 71 minutes when Sam Bell scored from a tight angle, and Cameron Salmon doubled the lead just four minutes later with a chip over Dante Baptiste.

A late comeback appeared to be on when the Hornets were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute, but the spot kick was saved.

The away side did pull one back in injury time through Bosun Lawal (pictured), but the hosts held out and the match finished 3-2.

HORNETS: Baptiste (GK), Conteh, Maclean, Lawal, Matthews (Muwonge, HT), Burchell, Harrison, Hunter (Moriarty, 76), Hutchinson, Lo-Everton, McKiernan.

Subs not used: Evans, Marriott.

Ladies 18/10/2019

Ladies: Gillingham Preview

Watford FC Ladies will travel to Gillingham this weekend as they look to secure the top spot in the league table.

The Golden Girls will be looking to defend their unbeaten run as they haven’t lost in six games.

Last season when Watford played Gillingham away it was a close 1-0 win to Watford. It was goalless up until the 63rd minute when Katie O’Leary managed to win the game.

Views from the head coach

Clinton Lancaster and his side know that Gillingham can be a tough opponent, and the weekend cannot be taken lightly.

“We are looking forward to the game, but it will be a tough test. Gillingham are a decent side and hard to break down.” Lancaster told watfordfc.com.

“They may have had a few different results, but they put out a good team and last season we only just beat them away, it wasn’t easy, and we can’t focus on their results. If we perform well, the result will take care of itself.”

It's hard to deny the good run The Golden Girls are on at the moment with six unbeaten games and scoring a total of 27 goals this season.

“We are doing really well at the moment, we don’t just have a big squad but a strong one, so we can rotate players to match certain games and still get a good performance. We trust and believe in these girls.

“The girls work so hard in training and we want to keep this run going, keep getting the results and really see how far up the league we can get. Promotion is our goal, we take each game as it comes but that’s what we want at the end.”

The Hosts

Gillingham seem to sit in a similar position to the past few seasons in the FAWNL as with seven points they sit ninth in the early stages of the season.

Its been an unpredictable season for the hosts where they have had two wins, two losses and one draw. This could be down to the recent change in their coaching staff, with manager Jack Wheeler leaving Gillingham and Jamie Raynor their newly appointed man in charge.

Gillingham started off their league campaign with a 1-0 win against Cardiff, who The Hornets lost 3-0 to back in September, which shows that Gillingham are not a team to underestimate.

It was then a loss for Gills as they faced top of the table Plymouth, who put two past them. This didn’t put Gillingham off though, and they bounced back with a 4-2 win against MK dons the following week.

The 4-2 victory for Gillingham back in September was the last win they got from the campaign so far. They managed to take away a point against Chichester City but then had a 6-1 defeat against Yeovil in their most recent league game.

The hosts have got a tough few games approaching including a match against table toppers Crawley Wasps just three days after our meet.

Last Time Out

Watford 6-1 Kent Football United

Wiggins, A.Johnson, Kettle, Huggins, Richards, Scanlon, Smith, Holt, Kos, Harney, Carid ©, Maloney (73), Hughes (46), Coote, Meola (77), E.Johnson

Yeovil 6-1

Ashton Jones, Bussey, Carpanini, Chamney-Farrand, Davies, Jeffkins, Keogh, Manning, Newman, Powell, Waud, Fowler, Harrison, Monaghan


Gillingham Ladies v Watford FC Ladies
Sunday 20th October
Chatham Town Football Club
Maidstone Road