Under-18's 07/10/2019

Under-18: Watford 3-3 Colchester United

By Hamish Rogers

Watford’s Under-18s came from behind three times as Colchester proved a stern test for Simon Clark’s men on Saturday (October 5) – the youngsters leaving it late to grab an equaliser in what became their first draw of the campaign.

Dom Hutchinson added to his personal tally, making it seven goals in his seven appearances so far this season, grabbing a late leveller in the 89th minute of the game.

JJ McKiernan and Max Thompson scored the other two earlier in the game, and Clark’s side now lead the U18 Professional Development League South by one point. 

JJ McKiernan scores Watford's first of the game

“Our individual actions were, with and without the ball, off our level. Then we became a little bit desperate, but again we’ve created multiple chances to win the football match, so that’s a positive,” said Clark.

Despite enjoying the first few chances on goal in the early stages of the game, Watford’s lethargic play on the ball in their own half, as well as an individual error, gifted Colchester the lead inside the first 10 minutes through Jake Hutchinson.

Watford reacted well, and thanks to McKiernan’s piece of individual skill on the left wing, grabbed an equaliser in the 22nd minute. The youngster took a lovely touch to release the ball from under his feel, and coolly curled it inside the far post.

McKiernan wheels off the celebrate levelling the scores

It took fewer than 10 minutes for the away side to regain the lead. Colchester's Hutchinson was given far too much time in the box to turn and slot home with ease, ending the half 2-1 to the visitors.

“The lads got equal and then we just conceded again, which is really poor and not like us”, said Clark.

Watford started the second 45 with a much greater intensity and after some sublime overlapping play down the right-hand side, brought the score level again, with Thompson nodding home from a cross just shy of the hour-mark.

Max Thompson nods the Hornets level

Just seconds later, goalkeeper Harvey White was picking the ball out of the Watford net once again as the Hornets fell asleep immediately after scoring and found themselves trailing to a Harvey Sayers strike.

From then on there was some relentless attacking play from the Hornets, who had multiple chances to equalise. But it took until the final moments of the game for skipper Hutchinson to come to the home side’s rescue once again, scoring with one of the last kicks of the game to secure a draw.

Dom Hutchinson's late strike earned a 3-3 draw

“It’s tough, because when you’re top of any league, teams come and they change shape and they try to get a way to play” said Clark.

“They negate what you do and we just came off certain highs, both with and without the ball, so it’s really disappointing in that effect. It’s great that they kept working hard, but they’ve missed an opportunity today.”

HORNETS: White (GK), Conteh, Maclean, Lawal, Matthews, Burchell, Harrison (Forde, 88), Thompson (Hunter, 77), Hutchinson (C), Lo-Everton (Sankoh, 58), McKiernan.

Subs not used: Evans, Marriott.


Photos by Franziska Dodl

First Team 07/10/2019

Away Tickets: Everton Carabao Cup On Sale

Tickets for Watford’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup (Tuesday October 29, 7.45pm KO) are now on sale.


Tickets will be available in person, over the phone and online via tickets.watfordfc.com.

The Ticket Office Hotline on 01923 223023 can be called to seek assistance with online account information and for other general ticketing enquiries.

TICKET PRICES

Adult: £20
65 & Over / Under-25: £10
Under-18: £5

WHEELCHAIR & AMBULANT DISABLED

Priced as above, with a free personal assistant.

Please call the Ticket Office on 01923 223023 to purchase these, or email disabled.supporters@watfordfc.com for a call back.

AWAY GAMES: FAMILY AREA ALLOCATION

A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C, D and E sales process.

OFFICIAL CLUB COACHES

£10 per person. Departure time 12noon from Greenhill Crescent, subject to change. All supporters will be informed if the location of departure changes. Milton Keynes pick-up in operation approximately 45 minutes after departure from Greenhill Crescent.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing ticket.office@watfordfc.com or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.

SALES ARRANGEMENTS - WHO CAN BUY WHEN?

Monday October 7, 12noon
- Away Group A

Tuesday October 8, 10am
- Away Groups A & B

Tuesday October 8, 4pm
- Away Groups A, B & C

Wednesday October 9, 10am
- Away Groups A, B, C & D

Wednesday October 9, 4pm
- Away Groups A, B, C, D & E 

Thursday October 10, 10am
- General sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.

AWAY FIRST ACCESS SALES GROUPS*

First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2019/20 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A:
- ST holders 2019/20 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B:
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C:
- ST holders 2019/20 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D:
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group E:
- ST holders 2019/20 who wish to purchase additional tickets for friends and family who have not purchased away match tickets before

All away groups will include transactions up to and including Friday October 4, 11am.

DUPLICATE TICKETS

Any supporters who have mislaid their tickets will need to contact the Ticket Office via email from Wednesday October 23 and a duplicate ticket will be arranged for you to collect on arrival at Goodison Park.

Any tickets purchased before 4pm on Friday October 25 will be sent out to the address under the lead Fan ID.

If you have not received your tickets in the post by Monday October 28 please email ticket.office@watfordfc.com so we can ensure you are able to collect duplicates on arrival at Goodison Park.

For any ticket enquiries on the day of the game, our Ticket Office can be contacted for assistance from 9.30am on the usual number: 01923 223023.


Regular sales updates will be published here at watfordfc.com and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office:
ticket.office@watfordfc.com / 01923 223023