03/10/2017

Non-League Day | Support Your Local Club

There's no Premier League action this weekend but Watford fans looking to take in some football have plenty of local fixtures to choose from to celebrate this year's Non-League Day.

The following National League, National League South and Southern League Premier Division clubs local to Watford and the surrounding area are all at home this Saturday (October 7):

Hemel Hempstead v Weston-Super-Mare

  • Vauxhall Road, 3pm KO
  • £5 admission for military, medical & emergency services (on production of valid ID)
  • General admission: adults £12, concessions £8, Under-18s £1
  • Fundraising cross-bar challenge and bucket collection for Prostate Cancer UK
  • More info HERE

St Albans City v Bath City

  • Clarence Park, 3pm KO
  • Half-price entry for Watford FC season ticket holders (on production of valid 2017/18 season card)
  • General admission: adults £12, concessions £8, Under-16s free, with a suggested £3 donation to Prostate Cancer UK
  • Special guest ex-England and Arsenal striker Alan Smith, plus free giveaways and prizes to be won
  • More info HERE

Wealdstone v Whitehawk

  • The Vale, 3pm KO
  • 30% off entry fee for Watford FC season ticket holders (on production of valid 2017/18 season card)
  • General admission: adults £13, concessions £9, Under-18s £3, Under-14s free (when accompanied by a paying adult)
  • Bucket collection for Prostate Cancer UK
  • More info HERE

    Boreham Wood v FC Halifax Town

    • Meadow Park, 3pm KO
    • Free community coaching sessions for 5-12-year-old boys & girls from 1-2pm (registration 12.30pm), run by PASE Academy coaching staff, with free children's match ticket for all participants and £10 admission for a parent/guardian
    • £10 entry for Watford FC season ticket holders (on production of valid 2017/18 season card)
    • General admission: adults £18, Over-65s £13, Under-16s £8, Under-12s £4 (photo ID may be required)
    • More info HERE

    Kings Langley v Redditch United

    • CRY Stadium, 3pm KO
    • Half-price entry for Watford FC season ticket holders (on production of valid 2017/18 season card)
    • General admission: adults £11, concessions £7, Under-16s £2
    • More info HERE

    Click HERE for more information on Non-League Day, and details of other local clubs in action this weekend.

    03/10/2017

    Under-23 | “Best Display This Season”

    Hayden Mullins praised the professionalism of Brice Dja Djédjé and the goalkeeping heroics of Nathan Gartside after his side produced an upset to defeat Southampton 2-1 in the Under-23 Premier League Cup on Friday night.
     
    Dja Djédjé has not been named in the club’s Premier League squad so the Under-23 side is his only opportunity of competitive football until January. He stuck up his hand to play for Mullins' side on a Friday night in Southampton and he turned in a performance of real quality in the middle of midfield, capping it with a thumping goal that turned out to be the winner. 
     
    “He was excellent,” said Mullins. “He came in, did it right and played in a position where it’s quite demanding. He was fantastic.”
     
    His goal, from outside the box, lit up a very watchable game and gave Watford the comfort of a two-goal cushion. 
     
    “It was a great strike and he’s got that in his locker. He showed that in training. It’s something we need to do more, shoot from those areas,” said Mullins.
     
    Watford largely kept Southampton at arm’s length but when the Saints did find a way through, they found Gartside in inspired form. He brilliantly clawed out a first-half penalty high to his right and then, late on, produced a reflex one-handed save to stop a near certain equaliser. 
     
    “I’m really pleased for Nath,” said Mullins. “He’s had a dead leg all week so to play like he did was fantastic for us. He saved a penalty at 1-0 and then pulled off a really good save at the end.”
     
    Although Watford had to call on Gartside at the death, they were good value for the 2-1 win and were transformed from the side who lost back-to-back games against Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers. 
     
    “[Goalkeeping coach] Alec Chamberlain said that’s the best display we’ve put on this season and I’d agree with him. We were absolutely fantastic,” said Mullins.

    “Everything we’ve been working on in recent weeks has come out in our play. It’s good to see when that happens; it was a pleasure to see. It was a really, really good team performance.”
     
    The win was a notable one as it came against a Southampton side who have carved out a reputation for producing some high-class international players through their Academy.
     
    “They are a very good side,” added Mullins.

    "We knew we had to respect them and we knew they would be good with the ball. But we didn’t want to sit back. We wanted to come here, with our game, and we wanted to put our imprint on the game and play on the front foot.

    “We did that from minute one and started really well. The tempo was good and the energy was even better.”