By Chris Smith
Watford FC Ladies hosted their End of Season Awards evening after Sunday’s game against Plymouth, with seven different players taking home honours.
Helen Ward enjoyed a fine campaign for the Golden Girls, scoring 18 goals in 20 games. The skipper has led by example all season and was the recipient of three different awards.
She won Player of the Year, and was also nominated by her teammates for Players’ Player of the Year. The supporters came to the same conclusion, giving Ward the Fans’ Player of the Year award.
Considering her performances in the heart of defence, it’s hard to believe that Hattie Kettle is still only 18-years-old.
After being handed her debut on the opening day, the centre-back has gone on to make 17 appearances. Her performances in those games earned her Young Player of the Year.
It’s rare that full-backs take the spotlight, but one of the most consistent performers for Watford in 2018/19 has been Kat Huggins.
Not only adept defensively, she’s shown her ability going forward, including a fine free-kick against Gillingham. She was handed the captain’s armband at Chichester recently and her displays have seen her win Most Improved.
The final honour for the First Team was the On the Ball award. AW Images has taken thousands of photos at games this season and he counted them all up, figuring out the top five players who appeared the most.
A constant menace to opposition defenders, it’s no surprise that Leanne Bell has featured heavily in the photos, and she was the one to win it this year.
It’s been a fine campaign for the Under-23s this season, enjoying some good results in the league and most noticeably, winning the Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup.
Getting the fourth goal in the final of the competition was Eshe Johnson and she’s been a great threat going forwards throughout the campaign.
She’s found the back of the net eight times and has been a regular presence in Laura Dyer’s side. Her efforts in those games saw her named Under-23 Player of the Year.
Under-23 Players’ Player was next on the agenda and with one twin having won an award, it wasn’t long until the other did likewise!
Afiya Johnson has shone with the first team in recent weeks. She’s been doing likewise for the Under-23s all season and clearly impressed her teammates with her performances.
The final player to win an award was Holly Holt, as her development with the Under-23s this year saw her named as Most Improved.
In the beginning of the season, she wasn’t a regular starter, coming off the bench in the first three league games. She quickly earned the trust of the coaching staff and went on to make 17 appearances, starting 11 of those and scoring twice.
Congratulations to all the winners and a massive thank you to everyone involved with Watford FC Ladies in the 2018/19 season!
Player of the Year – Helen Ward
Players’ Player of the Year – Helen Ward
Young Player of the Year – Hattie Kettle
Most Improved – Kat Huggins
Fans’ Player of the Year – Helen Ward
On the Ball – Leanne Bell
Player of the Year – Eshe Johnson
Players’ Player – Afiya Johnson
Most Improved – Holly Holt