Despite narrowly losing out to Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday night, Under-23 winger Harry Forster was keen to find the positives in an improved performance.
The first-year professional, who turned 18 in May, bagged a brace against a senior side competing in the National League South.
“With two goals it feels as though I had a much bigger impact on the game,” said Forster. “I clocked up more miles too, but the main thing is just to stay injury-free in pre-season.”
Forster gave his markers a torrid time as he effortlessly switched from one foot to the other and knocked the ball past them, dribbled around them and caused problems at every opportunity.
The man tasked with keeping tabs on Forster for parts of the game was Lloyd Doyley, once of this parish. A tough task, with Forster in this sort of form.
He said: “The main thing for me was just to get at the full-backs, beat them every time and try and get my crosses in. I had to try and get them one-on-one and be direct.”
Though he is only two games into pre-season, Forster is already thinking about how he can progress through the rest of the campaign.
“My main aim is to consistently perform well for the Under-23s,” said the winger. “Then after that I can hopefully train in and around the first-team, get my chance there and kick-on.”
Watford’s Under-23s next play against Welwyn Garden City on Saturday August 4, 3pm KO.