Ladies 3 weeks ago

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

Information

Gillingham Ladies v Watford FC Ladies
FA WNL
Sunday 20th October
3pm
Chatham Town Football Club
Maidstone Road
ME4 6ES

First Team 3 weeks ago

Match Pack: Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

As the Hornets prepare to make their first visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs in the Premier League, here is everything you need to know about the fixture...


INFO

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday October 19, 3pm BST

OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts


TEAM NEWS

The Hornets will be without Sebastian Prödl, Étienne Capoue and Isaac Success, according to Quique Sánchez Flores, as well as captain Troy Deeney who continues to recover from knee surgery.

Spurs will assess Christian Eriksen, who suffered a dead leg on international duty, ahead of the fixture. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon have both returned to full training, while Son Heung-min may be rested after returning from international duty later than his teammates. Hugo Lloris, who injured his elbow against Brighton and Hove Albion, is unavailable.


OPPOSITION FORM

Spurs lost 3-0 away at Brighton last time out in the Premier League, and their most recent fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a disappointing 7-2 loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The side currently sit in ninth position in the league, having won three matches and lost three, but Mauricio Pochettino remains calm, saying “this type of situation happens at all clubs sooner or later”.


HEAD TO HEAD

Overall:

Won 8, Drawn 9, Lost 31

Last Six:

Jan 2019: Spurs 2-1 Watford (Cathcart) (Premier League)
Sep 2018: Spurs* 2-2 Watford [4-2 on pens] (Success, Capoue) (Carabao Cup)
Sep 2018: Watford 2-1 Spurs (Cathcart, Deeney) (Premier League)
Apr 2018: Spurs 2-0 Watford (Premier League)
Dec 2017: Watford 1-1 Spurs (Kabasele) (Premier League)
Apr 2017: Spurs 4-0 Watford (Premier League)


GOLDEN FLASHBACK

May 11, 1985 – Spurs 1-5 Watford: The Hornets recorded their biggest ever victory against Tottenham Hotspur at the tail end of the 1984/85 season in the old First Division. John Barnes, Nigel Callaghan, Colin West and Luther Blissett scored to put Graham Taylor’s side 4-0 up before Glen Hoddle pulled one back for the hosts from the spot. However, a Danny Thomas own-goal restored the Hornets’ four-goal lead against the side which would finish the season in third place. Watford followed up this impressive win with another 5-1 thrashing just two days later, against Manchester United.


PLAYED FOR BOTH

Younès Kaboul

The French international centre-half plied most of his trade at Tottenham Hotspur, making over 100 appearances for the club during two spells. He won the League Cup in 2007/08 during his first season at White Hart Lane and, after spending two years at Portsmouth, he was made club captain for a period during his second spell at the club. Following a stint at Sunderland, Kaboul joined Watford in 2016 and spent two years at the Vicarage Road, most notably scoring in a 2-1 win away at Arsenal in 2017.

Pat Jennings

One of the game’s greatest goalkeepers is best known for his time at Tottenham Hotspur and then Arsenal, but Jennings’ first steps in the Football League were with Watford. The Northern Ireland international made over 50 appearances for the Hornets but soon switched the third division for the first as he moved to White Hart Lane.

Gerry Armstrong

It was a proud moment for Hornets fans to see their centre-forward on the biggest stage in football in 1982. Armstrong turned out for Northern Ireland at the World Cup in Spain and impressed, scoring three goals for his country. There was another proud moment when the forward returned to Watford, as he scored the club’s first ever goal in the top flight in the season in which the Hornets would go on to finish runners up. Before arriving at Vicarage Road though, Armstrong began his journey in English football with Spurs, making over 50 appearances for the side.


WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

Quique Sánchez Flores:

“This is a big problem in football, that people think the season finishes in September. It finishes in May and it is impossible to think what will happen.

“We have to think about the finish and how it could be a good end to the season, how we can improve and how proud and happy we will be if we are able to do this. In football we think about what will happen tomorrow. It's more than that.

“We are not worried as it’s not a good word to represent how we feel. We need to be responsible about the situation. We know what the situation is of the team. The work is tough, but we know how we are working, and we are working hard.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“Yes, I know [Quique], it's going to be a tough game. For us, we are going to fight against us, play against us. Our worst enemy is going to be ourselves, then after it's going to be the opponent.

“I think we were talking a lot, individually and collectively. I was talking with the staff in a very honest conversation as always in these situations, trying to find the best way because in the end our interest is Tottenham.

“Our objective is to put Tottenham in the place that Tottenham deserve to be. In the last five years and a half it has been all about praise for Tottenham, our stadium and facilities as well. It was nice to hear about us.

“When that turns a bit negative you have to listen and work hard to turn things to positive again. We work for that club, our fans want to be happy and they want to enjoy the team winning.”


If you are travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the match, please read all the important information you need to know HERE.