Ladies 1 month ago

Ladies: MK Dons Preview

Following a win against Oxford just three days ago, the Golden Girls are back at Kings Langley tonight (October 9) as Clinton Lancaster’s side host MK Dons Women.

It’s a good week at Kings Langley as the ladies will be at home again on Sunday (October 13) against Kent United in the FAWNL Plate.

The Hornets are on a good run and are looking to make it five games unbeaten tonight, and a good result could move Watford up to second spot in the league table.

Views from the Head Coach

Following a recent weekend game, this match is a quick turnaround for the ladies and, playing a game just a few days later, their focus and fitness needs to be retained.

“It’s never easy going into a midweek game, we have to juggle training and manage the players workload. In particular managing the girls day-to-day life, some are coming straight from work,” Lancaster told watfordfc.com.

However, this doesn’t shadow the Head Coach’s confidence ahead of the game.

“We’re familiar with it, we came away with a good win in our last mid-week game and we can manage it,” he said. “Anything can happen in these games and we need to ensure we are switched on and up for the game.”

Last season saw the Golden Girls lose to MK dons at home in a frustrating 3-0 defeat but the team then managed to beat MK at their ground a few months later.

“They are a tough side, with some good players,” said Lancaster. “They have some good experience and we know they can put up a good fight.

“We are on a good run and the momentum is really going to push the girls. All the players and staff believe in the squad and what we are trying to achieve.”

“We need to make sure we take every game as they come, focus in training on what is coming up and most importantly go into the game with the passion and confidence the girls show us.”

Flashback

MK Dons v Watford (March 21, 2017)

Watford FC showed their expertise late on this game, as the Golden Girls won 2-1 away at Milton Keynes Dons Ladies.The match was still scoreless as it entered the final ten, but that changed in a hurry. Helen Ward opened the scoring and the lead was doubled not long after by Adekite Fatuga-Dada.

It was the 19th and 20th time that Watford had netted from the 75th minute onwards in games this campaign, which accounted for more than 40 per cent of goals scored.

Milton Keynes made it a slightly nervy finish when Alice Hughes pulled a goal back, but Watford held on for an important three points.

GOLDEN GIRLS | Levett, Fatuga-Dada, Kettle, Edwards, Huggins, Kikomeko, Stojko-Down, Bell (Hallsworth, 62), Carid (Peck, 86), Ward ©, O’Leary (Harney, 84)

Visitors

After going close to earning promotion from step four on numerous occasions, Milton Keynes finally got the job done two seasons ago and are now in their second season here, and have had a bumpy ride.

Milton Keynes started the season with impressive wins at Chichester City (3-0) and Keynsham Town (2-1), as well as beating Swindon Town (4-0) in the League Cup.

However, since then, they have been struggling to come away with points. The first run of defeat was a 4-2 loss at Gillingham, followed by a draw with Hounslow before going down narrowly last week 1-0 at Cardiff City. They seemed to hold on well but Cardiff narrowly managed to secure the three points. MK dons started to show some threatening form, but lost most recently at home 5-1 to Plymouth.

MK Dons have some familiar faces to Watford in their squad, including last season's U23s captain Rebecca McShane and an ex-Watford FC player in Kim Farrow.

Last time out

Watford 5-2 Oxford United

GOLDEN GIRLS | Wilson, Meiwald, Beckett, Hill (C), Rolandsen, Chandler, Stojko-Down, Vyse (Richards, 80), Fatuga-Dada, O’Leary (Scanlon, 80), Bell (Carid, 62)

Goals | O’Leary (34), Fatuga-Dada (45+3, 85), Bell (52), Beckett (59)

MK Dons 1–5 Plymouth Argyle

Team: Kirby, Boote, Bell, Newsome, Neal, Bright, Gooderham, Lemon, Naylor, Farrow, Mcshane, Littlechildm Driscoll, Lemon, Chiarizia, Netschova

Information

Watford FC Ladies v MK Dons Women
FA WNL
Wednesday 9th October
7.45pm
Kings Langley FC
WD4 8BS

Ticket Prices

Adults £6
Concessions £3
U18s £1
50 per cent off all admission prices for Watford FC Season Ticket Holders

Under-23's 1 month ago

Under-23: “The Best I’ve Seen The Lads Perform”

Hayden Mullins hopes his side can transfer some real encouraging signs from the Premier League Cup draw with Plymouth Argyle into Wednesday's Professional Development League clash with Crewe Alexandra.

The Under-23 team will go from one end of the country to the other in the space of six days, playing Argyle at Home Park in a 1-1 draw last Thursday before heading up to the north west to take on the Railwaymen at Gresty Road tonight.

The Hornets can go top of the South Division with a win as leaders Coventry City are not in action until the following day, and Mullins says the team are in good spirits after the result, and more importantly the performance, at Plymouth last week.

"We did very, very well," he said. "It was the best I've seen the lads perform. For large parts we were really dominant. We had quite a few chances and should have been more than one up at the break. The longer the game went on and the longer we didn't kill it, they were always in it and they scored an equaliser. It was another learning curve and we spoke afterwards about seeing games out."

Jayden Bennetts opened the scoring with a cracker from distance and showed signs of recapturing the form that saw him emerge as a star of the run to the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup last season.

"Jayden has been working hard and that's his first goal of the season," said Mullins. "He has been keen to get on the sheet, as he's seen the likes of Jo [Hungbo], Sam [Dalby], Kaylen [Hinds] and Kane [Crichlow] all get on the sheet this season. I'm pleased for him and he took his goal well. He had a few chances after that as well so it was pleasing to see him play so well and get into some good areas."

Crewe are fourth in the North Division and have won their last three, including a win over an experienced Leeds team. 

"They are always a good side," said Mullins. "When you play lower league sides, a lot of their 23 lads tend to train with the first team most of the week, so they are hardened to the way men train. It's always a tough game to play their 23s as they play good football, especially at Gresty Road."

Mullins took a strong side up to Crewe yesterday for an overnight stay, with many of the team coming straight from being part of a first-team session under Quique Sánchez Flores.

"We are in good shape," Mullins said. "A few of the boys training were with the first team, which is good. We are quite strong and have only got a few missing. Kane and Lewis [Gordon] are missing through injury and we've got a few out on loan, but we are in good nick."

HORNETS (vs Plymouth): Parkes; Balogun (C), Barrett, Spencer-Adams, Green; Hungbo (Forster 67), Wise, Whelan, Bennetts; Hinds, Dalby (Cassidy 84).

Subs not used: Hoskins, Adebiyi, Maclean.