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.”
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)
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
Watford FC Ladies v MK Dons Women
Wednesday 9th October
Kings Langley FC
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