Ladies 15/03/2019

Ladies: Oxford United Preview

By Chris Smith

It has been a frustrating time for Watford FC in March, although not due to results. Games scheduled for March 3, 10 and 14 have had to be postponed, either due to international call-ups or adverse weather.

The first of those was due to be at home to Oxford United Women. That was re-arranged for this Sunday, and it’s been a similar situation for both teams, with The U’s fixture in mid-week also postponed.

When the two sides finally take the field this weekend, it has the potential to be a cracker. Both teams are in a good run of form recently and previous games have been entertaining and close-fought encounters, with Watford narrowly winning the last two by a 2-1 margin.

Views from the Head Coach

It’ll have been three weeks since Watford’s victory away at Loughborough Foxes, with differing reasons preventing the Golden Girls from building on that since.

“We are very frustrated with recent postponements, but these are things we can’t control,” Armand Kavaja told watfordfc.com.

“We just have to use these opportunities to continue to work with the girls in training. In a way we are happy that we managed to get a training session in on Thursday before this game to prepare ourselves.

“The girls were very focused and understood how we’ll set up on Sunday. We’re very much looking forward to playing Oxford United this weekend.

“It’s always an interesting contest against Oxford, they are a good side who retain the ball well and are good going forward.

“The game will be determined on which team will be more organised and who takes their opportunities when they come.”

Sunday’s a big day, not only for the first team but also for Watford FC Ladies U23, who take on Stevenage Ladies in the Hertfordshire Women’s Challenge Cup final.

“Laura [Dyer – Head Coach] and Amy [Shepherd – Assistant Coach] have done a great job with the U23s,” explained Kavaja. “We have a good group of young players who have a lot of potential, they’ve shown that throughout the season either when they’ve trained or played with the first team.

“We wish them the best of luck on Sunday ahead of a tough game against Stevenage.”

The Visitors

Having previously played in what was then known as WSL 2 for five seasons, Oxford United began this campaign in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division.

They didn’t enjoy the greatest start, losing three of their first four in the league. Even in that spell they had scored in every game and over the next couple they turned on the style, defeating Gillingham 5-0 and Loughborough Foxes 4-2.

On October 2, they were defeated 2-1 for the third time. A loss to Coventry United following the previous defeats to Chichester, Watford and the 3-1 reverse to Milton Keynes Dons.

That defeat to Coventry over five months ago in the FA WNL was the last time they came out of a league game second-best.

They’ve taken 19 points from a possible 21 in the current spell and on occasions they’ve had to show their class to come out on top in tight games. The only time they’ve failed to take the three points was a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City. Three times they’ve won by a one goal margin, against Chichester, Plymouth and Gillingham.

That run of form sees them lie fifth in the table with a 9-1-4 record, although they do have games in hand on some of the teams around them.

Apart from the local County Cup, Oxford haven’t had the most joy in cup competitions this season, although they were handed some difficult draws.

There’s been late heart break. In the FA WNL Cup, they were knocked out by Crawley Wasps after extra-time, while they lost out to a last-minute winner against Blackburn Rovers in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Finally, Watford will know they’ll have to be at the top of their game defensively on Sunday. Probably the most notable statistic from the Yellows’ 2018/19 season is they’ve scored in all their 21 matches so far.

Last time out

Loughborough Foxes 1-2 Watford

Team: Baranowska, Hallsworth, Kettle, Edwards, Peck (Bell, 55), Scanlon (Carid, 55), Stojko-Down, O’Leary (Richards, 77), Kikomeko, Fatuga-Dada, Ward ©

Goals | Ward (57), Stojko-Down (84)

Oxford United 1-0 Gillingham

Team: Thomas, Haynes ©, Mobbs, Allen, Noble, Timms (Williams, 89), Fyfe (Hennessy, 90+5), Baker, Sims, Gane, Beaver (Lancaster, 82)

Goal | Fyfe (50)

Information

Watford FC Ladies v Oxford United Women

FA WNL

Sunday 17th March

3pm

Middlesex FA

Ruislip Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5FA

For SATNAV purposes please use UB5 6AU

£6 Adults, £1 Under-18s, 50% off for Watford FC ST Holders

First Team 15/03/2019

Away Tickets: Manchester United Latest

Tickets for Watford’s Premier League trip to Manchester United (Saturday March 30, 3pm KO) are now on general sale.

The final day for posting of tickets will be Wednesday March 27, 4pm. We will not post any tickets after this date. Tickets purchased after this date will need to be collected from Vicarage Road Ticket Office.

Tickets can continue to be purchased online up until Friday March 29, 12noon. Ticket sales after this time will be over the phone & in person only.


Please find useful information below for all supporters travelling to Old Trafford.

Away Supporters Guide | Old Trafford Access Statement


Tickets will be available ONLINE ONLY via tickets.watfordfc.com.

The Ticket Office Hotline on 01923 223023 can be called to seek assistance with online account information and for other general ticketing enquiries.

TICKET PRICES

Adult: £30
18-20: £22.50
65 & Over: £15
16-17: £15
Under-16: £10

WHEELCHAIR & AMBULANT DISABLED

Same as above, with a free personal assistant.

AWAY GAMES: FAMILY AREA ALLOCATION

A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C and D sales process.

Official club coaches: £10 per person. Departs from Greenhill Crescent at 8am. There will be a Milton-Keynes pick-up service in operation at approximately 8.45am.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing ticket.office@watfordfc.com or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.

SALES ARRANGEMENTS - WHO CAN BUY WHEN?

Tuesday March 5, 4pm
- Away Group A

Thursday March 7, 4pm
- Away Groups A & B

Friday March 8, 4pm
- Away Groups A, B & C

Monday March 11, 4pm
- Away Groups A, B, C & D

Friday March 15, 4pm
- General Sale (subject to availability)

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.

AWAY FIRST ACCESS SALES GROUPS*

First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2018/19 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A (3,559):
- ST holders 2018/19 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B (784):
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C (10,237):
- ST holders 2018/19 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D (15,613):
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Regular sales updates will be published here at watfordfc.com and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

*Away group info includes sales up to Friday March 1, 3pm.

How to contact the Ticket Office:
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