Ladies 6 days ago

My Matchday: Ryah Vyse

The Golden Girls talk us through their matchday rituals, routines and habits.


Pre Match

I would like to try and make my morning routine sound exciting but it is pretty standard to be honest. I get up, shower, eat and drive to the game...

My Diet

Pre-game of porridge and banana or scrambled eggs on toast depending on what I fancy on the day - or if my bananas are still greenish, I can’t deal with brown mushy bananas. If we are travelling away and have got up early I will have pasta as well (M&S at Cobham services do a lovely spread).

My Journey

I stick my football playlist on, and off I go. Singing isn’t one of my best talents so I’ll have the music up loud enough to drown myself out.

My Music

I listen to a bit of everything really (apart from heavy metal and rock). I made a new football playlist the other day actually that really gets me pumped for the game. It’s got a mix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Joel Corry, Drake, Whitney Houston, some house music, basement, you name it. But, if we are travelling away, I will start with some alternative, chill songs to mellow me out and then the last 30 minutes before we get there I will switch it up and put on my football playlist.

 

My Boots

My all-time favourite boots are old-school Predators! For years, I have always had the classic black ‘defender boots’, Copas or Tiempos. However, I got my first ever white boots at the end of last season which I have been wearing the beginning of this year. I got some new black Tiempos the other week, some of the girls commented that I looked weird in black boots. So, now I’m on the white or black boot fence.

My Kit

I love this season’s away kit! I always start off with the socks over the knee but I don’t know why I bother really because they end up falling down after the first jog during the warm-up.

My Superstition

I have always been so superstitious and my superstition often only lasts a season and will change the next. Over the years it’s gone from having to wear the same underwear for gamedays to eating half a snickers bar before every game! The only consistent superstition is that I always put my left sock and boot on before my right. I have got better with them as I have gotten older. When I was younger I would have to have a Lucozade before every game and when I forgot it one time I lost my head and actually made my mum come and bring me one. The Lucozade superstition was creeping back this year but I didn’t have one last week, so I think I have knocked that one on the head!

Post-Match

Post-match debrief is essential! I can talk for England so I will just talk about different parts of the game and how I think it went. On Sundays I will eat whatever I fancy really and dependent on how much I played. Then I normally just go home and wind down and watch Netflix.

Under-23's 6 days 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.