Under-18s | Colchester 1-0 Watford

David Horseman’s Under-18s fell to a frustrating defeat against Colchester United on Saturday morning (Feb 25).

A late first-half goal from the hosts proved to be the winner, but Watford did create chances of their own notably through Max Ryan and Jubril Adedeji.

Within a minute of the first-half the Hornets fashioned an excellent opportunity to take the lead. Ryan broke forward following a knock-on and smashed a powerful effort at goal which was tipped over by the keeper.

The U’s grew into the game and goalkeeper Nathan Gartside was forced into a number of impressive saves, most notably with his legs to deny a deflected strike from a free-kick, before the rebound was smashed over from in front of goal.

The hosts should have been ahead two minutes later but scuffed their lines from a yard in front of goal, following a great pull-back into the box.

Just past the half-hour mark David Sesay broke forward and saw his left-footed shot towards the bottom corner tipped wide.

But soon after Colchester were in front. The ball was tucked in behind the defence, allowing front-man Ryan Clampin to race through and slide his shot into the bottom corner past Gartside who could do little.

Sesay tried his luck again in what was the last chance of the half, but his shot from the right hit the side-netting.

Ryan impressed and created the first real opening of the second-half for the Hornets as he saw his shot from outside the box saved.

He was involved again soon after as he knocked the ball down to Reece Stray, but the midfielder failed to keep his shot down.

The upright came to the U’s rescue as the half approached an end. Adedeji turned inside the box and unleashed a shot at goal which deflected off a defender onto the near side post.

There would be one final chance for the Hornets to draw level, but Huja headed over Josh Roe’s brilliant corner when well positioned.

Horseman was frustrated at full-time, explaining that his side’s performance was not up to scratch. 

“We had chances, but we gave too many away. Overall it was way below the standards Watford would expect,” he stated, speaking exclusively to watfordfc.com.

Dave Horseman and Carl Martin watch on

“They were better than us today both as a team and individually. It’s really disappointing because that’s probably the oldest side we’ve had out this season. It hurts right now, in the first-half we gave the ball away under no pressure and we didn’t really have any quality around the box to open them up.

“The boys have to look at themselves after today. With decisions coming up you start to see a change in players, but they need each other as a group and I thought a few were a bit selfish today. 

“We understand they’re under so much pressure and that usually affects them negatively, but they’re great kids and I understand how difficult it is for them.

“Today has come as a bit of a shock though as they trained really well this week, but fair play to Colchester who played well. We’ll analyse and go over the video and refocus on making sure we’re all on the same page.”

HORNETS: Gartside (c) (GK); Sesay, Huja, Kaika (Gordon, 45), Rogers; Forster (Stray, 45), Roe, Charles (Johnson, 45), Ryan, Cruz Cabrera; Adedeji.

Subs not used: Lacy (GK), Tricker.


Accessiblity | Disabled Access Day

As part of the club's ongoing commitment to accessibility at Vicarage Road, we will be supporting the award-winning ‘Disabled Access Day’ in the run-up to this weekend’s (March 4th) match against Southampton.

This year sees the third such day take place and it's set to be the biggest yet. Disabled Access Day is a celebration of good access and aims to encourage people to explore new places and gain new experiences by highlighting good accessibility at locations across the UK. 

With new wheelchair and easy access spaces being opened at Vicarage Road during the course of the season so far, we’re hoping that new supporters who may not have attended before or who haven't heard about our new facilities will take the chance to visit us.  

Last year, over 1,000 venues celebrated Disabled Access Day across the UK, which is more than four times the number that took part in 2015. An estimated 11,000 people took part, visiting a variety of national and local venues including cafés, museums and football stadiums. 

The club has held a number of tickets for wheelchair positions, as well as ambulant/easy access spaces for supporters with mobility impairments, for Saturday’s game.

We also have several ‘Soccer Sight’ headsets which provide commentary for supporters with visual impairments and can be delivered straight to your seat, while car parking is also available, subject to availability. 

Where the need for a personal assistant has been identified, the club will admit the personal assistant free of charge. You will be entitled to a free personal assistant if you are in receipt of Middle or Higher rate components of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (P.I.P.), however proof may be required before tickets are issued.

Tickets can be booked by calling the ticket office hotline on 01923 223023 or by emailing disabled.supporters@watfordfc.com. Please mention Disabled Access Day when you get in touch.

For full details of our provision for disabled supporters, including travel options, maps of the stadium and more, please see our detailed access statement which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Access Statement

If you have any further questions about our accessibility, please contact our Disability Access Officer, Dave Messenger, on the contact details below.

dave.messenger@watfordfc.com / 01923 496397

For more information about Disabled Access Day, please visit http://www.disabledaccessday.com/.

You can also follow Disabled Access Day on Twitter @Access_Day and Facebook fb.com/DisabledAccessDay