Watford Ladies FC Match Report
1st August 2012
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Leeds got off to the best possible start when they flew out of the blocks at Watford and put a goal on the board in the first two minutes. Watford quickly countered and were unlucky not to score with two good chances - a header from Leanne Jones that just failed to make it into the net and a great strike from Sarah Wiltshire from outside the box that crashed into the woodwork. These two good efforts gave Watford a lift and it was not long before Emma Beckett played a delightful pass over the top to Wilson who drilled the ball past Jules Draycott to equalise. It looked like Watford were beginning to get on top when Kate Natkiel showed great skill to release Wilson down the line to set up Wiltshire for a shot that went high and wide over the bar. Wilson was then denied by Draycott as the Hornets looked to take the lead. The forward slipped in on goal by Wiltshire just couldn't beat the keeper to make it two. Leeds responded in equal measure, piling on the pressure and a stunning shot by Rachel Lee forced Davey into a flying finger tip save. From the resulting corner Georgia Mays had to be smart and cleared off the line. A nasty injury for Shelby Hills put a halt to the proceedings as the defender had to be stretchered off. Both sides came close to scoring before half time but struggled to keep up the pace as the sun beat down after the interval. Irene Martin Garcia and Wilson were unlucky not to put the Hornets ahead after play resumed but Huegett then produced a quality move that unlocked the Watford defence. A neat flick by the striker set Leeds up and as the cross came in to the box Huegett was there to finish and to give the visitors the lead. Watford worked hard to find an equaliser but just failed to find their way through a stubborn Leeds defence and as a result Watford recorded their first loss of the season. After the match Watford Manager John Salmon said how proud he is of the team and said their performance showed how far the team has come in such a short space of time. "We hit the bar and had the better chances in the second half" he said "And six points from a possible nine is a great start to the campaign, We learn lessons quickly and keep getting better." The line up: Davey, Mays, Butterwick, Hills (Gunn), Jones, Beckett, Rowell (Hector), Green (Garcia), Wiltshire, Natkiel, Wilson. Subs not used: Augustus, Knell
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