Six of the best for the Golden Girls
Queens Park Rangers Ladies 0 Watford Ladies 6
Watford Ladies headed to Kingsbury Town FC on Sunday to face Southern Premier League opponents Queens Park Rangers in a friendly match arranged to keep both sets of players fresh over the festive period.
The Hornets were looking to end 2012 in the best possible fashion and extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions, and they did so in comprehensive fashion.
The conditions were testing on a very windy afternoon on a heavy and bobbly pitch, but it took Watford just five minutes to open the scoring.
Jo Wilson was sent clean through on goal and her attempt to round the QPR keeper resulted in her being brought down in the area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Sarah Wiltshire duly stepped up and slotted home low to the keeper’s left.
The second goal came just before half time, as the Golden Girls took a two goal cushion into the break.
Determined work on the left from Josie Green saw her find Wiltshire in the area, and she turned her defender and chipped the ball left-footed over the keeper and into the net.
The second half saw the visiting side really come into their own with the type of dominant display that has been commonplace in recent weeks, and QPR had no answer to Watford’s attacking power.
Wilson came close twice shortly after the break, and she was finally rewarded for her efforts with the opening goal of the half.
An under-hit clearance from the QPR keeper was intercepted by Wilson, and her determination saw her hold off two defenders before firing low into the bottom corner. And Watford put the gloss on a good performance with three goals in the final quarter of an hour.
Zoe Teasdale came off the bench for her first start for the first team after making a return from injury, and she added her name to the scoresheet within five minutes of her entrance.
A fine through-ball from Megan Wynne found Teasdale’s run, and she beat the offside trap to roll the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner.
With just five minutes left, Wiltshire completed her hat-trick when Fliss Gibbons put her through to calmly lob the ball on the half volley over the on-rushing keeper and into the far corner.
And there was still time to make it six, when Cally Rowell surged forwards, played a one-two and calmly shot low into the corner.
Manager John Salomon said after the game: “This game was a really important exercise for us to keep our fitness levels up during the Christmas break and maintain our momentum.
“The conditions made it extremely challenging, but it was a good test for the players and I’m pleased with the way they adapted.
“Overall I’m happy with the performance and the result, which was key to continuing our momentum as we prepare for our game against Coventry (at Boadwater) on Sunday.”
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Weather for Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 25 May 2013
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