Cedars and Wealdstone Friendlies (home) – 19-May-18
Cedars and Wealdstone Friendlies (home) 19-May-18
YELLOWS (report by Richard)
We played two matches today at the Meriden, well refereed by Bill and Will, as we welcomed the Cedars and Wealdstone teams. Wealdstone coming in late after drop outs by first Barnet RIP and then Bedford. Cedars had a slightly weakened team due to last minute drop outs, the Wealdstone team included the Steves Dyett and Moss, plus Andy Jenkins and Phil Marchand, together with Ronnie, a strong QPR forward.
Glenn organised the Orange Watford and Richard the Yellows.
YELLOWS (Average Age 60 & 9 mon)
We played a 1:3:3 formation as shown below in 2 x 26 min games (13 min halves).
Julian Knight (GK)
We were fortunate and appreciative to once again have Michael Adams come along as match day coach and try to make us more organised. You’ll have to ask him how that went!!!
Game 1 was against the Cedars and our notorious slow start resulted in some great saves from Julian being required and the wood work saving us once. The second half was much better with improved passing. A penalty for Cedars stepping into the area allowed Steve Morris to put us one up. After that we played with more fluidity and a lovely move from the back along the left wing and into the centre with almost one touch football allowed Paul to score a second. Although Cedars hit the outside of the woodwork again, we ran out 2-0 winners.
Game 2 was against the stronger Wealdstone team. Michael encouraged us to make a lot of noise and call to each other much more in his pre-match talk, he wanted us to be much more vocal. One minute and 36 secs later (of silence!) we were 2-0 down, couple of wonder strikes from Ronnie. Andy tried to keep him quiet but was soon advised by referee Will that he had tried to tackle from behind twice and a 3rd would result in sin bin. We did gathered ourselves and for the next 21 minutes played much better and with patience. A lovely goal forged by a series of one-twos between Andy and Richard resulted in the Andy firing home to bring it to 2-1. As we pressed for a winner a goal in the final minute for Wealdstone on the break away gave them a 3-1 victory.
Man-of-the-match = Julian Knight (yes its becoming a common theme for the keeper to win this award!)
Crowd =1 (Ged!). Total WWFC players, coaches, referees, spectators = 25, almost half the club! Once could make an argument that Andy Jenkins was our 48th WWFC player to participate in the Friendly team but I will prefer to wait till he wears a Watford kit.
ORANGES (report by Glenn)