Watford Walkers (Premiership) (report by Michael)
Our first round of participation in the ‘Premier League’ was not a bad showing all things considered. We won one, lost won and drew 3. We conceded one goal – lack of concentration from a corner – in all the five games and that was the one nil loss to Bracknell that blemished our days effort. However, it must be said that we also only scored one goal which accounted for our one nil win over Aylesbury.
All teams were pretty evenly matched and having our first game against last year’s winners, was a good way to get to grips with the task ahead. It looks like that getting that one goal ahead is going to be crucial as goals are at a premium. That said, Richard did have to pull off several saves from long distance shots and Howard went close on 3 occasions. Peter scored our only goal from an unrehearsed indirect free kick.
We left our best performance till the last game against Hemel, where we spent the whole game camped in their half. So all in all there were 15 points up for grabs and we managed to get 6. We think other teams had similar results.
Our results were as follows:
Watford Walkers 0 v 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook
Bracknell Town 1 v 0 Watford Walkers
Watford Walkers 0 v 0 Oxford United A
Aylesbury United 0 v 1 Watford Walkers
Hemel Hempstead 0 v 0 Watford Walkers
The squad on the day was:
Watford Hornets (Championship) (report by Glenn)
At a very windy Bisham Abbey all 3 squads arrived looking forward to the first meet of the Spring League!.
We discovered there were problems with the TVL admin department with the possibility our journey may be wasted due to ourselves not being registered to play. Fortunately after a lot of faffing about we could finally put our boots on and play!!.
First game v Wycombe Wanderers A. Result 1-0 (Grant).
We started the game very well creating several chances before finally we made the breakthrough. A superb team goal finished of calmly by Grant. We created more chances but were unable to score again. A good start to the day!!.
Second Game v Cherwell. Result 0-0
What started well, did not end well. After four minutes Grant went shoulder to shoulder with a very physical playing defender. To everyone’s amazement (including the Cherwell defender) the referee produced his RED card and dismissed Grant. The referee makes decisions on what he sees and that was that.
The remaining six minutes of the game with a man down we were on the back foot keeping our shape and frustrating Cherwell into long range shots which did not bother Kevin. A good point gained considering the circumstances!!.
Third game v South Reading. Result 0-0
With the windy conditions getting worse and playing against the wind we struggled to make many clear cut chances.
Fourth game v Bicester Fossils. Result 0-0
A similar pattern to the previous game. Struggled with the conditions.
Fifth and Final game of the day v Chiltern/South Bucks. Result 0-0
As per the previous couple of games. Struggled with the conditions and created very little!!.
A decent start One victory and Four draws. Positives from the day no defeats and no goals conceded.
The negative was Grant’s sending off with the possibility of him not being allowed to play at next months meet. We will appeal so fingers crossed.
Watford Amigos (Division 2) (report by Andy)
Well that the first one out the way, first we were told we could not play, and then we were told that it was ok.
Apart from the weather I felt that the day was well organised and above all else we played football with a smile.
Amigo’s 2019 TVL played five matches
Wycombe Wanderers B – drawing nil, nil – the A’s played some good football, playing with composure and discipline making us difficult to beat.
Cherwell Amblers – Another nil, nil – this game was almost repeat of the first, with the Amigo’s rotating the squad this was another disciplined performance with Ken LB and Will McC working well in defence.
Oxford United C – Having watched this side in previous matches, I was expecting a difficult game as they appeared to be a strong disciplined unit. Another nil, nil – This was a strong performance by the A’s. Some quick accurate passing allowed AJ to run on to the ball, striking a Luther Blissett special, Luthers own words, toe punt hard and low into the bottom right hand corner, only for the goal to be disallowed for area encroachment although the Oxford players said that it was a goal. Despite the disappointment a good result.
Bracknell Town WFC II – This was a difficult game with the A’s losing 3 – 0 – a disappointing game all round with the A’s losing their discipline and shape allowing Bracknell’s number 7 to have the run of the pitch and score at will. We know for next time.
Chiltern/South Bucks East – Another strong side that played a quick passing game and another game that finished in a nil, nil draw. The A’s continued to play a strong defensive game but failed to put away those chances that came their way.
Overall the A’s played well and were, definitely, developing as a team. Role on the14th April!!
Player of the Day Ken Littleboy for his consistent, disciplined defensive prowess.
Division 2 Table