Watford Ladies beat Bristol Academy in a pre-season friendly

Watford Observer: Mobbed: Sarah Wiltshire is congratulated on her goal. Picture: Chris Sutton Mobbed: Sarah Wiltshire is congratulated on her goal. Picture: Chris Sutton

Watford Ladies put in another impressive friendly display at Berkhamsted on Sunday, winning 1-0 against last season’s second place side in the WSL, Bristol Academy.

Sarah Wiltshire got the only goal of the game with a stunner from 25 yards on a glorious Mother’s Day.

It was an encouraging performance from the Golden Girls, the result no less than the team deserved for their efforts throughout the game.

Manager John Salomon was happy with the efforts from his players and said: "That was more like it from us, that’s what we want.

"It’s another good example of where we are at the moment. We still want to be better, we’re still going to be working hard over the next two and a half weeks but it’s a good place to be right now."

The hosts started brightly, Wiltshire testing Mary Earps in the Bristol goal early on.

Earps opposite number, Shayla Burgess, also had to be alert in the opening 15 minutes, saving from Angharad James and Laura Del Rio.

It was a half of many chances but little of the clear-cut variety as Jo Wilson and Kate Natkiel were unable to difficult opportunities.

The best chance of the half fell to the visitors. Bristol committed a number of bodies forward on 43 minutes, which led to Loren Dykes being presented with a glorious chance from ten yards out but she fired over.

Like in the opening period, Watford started the second half well, however Earps was having a good game and kept the score goalless.

But on 70 minutes the deadlock was broken with a moment of true quality. Wilson played the ball to Wiltshire on the right hand side, she cut inside and her left-footed strike from outside the area arrowed into the top corner.

Bristol had a chance to hit back almost immediately but Keka Vega sliced her effort wide.

The last 15 minutes saw little in the way of attempts on goal, while Burgess’ handling was superb to deny any opportunities for The Vixens.

Even in a friendly, the work rate of the team never dropped throughout and the players celebrated a deserved victory at the end of the game.

Burgess had another good game in goal and she was pleased when assessing her performance, explaining: "I think I did very well. Definitely my distribution and kicking was a lot better. Generally I’m very proud of the girls because they were great."

Watford Ladies’ Under-16 Wasps sealed a 1-0 win against Bury Rangers Whites thanks to a goal from Lauren Hall.

There was disappointment for the Under-16 Hornets as they exited the League Cup after losing 2-1 in extra-time to Bury Rangers Reds. Megan Warner netted the Watford consolation.

The Under-14 Wasps lost 2-0 against Bury while the Under-14 Harts were thumped 9-1 by Hitchin Belles. Becky Holmes netted for Watford.

The Under-14 Hornets defeated Bedwell Rangers 4-0 with Danielle Maloney (2), Tabatha Cowan and Olivia Syson on target.

In the League Cup semi-final, Watford’s Under-12 Harts took on the Hornets.

The Hornets went ahead through Charli Connor but the Harts equalised via Lola Forsyth. The game went to extra-time and a goal from Kelsey Mugford secured victory.

The Under-11s lost 4-2 at Ruislip Rangers, a brace from Charlotte Clark was only a consolations.

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