Watford Ladies progress in Women’s Premier League Cup

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Watford Ladies booked their place in the Women’s Premier League Cup knockout stages following a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on Sunday.

The Hornets created the better opportunities in the opening exchanges as Sarah Wiltshire saw two shots saved and another clear the crossbar.

Watford keeper Lauren Davey was rarely troubled in a cagey first period and made two routine saves.

As the half came to a close, Wiltshire again went close only for the Spurs keeper to save well.

After the break, the Hornets improved and Wiltshire curled an effort past the post before shooting wide after breaking into the box.

Tottenham went close twice before Watford’s Emma Beckett fired a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide.

On 81 minutes, the Hornets finally made the breakthrough. Wiltshire whipped a corner into the box and Beckett beat her marker to bag her second goal of the season.

Soon after, the Hornets sealed the victory as Renee Hector finished from close range after the Tottenham keeper had spilled a Wiltshire shot.

Watford boss John Salomon was delighted his side have made it through to the knockout stage with a game to spare.

He said: “I’m really pleased with the result and to have secured our place in the knock out stages. Credit to Spurs, they made it very difficult for us, but we showed great spirit and determination and secured the result we needed.

“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to better what we achieved last season. Qualifying from the group stage was another thing on our list, so I’m delighted we’ve secured this with a game remaining and we’ll now go all out at Barnet to win the group.”

There was success for Watford Ladies’ Under-10s as they defeated Harpenden Colts 6-1. Charlotte Clark scored four goals, while Kiera Patel bagged a brace.

The Hornets Under-15 sides both suffered defeat, with Bedwell Rangers claiming a 3-1 win over the Harts. Carly Gilbey got the consolation for Watford.

The Under-15 Wasps suffered a 5-1 loss against Garston Sharks. Meg Walsh grabbed the Hornets goal with a fine chip from outside the box.

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