Watford Under-18s face St Albans City tonight in the second round of the Herts Senior Cup

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Watford Under-18s face St Albans City tonight in the second round of the Herts Senior Cup and look likely to field a young side.

In previous seasons the club has looked to give young talent a chance in this competition as they hope to progress to the third round.

Adult tickets will cost £10 for the 7.45pm kick-off. Concessions can pay £5 and Under-12s can gain entry for £2.

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11:24pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

St Albans Reserves 2 (23,89) Watford U18 1 (Calvin 24)

A young Watford side (most U17) were mainly dominated by a St Albans Reserve side, who being slightly older, stronger and sharper controlled possession and should have won by a comfortable margin.

Watford adopted a 3-5-2 formation and their main attacking threat Bernard Mensah was promoted to the Reserves (and scored in a 4-1 away win for the Ressies at Gillingham, great way to celebrate his long term pro-deal, one to watch out for, Mbia two and Prince on his comeback with the other for the Ressies).

St Albans dominated the early exchanges, Watford had one break away, however Saints looked threatening but took until the 23rd minute to take the lead, a dangerous cross into the six yard box caused all sorts of problems and despite goalie Wilks best effort the ball scrambled over the line.

Watford however were back in it a minute later, a rare breakaway and a well timed run by Jamie Calvin where he cut in from the edge of the area and expertly curled a finish in the top corner, highlight of the match for Watford.

St Albans continued to dominate on a frosty surface, the wingers in particular looking sharp, but lacking a cutting edge in front of goal, plus some good defending from Hope playing as sweeper kept score at 1-1 HT

Second half was pretty much one way traffic, Watford failed to get a grip in midfield and didn't threaten down the wings (crucial in a 3-5-2 formation) so the forward line was starved. At the other end, Daniel Wilks made a couple of good saves, but several crosses into the Watford box gave several warnings, but again St Albans lacked a finish.

As the game wore on, Alex Jakubiak came on and Watford did look more of a threat, however failed to capitlise.

With the game headed for extra time, and the temperature at freezing point, StAlbans finally converted a cross with a last minute header, for a deserved win.

Positives were good experience for such a young team, Wilks, Hope, Calvin and Jakubiak all did well

Watford need to take a grip in midfield and be more threatening from the flanks, crucial in the 3-5-2 system, Plus move the ball sharper and faster in order to be more threatening, good experience and the true test next season when the 16/17 year olds will be second year scholars.

Crowd approx 73 (inc 8 away fans)
St Albans Reserves 2 (23,89) Watford U18 1 (Calvin 24) A young Watford side (most U17) were mainly dominated by a St Albans Reserve side, who being slightly older, stronger and sharper controlled possession and should have won by a comfortable margin. Watford adopted a 3-5-2 formation and their main attacking threat Bernard Mensah was promoted to the Reserves (and scored in a 4-1 away win for the Ressies at Gillingham, great way to celebrate his long term pro-deal, one to watch out for, Mbia two and Prince on his comeback with the other for the Ressies). St Albans dominated the early exchanges, Watford had one break away, however Saints looked threatening but took until the 23rd minute to take the lead, a dangerous cross into the six yard box caused all sorts of problems and despite goalie Wilks best effort the ball scrambled over the line. Watford however were back in it a minute later, a rare breakaway and a well timed run by Jamie Calvin where he cut in from the edge of the area and expertly curled a finish in the top corner, highlight of the match for Watford. St Albans continued to dominate on a frosty surface, the wingers in particular looking sharp, but lacking a cutting edge in front of goal, plus some good defending from Hope playing as sweeper kept score at 1-1 HT Second half was pretty much one way traffic, Watford failed to get a grip in midfield and didn't threaten down the wings (crucial in a 3-5-2 formation) so the forward line was starved. At the other end, Daniel Wilks made a couple of good saves, but several crosses into the Watford box gave several warnings, but again St Albans lacked a finish. As the game wore on, Alex Jakubiak came on and Watford did look more of a threat, however failed to capitlise. With the game headed for extra time, and the temperature at freezing point, StAlbans finally converted a cross with a last minute header, for a deserved win. Positives were good experience for such a young team, Wilks, Hope, Calvin and Jakubiak all did well Watford need to take a grip in midfield and be more threatening from the flanks, crucial in the 3-5-2 system, Plus move the ball sharper and faster in order to be more threatening, good experience and the true test next season when the 16/17 year olds will be second year scholars. Crowd approx 73 (inc 8 away fans) Holly68
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12:00am Wed 5 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

Reserves Gillingham 1 Watford 4 (MBia 2, Mensah and Buaben)

Wasn't there as was at St Albans

Starting Line Up :

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Bench : Vydra, Mensah, Buaben
Reserves Gillingham 1 Watford 4 (MBia 2, Mensah and Buaben) Wasn't there as was at St Albans Starting Line Up : Bonham Thompson Johnson (scholar) neuton Bia mcginn Murray battochio fanchone Beleck geijo Bench : Vydra, Mensah, Buaben Holly68
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12:02am Wed 5 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

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