Watford Ladies suffered back-to-back defeats in the FA WSL Continental Cup but manager John Salomon believes his side will have taken valuable lessons from the games.
The Golden Girls were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal Ladies in Group A on Thursday of last week and that was followed by a 5-1 defeat at home to Chelsea Ladies on Sunday, Katie Natkiel netting against the Blues.
Watford are bottom of their group following the defeats but Salomon said the experience gained from facing WSL1 sides will benefit the Hornets going forward.
Speaking after the Chelsea defeat, he said: “Last season, we didn’t come up against teams that were that fluent with their movement off the ball.
“So, to have to come up against it twice in three days is tough but it’s great, because players learn so much from that and they’ll be stronger for it.
“There’s ten days break now, the rest is important for them because we’ve had a really hard week. Durham away, followed by Arsenal away and Chelsea at home, it’s been seven tough days for the girls.”
Meanwhile, Watford’s Under-12 Harts secured the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League Division Two title with a 2-1 win over Hemel Hempstead in their final game of the season.
Emma Calbrese and Lola Forsyth netted in the victory to seal top spot.
The Under-16 Wasps lost 8-2 to Enfield but the Under-14 Hornets clinched the Partnership League Division One title with a 9-0 win against Bedwell Rangers.
Olivia Syson (3), Theodora Nicholson (2), Rebecca McShane (2), Danielle Maloney and Sinead Carroll struck in the rout.
The Under-14 Wasps lost 3-1 and 5-1 to Harvesters and the Under-11s were well beaten 11-1 by King George.
The Under-10s beat Garston Ladies Diamonds 4-0 with a brace from Jessica Cripps and singles from Charlotte Barton and Hannah Perkins.