Mark Yeates scores as Watford draw second pre-season friendly at Wealdstone

There were reasons for encouragement despite Watford having to settle for a second successive 1-1 draw against non-league opposition at Wealdstone.

Like in the draw at Boreham Wood in mid-week, Gianfranco Zola again chose to field a different line-up in each half but both played the same fluid formation when attacking, varying between 4-1-4-1 and 4-3-3.

Most of Watford’s best work came in a first half that saw Jonathan Hogg and Daniel Pudil catching the eye, with the latter setting up Mark Yeates to score.

Zola’s men kept possession well for periods, looking to vary the angle of attack, with numbers getting forward regularly in attack.

The visitors offered less of an attacking threat after the break and were pegged back by a Wes Parker header from a corner.

But the response to that setback was heartening, with Craig Forsyth, Chris Iwelumo and Matty Whichelow all going close to scoring the winner.

The Hornets created the first chance in the fifth minute when trialist Almen Abdi crossed well from the right but Joe Garner’s stretching header was straight at Rikki Banks.

But the visitors did make the breakthrough in fine fashion ten minutes later when Jonathan Hogg picked out Sean Murray with a fine pass and he in turn fed Pudil to his left. The trialist, who was looking to get forward at every opportunity, produced a good pull back and Yeates finished emphatically, beating Rikki Banks inside his near post.

The Hornets continued to play positively, retaining possession with numbers getting forward to support Garner, who was effectively the lone striker.

The forward managed to loop a header towards goal before Pudil popped up in a central position in the area but didn’t get enough on his header from a Murray cross.

Wealdstone then had two good chances and really should have been level.

First, Tom Pett stood up a cross from the left side of the area that although Rob Carrick had to stretch to get a foot to the ball, he would still have been disappointed not to hit the target after dragging his effort back across Jonathan Bond’s goal and wide of the far post.

Striker Peter Dean also looked set to trouble Bond when he connected well with a shot, only to see it hit a team-mate.

The Hornets had lost some of their earlier attacking momentum as the half drew to a close but Yeates, operating in a central role, curled a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide as the Hornets kept their one-goal advantage at the break.

It was all change at half-time and hornets keeper Jack Bonham was in the action within 25 seconds of entering the fray and he immediately impressed, making a fine save to keep out Lee Chappell’s cross shot.

No sooner had Watford almost been pegged back,  then they had a fine chance to double their advantage when Forsyth was played in but the opportunity was on his right foot and he dragged it wide.

The visitors had another opening in the 57th minute when Carl Dickinson’s low cross from the left was met by the stretching Whichelow, but he couldn’t generate power enough to beat Banks.

Wealdstone though, were enjoying more possession after the break and they had another opportunity when Chappell got up at the far post to connect with a cross from the right but could only find the side netting.

But the home side’s efforts were rewarded 13 minutes from time when Dean’s corner from the left was powered in by the head of skipper Parker at the far post.

However, the Hornets’ response to conceding was good. First, Whichelow had a shot from the right side of the area blocked before Forsyth went close with a stinging drive from outside the 18-yard box.

Iwelumo was closer still with a header following a cross from Dickinson, who did well after the break, and it was the left-back who nearly set up the winner with two minutes left.

The former Stoke City man’s break down the left ended with a low cross which Forsyth dummied to Whichelow, who did everything right but saw his low drive superbly kept out by Banks.

Wealdstone: Banks; Webb, Parker, Cronin, Chappell; Carrick (A Massey 46), Dyer (Brooks 46), O’Leary (Nicholas 46), Pett (Jordon 60); Dean, Stanislas (Field 73). Not used: Brewer, Papp and Poniskaitis.

Watford first half: Bond; Hodson, Eustace, Taylor, Pudil; Hogg; G Massey, Abdi, Yeates, Murray; Garner.

Watford second half: Bonham; Bennett, Nosworthy, Mirfin, Dickinson; Jenkins; Whichelow, Hamilton-Forbes, Mingoia, Forsyth; Iwelumo.

Attendance: 1,335

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5:09pm Sat 21 Jul 12

WFC4ever says...

Its positive to hear the potential new players making an impact and good football being played.

HOWEVER we do need to get goals...

Ofcourse we have to give Zola time and trust him.
Its positive to hear the potential new players making an impact and good football being played. HOWEVER we do need to get goals... Ofcourse we have to give Zola time and trust him. WFC4ever
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5:22pm Sat 21 Jul 12

No Wheels says...

Hornets held by Stones? Ouch!
Hornets held by Stones? Ouch! No Wheels
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5:38pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Bringe says...

Not bad, neither half was our strongest 11 and I'm confident more strikers are on their way. You have to remember there are massive changes to our game plan, it's not going to be instant.

As always with these games the result matters much more to the opposition - for us it's little more that a work-out and a further chance for Zola to assess what he's got.
Not bad, neither half was our strongest 11 and I'm confident more strikers are on their way. You have to remember there are massive changes to our game plan, it's not going to be instant. As always with these games the result matters much more to the opposition - for us it's little more that a work-out and a further chance for Zola to assess what he's got. Bringe
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5:57pm Sat 21 Jul 12

southernhornet says...

Agree little more than a work out by the time the Spurs game comes around we can begin to make some early judgement
Agree little more than a work out by the time the Spurs game comes around we can begin to make some early judgement southernhornet
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6:02pm Sat 21 Jul 12

EstebanSemtex says...

Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out? EstebanSemtex
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6:07pm Sat 21 Jul 12

SAHornet says...

EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Is he officially signed yet? I don't think he is.
[quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Is he officially signed yet? I don't think he is. SAHornet
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6:09pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Bringe says...

EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Why would we be? ..... he's not exactly known as Mr Blobby.

He's been a free agent since May and probably had a nice holiday but I'm sure he'll be back to fitness before the season starts.
[quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Why would we be? ..... he's not exactly known as Mr Blobby. He's been a free agent since May and probably had a nice holiday but I'm sure he'll be back to fitness before the season starts. Bringe
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6:18pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Who the WFC! says...

Does anybody know why Lloyd hasn't had a run out?
Does anybody know why Lloyd hasn't had a run out? Who the WFC!
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8:08pm Sat 21 Jul 12

lutondown says...

SAHornet wrote:
EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Is he officially signed yet? I don't think he is.
The news on the block is he has!
There's a few things not announced, but things are happening.
Trust
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Is he officially signed yet? I don't think he is.[/p][/quote]The news on the block is he has! There's a few things not announced, but things are happening. Trust lutondown
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9:06pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Holly68 says...

EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Almunia - Signed
Hall - Signed
Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada)
Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow
[quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Almunia - Signed Hall - Signed Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada) Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow Holly68
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9:34pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Dino1982 says...

Holly68 wrote:
EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Almunia - Signed
Hall - Signed
Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada)
Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow
Who do you think the strikers will be?

And keeper?
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Almunia - Signed Hall - Signed Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada) Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow[/p][/quote]Who do you think the strikers will be? And keeper? Dino1982
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9:39pm Sat 21 Jul 12

SAHornet says...

Holly68 wrote:
EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Almunia - Signed
Hall - Signed
Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada)
Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow
Oh, is that all :-)
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Almunia - Signed Hall - Signed Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada) Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow[/p][/quote]Oh, is that all :-) SAHornet
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10:12pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Holly68 says...

SAHornet wrote:
Holly68 wrote:
EstebanSemtex wrote:
Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?
Almunia - Signed
Hall - Signed
Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada)
Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow
Oh, is that all :-)
Sorry, forgot Anya (Granada). ....
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EstebanSemtex[/bold] wrote: Anyone else a bit concerned that Fitz Hall seems to be too unfit for a run out?[/p][/quote]Almunia - Signed Hall - Signed Prudil, Abdil, Wvrydra, Beleck - Signed season long loans (3 Udinese 1 Granada) Another keeper and 3 strikers to follow[/p][/quote]Oh, is that all :-)[/p][/quote]Sorry, forgot Anya (Granada). .... Holly68
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7:01am Sun 22 Jul 12

corbindallas says...

No McGinn again, is he injured again, thought these games would be the most important for him to gain match fitness?
No McGinn again, is he injured again, thought these games would be the most important for him to gain match fitness? corbindallas
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9:44pm Sun 22 Jul 12

Bringe says...

corbindallas wrote:
No McGinn again, is he injured again, thought these games would be the most important for him to gain match fitness?
Could be anything ... IMO those first two games were just for Zola to decide who he wants for his first team squad. He may have already made his mind up about McGinn and Doyley, good or bad as that may be..... I actually suspect it's good.
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: No McGinn again, is he injured again, thought these games would be the most important for him to gain match fitness?[/p][/quote]Could be anything ... IMO those first two games were just for Zola to decide who he wants for his first team squad. He may have already made his mind up about McGinn and Doyley, good or bad as that may be..... I actually suspect it's good. Bringe
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