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Watford Ladies hit five to beat Colchester United
1:35pm Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport
A dominant second-half performance proved the difference as Watford Ladies beat Colchester United 5-0 to secure their first win of this season’s League Cup.
A brace from Jo Wilson and Sarah Wiltshire alongside a debut goal from Bonnie Horwood, making her first start since returning to the club, marked a solid victory to keep the Hornets’ momentum going as they continue their impressive start to the season.
John Salomon went home a happy manager after the match sand said: “I’m really pleased with the performance and the result.
“We started slow and had to grow into the game, but I couldn’t have asked for any more from our second-half display. It was a very mature performance, we kept the ball well and were intelligent in attack.
“It’s another confident showing from the players that sets us up nicely for what will be a difficult game against Man City next week.”
It was the visitors who stated quickest, causing the Watford defence a few problems as they showed they were not to be taken lightly.
A quarter-of-an-hour into the half, Wiltshire went close with a volley but it was Lauren Davey who was fortunate to concede only a free-kick as she raced from goal to stop a Colchester attack, bringing down the striker in the process. However, Chloe Gunn had got back goal side to make sure the referee wasn’t able to issue any further punishment than the award of the set piece.
Colchester’s Amy Nash then went close as Davey redeemed herself with quick reactions to stop the United striker.
Wiltshire saw an effort cleared off the line well by a covering defender as Watford started to ramp up the pressure on their visitors and Irene Martin Garcia went close as she rifled in a long-range effort that the keeper did well to hold as Wiltshire and Wilson followed in.
Moments later, Watford very nearly took the lead. Kate Natkiel and Wilson linked up to set up Wiltshire in the box, whose effort deflected wide for a corner.
Natkiel was proving difficult to defend against on the right-hand side and a scooped through ball found Wiltshire, who let fly with a cross-shot that whistled past the post.
Martin Garcia then turned provider as Wilson’s header didn’t worry the keeper after she had found space in the box from the resulting cross.
With time running out before the break, the goal finally came as Wilson showed great strength down the left to pick out Wiltshire, who tucked the ball away at the near post.
There was still time for Colchester to clip the bar before the whistle to give the visitors confidence going in to the second half.
After a re-shuffle at half-time, Watford produced a wonderful free-flowing move to carve opentheir opponents. Fliss Gibbons found Emma Beckett, who slipped in Martin Garcia down the line. As the Spaniard cut into the box she picked out Wiltshire but her shot was straight at the Colchester keeper.
The U’s should have equalised moments later as Hayley West found space in the box and with the keeper to beat, a heavy touch took her straight into the path of Renee Hector who cleared the danger.
But it was a wonderful piece of individual skill from Wilson that made the game secure as she got the second goal Watford so desperately needed. A quick throw-in found Natkiel down the right, she picked out Wilson in the box with a pin-point cross and the striker produced a spectacular bicycle kick from 12 yards out.
The acrobatic finish lit up the match and gave the Hornets the impetus to take complete control of the contest.
Wiltshire made it three half way through the second period as Natkiel again found the cross that was met by her team-mate, who found the net for her second of the match.
Josie Green then showed great pace on the left wing to set up Wilson for her second as Watford started to break down Colchester with ease.
Wilson then turned provider for Horwood, who had a very impressive full debut for the home side. She capped off a comfortable win as she followed in on Wilson’s cross to strike home Watford’s fifth of the afternoon.
Watford host City in the National Premier League at Berkhamsted on Sunday, with an earlier kick off of 1pm as they look to continue their good form.
Watford Ladies: Davey; Mays, Gunn, Horwood, Elisery (Hector); Beckett, Gibbons; Natkiel (Gallagher), Wiltshire, Martin Garcia (Green); Wilson.
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