Watford recall in-form striker Britt Assombalonga from Braintree Town

Forward Britt Assombalonga's first season as a professional continues to go from strength-to-strength after he was recalled by Watford.

The likeable youngster scored 11 goals in 15 appearances on loan at Ryman Premier side Wealdstone earlier this season, which led to a temporary move to Braintree Town of the Conference.

Assombalonga scored four goals in his last two games to take his tally to five in as many games at Braintree.

This prompted Hornets manager Sean Dyche to recall Assombalonga, who joined Watford's Academy after impressing on one of the community trust's courses at Hertswood School.

"It's been great to have played so many games this season - and to have scored a few goals," Assombalonga told the Watford Observer earlier this week, during an interview which can be seen in full in this week's paper.

"I have tried not to over-think things too much and just to go out and play.

"It's a bigger test of your mental strength in the Conference than the Ryman League, because the games are more intense and physically demanding.

"But it's been great this year. I've played in a few positions, for two different clubs, and it couldn't have gone much better."

The forward, who can also play on either flank, was playing for his Sunday league side just over two years ago before being recommended to Watford by one of the trust's coaches.

Assombalonga earned his first professional contract last year and signed a contract extension with Watford at the beginning of February, which will run until the summer of 2013.

"I spoke last week about all young players' rate of development being different - and here we have another case in point," Dyche told the club's website.

"We've deemed it fit for Britt to be back involved here now and to continue his development within our club.

"He's had some great external influences over the past few months, a taste of what it means to be playing competitively in senior football on a regular basis.

"We cannot control every last detail of what happens with our players when they're out on loan, but we do our research thoroughly and we're certain our players at clubs where they're in good hands.

"That's definitely been the case where Britt's concerned. Now let's see what he can do back at Watford."

Former Academy team-mate Jack Bonham has agreed a one-month loan extension with Harrow Borough, which will expire on April 14.

Bonham is technically a second-year scholar but signed a professional contract last year.

Second-year scholar Aaron Tumwa will also continue to play for Harrow as part of a work experience agreement but midfielder Stephan Hamilton-Forbes will not remain with the Ryman Premier side.

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10:49am Thu 15 Mar 12

Beds Horn says...

Lets send Trotta back to Fulham and get this boy on the bench. I'm sure thats what SD has in mind otherwise why bother bringing him back. Letting him have 15 minutes or so a game during the last 10 matches will let him have a tilt at scoring at Championship level and if he continues his great form, everyones a winner!!
Lets send Trotta back to Fulham and get this boy on the bench. I'm sure thats what SD has in mind otherwise why bother bringing him back. Letting him have 15 minutes or so a game during the last 10 matches will let him have a tilt at scoring at Championship level and if he continues his great form, everyones a winner!! Beds Horn

10:52am Thu 15 Mar 12

WFC4ever says...

An exciting prospect and I hope he is given a chance by Dyche AND FANS!
An exciting prospect and I hope he is given a chance by Dyche AND FANS! WFC4ever

11:10am Thu 15 Mar 12

Johnny Ryden says...

Great to see this, hope to see him even for a few minutes in the the Coventry match!

Sorry to go off thread but does anyone know what the position is about the proposed new pitch? I've seen comments that we have placed a contract but has there been anything official? Surely, by now if it's going to happen everything would have been sorted? Then there's the decision about whether it's a new pitch 'as is' or if it's going to be totally re-levelled?
Great to see this, hope to see him even for a few minutes in the the Coventry match! Sorry to go off thread but does anyone know what the position is about the proposed new pitch? I've seen comments that we have placed a contract but has there been anything official? Surely, by now if it's going to happen everything would have been sorted? Then there's the decision about whether it's a new pitch 'as is' or if it's going to be totally re-levelled? Johnny Ryden

12:20pm Thu 15 Mar 12

AngelHornet says...

I believe a deposit has been paid and it will be in place for the start of next season
I believe a deposit has been paid and it will be in place for the start of next season AngelHornet

4:10pm Thu 15 Mar 12

bushey tales says...

.....and remaining off-thread, do we assume we'll finally see the last of Saracens when the 'new' surface goes down? I'm conscious that Barnet will need a ground-share of Conference standard or better next season but surely even that would be preferable to the sort of pitch damage we're currently enduring. Has anybody seen the surface since the rugby on that Sunday ten days ago, when they played with standing water all over the place? I haven't, but I suspect we're talking large areas of rolled mud from Saturday onwards.
.....and remaining off-thread, do we assume we'll finally see the last of Saracens when the 'new' surface goes down? I'm conscious that Barnet will need a ground-share of Conference standard or better next season but surely even that would be preferable to the sort of pitch damage we're currently enduring. Has anybody seen the surface since the rugby on that Sunday ten days ago, when they played with standing water all over the place? I haven't, but I suspect we're talking large areas of rolled mud from Saturday onwards. bushey tales

4:30pm Thu 15 Mar 12

SAHornet says...

Glad that SD is bringing Britt back. Must be a decent reward for his efforts whilst out on loan. Would love to see him on the bench and able to come on for a few minutes per game until the end of the season. He really deserves it. What a great example to other young players.
Glad that SD is bringing Britt back. Must be a decent reward for his efforts whilst out on loan. Would love to see him on the bench and able to come on for a few minutes per game until the end of the season. He really deserves it. What a great example to other young players. SAHornet

5:15pm Thu 15 Mar 12

mooneysmagic says...

Beds Horn wrote:
Lets send Trotta back to Fulham and get this boy on the bench. I'm sure thats what SD has in mind otherwise why bother bringing him back. Letting him have 15 minutes or so a game during the last 10 matches will let him have a tilt at scoring at Championship level and if he continues his great form, everyones a winner!!
Pity we can't send Emu back to Burnley instead!
[quote][p][bold]Beds Horn[/bold] wrote: Lets send Trotta back to Fulham and get this boy on the bench. I'm sure thats what SD has in mind otherwise why bother bringing him back. Letting him have 15 minutes or so a game during the last 10 matches will let him have a tilt at scoring at Championship level and if he continues his great form, everyones a winner!![/p][/quote]Pity we can't send Emu back to Burnley instead! mooneysmagic

7:17pm Thu 15 Mar 12

Johnny Ryden says...

bushey tales wrote:
.....and remaining off-thread, do we assume we'll finally see the last of Saracens when the 'new' surface goes down? I'm conscious that Barnet will need a ground-share of Conference standard or better next season but surely even that would be preferable to the sort of pitch damage we're currently enduring. Has anybody seen the surface since the rugby on that Sunday ten days ago, when they played with standing water all over the place? I haven't, but I suspect we're talking large areas of rolled mud from Saturday onwards.
We've been lucky that there's been a dry, reasonable winter or the conditions you expect on Saturday would have hit us before now. I fear Sarries will stay and this will be used as an excuse to delay the re-laying of the pitch for yet another season. Hope I'm wrong!
[quote][p][bold]bushey tales[/bold] wrote: .....and remaining off-thread, do we assume we'll finally see the last of Saracens when the 'new' surface goes down? I'm conscious that Barnet will need a ground-share of Conference standard or better next season but surely even that would be preferable to the sort of pitch damage we're currently enduring. Has anybody seen the surface since the rugby on that Sunday ten days ago, when they played with standing water all over the place? I haven't, but I suspect we're talking large areas of rolled mud from Saturday onwards.[/p][/quote]We've been lucky that there's been a dry, reasonable winter or the conditions you expect on Saturday would have hit us before now. I fear Sarries will stay and this will be used as an excuse to delay the re-laying of the pitch for yet another season. Hope I'm wrong! Johnny Ryden

7:32pm Thu 15 Mar 12

suffolkhornet says...

saw Britt @ Lowestoft Town, he had a great game......and yes scored. Had a chat after the game and he really wants to play for Watford 1st team.....now lets hope he gets the chance!
saw Britt @ Lowestoft Town, he had a great game......and yes scored. Had a chat after the game and he really wants to play for Watford 1st team.....now lets hope he gets the chance! suffolkhornet

8:49pm Thu 15 Mar 12

luther blissett says...

Stolen from twitter:

Let's all do the conga, for Britt Assombalonga, la la la la, la la la la

At last, some original songs for the hornets (although this one sort of writes itself)
Stolen from twitter: Let's all do the conga, for Britt Assombalonga, la la la la, la la la la At last, some original songs for the hornets (although this one sort of writes itself) luther blissett

9:13pm Thu 15 Mar 12

Stoney77 says...

luther blissett wrote:
Stolen from twitter:

Let's all do the conga, for Britt Assombalonga, la la la la, la la la la

At last, some original songs for the hornets (although this one sort of writes itself)
love it, if/when he starts scoring goals, this HAS to be sung!
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: Stolen from twitter: Let's all do the conga, for Britt Assombalonga, la la la la, la la la la At last, some original songs for the hornets (although this one sort of writes itself)[/p][/quote]love it, if/when he starts scoring goals, this HAS to be sung! Stoney77

12:39am Fri 16 Mar 12

stevyweavy says...

Let's not get too carried away. Trotta is considered a goal scoring machine and has already proved it at League 1 level but there is obviously a reason why he has only featured once so it would be unfair to expect Assombalonga to walk straight into the team and start scoring goals with only non-league experience. But it is good that he is considered worthy of involvement with the squad to see what stage he is really at
Let's not get too carried away. Trotta is considered a goal scoring machine and has already proved it at League 1 level but there is obviously a reason why he has only featured once so it would be unfair to expect Assombalonga to walk straight into the team and start scoring goals with only non-league experience. But it is good that he is considered worthy of involvement with the squad to see what stage he is really at stevyweavy

8:29am Fri 16 Mar 12

not a regular says...

I am *thrilled* that this guy has performed so well. I would say we give him a 15 minute run out should things go our way against Coventry, but then send him out to a Southend/Oxford team: Relatively local, relatively low scoring and could potentially get a run out at Wembley in the L2 playoffs.

Britt, like all our guys, will get their run out. For some it'll come sooner than others but there is a natural progression and there is nothing wrong with taking it slow.
I am *thrilled* that this guy has performed so well. I would say we give him a 15 minute run out should things go our way against Coventry, but then send him out to a Southend/Oxford team: Relatively local, relatively low scoring and could potentially get a run out at Wembley in the L2 playoffs. Britt, like all our guys, will get their run out. For some it'll come sooner than others but there is a natural progression and there is nothing wrong with taking it slow. not a regular

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