Watford Ladies maintained the feelgood factor around the club after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Oxford United Women.

Having trailed to Georgia Timms’ 19th-minute opener on Saturday, the Golden Girls got back on terms after the break through Katie O’Leary and a third victory in four games was sealed late on when captain Helen Ward converted the winner.

Armand Kavaja’s side will now looked to make it four victories from five when they entertain Queens Park Rangers at Kings Langley on Wednesday (Kick-off 7.45pm).

Watford had to withstand an onslaught in the opening stages with goalkeeper Weronika Baranowska called upon to make three saves in the opening 10 minutes to keep Laura Hennessey at bay.

The visitors had their first opportunity when a Leanne Bell shot was dealt with by Lucy Thomas, but Oxford were to make their early pressure count when Timms beat Baranowska after being played in by Ellie Noble.

Ward, Bell and O’Leary all had efforts as the visitors sought a quick response, but their best opportunity was to come shortly before half-time when Thomas’ outstretched foot superbly denied Ward.

Andrea Carid was introduced for Linda Afuwakwah at the start of the second half and the move almost reaped instant rewards as the substitute was close to getting on the end of a cross.

Timms did likewise at the other end, before Watford levelled in the 55th minute when O’Leary fired past Thomas to net her first goal for the club.

The Hornets immediately upped the ante as Bell and Carid forced Thomas into further saves, while O’Leary fired wide as she sought a second goal.

The chances continued to come for both sides as the game entered the final 20 minutes, but the Hornets were to survive a scare when Timms saw a shot from a tight angle rebound off the post.

It was a let off they capitalised on with three minutes remaining when Bell played in Wales’ record scorer and Ward kept her composure to slot past Thomas.

Watford had the lead but they needed Baranowska to be at her best before they could celebrate the win as the keeper thwarted Lauren Allison at the near post.

Watford Ladies: Baranowska; Peck, Hallsworth, O’Halloran, Huggins (Hill 59), Scanlon, Stojko-Down, Bell, O’Leary (Baker 79), Afuakwah (Carid 46), Ward. Subs not used: Bolland, Akerman.