Watford Ladies' Helen Ward was named as the Women's FA Cup Player of the Round, after she scored four times against Middlesbrough in a 7-2 win.

The Hornets' skipper helped her side comfortably ease past the Teesiders in the third round to set up an away tie with Manchester City.

Ward said that she was flattered with the award, but felt it could have gone to any of the Golden Girls.

She said: “It was a great team performance at Middlesbrough and while it’s an honour to be named Player of the Round, I feel like it could have gone to any one of my team-mates."

In light of the award, head coach Armand Kavaja praised his skipper, who he believes the club are lucky to have.

He told the club website: "I say this to the players a lot, especially the younger ones, they are very lucky to have Helen around.

"She leads by example in a rare way – she’s not the most vocal. That’s not her personality and I don’t want to push her to be, but she measures her words and all the girls listen.

"Being named Player of the Round is a very well-deserved award for her, she was superb at Middlesbrough and I think she’ll continue to be important for us going forward."

Ward, who is Wales Ladies' record goalscorer, has recently been called up for international duty once again for a friendly against Italy on January 22.