Watford ladies came from behind to take all three points in a 2-1 win away at Loughborough Foxes Women.

The hosts were in front until 57 minutes after Rebecca McGrother's first half strike, but a goal from Helen Ward and a late winner from Alysha Stojko-Down turned the game on its head.

Watford made two changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers with Jennifer Kikomeko and Lauren Peck joining the starting line up.

The home side started brightest and took the lead in the opening quarter of an hour.

Eva Rogers found McGrother with an inviting cross and her volley gave Weronika Baranowska little chance.

Watford almost equalised when Stojko-Down's through ball found Ward, who took it round Amy Burle in the Loughborough net, but failed to find the target on the tight angle.

Burle was in fine form in goal and she ensured her side went in a goal to the good at half time.

First denying Ward by tipping her effort on to the bar before denying Adekite Fatuga-Dada with her feet.

After the break it was Baranowska's turn to produce the heroics when Rogers burst down the right. The Watford keeper tipper her ferocious effort onto the woodwork.

Then in the 57th Armand Kavaja made a double substitution that paid dividends immediately, with Leanne Bell and Andrea Carid coming on.

O’Leary almost produced a wonder goal when she flicked the ball over a defender before rifling a shot goalwards, only to see if cannon back off the crossbar.

Fortunately it fell to the feet of Ward who tapped in from close range.

It looked as if the game was destined to finish level, but the Golden Girls found a second with just six minutes left of normal time.

Stojko-Down was poised 25 yards from goal and connected sweetly with a volley that flew into the back of the net and earned Watford the victory.