Watford were always in control as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at St Albans City.

Skipper John Eustace handed the Hornets the lead in the first half and although they were not as incisive as they were at Boreham Wood, the win was never in doubt.

Stephen McGinn grabbed his second goal in as many games in the second half but the visitors were unable to add to the scoreline further, despite a Marvin Sordell effort being ruled out late on.

Watford named what was arguably their strongest X1 at Clarence Park, as Ross Jenkins started on the right of midfield and Lee Hodson moved to left back.

It was an end-to-end start where neither side took control. The first chance of the game fell to the visitors after Will Buckley ran down the left and pulled the ball back to Danny Graham, but his shot was blocked by the covering centre half.

Buckley and Graham terrorised the Boreham Wood defence last week but that was to be Graham's last real contribution as he was forced off with a bloodied nose inside ten minutes and replaced by first-year scholar Gavin Massey.

Watford were keeping the ball well in short spells but were not penetrating the home side's defence with as much ease as they did at Meadow Park..

The Hornets did have two good chances in as many minutes though. First John Eustace headed a Don Cowie corner back into the six-yard box but Adrian Mariappa was unable to divert the ball on target. Then moments later Massey was put through and struck a powerful shot into the side netting.

Stephen McGinn was having arguably his best game for the club and shortly after he rattled the crossbar from a quick free kick which had to be retaken, the Scot headed wide after neat interplay from Buckley and Massey.

The scholar was looking lively when in possession and forced Paul Bastock into his first save on the half-hour mark as the veteran keeper dived at the striker's feet.

Don Cowie had a free kick go narrowly over from 20 yards but Watford finally made the breakthrough on 35 minutes.

Buckley showed lightning speed as he knocked the ball past his man inside his own half and burst into the box. Bastock could only parry the striker's shot out to the edge of the area and Eustace was left to smash the ball into the top corner with conviction.

It was some time until the Hornets next half chance as Lloyd Doyley, playing at right back this week, sent a low cross into the danger area and it was sliced over his own bar by Mark Peters.

Eustace forced Bastock into a save with a 20-yard shot in first-half injury time but the Hornets went into the break with a single-goal advantage.

Mackay made wholesale changes at Boreham Wood but there was only one this week, as Rene Gilmartin replaced Scott Loach.

St Albans on the other hand made seven substitutions at half time but the visitors were still struggling to break down the Saints defence.

Mackay started ringing the changes just before the hour-mark and Michael Bryan made an immediate impact as he dribbled down the right and delivered an accurate cross to the unmarked McGinn, who headed into the bottom corner for his second goal in as many weeks.

Bryan was the most impressive of the Hornets replacements and he had a curled effort go narrowly wide soon after.

St Albans had to wait until the 68th minute until they forced either Watford keeper into a save, as Gilmartin comfortably gathered a Aidy Chavers free kick.

Piero Mingoia also did well after his introduction and the winger's cross saw Marvin Sordell volley wide of the near post.

And excellent skill from Mingoia from a short corner also resulted in Matthew Whichelow picking the ball up on the edge of the box and the first-year pro's strike from 20 yards went just over.

The huge Leon Simpson skied a long-range effort comfortably over for St Albans but the Conference South side never looked like scoring throughout.

Once again, the performances of their first-year pros and younger players will have pleased the Hornets management.

Bryan and Mingoia caused problems throughout their cameos and Whichelow had a number of chances to score.

Whichelow forced Bastock to save low down and Mingoia then shot over soon after.

Bastock then produced a superb one-handed save to deny Tom Aldred after Henderson laid the ball off to the centre half signed from Carlisle United.

Marvin Sordell had been cleared to play with a cast on his hand and he should have scored when Rob Kiernan put him through but the striker tried to cut back on to his right foot and the defender got the block in.

Whichelow then went agonisingly close with another low shot late. Sordell did have the ball in the back of the net in injury time, but it was ruled out for offside.

St Albans: Bastock; Clemo (Wheeler 58), Peters (Urquat 46), Frater (Mortimer 58), Smith (Chaves 46); Sinclair (Ahmed 46), Fisher (Davis 46), Magwood (Baranet 58), Kuelme (Perring 46); Effiong (Simpson 46), Roberts (Dixon 46).

Watford: Loach (Gilmartin 45); Doyley (Thompson 64), Taylor (Aldred 67), Mariappa (Bennett 64), Hodson (Oshodi 83); Jenkins (Bryan 57), McGinn (Whichelow 70), Eustace (Kiernan 59), Cowie (Mingoia 70); Buckley (Henderson 67), Graham (Massey 11, Sordell 57).

Attendance: 925.