Watford Ladies FC
Sun 3 December 2017
PREVIEW: London Bees v Watford
Golden Girls face Bees in final Continental Tyres Cup Group match...
Watford could move into third place in their FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup group with victory against winless London Bees in a crunch derby.
The teams mirror each other in FA WSL 2 with just one point each and this battle is vital to finding some form as the campaign enters a crucial phase of the season.
But, despite their league woes, it is Watford who have found some Cup success claiming a 1-0 win against Millwall in October.
Watford’s win over Millwall is their only victory across all competitions, with just one draw to show from their FA WSL 2 campaign.
Adekite Fatuga-Dada scored an equaliser for Watford against Tottenham Hotspur to claim their first league point, while London Bees gained a point away at Durham in a 0-0 stalemate.
Watford’s goal difference leaves a lot to be desired with 16 goals scored against them in the last three games across all competitions.
Losses to Aston Villa, Durham, Oxford and Millwall are the cause of their current position at the bottom of the table but this weekend is a chance to put those losses to bed and find some form.
The Bees are in a similar position with no wins this season but their goal difference keeps them above their London rivals on the eve of this contest.
The Bees completed a spectacular second-half comeback the last time the sides met at Kings Langley in February with goals from Emma Beckett, Ashleigh Goddard and Jo Wilson.
Watford have not beaten the away side since September 2015 when they recorded a 3-2 victory in the Continental Tyres Cup and their best result since then was a 2-2 draw in 2016.
ONE TO WATCH – Lucy Loomes, London Bees
Lucy Loomes threatened all game in the Bees’ draw against Durham, crossing some superb balls and coming close with her own effort at the end of the game.
The striker will look to probe the weak Watford defence with her swift movement and deadly right foot on Sunday.
WHAT THEY SAID
Watford midfielder Merrick Will:
“London Bees is a winnable game for us, but in some senses, it's just as difficult because it's a local game and it's against my old club, so it's a game I really want to win.
“It's going to be a very tough physical game, as usual, but I think we need to focus on the things that we need to do better, which is taking our chances and stop making those silly errors at the back.
“It's a chance for us to boost our confidence for when we go back into the league and take our positives into the next game.
“Obviously, we'll look at this as a winnable game and not like the one against Arsenal, which was a bit one-sided.
“We need to take the positives from the first half of that game and I don't see why we can't come out from our next game with the three points.”
London Bees defender Danielle Lea:
“We're excited now and all the girls are on a high because we're performing better game by game, so hopefully going into Watford, we'll start smashing the league.
“We had a week off after the Reading game, just to relax and refresh ourselves then we were back in training to start preparing for the Watford game, which we all think we can win.
“All the girls have been very welcoming since I've arrived - there are no cliques or anything like that and they made me feel part of the team straight away.
“We're working very well together and even though I've only been here for two games, I can see us building and getting stronger and stronger.
“It's difficult coming into a new team, especially with you not knowing anyone, but all the girls have made me feel very welcome and it's made it easier to play with everyone.”