Watford Ladies FC
Doncaster Rovers Belles
Sun 7 January 2018
Kings Langley FC
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Preview: Watford v Doncaster
Back to home league action for the Golden Girls...
Bottom plays top in FA WSL 2 this weekend and two new managers go head to head as Watford welcome table toppers Doncaster Rovers Belles to town.
In a backroom staff overhaul last month, the Golden Girls appointed Armand Kavaja as head coach.
The UEFA-A qualified man previously worked for Watford FC Ladies. He has been employed in roles at Crystal Palace, London Tigers, London Eagles and Aylesbury United.
Neal Redfearn, who holds the record for making the fifth-highest number of football league appearances as a player, is a former Leeds United, Rotherham United and Halifax boss. He replaced Belles interim coach Kate Rowson earlier this week.
Watford will be hoping their new managerial appointment can equate to renewed fortunes for the bottom-placed team.
The Hornets have failed to win a game this season, and remain rooted to the bottom of FAWSL 2 with just one point on the board.
Belles contrastingly are unbeaten with four wins and two draws. Their impressive league run has included 5-1 thrashings against Aston Villa and Oxford United earlier in the season.
Their last two matches have ended 3-2, a FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup defeat against WSL 1 leaders Manchester City and a triumph over Sheffield FC in the league.
ONES TO WATCH
New Watford signing Samantha Hallsworth, who arrived from Swindon Town last month and captained her previous team, could give new impetus and leadership ahead of a nail-biting second half of the season for the Hertfordshire club.
WHAT THEY SAID
Watford midfielder Charlotte Kerr:
“Our season has been up and down but hopefully we can improve in the second half of the campaign. The key is staying positive and then I believe the results will come, the arrival of our new manager means we need to look at this point as a fresh start in our season.
“He’s brought in a new style of play and he has worked with Watford in the past so it’s good that he already knows some of the team.
“In the draw against London Bees we did well, everyone worked hard and had a positive attitude. We were unfortunate not to get the win.
“With the Doncaster game, it’s going to be a tough, physical match as it was in the 1-1 draw with them last season. We need to continually press them high and we can get a result but we can’t underestimate them.
“We can work our way up the table with good results and performances and we have the ability to prove people wrong.”
Doncaster Belles midfielder Emily Simpkins said:
“Our team have had a good start and the league table reflects that but we are not getting carried away. We are always looking to improve, so this is now a good foundation for us to build on.
“The last match versus Sheffield was about grinding out the three points in poor weather conditions with us not being at our best.
“Our ability to score goals and our keeper pulling off a penalty save kept us going. We can take out that winning mentality from that game, we want to come out on top in every game we play.
“Players have stepped up with something special in games which gives us that spark. Training has been sharp this week with our new manager, everyone's buzzing to be back at it after the break.
“We look to express this on Sunday versus Watford. We want to win the league. We want to develop our team performances. I want to keep enjoying my football & push on to improve to be the best footballer I can be.”
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