Watford Ladies FC
Thu 12 October 2017
Kings Langley FC
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Match Preview: Watford v Millwall
The Hornets welcome Millwall to Kings Langley in the Continental Tyres Cup...
Article by Tom Scholes
Watford Ladies will play host to top-of-the-table Millwall Lionesses in the FA WSL Continental Cup, looking to hit back following last month’s loss against the same opposition, which ended in a 3-1 win for Millwall despite Watford taking the lead early on and keeping a rampant Millwall at bay.
Watford have had a bit of bad luck with their run of fixtures at the start of the season, with their three opponents all being in the top three and being three of the top contenders in the WSL 2. Nevertheless, this cup game gives the team a chance to put their league form to one side and show that their run of bad form is only a blip and maybe grab a win to kick off their season.
The Continental Tyres Cup will take the form of four groups of five for the 2017/18 season: two north and two south. Every team players each other once with the top two in each group progressing to the quarter finals.
For this season, if the matches are drawn in the group stage a penalty shoot-out will be take place, the winner of which will be awarded an additional point.
In the knockout stages, the use of a fourth substitute will be permitted if the match goes to extra-time.
Millwall come into this game in fine form, scoring nine goals from their first three WSL games, but have shown a tendency to leak a goal or two which was highlighted in their 4-3 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion as well as their draw away against Doncaster Belles.
Sarah Jones and Simona Petkova have been the only two goal scorers for Watford this season, with Petkova’s goal coming against Millwall, but as the team gets more games under its belt, results should take a turn for the better.
As for Millwall, the duo of Leanne Cowan and Ashlee Hincks will be the threats to watch out for, both scoring twice so far, this season. Both players also got on the scoresheet against Brighton in their last match. The Lionesses have spread their goals around the team in their opening three games, with six different players scoring a total of eight goals.
The most recent game saw Watford put in a valiant effort but ultimately come up short in the opening game of the new WSL season, with Petkova scoring within the first five minutes and showing that despite the result, there were some positive signs.
In Watford’s last home game against the Lionesses, the Hornets managed to trouble the London club, falling to a last-minute Hicks winner despite hanging on until the last minute on the final day of the WSL 2 Spring Series season.
“There’s a lot of rivalry there and plenty of players who know each other, we know their coaching staff well,” said Watford manager Keith Boanas to fawsl.com.
“It’s quite fierce and the league game between us was quite feisty, and I’ll expect that again in this encounter.
“No team walks on a football pitch wanting to lose a game and for us this is an opportunity to try and do that. That’s the simplest way I can put it - we have to stop the slide and this is a perfect opportunity to try and do that.
“The biggest thing I expect is a performance like the first 35 minutes against Durham but for a longer spell.”
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