Girls Academy: Last Time Out
Round-up from last weekend's Girls Academy action...
More action for the Girls Academy as the calendar year nears an end. It was a weekend of continued development and enjoyment for the young Hornets.
The Under-9s faced Ruislip Rangers in the Capital Girls League, playing in a game of four quarters. After Ruislip took a three-goal lead, Watford needed the final two quarters to stage a fightback. Showing determination and composure, goals from Bembridge, Gunn and two strikes from Grosso, saw an exciting and enjoyable finish to the match.
Enfield were the opponents for the Under-12s. After a goalless first half, the home side sprung to life and took control of the match. Creating plenty of chances and remaining strong and resolute in defence, Watford finally made their chances count and added to an Enfield own goal, with strikes from Bowman, Forster and Luxton.
It was a game of missed chances for the Under-14s, as they hosted a friendly against Stevenage, arguably one of the strongest teams in the area. After falling behind, they equalised through Xhema. Chances then came and went for Watford, but despite dominating the second half it was Stevenage who capitalised on their opportunities and ran out 4-1 winners.
The Under-16s were away at Hampstead in the CGL. After a slow start Watford began to take control of the game. Goals in the first half from Ransom, and a brace from Reid, put the away side into a strong lead. They never looked back, and an excellent second half hat-trick from Wilkerson sealed a 6-0 victory.
On Sunday December 3, the Under-9s, Under-10s and Under-12s all took part in a tournament at Barnet’s Hive complex. With all three teams reaching their respective finals, it was an enjoyable morning of football and later, the opportunity to cheer on Watford FC Ladies against Barnet.