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Ice Cool Warriors

On a weekend that saw many matches fall victim to the weather Watford Ladies FC U18 Warriors completed the double over their Junior Premier League rivals Wycombe Wanderers with a well-earned 3-0 win on a bright and frosty morning in Buckinghamshire.

The visitors, playing their first match in seven weeks, looked to be making up for lost time as they raced into the lead with only 20 seconds on the clock. Mia Gregory latched onto a long through ball from Summer Small, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to score her 14th goal of the season.

Watford Ladies FC U18 Warriors forward Mia Gregory on her way to scoring her second goal against Wycombe Wanderers

Watford kept up the pressure and had more chances to increase their lead but Wycombe, having recovered from their early setback, defended well. Maya Shah came closest just before the break but was denied by a well-timed tackle as she was about to shoot from the edge of the box.

The home side started the second half strongly and almost levelled with a fiercely struck freekick. Warriors keeper Bonnie Mander made some crucial saves while at the other end Shah came close twice more before the team finally extended their lead. Captain Jessie Poulter won the ball and fed Gregory who raced away, holding off the defender before firing in her second.

Five minutes later Katie Lemon’s freekick found Small who coolly finished to wrap up the game.

Summer Small fires home Watford's third goal against Wycombe Wanderers

Maria Toledo thought she had made it four, but her long-range shot was ruled offside as Watford chalked up an impressive six consecutive wins in all competitions.

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