It has been an historic week for Watford Ladies FC who have signalled their intention to climb the leagues by contracting key players to the First Team. The first to be signed up was goalkeeper Tia Ginn, who represented the club for many years at youth level and has continued to impress as a senior player.
Sakina Dhirani, Natalie Cloy and Hayley Carr were the next to sign, followed by Mia Bristol, Lily Hall, Iva Hrisimova, Rebecca Lovelace, Mainie Dakin, Summer Small, Sophia Amanor, Naomi Jackson, Safiya Dean and Shayni Marriner. Reese Ayres and Erin Shacklock are set to sign soon.
First Team Manager Jordan Williams said “These two-year contracts are the latest development in the club’s evolution. It shows our ambition and determination to progress up the football pyramid.”
The players responded in style with an excellent 3-2 league win away to Dulwich Hamlets, with first half goals from Rebecca Lovelace and Sophia Amanor and a second half winner from Iva Hrisimova.
There is another history-making moment on the horizon for the First Team when they take on Brentford Women on 13th November at the Gtech Community Stadium Premier League ground.
Meanwhile there were impressive showings for the WLFC Warriors in the Junior Premier League. The U15s won a hard fought 3-1 victory away to Northampton. Watford started brightly when Cassidy Davies latched onto a long pass from Marcia Itani and fired into the top corner.
Northampton equalised before Chloe Bright found the net on the stroke of half time to send the travelling crowd wild. In the second half Watford held strong defensively and got their third following a beautiful pass by Amy Moynihan to play in Alexia Lopes. She danced through the defence and after a defensive clearance off the line, Ella Weaver struck home for an excellent win.
The U14 Warriors ran out 2-0 winners at home to Nottingham Forest. Watford were well organised and composed on the ball and in the sixth minute Tabitha Richardson pounced on a defensive error to make it 1-nil. Watford continued to press with an energetic midfield and a disciplined defence, and their reward came in the second half when Tierney O’Gorman beat the keeper to seal a well-deserved victory.
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