HHTFC v WATFORD U23 - 24/07/18
By Dean Chance
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 3 Watford U23 2
An entertaining pre match friendly saw the Tudors just come out on top against a lively young Watford side at a very warm Vauxhall Road on Tuesday evening.
The first home friendly gave Hemel fans a chance to look at some new signings and also some of the work that has been going on around the ground pre-season. A lot more building work is to be completed but the new McDonalds Family Stand is taking shape on the far side and a disabled area is also work in progress.
As for the game, Hemel were without a number of players due to holiday commitments and minor knocks etc but it was still a strong line up that took the field.
They lost a couple of players fairly quickly with slight muscle strains and the coaching staff didn’t want to risk more serious injuries so Roberts and Howe were replaced. Watford took the lead midway through the first half but they were pegged back quite quickly when Sanchez Watt finished well after a superb through ball from Spencer McCall.
The second period saw Watford create several chances and Laurie Walker had to be at his best, making some decent saves. Hemel always looked dangerous on the counter though and they went in front when Watt combined well with Oliyide before slotting the ball home. Sanchez Watt was then cynically blocked after cutting through the Hornets back line. No action was taken against the Watford defender with the game only being a friendly and both players were able to continue after treatment. The lively Sanchez Watt then won a penalty after once again causing panic in Watford’s back line and Spencer McCall confidently despatched the spot kick to make it 3-1. Watford pulled a goal back after Walker had made an excellent save, the ball wasn’t cleared though and much to the Hemel Custodians annoyance the Hornets reduced the deficit.
In the end an excellent, entertaining game that sent a decent crowd home happy.
Next up, the last pre-season game against Vanarama Premier Division side Dagenham and Redbridge at Vauxhall Road on Saturday 28th July, kick off 3pm
Entry is a tenner for all adults and concessions and £1 for under 18’s