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98/99: Friendlies:

Pre-season friendly, 30/7/98
Aylesbury 0(0)
Watford XI 1(0)
Scorers: Grieves
A bit subdued
Report by Andy Stocks

Aylesbury appeared to have a decent side made up of several ex-pros including Jason Soloman, Steve Butler and Lee Harvey. Watford fielded a mixed side consisting of juniors, reserves and first teamers. First teamers included Ronny, Bazeley, Mooney, Millen, Yates and Chamberlain. It was good to see Wayne Andrews back, with Nick Wright playing along side him up front. Ronny played deeper.

The first half was pretty much all Watford, Aylesbury had the odd chance, but generally Yates coped with everything. He looks like a bargain. Another excellent purchase by GT - top man.

Bazeley was terrorising them down the right hand side, and getting some quality balls across. Unfortunately our finishing did not match the quality of the crosses. Had Ngonge been there I think we would have been ahead by several before half time. Oliver Squires looked very busy in midfield, without doing anything really of note, other than score a conversion from about eight yards. Quite how he missed from there by that amount I do not know.

One incident of note in the first half, an Aylesbury player performed a really dodgy tackle on Wayne Andrews, which definitely deserved a red card, but the referee (Dermot Gallagher) had him subbed instead. Considering it was a friendly, it was a good decision in my book, but there are those that will disagree with me. Andrews looked impressive, but obviously was short of match fitness. His final touch again let him down, I hope he rediscovers it, because he is a real threat to any defence.

The second half was pretty much like the first. Watford dominated. Ronny looked uninterested, Andrews played his heart out, and was obviously very tired. Quite why our subs weren't used I do not know. The goal was worth waiting for. Danny Grieves, who was also impressive, scored an absolute belter from twenty yards out, straight into the top corner.

Some good performances, although a bit subdued at times. Notably Yates, Grieves, and Andrews, but my man of the match would go to Bazeley.

The rain held off until the final five minutes, then everyone ran for cover as it absolutely belted down.

Can't wait till Cambridge, then Pompey, then Bradford.......

The 'Orns are back!!