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Pre-season friendly, 5/8/98
Herts XI 1(1)
Watford XI 6(2)
Team: Day, Gibbs, Millen, Yates, Pluck, Perpetuini, Grieves, Gudmundson, Daley, Andrews, Smith
Subs: Cornock, Squires
Scorers: Perpetuini 2, Smith, Cornock, Gudmundsson, o.g.
A stroll
Report by Pete Fincham

Well, it was 6-1 as you already have read. The game was the most one-sided since the England World Cup winners of 1966 took on Sudbury special needs in the Surrey Darby and Jones Cup.

Basically Day in goal had nothing to do, Gibbs and Pluck both played as conventional full backs with a licence to go up field and put in crosses that no-one decided to get anywhere near. Both actually played well. Millen and Yates looked bored, as neither really had too much to do.

In midfield Perpetuini did quite a good job with Danny Grieves of running the show, but when up against a part-time postal XI one would expect full-time footballers to dominate! Johan Gudmundsson played out on the left wing with Tony Daley excelling down the right.

Up front Andrews and Smith combined in the first half, while Cornock replaced Andrews at half time.

Before a goal had gone in, Johan had been brought down in the area and Andrews' penalty was very well saved by the pie man in goal. This was the story of things to come, as a combination of woeful finishing (Andrews ten yards out skewed fifteen yards wide!) and brave goalkeeping kept Watford down to two goals in the first forty-five. Perpetuini scored from a free kick that evaded everyone (including Andrews) after ten minutes and then a Daley corner was flicked on by Gudmundsson as Smith doubled the lead from under the posts on about fifteen minutes.

The goal of the match was a brilliant strike from the Herts XI striker on the stroke of half time. Swiveling on the edge of the area he hit it first time to leave Day with no chance.

A Daley run set up Cornock for the third with virtually his first touch of the game, and a Gudmundsson penalty was converted for the fourth after the Igloo Man (as Rupert described him) was brought down again.

Another Daley run and cross (he went onto the left wing for the second half) was converted for the fifth, this time an own goal; and Perpetuini grabbed his second with about ten minutes left.... but I was in the bar getting the beers in!

This was a stroll, which pointed to who won't be playing on Saturday rather than who will....

But Daley, albeit up against sh!t, was class.