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Pre-season friendly, 12/8/98
Northwood 0(0)
Watford XI 3(1)
Scorers: Noel-Williams, Wright, Gudmundsson
Report by Pete Fincham

Watford reserves led 3-0 with five minutes to go against Northwood last night when one of the floodlights failed, forcing the abandonment of this fixture played at rather a pedestrian pace.

Fielding the Danish trialist and a Portuguese right wing back, Watford started with flair as GNW did much to stake a place for a run out against Bradford on Saturday, looking lively until he was replaced by Tommy Smith after an hour.

From the off, he was fast and strong down the left wing, and could well have put Watford into an early lead had the surface been in something other than a 'field-like' condition. However, GNW followed up the Danish trialist's shot after about twenty minutes to put Watford into a deserved lead.

Both trialists impressed against an opposition that was particularly weak and it was more of a surprise that Watford didn't extend their lead until just after the break as Nick Wright shot from close range after good work from Mr. Portugal! Soon after Johann Gudmundsson scored the third with a shot from the edge of the area after good wing play.

Smith and Cornock looked lively when they came on and indeed, had it not been for a very good save, Cornock would have scored with his first touch for the second game running.

It was a fair run-out for the team who looked lively on occasions going forward, and fairly solid against mediocre opposition at the back. Gibbs played in a sweeper role behind Yates and Pluck, while Perpetuini continues to play out of position at left wing back.

The worry is the lack of competent midfielders, as only Grieves in the centre is a recognised midfielder, and I can't see him pushing on the door of the first team on current form.

However all in all, it was an acceptable performance, unlike the disaster of the night before!