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!