Avon Insurance Combination, 8/3/99
Watford Res 1(0)
Team: Day 4, Gibbs 4, Perpetuini 3, Panayi 3, *Pluck 4*, Daley 2, Gudmundsson 2, Grieves 3, Bakalli 3, Ngonge 2, Rosenthal 2
Subs: Cornock (for Rosenthal) 2
Arsenal Res 1(0)
Report by Pete Fincham
Watford missed the chance to go top of the Avon Insurance Combination
league, despite playing well against a young and inexperienced Arsenal
On an uneven pitch which was cut up in many places, Watford started the
brighter, but Rosenthal showed traditional laziness in his chasing and
Ngonge's ball control was as inconsistent as has been his failing this
However Petch looked lively throughout down the left combining well with
Daley for the first 45 minutes. Arsenal were truly pedestrian, never
threatening Day in goal for any sustained period of time, while the main
threat to Lukic's goal was from the flanks in the form of Daley and Guddy.
However come the second half this threat was increasingly more absent and
despite a few forrays forward from Gibbs, the crossing never seemed to find
the intended target more because of slack forward play than anything Nigel
was responsible for.
As the end drew fortunately near, the game seemed to die with both teams
settling for the draw until a mix up in the area let in Black who scored
from close range. However as injury time began, Bakalli looked up from 30
yards to fire into the top left corner giving the flailing Lukic no chance.
This was, I would suggest, Bakalli's only effective involvement in the game.
A draw, second place, but Charlton have games in hand. The title is within
reach, but it will take better performances than this.