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98/99: Reserves:

Avon Insurance Combination, 7/10/98
Watford Res 0(0)
Swindon Res 0(0)
Bore draw
Report by Pete Fincham

In a game lacking imagination, both Watford and Swindon reserves settled for a 0-0 result in a cold Northwood last night, evoking memories of many a similar result of seasons past.

With Slater managing a full ninety minutes, and fielding a Nigerian triallist 'Ben' at centre back and then left wing back, the Hornets were clearly the better team, restricting Swindon to a series of hopeful long range efforts throughout the game, that rarely tested Day in the Hornets goal.

Panyai had an effort superbly saved on the line by the Swindon stopper Glass, while Jimmy Quinn, making his debut in Swindon colours, never looked to trouble either Pluck or latterly Langston at the heart of the Hornets defence. Indeed it was Langston who impressed most, despite only playing for the second forty-five minute period when he came on to replace Perpetuini.

Smith looked lively upfront, and was unlucky not to add to his season's tally at several opportunities. Easton looked impressive again, and surely must be in line for some sort of recall for Saturday. Slater was lively but still needs match practice before he can consider himself first team material, but it was great to see him back in yellow and playing.

The triallist apparently played for Nigeria in the recent World Cup, and looked a great centre back, even though he is only about 5ft 8"! His positioning and reading of the game was excellent, however when he went to left wing back for the second half, his performance was not as good as the quality of ball he received off the slow long grass was not the best and his game suffered. Looks worth a second look, though!

Roll on the proper stuff!