Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
Watford`s second string won their first pre-season match after defeating Luther Blissett`s Chesham United in The Ron Andrews Memorial Trophy at The Meadow.
Watford started with some better-known young players including new signings Scott Loach and Claude Seanla. Meanwhile Academy protégés Marvin McCoy, Jordan Parkes and John-Joe O`Toole started. Former Arsenal youngster Ben Gill captained the side.
Watford made a bright start and won an early corner from which the opening goal came. Joel Grant`s delivery found 'skipper Ben Gill who drove his half volley into the ground. The rebound fell kindly to Dean Hassey to nod the ball past Sam Masurek from six yards.
However, seven minutes after going behind, Chesham nearly found an equaliser when an inch-perfect through ball sent Chesham`s number eight in, but Scott Loach was there to gather the ball front the Generals front man.
Ten minutes later Claude Seanla made a darting run into the area from the left-hand side. The former Tottenham man appeared to be tripped as Leon Fisher cleared the ball for the home side.
With the home side still searching for the equaliser Scott Loach was the saviour for Watford again producing a fine diving save at the near post, however the Chesham number eight was caught offside.
With Chesham now presenting the young Hornets a challenge Theo Robinson took the game by the scruff of the neck latching on to a loose ball, his final effort though ended up comfortably in Sam Masurek`s gloves.
However, the young Brummie made up for his miss with two goals in two minutes. The first coming on thirty seven after good work down the right from Joel Grant to him, Robinson tapped in a far post cross with the Chesham back line apparently fast asleep.
Robinson`s second came on thirty-nine. With time and space on the edge of the area Robinson smashed the ball past the helpless Sam Masurek.
A minute before the break Chesham`s number eight nearly registered the Generals first with a fierce twenty-five yard drive which flew just wide of Scott Loach`s left-hand post.
With half time seconds away former Tottenham under 18s man Claude Seanla lashed the ball left footed past Masurek from eighteen yards into the top right-hand corner.
The second half began with several niggling tackles culminating in John-Joe O`Toole shoving a Chesham player.
However, it calmed down and with thirty minutes to go Chesham 'skipper Troy Bantleman flashed a terrific half-volley inches wide of Scott Loach`s right-hand post.
With Chesham now well and truly awake, Blisset`s men rallied and created a good opening; Leon Fisher had a good opportunity blocked off by Ben Gill.
But in the 77th minute Chesham`s dominance paid off. After a corner wasn`t properly cleared Leon Fisher pounced to pull one back for the home side.
United very nearly had a second when Scott Loach missed a header, Marvin McCoy blocked the number eleven`s shot from an impossible angle.
At full time Watford Reserves 'skipper Ben Gill picked up the Ron Andrews Memorial Trophy as Watford`s reserves picked up a first victory of pre-season before they head to West Ham for the first fixture of the season.
Watford Line-up: Loach; McCoy, Gill (c), O`Toole, Parkes; Campana, Diagouraga, Hassey; Grant, Robinson & Seanla.
Chesham MoM: Ashley Higgins
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