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Wealdstone 1-1 Watford

Wealdstone 1-1 Watford

WATFORD COMPLETED their second pre-season run-out, drawing 1-1 once more, this time against local affiliates Wealdstone.

Gianfranco Zola's side were robbed of the services of defenders Lloyd Doyley, Tommie Hoban and Adam Thompson, whilst potential new signing Fitz Hall only completed the warm-up.



All that left the Hornets with a rearguard pairing of skipper John Eustace and Martin Taylor. Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi both started after impressive showings at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

Farce preceded the game as the Hornets entered the fray 10 minutes earlier despite a five to 10 minute kick off delay. The Goldenboys were then called off the field by the P.A announcer to take their place alongside their opponents before entering the field for good.

Watford were much more fluid that at Meadow Park earlier in the week and kept the ball well before Mark Yeates' opener.



As Sean Murray drove down the left, left-back Pudil provided an outlet before crossing low for Yeates to smash home on the run.

Watford were clearly superior but unable to add to their goal advantage, Joe Garner coming close with a shot and a diving header without success.  

The second half saw a complete change once again with Dale Bennett at right back and David Mirfin partnering Nyron Nosworthy. Chris Iwelumo skippered the side with Matty Whichelow buzzing in behind.

Zola's side were still the better side in the second period, coming close with a number of efforts.

First year pro' Stephen Hamilton-Forbes smashed a volley over via a deflection whilst Craig Forsyth slipped wide when well placed.

With not long left, Stones' skipper Wes Parker levelles for the hosts, nodding home with aplomb from close range.

A Carl Dickinson cross was nearly converted by Iwelumo who thumped a header narrowly over from six yards.

All in all, another good work out and some definite positives for Zola and co. to take from a second pre-season draw.

Udinese forwards Steve Beleck and Matej Vydra didn't feature whilst Lloyd Doyley, despite warming up, remained unused.

First-half: Bond; Hodson, Eustace (c), Taylor, Pudil; Massey, Hogg, Yeates, Abdi, Murray; Garner.

Second-half: Bonham; Bennett, Mirfin, Nosworthy, Dickinson; Whichelow, Jenkins, Hamilton-Forbes, Mingoia; Iwelumo (c).

Attendance: 1335

Next up: Cork City (A)



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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday July 21 2012
Time: 5:34PM

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