Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Monday July 8 2013
Watford ran out comfortable winners in their first pre-season match of their training camp in northern Italy, beating a Val Venosta Representative side 5-0.
Fernando Forestieri, Daniel Pudil, Troy Deeney, scholar Carl Stewart and Britt Assombalonga got the goals for the Hornets, who made 10 changes at half-time.
Udinese centre-half Gabriele Angella was included in Head Coach Gianfranco Zola's first-half XI as the 'Orns lined up in a 3-5-2 formation once more.
Cristian Battocchio had a goal disallowed early on before Forestieri opened the scoring just after the quarter hour mark; Almen Abdi claiming the assist.
The lead was doubled 15 minutes later when Pudil drilled home a low shot to make it 2-0 to Watford.
Just before the referee blew for half-time, Deeney added Watford's third with a curling effort to send Zola's men into the break comfortably ahead.
Scholars Stewart and George Byers as well as first-year pro' Luke O'Nien were introduced at half-time along with Udinese players Diego Fabbrini and Marco Davide Faraoni.
It was Stewart who got the fourth 10 minutes after the re-start, benefiting from good play by Fabbrini.
With 14 minutes left to play, Assombalonga rounded off the scoring by bagging the fifth.
First-half: Bond; Doyley, Angella, Cassetti; Anya, Battocchio, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney.
Second-half: Bond (Wilks 65); O`Nien, Brown, Byers; Faraoni, Smith, Murray, Fabbrini, Stewart (Ikpeazu 65); Assombalonga, Mensah.
Watford have this morning tweeted to say Manuel Almunia will join up with the first-team squad at their training camp base in Italy having signed a one-year extension.
Watford's next friendly is against a South Tyrol Representative XI on Wednesday, July 10, kicking off at 17:00 BST.
Date:Monday July 8 2013
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