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MATCH PREVIEW | Watford v Millwall Lionesses

April 29, 2018

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 After last Sunday up north which saw the Lionesses lose their unbeaten league run which stretched all the way back to February 2017, a closer trip to north London is what lies ahead of the Lionesses next as they visit bottom of the table Watford.

 

These two sides met on the opening day of the season where goals from Leanne Cowan, Billie Brooks and Ella Rutherford saw the hosts claim all 3 points.

 

Since that game both sides have had very different seasons, The Lionesses have continued their impressive form and have had some memorable matches on the way and have played some very attractive football. Watford however have only picked up the one point all season in a draw to Spurs early on.

 

Watford have had a massive turn around in players this season with lots leaving, meaning they lack serious squad depth after the club announced it wouldn't be applying for the second tier next season.

 

Lee Burch will be looking for a response from his players after they suffered their first league defeat of the season on Sunday. Watford starts a run of 3 away games in 8 days with Tottenham and Sheffield to also play throughout the next week.

 

A London derby could see tempers flair, a game that means a lot to both sides, this game could show some real passion and end up being a who wants it more game.

 

After everything that has happened recently and the ongoing support that has happened over the past couple of weeks the Lionesses will see this game as a chance to get some headlines again. A win could see them close an important gap on Doncaster if results go their way and still have to play top of the league on the 13th, Doncaster lost their first game of the season as well Sunday, so while they never extended the gap, The Lionesses will feel that is a massive opportunity missed.

 

The Lionesses are still looking for a sponsorship for next season to help take them to that next level, where they are meant to be. If you want to be part of this terrific team then help them out, donate, share and support the club to help them find a potential sponsor.

 

Millwall will be hoping they can end the season positively on and off the pitch this season. With all news off the pitch going on and suffering their first defeat, it is important that the Lionesses turn that round this Sunday and aim to go on a good run before the end of the season with only 5 games remaining.

 

LAST TIME WE MET

 

24th September 2017 Millwall 3 Watford 1

An opening day of the season victory for the Lionesses as Brooks, Cowan and Rutherford answered back after Pektova gave Watford an early lead. Two goals in the first half for the Lionesses and one in the second half was enough for the Lionesses on a day when they really could have had 5 or 6.

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

22nd April 2018 Durham 2 Millwall 1

A goalless second half ensured that Durham were the first team to beat Millwall since February 2017. Durham took the lead early inside 10 minuted but the Lionesses responded through Ellie Mason. It looked as if the game would be level going into the break but a late goal in the first half for the hosts was enough to claim all 3 points.

 

22nd April 2018 Watford 0 London Bees 4

The first of two back to back London derbies as Watford were swept aside be an impressive London Bees side. Watford have only picked up one point all season and against a London Bees side who have been vulnerable at the back at times this season, Watford will see this as a massive chance gone.

 

OPPOSITION CAMP

 

Social media man Ed Henderson gives his insights into the Watford Ladies side this season.

 

Your opinion on the season so far?

 

Off the pitch its been a really positive season, with record amounts of sponsorship revenue generated and a general improvement around the club. We lost a lot of senior players and staff in December when the decision was originally made not to apply for a tier 2 licence. We rode the storm and a lot of our younger players have had a chance to impress when they may never have had a chance otherwise. Performances on the whole have been good, but that lack of experience has cost us ultimately results wise. Despite our lowly league position, the experience from this season will hold us in good stead regardless of which league we end up in next year.

 

Best game this season? (You guessed right)

 

It would have to be the win over Millwall in the Conti cup back in October. It was a close game but a late goal sealed a 1-0 win for us. In terms of performance, the way we played against league leaders Donny Belles in January - Armand Kavaja's first game - was really positive and we gave them a really good game. That's the best I've seen us play this season.

 

Watford's biggest threat?

 

We have some very good young players - I don't want to give that away as they are relatively unknown. The experienced Helen Ward up front will hopefully give the Millwall defence a difficult afternoon.

 

What Watford players should Millwall keep an eye out for Sunday?

 

Fran Kitching in goal, on loan from Chelsea, She's had a very good season and kept us in games on a number of occasions.

 

What Millwall players will Watford need to be wary of?

 

Millwall are a very good team, so there won't be any specific players as such. We know Ellie Mason well as she played here before so she'll be one to watch.

 

Describe Watford in 3 words?

 

Energetic, Hungry & Fearless

 

Score prediction?

 

I couldn't possibly... (10-0 Watford)

 

SUMMARY

 

So a big game at either end of the table and while the table says the Lionesses should win, it won't be as straight forward as that. However 3 points would go down nicely before the end of season dinner and a pint of beer.

 

Venue: Kings Langley FC
KO: 3PM

 

COME ON YOU LIONESSES!

 

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