Hosting three matches in as many weeks, Whitgift has become a second home to the Watford senior squad. This time a young team of ten players travelled down to Croydon to take on West London Penguin in the London League Premier Division.
Match report written by Mike Eagleton..
Watford squad: Chis Jones (GK), Jared Baker, cameron Baker, Andy Holt, John Pickford, Will Eggleton, Thushi Kumarage, Petar Djordjic, Adam Paige and Paul Skerm.
Q1 - The first quarter did not start off well, despite some good early moves from Watford. A series of determined attacks by Penguin quickly saw them 4-0 up, despite some good defending by Thushi. And it was only thanks to a goal by Will Eggleton on a man-up that Watford were on the scoreboard in a quarter they lost 5-1.
Q2 – Watford started the second quarter in a more determined fashion, and were quickly rewarded with a second goal from Eggleton, again from a man-up. Some great saves by Chris Jones helped to keep Penguin at bay. But they always seemed to outnumber us when attacking, and scored another four goals, with little response from Watford. At half time, Watford trailed Penguin 2-9.
Q3 – After some great defensive work, Andy Holt delivered the goal to get Watford off to a great start in the third quarter. Great defensive work continued to reap rewards, as Paul Skerm dispossessed Penguin, passing forward to Holt, to score his second goal. Cameron Baker followed up with Watford’s third of the quarter, with a counter by Thushi delivering the fourth. It was end-to-end stuff, with Jones making a series of saves to keep the pressure on Penguin. Kumarage completed the quarter with a great goal under pressure. Watford were back in the game, 7-10 down.
Q4 – Holt kicked off the final quarter with his third goal, but Penguin responded with two quick goals. John Pickford got Watford back in the match with a goal from close in. Holt followed with his fourth goal, but it was too late to avoid defeat. Penguin ended winners 12-10. But such a great battling fightback in the second half from Watford.
Thanks to Edi for coaching, Steve for managing, and Alex Chambers for mascotting!