The Men’s 2nd team started their London League Div One campaign with a win over Avondale at Woodside last Sunday evening.
The game started with the team from Putney racing into a 2-0 lead after only 90 seconds play. Andy Holt halved the deficit 11 seconds later but neither side could find a way to add to their score and the quarter closed with Avondale 1-2 up.
The second period was a carbon copy of the first with the visitors racing into a 1-4 lead with another two goals after 1.56 mins play but that was the turning point for Watford as they first clawed they way back to level the match at 4-4 with goals from Jack Warman after a man-up advantage then a long range effort from Richard Hime & a shot from Danny Davis had the game all square. Watford then took the lead at 5-4 with a goal from Neil Haftel as he was given too much room from 5m to find the bottom corner of the net. Avondale responded when a shot looped up off the bar & dropped in front of their centre forward & he had the easy task of pushing the ball home to level the game again at 5-5. Half time soon followed.
Following a tough half-time team talk from Head Coach Edi Brkovic the team came out more focused and with the defence shutting down the Avondale attack, the team soon took the lead when a shot from Steve Behr from the wing somehow deceived the Avondale goalie to sneak in for 6-5. Further chances were missed before another goal from Davis gave his side a two goal advantage at 7-5.
The final period began with Watford extending their lead further to 9-5 with efforts from Holt & Hime. The game then fell into a period of attack and defend before with only 1.44 mins to play Avondale hit two quick goals to narrow the gap at 9-7 but with time ebbing away Watford held on to record their first win of the Summer season.
Chris Jones (GK), Jack Warman, Luke Sperry, Andy Holy, Richard Hime, Danny Davis, Steve Behr, Adam Page, George Szemere, Neil Haftel, Steve Brassington, Matt Molnar, Will Morris.