Sunday 12 March 2017

Kerr with mixed feelings after Watford claim first point

Rinsola Babajide's stunner earned a share of the spoils after Emily Roberts opened up for Durham

FA WSL 2 match
12:00, Sunday 12 March 2017
Kings Langley FC

Rinsola Babajide’s spectacular long-range effort earned Watford their first point of the season against high-flying Durham.

Wildcats forward Emily Roberts’ second-half strike was cancelled out by Babajide’s impressive solo goal moments later.

Despite the miserable weather, the Golden Girls had a golden chance early on.

New signing Danielle Puddefoot slipped Charlotte Kerr in on goal, only for her effort to be well smothered by Durham keeper Rachel Laws.

Kerr then missed another fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock in similar circumstances in the 30th minute, this time firing her attempt just wide.

A miscued clearance at the back by Meghan McKeag almost gifted the visitors an undeserving lead before the break, but Lucy Gillett got down well to save her teammate’s blushes.

The game then sparked into life after the break.

Roberts struck a low shot from the edge of the box after 54 minutes to beat Gillett down to her right, before Babajide produced a moment of quality to draw level.

The winger picked up the ball from 30 yards and left Laws rooted to the spot with a delightful chip into the top corner.

Despite a nervy finish, Watford picked up a much needed point, with both sides deserving of a share of the spoils.

Charlotte Kerr, Watford forward, said: 

“I think it’s a point gained for us rather than two points lost. We wanted to come out and get those three points and it would have been better if we had got the win but I guess it’s better than nothing.

“I’m disappointed not to have scored at least one of my chances. I had two great ones in that first half and if I had have just got that first one down under my belt then that could have really changed the game for us, a lot.

“But for us, working as a team was pleasing to see, we’ve improved so much these last few games after a poor start.

“We’ve just got to keep working you know and I’m sure we will get those first three points soon.”

Durham coach, Lee Sanders, said: 

“I think we can never be unhappy with a point, especially away from home, but I do think it is two points lost.

“We had lots of opportunities in the game and we put Watford under a tremendous amount of pressure in the last 15 minutes.

“We’ve had one cleared off the line and one possibly and inch from going in and a few good clear penalty probes but it didn’t go our way.

“Credit to Watford, we played them a couple of times last season and they really worked hard for it today and they battled so fair play to them.”

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Watford Ladies 1

Babajide 58

Durham Women 1

Roberts 54

Watford Ladies (4-4-2): Lucy Gillett; Adekite Fatuga-Dada, Meghan McKeag, Lauren Jordinson, Victoria Neal; Anneka Nuttall, Danielle Puddefoot, Merrick Will, Charlotte Kerr; Rinsola Babajide, Leah Cudone

Substitutes: Natalie Charles for Puddefoot 75

Substitutes not used: Caoimhe O’Reilly (GK), Ruby Baxter, Lauren Clark, Otesua Charles, Lilli Maple


Red cards:

Durham (4-4-2): Rachel Laws; Jen Jennings, Annabel Johnson, Sarah Wilson, Beth Hepple; Zoe Ness, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordon Atkinson, Becky Salicki; Emily Roberts, Rachel Lee

Substitutes: Lauren Briggs for Gutteridge 54, Ellie Christon for Atkinson 60

Substitutes not used: Megan Borthwick, Nicola Gibson


Red Cards:

Referee: Tom Bishop

Attendance: 228