Ladies 04/11/2019

Ladies: Chichester City 2-3 Watford

Watford Ladies returned to the top of the table with a hard-fought 3-2 win away at Chichester City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.

Katie O’Leary put the Golden Girls in front early on, but Chichester responded immediately through Megan Fox. A goal from Gemma Simmonds just past the midway point of the half then gave the hosts the lead.

Helen Ward’s strike meant they wouldn’t hold on to that going into the interval. The Hornets then stepped up the pressure in the second 45 and eventually found a way through, as a great goal from O’Leary ensured Watford returned from the South Coast with all three points.

Head Coach Clinton Lancaster made four changes to the side that had won 4-0 at Gillingham a fortnight ago.

O’Leary returned up front, while Hattie Kettle featured in the centre of defence. Danielle Scanlon and Katherine Huggins were both handed their first league starts of the season.

Lancaster’s side have been scoring for fun recently, although much of it has been coming in the second half. That wasn’t the case here as Watford got off to the perfect start.

Ryah Vyse put in a good ball to O’Leary and she connected with it well first time, beating Isobelle Foster in the Chichester goal.

If there was hope that would set the tone for the afternoon, the hosts had other ideas. They were back on level terms only a minute after the opener, their captain Fox getting the equaliser.

The Golden Girls were threatening to restore the advantage, with Foster coming up big on a couple of occasions, first she denied Megan Chandler and then Andrea Carid.

Chichester came into this game without a league win, but you wouldn’t have known it by their performance on the pitch. Suddenly the game had been turned around when Simmonds’ chip gave her side the lead.

It looked like Watford would also immediately respond to going behind, but some brilliant defending from Nicky Lake prevented Ward’s effort from going in after she had rounded the keeper.

When the skipper got another chance though, it was taken. Ward pounced on a poor pass at the back and showed good composure to slot the ball past Foster and make it 2-2.

Watford have excelled in the second 45 so far this season, averaging 2.5 goals per game. Backed on by vociferous travelling support, the Hornets were peppering the opposition goal looking for the go-ahead goal.

A raised flag had already disallowed an effort from centre back, Hattie Kettle, before Ward had an opportunity which went just wide of the left-hand post.

O’Leary then came even closer, as she beat Foster, but her strike came agonisingly back off the crossbar.

Plenty of looks were falling to Ward, she shot wide from a tight angle and was then stopped by the opposition keeper, with no rebound given.

Eventually, the pressure told. It was a particularly fine goal from O’Leary, as she curled it into the top right-hand corner for her second of the afternoon and what proved to be the match winner.

It could have been more comfortable in the closing stages, but Watford just couldn’t get the fourth. O’Leary was denied her hat-trick by Foster and then Ward hit the post, with it bouncing back into the keeper’s arms.

Despite not being able to add to the tally, Watford looked assured in the final stages, closing out the game and securing the three points that saw the Golden Girls return to the top of the Southern Division.

GOLDEN GIRLS | Wilson, Hill, Kettle (Beckett, 57), Huggins, Rolandsen, Scanlon (Stojko-Down, 61), Chandler, Vyse, Ward (C), O’Leary, Carid (Fatuga-Dada, 68)

Goals | O’Leary (3, 72), Ward (39)

LILLYWHITES | Foster, Lake, Burke, Phelps, Simmonds, White, Capel-Watson, Bloomfield, Cook (Webster, 80), Fox (C), Wild

Goals | Fox (4), Simmonds (26)

Attendance | 75


First Team 04/11/2019

Away Tickets: Leicester City On Sale

Tickets for Watford’s trip to face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium (Wednesday December 4, 7.30pm KO) are now on sale.

Tickets will be available online via, over the phone on 01923 223023 and in person at the Ticket Office.


Adult: £30
65 & Over: £25
Under-22: £25
Under-18: £20
Under-16: £15
Under-12: £10


Priced as above, with a free personal assistant.

Please call the Ticket Office on 01923 223023 to purchase these, or email for a call back.

There are 10 disabled car park passes available. These are £10 each and sold on a first come, first served basis to all disabled supporters, regardless of sales group, from 12noon on Monday November 4.


A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C, D and E sales process.


£15 per person. Departure time 3pm from Greenhill Crescent, subject to change. All supporters will be informed if the location of departure changes. A Milton Keynes pick-up will be in operation approximately 45 minutes after departure.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.


Monday November 4, 12noon
- Away Group A
Tuesday November 5, 12noon
- Away Group A & B
Wednesday November 6, 12noon
- Away Group A, B & C
Thursday November 7, 12noon
- Away Group A, B, C & D
Friday November 8, 9am
- Away Group A, B, C, D & E
Friday November 8, 4pm
- General Sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.


First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2019/20 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A:
- ST holders 2019/20 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B:
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C:
- ST holders 2019/20 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D:
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group E:
- ST holders 2019/20 who wish to purchase additional tickets for friends and family who have not purchased away match tickets before


Any supporters who have mislaid their tickets will need to contact the ticket office via email from Wednesday November 27 and a duplicate ticket will be arranged for you to collect on arrival at the King Power Stadium.

Any tickets purchased before 4pm on Monday December 2 will be sent out to the address under the lead Fan ID. Any purchases after this time will need to be collected from Vicarage Road Stadium or the King Power Stadium.

If you have not received your tickets by Wednesday December 4 post, please email so we are able to ensure you can collect duplicates on arrival at Leicester.

For any ticket enquiries on the day of the game, our Ticket Office can be contacted for assistance from 9am until 5.30pm on the usual number: 01923 223023.

Regular sales updates will be published here at and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office: / 01923 223023

The Leicester City Access Statement can be read HERE, and the Visiting Supporters Guide can be found HERE.