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Watford marked their first outing at their new home surroundings of Berkhamsted Town with a 1-0 victory in a pre-season friendly over FA WSL side Liverpool.
After an even start, Watford sprung the offside trap setting Jo Wilson through on goal but after rounding the keeper the Liverpool defence just got back to clear off the line.
Moments later and the Golden Girls had opened the scoring, Sarah Wiltshire showing great pace to break down the line and send a teasing ball across the box which was struck past her own keeper by Sam Chappell.
With Watford in the ascendency Shelby Hills floated a superb free kick into the box that just narrowly avoided Wiltshire who had slipped between the Liverpool central defenders.
Liverpool showed their quality soon after as Emily Gielnik crept in behind the Watford back line to head an effort on goal that Lauren Davey did well to hold on to.
Some excellent wing play from Irene Martin Garcia saw the Spaniard show great skill and deliver another excellent ball into the box that just avoided two attackers who were bearing in on the Liverpool goal. A few minutes later and Martin Garcia struck a thunderous shot that struck the bar as the Golden Girls just failed to double their advantage going into half time.
Liverpool made changes in the second half and looked to turn the match in their favour, but it was Wilson who nearly made it a golden start to the half as her stinging left foot shot whistled past the post. The effort seemed to galvanise the visitors as they started to stamp their authority on the match. Kelly Jones looked dangerous as she lurked at the far post but never really threatened Davey in the Hornets net.
Hannah Keryakopolis looked lively as she worked Hills and Renee Hector at the back for Watford but despite having much of the possession the visitors failed to capitalise. A Cheryl Foster free kick went narrowly wide for Liverpool while Cally Rowell for Watford struck a shot over the bar in the dying minutes as Watford held on to take a superb victory against Super League opposition.
Watford manager John Salomon was understandably happy with the result, saying: "Today was an excellent test for us and I am delighted with the outcome. The players have worked very hard in pre-season and the discipline, hard work ethic and unity in their performance today is exactly what I am looking for.
"It's also a great introduction to our new home at Berkhamsted and I was delighted to see such a big crowd getting behind the team. That certainly helped spur them on later in the game and I hope we can continue to encourage crowds like that to come and support us."
Watford start their new Premier League campaign on Sunday when they play away to Aston Villa.
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