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Yeovil Town 0 Watford 3 (Wilson 1, Gunn 24, Beckett 53)
Watford moved up into third place in the WSL 2 table following a very impressive display at the Jones Stadium.
The home side were unable to give outgoing manager Sarah Lawler a winning send off as Watford, inspired by an outstanding performance in midfield by Emma Beckett, notched up their third win in succession.
The Golden Girls could not have got off to a better start by finding the net with only 45 seconds on the clock. Stacie Donnelly evaded a challenge in midfield before clipping a neat pass into the path of Jo Wilson, who drove into the area and buried her shot emphatically past Beth Howard and into the far corner of the net.
Yeovil tried to respond with Katie Cook having a shot saved from Natalie Haigh's low cross but Watford were looking very sharp going forward and the pacey Kim Farrow brought out a save from Howard after latching onto Beckett's pass.
Beckett was dominating the play in the centre, well supported by Cally Rowell and Chloe Gunn, and she thought she had doubled her side's lead at the midway point of the first half. Wilson's cross picked out Beckett whose spectacular overhead kick dipped over Howard and into the net but the 'goal' was harshly ruled out for dangerous play.
However barely a minute later, Watford could celebrate a second goal. Rowell pumped a free kick into the Yeovil area and the ball fell at the far post for Gunn to fire a low shot home.
Laura Bray tried to get Yeovil back into the game with a long range effort which was saved by Lauren Davey but the home side were sorely missing the creative abilities of Helen Bleazard and Sarah Wiltshire, who were on duty with Wales. Watford - who also had two players out for the same reason - began to seek further goals with Rowell lifting a free kick over the bar and Beckett also shooting over after weaving her way into the area.
Bray was again involved as she set up a shooting chance for Cook but Georgia Mays did well to get across and charge down her effort, and Jade Radburn-Lorton was unlucky as she met a Jade Kirby cross with a header which she tried to direct inside the post but was narrowly off target.
The second half almost started in the same fashion as the first with Watford winning a corner in the opening minute and Rowell's kick was headed just wide by Gunn.
The game was put beyond doubt shortly afterwards though as Radburn-Lorton was penalised for handball on the edge of the area and Beckett stepped up to crash an unstoppable free kick into the top corner to crown a great individual performance.
Yeovil introduced debutant Vera Bernabe Payol and Paige Stewart to try and give them more impetus going forward but Watford continued to look strong at the back, well marshalled by Renee Hector with Leighanne Robe having an impressive first match alongside her.
The strong running Wilson continued to cause problems at the other end and one good run saw her hold off Rachael Edwards' attentions before being denied by a good smothering save from Howard. Beckett then played an excellent first time pass into the path of Donnelly who did well to hold up and lay the ball off for Wilson whose powerful strike sailed inches over the bar.
Yeovil did keep going until the end with Stewart having a shot charged down and Cook almost breaking through; they had not played badly but Watford had played very well and were worthy of the result on the day.
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard, Emma Brazell, Jade Kirby, Katie Sherwood, Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Laura Bray (sub Vera Bernabe Payol 58mins), Jade Radburn-Lorton, Katie Cook, Ellie Curson (sub Jemma Tewkesbury 80mins), Stacey Pearson (sub Paige Stewart 67mins). Subs not used: Kirsty Whitton, Shauna Cossens.
Watford: Lauren Davey, Georgia Mays, Ellie Butterwick (sub Ella Hill 67mins), Chloe Gunn, Leighanne Robe, Renee Hector, Cally Rowell, Stacie Donnelly, Jo Wilson (sub Mollie Burgess 90mins), Emma Beckett, Kim Farrow. Subs not used: Shayla Burgess, Deger Zakai.
(top) Laura Bray tries to get away from Georgia Mays
(middle) Chloe Gunn heads just wide for Watford
(bottom) Jo Wilson holds things up, watched by Emma Brazell
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