CTLFC 1-3 Watford WFC

12th February 2023

Tom Davies’ side came into the game on the back of beating then-league leaders and undefeated Oxford United 2-1.

The first attack of the game saw Holly Finch forced into action, as the defender blocks a dangerous shot from Watford’s Annie Rossiter.

The resulting corner proved difficult for Cheltenham, as Kalani Peart headed the away team ahead in the 8th minute.

Kylie Nolan got the score back level shortly after, as Cheltenham’s heavy press forced a mistake from Watford. Georgie Ferguson waited for the ball back, but Nolan slipped in to get on the end of it and fire to the far post for the home side.

Cheltenham goalkeeper, Aimee Watson (pictured), did well to keep the game level as she intercepted a Watford cutback 10 minutes later.

Watford scored early into the second half, with a dangerous ball whipped across the goal mouth to be knocked in from close range.

Watson was forced into action again at the 90 minute mark as she stretched down to her post to save a strong effort.

Watford settled the tie in the 94th minute, as Poppy Wilson scored for the Golden Girls to put an end to a run of good results for the Robinesses.

Speaking after the result, Davies was pleased with Cheltenham’s performance.

“As a performance, Watford have walked away today knowing that they’ve worked really hard for a result. That’s the step in the right direction that we want to make.”

Cheltenham are on the road on Sunday, 19 February to face top of the table Portsmouth Women.

Cheltenham: Watson, Finch (L. Davies 63), Owen, Fallon, Collis, Cook, Taylor, Holden (A. Davies 83), Haynes (Congrave 63), Nolan, Newns (Wathan 63)

Cheltenham Player of the Match: Laura Holden.

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