WSL2 Watford v Villa & Bees v Reading

This week-end I attended two games or rather one and a half as I will explain later.

First on Saturday, I went to Vicarage Road to watch a good game between Watford Ladies and Aston Villa. I previously tipped Villa to be the dark horses in the promotion race behind the 3 favourites alongside Yeovil. Well Villa were superb in the first half on Saturday.

Their attacking play found a lot of space time and time again behind Watford’s defence. Their front 4 of Robinson, Fergusson, Wilkinson and my player of the match Cottam created so many chances and were rewarded with four goals. They made a very good use of Watford’s turnover and had a lot of joy on their left side of the pitch.

Watford fans were very loud. As well as the PA that was extremely loud, I ended up putting my earplugs on. I think Watford have a young side and are rebuilding a bit. Their passing quality was not good enough and they gave the ball back to quickly to often in the first half to devastating effect.

The second half saw Aston Villa in control while Watford made a few chances without getting on the scoresheet. Still better than the Bees v Reading second half.

So today was my second week-end game. London Bees were improving as sees with their goalless draw at Millwall but they were simply abysmal against a strong Reading side.

Put it this way, they shot themselves in the foot. Their 4-1-4-1 system was just bizzare. A center forward at right back that lacks pace. Their regular CB pairing that are not the quickest either. Then 4 midfields including on defensive mid on the right and a central attacking midfield on the left. I find it absurd.

A super quick forward like Kirby roaming everywhere backed up by Bruton and Follis who aren’t slow themselves against 3 defenders struggling against pace, it is a bit of a mismatch. You can still prevent the through ball to happen if the midfield is tight and cut through the dangerous passes. But no, the poor defensive midfield was left chasing shadows on her own.

When the boat has holes, you prevent it from sinking. The Bees rarely managed to get out of their own with the ball at their feet. The lone forward was left up front on her own. You have to question why Anderson who was excellent against Millwall when she came was exiled on the right. You have someone who reads the game so well defensively and can fluidify your attacking game as well and she is stuck on the wing ?

And at the same time your lone defensive midfielder is overcrowded, why not use a double pivot ? Bees could gave gone  4-2-3-1 when they were two nil down after twenty minutes.  But no changes and three more goals duly came.

Suffice to say I did not stay for the second half. Reading were superb on the day finiding holes in a gruyere Bees defence but I don’t find it interesting to watch such a non competitive game. And I have been watching some of the Bees girls for many years when they were with the Arsenal youth teams abd sometimes first. They did not deserve that kind of humiliation, so I just went home at half time in protest at the bad team management.

Reading first fourty five minutes were in contrast :  superb. The forward line interchanging place regularly with Bragg, Bruton and Kirby movement creating trouble on every occasion. Follis and Jane combined superbly on the right as well. A top performance and deservedly top of the League.

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