Lady Hornets stung by second half Sunderland fightback

Bonnie Horwood in action for Watford Ladies against Sunderland. Picture (c) Andrew Waller PNL-140527-160630002
Bonnie Horwood in action for Watford Ladies against Sunderland. Picture (c) Andrew Waller PNL-140527-160630002

Watford Ladies fell to a 4-2 defeat against unbeaten Sunderland, despite an encouraging display in the opening 45 minutes at Broadwater.

It was an impressive first half from the Golden Girls as they led 2-0 at the break with goals from Kate Natkiel and Sarah Wiltshire.

However it was to be a different story in the second half, as Sunderland responded with four goals to secure the victory.

Beth Mead pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, before Rachel Furness blasted home to level the scores.

A second penalty from Mead put the visitors in front, and Keira Ramshaw completed the turnaround.

The result sees the Lady Hornets head into the summer break in sixth place in the Women’s Super League but having already played the top two sides in the division.

Manager John Salomon had contrasting emotions from the game against Sunderland.

“We didn’t show the level of performance in the second half that we did in the first half, where I thought we were outstanding,” he said.

“It showed in the scoreline but maybe we’ve got to work on our consistency in order for us to see that out in future.

“We knew Sunderland would come at us in the second half because it happened when we played them here last season but unfortunately we just didn’t deal with that.”

“Their second goal was an absolutely brilliant strike but giving away two penalties was really disappointing.”