Watford Ladies Reserves kicked off their WSL Development League season in disappointing style with an 8-1 defeat to Reading Women FC.
The hosts opted to a field a very strong line-up – with the majority of the starting XI expected to be in the Reading first team when WSL2 season kicks off in April – and they proved to be too strong for the young Watford side.
However, a bright substitute appearance from Magda Mosengo, during which she scored the Hornets’ only goal, forced the Reading goalkeeper into a sharp save and hit the crossbar, was a real positive for the Golden Girls.
They travel to Millwall Lionesses in the WSL Development Cup at the weekend, and the Lionesses enjoyed a 7-0 home win over Yeovil Town in their last outing. Only a much improved display from Watford will do if they are to avoid another heavy defeat.
Meanwhile, Watford Ladies Development Team continued their fine recent form with a 6-1 away win over Chertsey Town Ladies to move up to second in the London & SE Division One.
Kemina Webber added to her five goals last weekend with a hat-trick, while captain Amy Radford bagged a brace and Sabrina Roach rounded off the scoring with her first goal of the season.
The team travels to Battersea & Wandsworth Ladies this weekend looking to further close the gap on league leaders Carshalton Athletic.
Elsewhere, Golden Girl Kate Natkiel scored a hat-trick for her loan club Brighton Women as she helped them to a thumping 6-0 win over local rivals Lewes, with Renee Hector making a substitute appearance in the second half for her debut.
Sarah Wiltshire took her tally to six league goals in five games for Cardiff as her brace – which included a 91st minute penalty – saw the Welsh side take all three points in a 4-3 win over Keynsham Town Ladies.
Fliss Gibbons celebrated her call up to the latest England U23 camp with her third goal of the season as Gillingham Ladies consolidated their place at the top of the FAWPL Southern Division with a 4-0 victory over Coventry.
Megan Wynne made her first start for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and they earned a hard-fought point with a 1-1 draw against West Ham Ladies.
Chloe Gunn was unlucky not to have seen her loan club Chesham United pick up their first points of the season as they were beaten 3-2 by Charlton Athletic.
Ellie Butterwick played for MK Dons as they returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Enfield Town Ladies in the South East Combination League, while Chelsea Coles was in goal for QPR Ladies’ 7-1 thrashing of Ipswich Town Ladies.
After Watford Ladies secured their place at Wembley Stadium by coming through the qualifying rounds of the FA Fives competition, the finals day has been confirmed as Saturday, December 21.