Watford Ladies 1
Coventry City Ladies 0
A last-gasp winner against Coventry Ladies saw Watford Ladies extend their unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions.
Super sub Zoe Teasdale scored with her first touch to give the Hornets all three points in a game that could have gone either way.
Coventry started brightly and Helen Dermody saw an inswinging free-kick just sail wide of the post.
With a quarter of the match gone, Watford began to find their rhythm and Jo Wilson teed up Sarah Wiltshire, whose goal-bound strike deflected away for a corner.
Wiltshire then turned provider for Wilson from the resulting corner, but the striker’s header slipped the wrong side of the post.
Coventry managed to stem the Watford tide and began to work their way back into the match, with Jade Formaston poking an effort wide and Nicole Dale firing a shot over the bar.
With the half drawing to a close, Fliss Gibbons forced a good save from Susan Wood in the Sky Blues goal as her stinging volley was heading for the back of the net.
The second half began with a much greater tempo and, within a few minutes, Watford went close again as Josie Green let rip with another volley that whistled over the bar.
Within seconds, Lauren Davey was called in to action in the Watford goal as she reacted alertly to save at the feet of a Coventry striker to keep the game goalless.
With Watford starting to press the Coventry back line more and more, they went close again when Emma Beckett headed over the bar after meeting Wiltshire’s corner.
Gibbons then saw another super strike narrowly drift past the post as the Golden Girls went in search of a winner.
Coventry replied with a long range effort that dipped just over the bar, and Davey then pulled off the save of the match from point-blank range.
But with just seconds to go before stoppage time, Watford struck the killer blow to earn the three points.
Wiltshire managed to get half a yard on the excellent Emma Hollingsworth in the Coventry defence and let fly with a rasping shot across goal.
Wood pulled off a smart save but could only parry the ball straight to Teasdale, who bundled the ball into the back of the net.
Watford survived a late flurry of corners and John Salomon’s side took all three points to put pressure on Sunderland at the top of the league and continue their unbeaten run.
Salomon said: “The performance against Coventry says a lot about the character of the players we have at the club.
“Credit to Coventry – they were well-organised, played good football and were resilient in defence.
“Scoring so late in the game shows the perseverance and belief that this team has, but it also highlights how important our Christmas (training) schedule is.
“For the second year in a row we have scored important late goals to secure the result we needed, following additional training and a friendly during the winter break.
“It’s a great way to kick off 2013 and I’m delighted with the result.”
The Golden Girls now have a week off due to Wales call-ups for Wiltshire and Green and will then face Charlton Athletic in the League Cup at Broadwater on Sunday, January 20.