Watford Ladies opened up their WSL2 campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Millwall in an entertaining game that saw a club record crowd of 340 at Broadwater
Megan Wynne and Renee Hector got the goals for the home side as they responded from the setback of conceding an early goal to lead 2-1.
The advantage only lasted a couple of minutes, however, as Millwall replied with a fortuitous equaliser.
The visitors had the best of the opening 15 minutes and took the lead when Emma Whitter went through the defence and kept her cool to round Shayla Burgess and slot into the empty net.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Girls to spring into life, though, as a couple of opportunities had been created before Megan Wynne equalised after 19 minutes.
Emma Beckett’s header was only cleared as far as Wynne and she fired an effort from 20 yards out into the top corner.
The rest of the first half saw plenty of chances for Watford to go ahead but they were denied every time by Millwall keeper Sarah Quantrill.
Millwall keeper Sarah Quantrill produced the best save of the half eight minutes before the break as she somehow kept out Beckett’s point-blank header from a Sarah Wiltshire delivery.
Two minutes into the second half, Watford went 2-1 up when Renee Hector rose and headed a looping effort past Quantrill.
But Millwall hit back after 49 minutes when Sophie Perry’s g cross found its way into the top corner.
It was an even second half with occasional chances for both sides, however neither could find a winner and it was a point apiece in the opening game of the season.
Despite not getting the three points, Watford Ladies manager John Salomon was impressed by certain aspects of the performance, as well as the bumper crowd.
“We’re disappointed not to get three points and the win but there’s definitely positives to take and we’ll build on them,” he said.
“The support was fantastic, we couldn’t believe how many people were here. We were looking around and it’s great to have that support from the community.
“Hopefully we’ll bring those people back to the Villa game and get them three points to celebrate.”
Wynne got her first goal of the season and she was delighted to get off the mark early.
“It’s great to get a goal straight away,” she said. “I didn’t get many last year so getting one early on is always good for the confidence.
“I have no personal goals in particular, just hoping to get lots of wins under our belts early in the season.”