NEW Broadwater tenants Watford Ladies opened the pre-season calendar with a well contested 4-2 win over West Ham Ladies.
Goals from Irene Martin Garcia, Sarah Wiltshire, Paige Logie and Emma Beckett were enough to see off a spirited West Ham side, who provided stiff opposition for 90 minutes.
Martin Garcia gave Watford the perfect start shortly after kick-off, firing the Golden Girls ahead with a shot from 25 yards that flew in off the underside of the bar.
Just seven minutes later, Wiltshire made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after she was felled in the West Ham area.
Martin Garcia saw a goal disallowed, before West Ham rattled the bar and then pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 after 30 minutes.
Watford quickly restored their two goal lead after good work by Wiltshire out wide saw her float a delightful ball in for Logie to head home and make it 3-1 to Watford.
Despite a spirited response from West Ham, it was Watford who went 4-1 up thanks to Beckett’s header from a Cally Rowell corner after 75 minutes.
West Ham pulled a goal back, before Watford’s Katie Knell hit the post late on.
Hornets manager John Salomon said: “The foundations are there and there is plenty of work to be done, but I was really pleased by the girls’ attitude and the way they applied themselves in conditions that did not make it easy for them.
“The management and the team know that this win is just a stepping stone to where we want to be come the start of the season.”
Next up for the Hornets is a clash with Gillingham on Sunday,