Match Preview : MK Dons vs Watford

Laura Mitchell Scores vs Watford 29-01-2023

After the highs of last weekend’s County Cup Final victory, the Dons will be back in league action as they welcome local rivals Watford to Stadium MK.

Following on from the Dons last success at home, what saw a league record attendance of over 1,100 fans. The Dons will be hoping once again they can see a large turnout at Stadium MK.

The Dons fans this season have been in fine voices throughout, and have been the squad’s 12th man, and once again the team will need all the support they can get vs a well organised and professional Watford side, who will look to dominate the hosts and spoil the party.

Looking back on the reverse fixture, the Dons itself should not fear Watford. Yes, they will know that it is going to be tough test. But they know that they can get a result, as they were cruelly denied a point thanks to a wondergoal from Faye Brough in the 89th minute.

The game itself started well for the Dons as Laura Mitchell scored within 4 minutes of the kick off. Watford managed to get back into the game and scored thanks to Annie-Lee Rossiter.  Yet after that chance they game itself was very even, both sides had chances to take the lead. Most notable the Dons had a fantastic chance to make it two but were denied by a point-blank reaction save from the Watford keeper Megan Chandler. If this goal had gone in the game itself could have gone in favour of the Dons, but alas this was not the case.  Faye Brought stepped up and hit the ball on the outside of her right foot, slicing across the ball as it looped over Chloe Sansom in goal into the top corner. Cue the Watford celebrations, as they knew how important that goal was in their title challenge.

One thing in favour of the Dons is that they will have a chance to stop Watford, the Dons will have a say in who goes up and stays in the division as they still have fixtures vs Ipswich & Portsmouth at home.

So, the pressure will be on Watford, Ipswich & Portsmouth to get a result at Stadium MK to keep their hopes of winning the league.

But arguably even more so on Watford. After being relegated from the Championship last season. Watford will be desperate to go straight back up. As if they don’t it could see several of their current squad could disband as they looked to play football professionally at a higher level. What could intern affect the stability of the club and its vision moving forward. The FAWNL Championship is only getting stronger and stronger each season. As we can see that 4 teams have a chance to win the league, and only one team from the Southern section can fight for the chance to gain premotion to the Championship.

Laura Mitchell – MK Dons Women

“We are confident we can get a good result in the game against Watford, we know we weren’t at our best playing them in the league cup but in the league game we matched them completely and were unlucky to concede in the final minutes of the game. I have scored in both games against them and feel as though I can pose them threats on the day, but the most important thing is that we all work together knowing that on our day we are a match for anyone in our league. the cup final win last weekend was the perfect way to start the week leading up to the game at Stadium MK”.

Charlie Bill – MK Dons Women Manager 

“Off the back of last Sunday & picking up silver wear we can’t wait to be back at Stadium MK. We know that they don’t come much tougher then Watford, who are a top side & looking to secure promotion back to the championship. These are the types of games we want to be involved in & challenge ourselves to know what it takes from us to compete at the top end of the table in future seasons, I have know doubt we will have the full backing of our fantastic support once again”

Match Information 

Stadium MK – MK2 2RS

Kick Off – 2 pm

Tickets – Adults £5 – U18s £3 – Click Here

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