Watford 1 Sheffield FC Ladies 3: Red card mars victory

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Sheffield FC captain Carla Ward lamented her side’s worst performance of the season, despite them winning 3-1 away at Watford to move into the top five of the FA Women’s Super League 2.

Ward’s penalty gave Sheffield an early lead, but that was cancelled out by Phoebe Read’s second-half effort, before Jodie Michalska and Sophie Jones made sure of the points for the visitors, whose day was marred by Sherry McCue’s injury-time sending off for a tackle on Ellie Mason.

And Ward said the side have been left ruing their early season form, after a run of just three losses in 15 games leaves them fifth in the table, ten points off leaders Yeovil Town with just two games to play.

“Honestly, I thought that was our worst performance of the season,” she said.

“Last week the work-rate was there, the quality was OK - that was one thing we wanted to improve on this week but we were fortunate to find the back of the net because for me that was our worst performance of the season.

“We’ll probably kick ourselves for the first four games but now we’re starting to gel and it is getting better so we must keep that going for our last two games to get maximum points going into next season.”

And despite being on the losing side, Watford goalscorer Read was left feeling hopeful of winning their remaining fixtures.

“We played quite well today, especially in the second-half we got our game together and started playing some nice football but it wasn’t the day for us in front of goal,” said the midfielder.

Watford: Gillett; Pepper, Jordinson, Burgess, Tullett (Donnelly 90); Mason, Read (Littleboy 59); Kerr, Nuttall, Fatuga-Dada; Davy (Charles 72).

Sheffield (4-3-3): Wallhead; Jackson, Murphy, Lipman, Gilliatt; McCue, Dale (Lord-Mears 85), Ward; Jones, Michalska (Owen 88), Johnson (Hanson 61).

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