Watford draw was special after long wait

Crawley Wasps player Danielle Boyd SUS-160509-211436002
Crawley Wasps player Danielle Boyd SUS-160509-211436002

In the latest column featuring players and coaches from Crawley Wasps Ladies, newly-signed midfielder Danielle Boyd - fresh from a stint playing university football in the US - discusses her debut...

Sunday’s goalless draw at Watford Development was particularly special for me as I’ve had to wait a few weeks for international clearance, having been at Ashford University for four years.

I’d watched the wins over Camden and Carshalton, kicking every ball from the sidelines, but now hopefully I can join in and be of use.

I loved getting out there and to get 90 minutes was even better.

I played for Wasps for a couple of seasons before I went to uni so I already knew four players in the squad that went to Watford: Michelle Ward, Holly Walker, Hannah Duncan and Nicholle Smith - and it’s been good to get to know the others.

I came back from the US in May and joined my local club Burgess Hill at first, and they were brilliant with me for the six weeks I was there.

I played a friendly against Wasps, my old team, and saw some familiar faces so when the manager, Paul Walker, contacted me it was hard to say no, really.

We’re unbeaten in three games and second in the league, so it’s a good start.

We travel to London Corinthians on Sunday - they’re going to be one of the favourites for promotion but obviously all teams are new to me. I will just do the job the coaches ask me to do.

Factfile:

Danielle Boyd:

Age: 23

Position: Central midfielder/winger

Previous clubs: Ashford University (USA), Crawley Wasps, Chelsea centre of excellence, Brighton centre of excellence.

Favourite player: Paul Scholes

Post-match meal: chicken fajitas

Favourite music: dancehall/reggae

Favourite moment as a player: Being awarded Most Outstanding Player in my university team’s Conference.