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Holland Day 4, 5 & 6: Pre-season Tours

The four touring clubs have continued to embrace every opportunity put infront of them providing LFE with more success to report on.

A lot of expectation had been placed upon the tournament’s remaining fixtures following convincing mid-week wins from Scunthorpe United and Walsall.

The contest between Watford and Scunthorpe did not fail to impress and nor did the ADO Den Haag training complex which hosted the game.

It was clear that the excitement of being on tour had aided the motivation and energy of the players in a first-half that was slightly edged by the Hornets. However, neither team had managed to break the deadlock by half-time.

As the second-half commenced, the Iron appeared to match the performance of their opponents but could not reward themselves in the form of goals, something Watford managed to do twice courtesy of Bernard Mensah and Dereece Gardiner.

Watford v Scunthorpe

Also providing a spectacle was the clash between Vitesse Arnhem and tourists Wycombe Wanderers, in which the Chairboys were beaten 2-1. The full match report can be read here.

Meanwhile, Walsall’s delegates have been occupied by various activities this week and they prepare for their second match of the tour on Monday.

They underwent a training session taken by coaches from FC Utrecht, in which they understood Dutch methods and mentalities towards football, similarly to the other three clubs.

The Saddlers also received a full tour of the Galgenwaard Stadium (FC Utrecht) and were an involved audience to a football presentation delivered by FC Utrecht.

Each club has now received a presentation from their host club and you can read about what they learnt, in the entries posted by the bloggers.

Walsall were tasked with producing their All-star World XI and you can find out who blogger Jon Haynes opted for by reading his entry here.

Jon Haynes and his All-star World XI

Saturday saw all four clubs attend the Johan Cryuff Shield at the Amsterdam Arena. Last season’s Eredivisie winner’s AFC Ajax played KNVB Cup holders FC Twente, in a battle that saw two goals and a sending belong to FC Twente and just one goal to Ajax.

The LFE tourists will take fond memories with them from the game, contributing to their overall experience of the Dutch tour.

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