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Welwyn Garden City left furious after Premier League side Watford pull out of marquee friendly

Watford have come under criticism. Credit: PA

A non-league football club from Hertfordshire say they've been left "extremely sad, disappointed and angry" after Premier League side Watford pulled out of a planned friendly match at late notice.

The Hornets had been due to send their under 23s team to Welwyn Garden City FC on Saturday.

However, Welwyn Garden City, who play in the Southern League Division One Central, claim that Watford cancelled the game at 2pm on Friday because they couldn't field a side.

In a statement, the part-time club said that they'd already paid for food, drink, programmes and marketing and young supporters who were due to be mascots on the day had been left in tears following the abandonment.

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"Watford FC have conducted themselves in such a poor manner and with such naivety as to what this means for Welwyn Garden City FC," the statement read.

"Everyone at WGC FC feel completely let down and feel that this is just another example of clubs and individuals at the elite level having no interest in the way grassroot and non-league clubs function and the ramifications of their actions."

ITV News Anglia has contacted Watford for a comment but hasn't yet received a reply.

However, Welwyn have tweeted that Watford have been in touch and have vowed to support them with any financial losses.