A young home side took the lead on 11 minutes at Boreham Wood when Robert Burch swung a leg and missed Anthony Gardner's back pass before Lee Barnard levelled matters 11 minutes later. Within a minute though, Watford were back in front and went on to hold the advantage on a cold and foggy night until the 63 minute mark when Barnard struck again.
After that point there was only one team in it and Sean Davis and Emil Hallfredsson added to the scoring before Barnard completed his hat-trick two minutes from time.
It all added up to that interesting evening at Meadow Park...
"That is an understatement really!" laughed Clive afterwards. "Obviously we are disappointed with the goals we conceded, which then made it a test for us and asked a few questions.
The thing was at half-time, we had played well and created numerous chances and just had to keep that going
It was case of not dropping heads or thinking it wasn't going to happen for us. Sometimes you tend to do that.
"Their goalkeeper made a few good stops but we made opportunities to score from good play. We had to believe we could continue that in the second half and play better, which I felt we did. The finishing was far more clinical in the second half and we got the result the chances we created warranted.
"Watford came at us fast and furious closing us down, they gave us no time and it doesn't matter how good you are as players, if you can't combat that and play in the right way you can come unstuck.
"We could have, but credit to the lads, they kept their heads up and believed they could go on and win the game. We won it well in the end."
Clive Allen said the word 'interesting' did not really do justice to the reserve encounter with Watford that finished 5-2 in our favour.