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12 February 2020 Venue Adams Park Attendance

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Reading Women
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West Ham United Women

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📰 Preview | West Ham visit Adams Park under the lights

Royals take on West Ham in WSL clash on Wednesday

11 February 2020

Reading FC Women will have their first match under the lights at Adams Park this season, when West Ham United visit High Wycombe in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Reading FC Women vs West Ham United Women
Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

All WSL matches were postponed over the weekend due to dangerous weather conditions across the UK. Both Reading and Wednesday’s opponents West Ham were scheduled to play on Sunday against Bristol City and Manchester City, respectively.

Previous to the weather affected weekend of fixtures, Kelly Chambers’ Royals were last in action the week before, drawing 1-1 to Manchester United at Adams Park. Despite Reading and United ending all square at the start of the month, Chambers felts her side could have walked away with all 3 points, after a second-half full of chances. A saved penalty from Fara Williams failed to put the Royals level after Lauren James opened the scoring in the first half for the visitors, but Williams converted her second attempt from the spot, to level the score and ensure the Royals walked away with a point.

West Ham were last in action the same weekend, losing 8-0 in a one-sided affair against Chelsea with goals coming from Ingle, Cuthbert, Bachman, Murphy and a brace each from Mjelde and England.

West Ham currently sit in 8th position in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, whereas Reading are in 6th place, a single point off 4th position.

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Last time we met

On Sunday 24th November, after going one player and two goals down, Kelly Chambers’ 10-Woman Reading made the comeback of the season so far, scoring 3 goals in fifteen minutes to seal a remarkable away victory.

West Ham took the lead in the 4th minute through a close range free-kick, awarded after an unfortunate back-pass between Angharad James and Grace Moloney. In the dying moments of the first-half the odds were stacked even further against Reading as Rachel Rowe was dismissed by referee Lloyd Wood. Then, against the run of play, West Ham doubled their lead in the 65th minute, leaving the outcome seeming all but determined for the travelling Royals.

However, on the 75th minute, the comeback began in earnest when defender Kristine Leine – who scored her first Royals goal 3 days previously in the 6-0 victory against Crystal Palace – netted her second goal that week when she converted from closer range after a Fara Williams corner.

Just one minute later, Williams floated a beautiful ball through the middle onto Brooke Chaplen who nodded it on for herself, beating her marker and slotting the ball home, past Anna Moorhouse to bring the score level.

Not content with a hard-earned point, and where many sides would have sat back and played for the draw, Reading kept pushing, hitting the bar twice through Williams and Sophie Howard, whose 25-yard effort would have been a goal of the season contender had it dipped a centimetre lower.

But in the 88th minute, the winner did come, as another Williams corner made it’s way to the outside post, where Amalie Eikeland played the ball back across goal for Jade Moore to tuck away to round off an incredible team performance.

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Tickets

Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park.

Match tickets for this game are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here. Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).

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Match Reports

📰 Reading take all 3 points at home to West Ham

Royals go back to 4th with 2-0 victory at Adams Park

12 February 2020

Goals in each half from Jade Moore and Brooke Chaplen saw Reading complete the double over West Ham this season by beating them 2-0 on a cold night at Adams Park, going 4th in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in the process.

Having seen a couple of ambitious Reading shots fail to hit the target early on, West Ham goalkeeper Moorhouse was eventually called into action in the 15th minute as she denied Brooke Chaplen from point-blank range.

However, Moorhouse couldn’t prevent the Royals from taking the lead midway through the first half as Jade Moore finished off a well-worked free-kick. Fara Williams clipped a ball onto Amalie Eikaland’s head, and the Norwegian found Moore with her header, before Moore nodded home into the corner of the Hammers goal.

Having restricted West Ham to very little in the first half, Reading were unlucky not to see their lead double before the break as the woodwork came to the visitors’ rescue. Moore’s low cross found Remi Allen, who flicked a shot onto the post, before seeing the ball bounce of Amalie Eikeland and just wide.


Half-Time: Reading FC Women 1 – 0 West Ham United Women

The Royals started the second half well and would have been clean through on goal twice had it not been for the offside flag.

Chaplen did manage to get a shot away having held off a couple of West Ham defenders, but her effort deflected off Grace Fisk and sailed over.

It took until the 63rd minute for Reading to put some daylight between themselves and West Ham as Chaplen managed to get on the scoresheet. The forward sprinted away from Fisk with purpose before staying composed in front of goal to slot home.

Moore wasn’t far away from adding her second of the evening but the midfielder’s volley just evaded the far corner. Then, in the final 10 minutes, Eikeland ran clean through on goal but as she looked to round Moorhouse, the West Ham goalkeeper managed to grab the ball at her feet.

Chaplen wasn’t far away from putting the icing on the cake late on, but she couldn’t keep her shot down, having been played in by Allen.


Full Time: Reading FC Women 2 – 0 West Ham United Women

Reading: Laws; Leine, Williams, James, Allen, Eikeland, Harding, Moore, Chaplen, Potter (Bartrip 61), Rowe

Subs not used: Moloney, Pacheco, Farrow, Utland, Skeels, Quirk

Goals: Moore (23) Chaplen (63)

Yellow cards: Moore, Laws

Red cards: none

West Ham: Moorhouse; Kvamme, Flaherty, Lehmann, Kiernan (Dali 45), Thomas (Littlejohn 77), Longhurst, Galabadaarachchi, Fisk, Middag (Simic 67), Vetterlein

Subs not used: Wallen, Brosnan, Leon, Smith

Goals: none

Yellow cards: none

Red cards: none

 

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