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Preview | Royals Women host Bristol City at Madejski this Sunday

A look ahead to our Women’s Football Weekend fixture

15 November 2019

With the spotlight on women’s football never brighter, Kelly Chambers’ Royals prepare to welcome Bristol City Women to Madejski Stadium this Sunday during the inaugural FA Women’s Football Weekend.

Reading FC Women vs Bristol City Women
Sunday 17th November, 2pm
Madejski Stadium
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Women’s Football Weekend marks a busy schedule of women’s fixtures in both the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship and the FA are encouraging fans to attend a women's match near them this Saturday or Sunday, to celebrate and support women’s football. With the men’s international fixtures creating a break in the Premier League and EFL calendars, the FA are calling on supporters to capitalise on the opportunity to back Women’s Football Weekend and to attend a women’s match at any level.

Reading FC Women are amongst several top-flight women’s teams playing at their men’s stadia this weekend. As well as Kelly Chambers’ side welcoming Bristol City Women to Madejski, Liverpool host Everton at Anfield, Spurs and Arsenal battle in the North London Derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Brighton & Hove Albion take on Birmingham City at the Amex.

After a great start to the 2019-20 campaign that included an away win against Liverpool during the record-breaking opening weekend of the season and a 4-0 away trouncing of Tottenham, Reading women have had a couple of frustrating results recently. Reading dominated the play and had the majority of possession and attacking chances in losses to Manchester United and West Ham, and were incredibly unlucky not to walk away with anything.

But with a game in hand due to a postponed match against Birmingham City back in October, the Royals are still sitting in a promising position in the Barclays FA WSL table and a win on Sunday against Bristol City would springboard them back into the top echelons of the league. Tanya Oxtoby’s Bristol City Women currently sit in 10th position in the WSL, without a win in their first 5 games of the season.

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Something Special for Sunday

Create your own Barclays Player Profile.

Outside our Fanstore at Madejski Stadium on Sunday, fans can visit the Barclays team from 12.30pm to create their very own Barclays FA Women’s Super League player profile video.

Fans will be able to step into the photo booth, put on their shirt and show off their moves, before instantly receiving the finished video to share on social media.

The Barclays Player Profile activation will be outside the Fanstore and will run from 12.30pm until 4.15pm.

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Pre-Match Chat

Ahead of such a momentous occasion, Royals Vice-Captain and the most capped England player in history, Fara Williams, gave her thoughts on Women’s Football Weekend.

“It’s great to be involved in Women’s Football Weekend and encourage more fans to attend the women’s game,” said Williams, a true pioneer of the sport with an astonishing 172 caps for the Lionesses. “I’ve noticed a big increase in support this season, which really helps on the pitch.”

While Williams and her teammates will be at Madejski on Sunday, she just wants fans to attend a woman’s game, whether that’s in RG2 to cheer on the Royals against Bristol City Women, or elsewhere. “If you can get down to support your local team please do and help increase the popularity of the game even more. It’s fantastic that we are able to celebrate women’s football over this weekend, especially when you consider where the women’s game was a few years ago”. 

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Women’s Captain Natasha Harding is also excited for her side to be returning to Madejski, “For me, the excitement of playing at the Mad Stad has always been huge and I would love to be playing out there with my teammates in front of all the Royals fans, especially on such a huge occasion as Women's Football Weekend.”

Harding is currently dealing with an injury, but she will be in attendance on Sunday, “Unfortunately, on Sunday I’m a fan and wanting the team to put in a great performance and get the win.”

On Reading’s opponents Bristol City, the Royals Captain knows the dangers any team in the WSL poses, “Sunday will be a tough test, no different to previous teams we have played here, but one I’m confident of getting 3 points from.”

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Kicking It Out on Sunday

Reading FC Women are extremely pleased to announce that we are dedicating Sunday’s game to the Kick It Out Campaign.

Kick It Out are English football’s pioneering equality and inclusion organisation, and both Reading FC Women and our opponents at Madejski on Sunday, Bristol City Women, are proud to support the cause.

A small independent charity, the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign, as it was originally known, was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.

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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 Madejski Stadium. Season Tickets for our Women’s team are also available for £35 Adults, £20 Concessions/Children and £70 Families.

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 Madejski for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).

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Parking and Itinerary

  • Parking – Parking is free
  • Fanstore – 12pm-4.30pm (approx.)
  • Barclays Player Profile Activation 12pm-4.15pm (approx.)
  • Ticket Office – 12pm-2.30pm
  • Gates Open – 1pm
  • Kick Off – 2pm
  • Full-time – 3.45pm (approx.)

 

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Match Reports

Reading and Bristol take a point each on Women's Football Weekend

Royals unlucky to only get a draw in goal-fest at Madejski

17 November 2019

Unlike in previous weeks, the frustration of not being able to make all the attacking chances count was somewhat eradicated, as Reading got on the scoreboard 3 times, with goals from Remi Allen, Brooke Chaplen and Angharad James. Unfortunately, so did opponents Bristol City who came back from being 3-1 down to level the final score 3-3 on Women’s Football Weekend.

Brooke Chaplen was busy early on, putting a clever ball through for Fara Williams into the box, but Williams was just unable to latch onto it before Sophie Baggaley collected it. Shortly after, Chaplen weaved her own way into the Bristol area, but her pass went across the box unanswered.

Williams found herself in a great position in front of goal minutes later as the Reading chances kept coming, but with a Bristol defender obstructing her view of goal, Williams lashed the ball wide. The Lionesses record cap holder was involved in another chance shotrtly after, when floated a clever free-kick to put Amalie Eikeland in over on the right, who crossed the ball to the back post, but it was just too high for Kristine Leine to get her head on.

The best chance of the early stage before the scoring opened fell to Rachel Rowe, who connected well with a badly cleared ball from Bristol, but her shot was just wide of the visitor’s goal.

At the quarter hour mark, Remi Allen found herself through on goal after a long ball from Leine was flicked on by Angharad James, with Williams to her left, Allen decided to go alone and slotted low past the advancing Baggaley to give the home side the lead.

Before the celebrating Royals fans in attendance had a chance to stop cheering, a wayward clearance from Bristol found it’s way to Chaplen, who raced into the area; she went around Baggaley and slotted home neatly to double Reading’s lead.

Reading maintained long periods of control with nicely crafted link-up play in the final third, but the next goal came from Bristol, as Wellings turned away from her marker and fired into the bottom of the Reading net.

Just before half time, a last of a barrage of Royals’ attacks almost paid off when Leine found herself at the back post again, the ball dropped to her, but her shot was high and it soared over the City bar.

 

Half-Time: Reading FC Women 2 – 1 Bristol City Women

 

Reading made their intentions known from the outset, winning a corner after Chaplen threatened the Bristol goal. The corner came in courtesy of Williams and was received by James who headed home for Reading’s third and her first for the club.

Minutes later, the visitors answered as Ebony Salmon broke free on the left, putting a ball into the six-yard box for substitute Yana Daniels to get a boot on and bring City within just one goal of the Royals again.

Williams and Leine linked up again for another close chance when the latter got on the end of the former’s corner and glanced a header just over the bar, as Reading continued to look for another goal to put the game out of Bristol’s reach. This was nearly achieved minutes later as Allen found herself, once again, bounding towards goal, she tried to place the ball to the right of Baggaley again, but this time she was just wide.

Rachel Rowe had her eye on goal again as she broke down the right hand side, but her shot was wide of the mark and Reading continued to search for another goal, in what was beginning to feel like a familiar story.

Blue and White frustrations grew to a fever pitch as Salmon, who had been causing Reading problems all afternoon, was released into space and beat Grace Moloney, before slotting the ball away and Bristol pulled the game level for the first time since the 16th minute. 

The pressure continued for Reading as the final minutes ticked down, but the winning goal didn’t come and despite the goals scored, there was a familiar feeling of deserving more from a game.

 

Full-Time: Reading FC Women 3 – 3 Bristol City Women

 

Reading FC Women: Moloney, Leine, Pacheco, Williams, James (Farrow 83), Allen, Eikeland (Utland 90), Moore, Chaplen, Rowe, Howard

Subs not used: Bennink, Laws, Skeels, Reynolds, Cruickshank

Scorers: Allen (16), Chaplen (18), James (48)

Yellow cards: Howard

 

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes, Evans, Brown, Humphrey, Salmon (Reilly), Wellings, Allen, Sargeant, Wilson (Chance), Harrison (Daniels)

Subs not used: Matthews, Cumings, Stripple, Robinson

Scorers: Wellings (37), Daniels (49), Salmon (83) 

Yellow Card: Brown

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