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Preview | Royals Women welcome West Ham to Madejski this Sunday

A look ahead to this weekend’s cup match

1 November 2019

With a perfect start of two wins from two in the Conti Cup so far, Reading FC Women are looking to continue their run of form as West Ham visit Madejski Stadium this Sunday

Reading FC Women vs West Ham United Women
Sunday 3rd November, 2pm
Madejski Stadium
Continental Cup

The last time Kelly Chambers’ side were at the Madejski was a fortnight ago when they defeated a tough Lewes side 3-2 after a fantastic hat-trick from Fara Williams. Prior to that, the Royals had opened their Continental Cup account in spectacular fashion away from home against Tottenham Hotspur Women at The Hive in September with an incredibly dominant team performance which saw a final score of 4-0 in the Royals' favour.

After the two victories, Reading currently sit in a great position on top of Group D. The group also includes Women’s Championship side Crystal Palace, who make the trip to Madejski on Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm, and fellow Women’s Super League rivals Chelsea, who will host Reading at Kingsmeadow in the final group game on December 11th.

Sunday’s opponents West Ham sit on the same points as Reading in the Women’s Super League, but have played an additional game. In the Continental Cup group, however, Matt Beard’s side have taken 1 point after two rounds of the competition compared to Reading’s 6.

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Pre-match Chat

“We want to be in a cup final,” Kelly Chambers said unequivocally, her full attention now back on the Continental Cup after a frustrating result last weekend away to Manchester United, in a game that saw Reading dominate the action but walk away on the wrong side of the 2-0 score line.

“We want to continue competing at the top level whether it’s in the WSL or the Conti Cup and the players we have here can definitely do that, we’ve got a great squad. Yes, I’ve got four or five injuries at the minute, but that won’t stop us. It all starts again with West Ham this Sunday. It’s incredible for the team to be back at Madejski and another great opportunity for the girls to show what they can do on a bigger stage.”

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Captain Natasha Harding said, “It’s brilliant for the team to be back at Madejski and another great opportunity for the girls to show what they can do on a bigger stage.”

Harding mirrored her manager’s sentiments about the team being hungry for cup success. “The feeling around the club is that we really want to get to a cup final this year. Obviously, we had the FA Cup semi-final last season against West Ham which couldn’t have been closer, going all the way to penalties. On that day, they made the final instead of us, but this year we have grown as a squad and feel we can make the next step and get to that elusive cup final, and the Conti Cup is a great place to start. West Ham are a good side, we know that all too well, but we feel that we have shown that we can hang with any team, whether it’s in the cup or the WSL. Sunday is a big game, because of the opponent, because of the cup and because of the Madejski. Let’s get that win.”

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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. You can also buy on arrival at Madejski.


Parking and Itinerary

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

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Match Reports

Royals Women topped by West Ham in tight contest at Madejski

Another frustrating afternoon for Reading as they fail to walk away with deserved points

3 November 2019

Reading’s 100% start to Group D in the Conti Cup was ended at the Madejski Stadium as they were beaten 0-1 by West Ham with Alisha Lehmann scoring in the 75th minute for the visitors.

In a familiar story, Reading dominated the majority of action, particularly in the second-half, throwing everything they had at the game, but frustratingly the goal wouldn’t come.

Both defences looked well-drilled with neither side finding a way through in the first half.  Alisha Lehmann’s effort from distance hit the bar for the visitors, which was the closest anyone came to opening the scoring.

For Reading, Fara Williams forced an Anna Moorhouse save with a shot from just outside the area. Later in the half, Lehmann fired over for West Ham having worked space on the right.

Angharad James also found herself denied by Moorhouse as the game remained goalless going into half-time.

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Half-time: Reading FC Women 0–0 West Ham United Women

The impetus was very much on both sides’ creativity to break down the opposition but it was determination which forced the first chance of the second half as Amalie Eikeland scampered onto a loose ball but Moorhouse was equal to her effort.

West Ham’s Jacynta Galabadaarachchi was a constant threat when she cut inside from the left flank, but she could only force Rachel Laws into a comfortable save with a low shot minutes later.

Lehmann was played through for the visitors midway through the second half but dragged her shot wide while under pressure from Maz Pacheco tracking her run.

She made no mistake with a much more routine chance with 15 minutes to go however. Substitute Leanne Kiernan squared the ball across the face of goal for the Swiss international Lehmann to tap in at the back post and put West Ham ahead.

The final quarter of an hour saw attempt after attempt for Reading, through Williams, Chaplen and James as the home side desperately looked for the equaliser that would have taken the cup contest to penalties. A strong penalty appeal was waved away by the refer deep into the 7 minutes of additional time that was awarded after the 90 minutes, but ultimately Reading were out of time and out of luck.

Full-time: Reading FC Women 0–1 West Ham United Women

Reading: Law, Leine, Pacheco, Williams, James, Allen, Eikeland, Utland (Chaplen 55), Moore, Rowe, Howard
Subs not used: Moloney, Farrow, Honnudottir, Bennink, Skeels
Scorers: None
Yellow cards: Pacheco

West Ham: Moorhouse, Kvamme, Hendrix, Lehmann, Baunach, Longhurst, Galabadaarachchi (Littlejohn 83), Leon (Kiernan 68), Cho, Dali (Middag 63), Vetterlein
Subs not used: Brosnan, Kiszkis
Scorers: Lehmann (75)
Yellow cards: Dali, Middag

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