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Preview | Women return to Madejski for cup clash on Sunday

A look ahead to Sunday's game in RG2 against Lewes

18 October 2019

After a great start to their 2019-20 campaign, Reading FC Women are looking to bring their winning form to the home of our men’s team for the second round of the Continental Cup against Lewes Women on Sunday.

Reading FC Women vs Lewes FC Women
Sunday 20th October, 2pm

Madejski Stadium
Continental Cup

Kelly Chambers’ side opened their account in the Continental Cup in spectacular fashion away from home against Tottenham Hotspur Women at The Hive last month. Striker Brooke Chaplen put the Royals ahead at the half-hour mark, before doubling the side’s lead early in the second half. An own goal from Spurs followed and minutes later Millie Farrow topped off an incredibly dominant team performance with a fantastic effort that saw a final score of 4-0 in the Royals' favour.

Reading currently sit top of Group D, which also includes fellow Women’s Super League rivals Chelsea and West Ham as well as Women’s Championship sides Crystal Palace and this Sunday’s opponents Lewes.

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Lewes are currently sat mid-table in the Women’s Championship and are coming off a pair of losses to Leicester and London Bees respectively. In their opening fixture of the Continental Cup, Fran Alonso’s side fell short at home against Crystal Palace.

Conversely, Reading Women have had a strong start to both league and cup campaigns, with their sole loss of 2019-20 thus far coming against last season’s WSL runners-up Manchester City back at the beginning of September.

Pre-match chat

“Coming off a big win against Everton last weekend has got the team in high spirits for our return to the Madejski,” manager Kelly Chambers said of the side’s 3-2 win against Everton Women last weekend.

“We had some time off after the postponed game against Birmingham and the international break, so getting 3 points against such a strong side in Everton was incredibly important, especially as any momentum we had after beating Tottenham 4-0 away from home had died down a bit.”

As far as Lewes are concerned, Chambers isn’t taking the Championship side lightly. “We have approached this game against Lewes like any other; it’s just as important as a league game. The girls have got goals of getting to cup finals and because of that, it is just as significant as any other week. I think that Sunday will be a difficult game, I think that Lewes will pose us different problems to those that we’re used to in the WSL, so we need to make sure we’re switched on and we’re ready. Also, being at the Madejski means it’s a big game regardless, so we are hoping to put on another great performance.”

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Captain Natasha Harding agrees that at this level, there are no easy games. “Any side we are playing at this level is going to give us a good game and Lewes are no different,” Harding said.

“They will be up for this match as much as we are and it’s important the team impose our will and produce a good performance. Progressing in the Conti Cup and getting to the final would be a huge achievement, as I know that the team want cup finals this year. It was great to get off to such a good start in the competition with a 4-0 win over Spurs last month, so we need to keep that quality up and have another positive performance and 3 points in the campaign.”

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Lionesses World Cup star and Royals number 18 Jade Moore is excited about being back at the Madejski for the first of four fixtures the women’s team will be playing in RG2. Moore, who scored a brace in Reading’s victory against Everton last weekend, said: “It’s great that we get so many fans turn up when we play at the Madejski. It always feels like a proper home game. To me, it always feels like a cup final atmosphere whenever we play there and that is largely down to the fans. We want to see you all there on Sunday for the first of our fixtures at the Madejski. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and I’m sure we’ll give you a great game.”

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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. You can also buy on arrival at Madejski.

Parking and Itinerary

  • Parking – Parking is free
  • Fanstore – 12pm-4pm (approx.)
  • Ticket Office – 12pm-2.30pm
  • Gates Open – 1pm
  • Kick Off – 2pm
  • Full-time – 3.45 (approx.)

 

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Match Reports

Williams hat-trick seals Continental Cup victory

Reading FC Women take the points in tough encounter with Lewes

20 October 2019

Fara Williams struck three times as Royals defeat Championship side Lewes FC Women 3-2 at Madejski Stadium to maintain their 100% start to their Conti Cup campaign.

The first half began with Reading playing on the front foot and getting a number of shots away. Rakel Hönnudóttir and Williams both saw efforts sail off target.

Lisa-Marie Utland, who grabbed the winner last week against Everton, forced Lewes goalkeeper Faye Baker into two routine stops as the visitors stayed resolute.

It took a defensive error from Lewes to break the deadlock in Reading’s favour. Williams finished from inside the area, following Brooke Chaplen’s interception of a loose backpass. Baker saved initially from Chaplen, but Williams was on hand to sweep home with 15 minutes gone.

The visitors started knocking the ball around with more confidence having gone behind. Rachel Laws denied Zoe Ness with her feet after the Lewes striker was played through. Nevertheless, moments later, Laws couldn’t get a hand on Emily Donovan’s clean strike which arrowed into the corner to draw the Championship side level.

Another speculative shot from distance then turned the tie on its head as Ellie Noble tried her luck from 30 yards and found the top corner.

The Royals found their feet again as the first half drew to a close and were unlucky not to level through Chaplen. Defensive and goalkeeping heroics blocked two goal-bound efforts as the hosts went into half-time behind.


Half Time: Reading FC Women 1 – 2 Lewes FC Women

 

A double half-time switch up from Kelly Chambers certainly signalled intentions that the first half was below expectation as Maz Pacheco and Rakel Hönnudóttir made way for Jade Moore and Amalie Eikeland. Eikeland almost had an instant impact when her cross found Utland at the far post, but the latter couldn’t convert.

Angharad James forced Baker into a low save with a well-struck effort from outside the penalty area before Williams drew the Royals back level ten minutes into the second half with a sweet hit on the half-volley which Baker could only palm into the top corner of her goal.

The introduction of Millie Farrow for Utland added a different dimension to Reading’s attacking play as they continued to threaten. James and Chaplen both fired over in the matter of minutes.

Reading found themselves going close on several occasions as Eikeland was constantly put into space on the left and Chaplen, James and Williams all came close to securing the winner.

Eventually, the constant bombardment on the Lewes goal took its toll in stoppage time as Williams completed her hat-trick with a header at the back post, having met Eikeland’s cross from the left for a well deserved, yet hard fought 3 points in Continental Cup Group D.

 

Full-Time: Reading FC Women 3-2 Lewes FC Women

Reading: Laws, Leine, Pacheco (Moore 45), Williams, James, Hönnudóttir (Eikeland 45), Utland (Farrow 68), Chaplen, Rowe, Howard, Skeels

Subs not used: Moloney, Roberts

Scorers: Williams (16, 55, 90)

 

Lewes: Baker, Cleverley, Hayes, Taylor (Howell 90), Noble, Ness, King (Rowbotham 85), Powell, Donovan, O’Rourke, Savva

Subs not used: Jones, Lane, Rood

Scorers: Donovan (27) Noble (34)

Yellow cards: Cleverley

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