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11 October 2020 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

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Reading Women
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Birmingham City Women

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🔜 Preview | Reading Women welcome Birmingham to RG2

Royals look to continue good run of form at Madejski

9 October 2020

Reading FC Women will be looking to make it four wins in a row when they host Birmingham City at Madejski on Sunday in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.

Coming hot on the heels of an impressive 4-0 victory on Wednesday in the Continental Cup against Charlton Athletic, Kelly Chambers’ side will be looking to ride the recent wave of momentum and secure another three points.

The Royals bounced back from a disappointing opening day of the 2020-21 season against Arsenal, with a 3-1 victory against newly promoted Aston Villa at Madejski in a solid team performance. The international break followed, but Reading hot the ground running securing all three points last Sunday away to West Ham with a 1-0 win, before the midweek Conti Cup victory.

With three wins out of four and two cleansheets since the international break, the Royals will be looking to capitalise on the recent trend of impressive team performances.

Reading are currently sat in 6th position in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League table, just a single point behind Chelsea in 3rd. Birmingham are yet to win in league action so far this season, having fallen to Brighton, Manchester United and Champions Chelsea.

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The last time we met…

Due to both a waterlogged pitch at Solihull Moors back in September of last year, plus the covid-19 pandemic bringing a premature end to the 2019-20 season, Reading and Birmingham only met on one occasion during the last campaign.

The Royals hosted Birmingham at Adams Park in January, where a first half goal from Amalie Eikeland sealed a 1-0 victory for Kelly Chambers’ side, taking them to 4th in the league at the time.

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Some words…

On her side’s recent run of good form, Manager Kelly Chambers said, “The Arsenal game was what it was, and it was important that we bounced back and did what we did against Villa. The girls have come back from the international break really focused and have worked hard on a lot of things, including being defensively stronger. Three wins in a row and two cleansheets on the bounce take us into good stead on Sunday.”

“They’re a strong side even though they’ve had a lot of changes in their squad,“ Chambers continued, turning her attention to Sunday’s opponents Birmingham City. “They’re got a point to prove in the league and we know how difficult they always are, regardless of who they have or haven’t got in their team, so we’re going to be organised.

“We’re expecting a tough game, but we’ve had a good run of games now and some great results, so we need to make sure that that momentum continues.”

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Reading FC Women v Birmingham City Women | Sunday 11 November | 2pm | Madejski Stadium | Watch Live on the FA Player

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Match Reports

📝 Report | Disappointing afternoon sees Royals bested by Birmingham

Reading women unable to take advantage of dominant performance

11 October 2020

Reading FC Women were defeated by a second-half goal from Claudia Walker against the run of play, as they were unable to capitalise on a dominant performance that saw them rack-up twenty-two chances on goal to Birmingham City’s five.

The early stages of the game would mirror the majority of the match, with Reading enjoying more of the ball and knocking it about the park with more speed and authority than the visiting side.

Chances were created constantly, as captain Natasha Harding was busy down the right-hand side and Emma Mitchell equally so on the left.

Brooke Chaplen had several attempts on goal, two coming in the first ten minutes, both of them from the very edge of the Birmingham area. The first rose and went out for a goal-kick, the second was on target and required a save from Hannah Hampton.

Jess Fishlock was next to test the Birmingham keeper with a stinging effort from 30-yards, but again, Hampton stood her ground and parried the shot.

Reading would hit the crossbar twice in the first half, the first time from one of Wednesday’s goal-scorers Amalie Eikeland, whose chipped shot dinked off the top of the woodwork and out for a goal-kick and secondly in the dying minutes of the half, by Chaplen from a free-kick on the edge of the Birmingham area.

Half time: Reading FC Women 0 - 0 Birmingham City Women

The corners came in thick-and-fast as Reading started where they left off; constantly knocking on the Birmingham goal. Bartrip swung in a trio of corners before 50-minutes was on the clock, each one of them testing the away-side’s backline.

Chaplen came close again, as she intercepted a pass from Mitchell, turned and shot, but the ball was agonisingly close to dipping under the bar.

Frustrations grew as Reading continued to press. The duo of Danielle Carter and Fara Williams were brought on by manager Kelly Chambers, replacing Jeon Ga-eul and Eikeland.

There were strong appeals for a penalty just after the hour-mark, as a myriad of Royals players claimed the ball was handled in the box, but the referee waved it away.

The most agonising of all the chances, however, came on the 71st minute, when a goal-line scramble saw the ball creep along the line as Lauren Bruton bundled the effort towards goal before it was cleared. The ball made it’s way down the other end of the field incredibly quickly, where Claudia Walker stunned the Royals by slotting the ball home past Grace Moloney to give Birmingham the lead.

Reading dug deep and kept looking for the elusive goal. Bruton made way for Kristine Leine to give the Royals some pace down the right as Harding moved more central. This exchange almost paid off towards the end of the game, as Leine dashed down the wing and swung a great cross into the box, but Harding’s glancing header was wide of the mark.

Chambers’ side continued battling until the final whistle, but were unable to turn a solid, dominant performance into points.


Full time: Reading FC Women 0 - 1 Birmingham City Women


Reading FC Women:

 Moloney, Mitchell, Cooper, Bartrip, Harding, Jeon (Carter ’60), Fishlock, James, Eikeland (Williams ’60), Chaplen, Bruton

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Leine, Rowe, Skeels, Harries, Woodham, Roberts


Birmingham City Women:

Hampton, Mayling, Scott, Corsie, Green (Grant ’75), Murray, Brougham, Holloway, Whipp (Scofield ’45), Walker, Napier (McCaron ’75)

Substitutes not used: Lawley, Toussaint, Logan

Goals: Walker ‘72

Yellow cards: Scofield


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