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07 October 2020 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

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🔜 Preview | Royals women welcome Charlton to Madejski

Reading kick off Conti-Cup campaign tonight

7 October 2020

Reading FC Women will host Charlton Athletic this evening under the lights of Madejski Stadium in the first group-stage game of the Continental Cup.

The Royals welcome Women’s Championship side Charlton for a 7.30pm kick-off in the opening game of Group D, while Brighton & Hove Albion host West Ham in the group’s other fixture at Broadfield Stadium.

Charlton are currently sat in 7th position in the Championship, with a win, loss and draw from their first three games of the 2020-21 campaign.

Last season, Kelly Chambers’ Royals qualified in second place in their group, behind Chelsea, who Reading beat on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final group-stage game. Reading eventually bowed out in the Quarter-Finals to Arsenal due to a late Kim Little goal for the eventual-finalists. The Quarter-Final made it three straight appearances in the knock-out stages for the Royals since the change in format, having reached the same stage the previous year and the Semi-Final in 2017-18.

“I’ve said it before, but the girls want to win trophies,” Chambers said. “We, as a club, want to win trophies too, so we have to treat every game along the way like a cup final. Each league is growing and evolving, meaning there are no easy games anymore, across the board.

“We’ve played Charlton a few times over the years and know what they bring to the table, so we have to be focused and make sure that we make the right decisions in front of goal and work like a team, as we have shown we can do in our last two wins against Villa and West Ham.”

Reading FC Women Continental Cup Fixtures:

Charlton Athletic | Wednesday 7th October | 19.30 | Madejski Stadium

West Ham | Wednesday 4th November | 19.30 | VCD

Brighton & Hove Albion | Wednesday 18th November | 19.30 | Broadfield Stadium



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📝 Match Report | Royals hit Addicks for 4

Reading open Conti-Cup campaign with a bang

7 October 2020

Reading FC Women had the perfect start to their Continental Cup campaign under the lights of Madejski Stadium with a 4-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

A first-half strike from Danielle Carter, a goal within a minute of coming on from skipper Natasha Harding, a strike from Amalie Eikeland and a last minute effort from Brooke Chaplen saw the Royals seal all 3 points in the opening game of Group D.

Reading held the majority of the early possession as they knocked the ball around the park beautifully. There were a couple of intentions on goal early on; Emma Mitchell got a shot in from the right but it was wide of the mark, and Deanna Cooper fired a long range effort at goal that was collected by Charlton keeper Katie Startup.

Reading attempted to get Amalie Eikeland in on a couple of occasions with balls floated in over the defence, but she was unable to get free from the grey shirts surrounding her.

After constantly knocking on the door, the breakthrough came on the 25th minute when a beautiful longball from Jess Fishlock found Danielle Carter, who raced through the Charlton half with the ball before thundering a shot past Startup and into the back of the visiting side’s net.

The Royals kept hold of the game and came close to doubling their lead on a couple of occasions through chances from Brooke Chaplen and Carter again, but the half-time whistle went before they could find the back of the net again.


Half time: Reading FC Women 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic Women


The second-half started in very much the same way as the majority of the first, the inaugural chance coming when Carter held up the ball in the Charlton box and played it across to an arriving Chaplen, but her shot was always rising and sailed over the bar.

Carter came close to getting her name on the scoresheet again as she went galloping into the Charlton area and got a shot in, but it was just wide of the mark and the ball ended up rattling around in the empty seats of the Eamonn Dolan stand.

On the 66th minute Natasha Harding came onto the field replacing goal-scorer Carter and three minutes later she had scored and got an assist.

The goal came as soon as she touched the ball out wide on the left; she curled a shot around Startup into the Charlton net. Moments later, Harding found herself on the right-hand side of the visiting side’s box this time, curling a similar ball in which was met by Eikeland who put the game out of Charlton’s reach.

Reading didn’t turn down the heat at all and were actively seeking to add digits to the scoreboard.

On the stroke of 90 minutes, substitute Rachel Rowe’s booming 25-yard effort crashed onto the Charlton bar and fell to Chaplen inside the box, who slotted home neatly for goal number 4, securing all 3 points for the Royals, giving them the perfect start to their Conti-Cup campaign.


Full time: Reading FC Women 4 - 0 Charlton Athletic Women


Reading FC Women: 

Moloney, Leine, Mitchell (Woodham ’70), Cooper, Fishlock (Bruton 45’), James, Bartrip, Jeon (Rowe ’80), Eikeland (Harries ’80), Chaplen, Carter (Harding ’66)

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Skeels, Roberts, Quirk.

Goals: Carter 25’, Harding 68’, Eikeland 70’, Chaplen 90’.

Yellow cards: Chaplen 90+1’.


Charlton Athletic Women:

Startup, Newborough, Roe, Griffiths, Coombs (Gotch 59’), Dorey, Clifford, King, Watlin (Reynolds 59’), Powell, Heuchan


Substitutes not used: Gotch, Laudat, Reynolds, Vassell, Lumsden, O’Shea.


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