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04 October 2020 Venue Chigwell Construction Stadium Attendance

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🔜 Preview | Royals women travel to Hammers

Reading FC Women back in action on Sunday

2 October 2020

Kelly Chambers’ Royals travel to Chigwell Constructions Stadium on Sunday when the Barclays FA Women’s Super League returns.

Reading were last in action on September 13th, prior to the women’s international break, when they defeated newly promoted Aston Villa 3-1 at Madejski Stadium with a solid team performance that saw goals from Amalie Eikeland, Lauren Bruton and Fara Williams.

Prior to the victory in RG2, the Royals had a disappointing opening fixture of the 2020-21 campaign when they travelled to Boreham Wood FC to take on current top of the table Arsenal. Chambers’ side were on the wrong side of a 6-1 score-line that saw Royals debutant Danielle Carter net in her first game in blue and white.

Sunday’s opponents West Ham have a draw and a loss under their belts so far this season, sharing the points with Tottenham on the opening day of the season in a 1-1 affair at The Hive before losing 9-1 to Arsenal at home the following week.

The last time we met

The Royals and Hammers crossed paths three times in the 2020-21 season, with Reading coming off best in two of the encounters.

The first was a Continental-Cup clash at the Madejski back in early November of last year, when West Ham walked away with a 1-0 victory. Three weeks later, the Royals visited Rush Green stadium in the league and despite going down to 10 players and being 2 goals behind, managed to execute the comeback of the season to win 3-2 with late goals from Kristine Leine, Brooke Chaplen and Jade Moore.

The last time the sides’ paths crossed was on Reading’s final weekend of Barclays FA Women’s Super League action for the 2019-20 season before the covid-19 pandemic brought a premature end to the campaign. West Ham travelled to Adams Park, where goals in each half from Jade Moore and Brooke Chaplen saw the Royals walk away with a 2-0 win and three points that helped secure our 5th place finish.

Some words…

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Speaking on Sunday’s game, Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers said, “It’s important that we keep the momentum going from our last win.

“It was great to bounce back after the loss to Arsenal with a win over Villa, but unfortunately the international break meant that we couldn’t really capitalise on that win and keep it going to our next game.

“The girls have been training hard though,” Chambers continued. “Obviously, the five Welsh girls were on international duty, as was Amalie, but we’ve all got straight back into training and they’ve all been working hard on getting back to the place we were after the Villa game.

“That game was important for us as a team; we needed to rebound from the Arsenal loss, but we also needed the win for ourselves, because we know we are better than the opening game of the season.”

Finally, on Sunday’s opponents West Ham, Chambers said, “West Ham always give us a good game. We know what they bring to the table and every time we play them, we know it’s going to be tough. But ultimately, we want to be challenging in-and-around the top of the pack again this season, so we need to walk away with the three-points on Sunday.”

West Ham United Women vs Reading FC Women | Chigwell Construction Stadium | Sun 4th October | 3pm | Watch live on the FA Player

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report | Royals take all 3 points at West Ham

Reading women earn back-to-back wins

5 October 2020

Reading FC Women took all three points on a rainy afternoon in Dagenham with a 1-0 win against West Ham in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

A first-half goal for Lauren Bruton and a second-half penalty save from Grace Moloney saw Reading seal back-to-back wins.

The first attempt on goal came from the home side, when former Royal Maz Pacheco received the ball on the left-hand side of the Reading box, but her shot sailed over the bar.

Reading experienced a lot of possession in the final-third towards the ten-minute mark, through a combination of Danielle Carter, Fara Williams and Amalie Eikeland, but were unable to get past the West Ham backline, and it was West Ham who had the second attempt on goal, with another lofty effort, this time from Kate Longhurst.

Williams took a knock midway through the half and was replaced by Brooke Chaplen, who saw her first minutes of game-time this season due to injury.

The deadline was broken just before the half-hour mark when the Royals broke down the right-hand side following a West Ham corner that was cleared mightily at the front post by Captain Natasha Harding. Harding ended up on the end of the ball out wide on the right, deep into the West Ham half and delivered an inch perfect ball that was met by Lauren Bruton, who slotted it onto the home side’s net for her second goal in two games, to get Reading off the mark.

There were strong penalty shouts from Reading moments later, when goal-scorer Bruton was seemingly brought down West Ham keeper Mackenzie Arnold, but it was waved away by the referee, as was a alleged foul which floored Deanna Cooper, much to the amazement of Royals players.

Reading kept looking to double their lead going into the break, coming closest when Chaplen sent a floating ball into the box for Carter who stretched but was just unable to get enough to send it into the back of the next.


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

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The second half began at a much faster pace than the first, with chances at both ends early on. Grace Moloney made a fantastic stop at the front post to deny Adriana Leon, the athleticism involved resulting in her receiving treatment afterwards.

Moments later, Moloney was deemed to have fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded to West Ham to the uproar of Royals players and staff alike. Hammers skipped Kenza Dali stepped up and placed her penalty low to Moloney’s left, by the Royals keeper was down early and palmed the ball away with a fantastic save.

On the 80th minute, two Royals debutants took to the field when new signing Jeon Ga-eul and academy standout Emma Harries replaced Eikeland and Carter, respectively.

Both teams continued to press the other’s goal as the rain began to pour over Dagenham & Redbridge FC, but the Royals kept plugging away and looking for the goal that would put the game out of the Hammers’ reach.

However, by the time the Fourth-Official indicated that a minimum of seven additional minutes would be played, the deficit was still just one goal, but Reading kept their composure and dug deep to see out the rest of the game, securing a hard fought three points.


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


West Ham United Women:

Arnold, Redisch, Pacheco, Lehman (Kiernan ‘55), Longhurst (Grant ‘70), Cho, Leon, Dali, Fisk, Van Egmond, Daly

Substitutes not used: Brosnan, Mustafa, Joel, Dunbar-Bonnie, Cruickshank


Reading FC Women:

Moloney, Mitchell, Williams (Chaplen ‘16), Bartrip, James, Fishlock, Eikeland (Harries ’80), Bruton (Rowe ’68), Harding, Cooper, Carter (Jeon ’80)

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

Goals: Bruton (‘26)


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