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.
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