3-2 defeat for Women
Reading FC Women ended up on the wrong end of a five goal thriller this past weekend, as they were edged out 3-2 by Lewes.
Buoyed by a 5-1 opening day win over Colchester, the Royals started strongly - taking the lead as Stacey Wiggins converted from the spot after Samantha Kirby was brought down in the box.
A sizzling 25 yard effort evened up proceedings just minutes later, though Reading responded well – with Rosanna Lanes seeing a header cleared off the line.
It was therefore slightly unjust that Lewes took the lead shortly before the break – with a neat finish rounding off a well worked team move.
Stacie Donnelly got RFC’s ladies back into the game early in the second half – as Alice Palmer whipped in a pinpoint cross from the left for the in-form striker to slot home.
However with the Royals pushing for a win, it was the home side that would have the last laugh – as 'keeper Grace Moloney could only watch a well-executed chip sail over her head and into the net.
There was still time for the visitors to attempt a last ditch come back - but Charlotte Chard’s free-kick was brilliantly saved to confirm the Royals’ first defeat of the campaign.