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Chambers confident

1 October 2012

RFC Ladies manager happy with start

In her first season as manager of the Reading’s Women team, Kelly Chambers is enjoying the start to the season and has full confidence in her players.

Whilst already being Director of Women’s and Girl’s football at the club, Chambers assumed the role as manager in the summer - following the resignation of Phil Cousins.

A former captain of the Ladies’ team, Kelly has high hopes for the new season – outlining the importance of winning promotion following last season’s setback of relegation from the Premier League.

The Ladies made a very promising start to their league campaign with a 5-1 triumph over Colchester on the opening day and, despite a narrow defeat to Lewes, RFC’s Women bounced back with a resounding 7-0 win over Gillingham.

“It has been really positive start to be honest,” said Chambers. “We made the perfect start by beating Colchester on the first day, and then we were really unlucky away at Lewes. 

“It was one of those games that just didn’t go our way. But we moved on from it very well and comfortably beat Gillingham in our next league match.”

The Ladies are also competing in the League Cup and were given a tough group with the likes Premier League Cardiff and Portsmouth – but Kelly remains confident.

“It’s a tough group and that has shown in our first two games. But we managed to go to Portsmouth and grind out a win – and probably deserved a point against Cardiff.

“Although our priority is to win the league – we’ll still be giving the cup our all. Three points from two games is not a bad start and we’re looking forward to the next game.”

After the recent postponement of the Royals’ away fixture at West Ham, RFC’s Ladies resumed their solid start to the league season with a 3-1 win over Tottenham – and play table-topping Millwall Lionesses this weekend.

Chambers is very optimistic for the season ahead and has every faith in her squad and the style of football they are trying to play.

“We have a very strong team and we try and play our football the right way. The priority is definitely the league and I think we can have a great season.

“Everything’s going right so far – even the reserves are top of the league after winning their first three games.

“We’ve had a good start so hopefully we can carry that on. The girls all know what the targets are for the season and I’m confident we can achieve good things.” 

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