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RFC Women return to action

27 June 2014

Royals take on Villa

After a month-long break in the domestic season, Reading FC Women are back in action this Saturday at home to Aston Villa, kick off 6pm at Farnborough Town.

Tickets for the game are just £2 concessions and £4 adults, with plenty of parking available. Season tickets are only £15 concessions and £25 adults.

The official FAWSL website has posted a comprehensive match preview, which is below:

Reading finished May with a 2-2 draw at bottom club Oxford, but that followed confidence-boosting wins against Durham and Arsenal – the latter in the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Full-back Shelly Cox, who joined the Royals last year, knows what to expect from Aston Villa this weekend and she insists Reading are also yet to hit their stride.

“It was quite a mixed end to the first part of the season,” she said. “After the high of beating Arsenal we drew with Oxford and it was disappointing to end on that note.

“Overall we’re happy, but that week promised more and we’ve just got to keep pushing because I know there’s so much more to come from us.

“I played against Aston Villa last season for Portsmouth and they’ve always been a strong side.

“They’ve got some youngsters in there with quite a bit of speed and they will definitely be a test, we will make sure we’re fully prepared.”

And with a month to reflect on an indifferent opening to their FA Women’s Super League 2 season, Aston Villa have gone back to basics.

Villa saw their maiden league win of the campaign – a 2-0 triumph over Millwall Lionesses – come in their last game at the end of May.

Defender Jade Richards is satisfied with her side’s start to the FA WSL season, which has also included draws with Watford and Yeovil Town.

However, she believes the time off has served the squad well and Reading can expect to witness the results on Saturday.

“In our month off it’s just been about learning to enjoy our football more and taking pride in each game,” said Richards. “We play well when we enjoy it so that’s the most important thing.

“We’ve been back in training practicing our set pieces, watching how Reading play and how we can attack them.

“We can train as much as we want but it’s about turning up and being passionate on the day, that’s when we play well.

“I think we’ve had a good season so far. We’ve faced some tough opposition and come away with one win, two draws and two losses, which isn’t too bad.

“I don’t know what to expect, we’ve just got to do our best and try and get a win.”

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