Ladies’ team to compete in top tier in 2016We are delighted to confirm that Reading FC Women have today secured promotion to FA Women’s Super League 1 for the 2016 season.
A 3-1 win at Watford Ladies reinforced the Royals’ position in a promotion position at the top end of WSL 2, sitting three points behind Doncaster Rovers Belles but with a game in hand and a superior goal-difference. Today’s result alone meant that Reading FC Women knew they would be able to travel to Millwall next weekend in the knowledge that a win would take them up to the top flight.
However a 1-0 victory for Oxford in the day’s late kick-off away to Yeovil meant that the Glovers can no longer catch the top two – and therefore sealed Reading's promotion to the summit of the women’s game in England!
Melissa Fletcher, Helen Ward and Rachel Rowe each found the net this afternoon at Berkhamsted FC – the news of the U’s victory over Yeovil filtered through later on, and allowed the celebrations to flow.
Even before today’s achievement, it has already been an outstanding season for Reading FC Women. After impressing with the Royals, forward Fran Kirby was called into the England squad for the World Cup in Canada and was part of a Lionesses squad which made the nation proud by reaching the semi-final. Later in the summer Fran joined Chelsea in the WSL 1, who are currently challenging for the league title and begin their Champions League campaign next month.
Then after successfully negotiating their way through the group stages of the Continental Tyres Cup, the Royals were the only WSL 2 team to make their way to the quarter-final of the competition and only narrowly missed out on upsetting Notts County at Meadow Lane.
And today’s result now means that the Royals will compete in the top echelons of the women’s game when the new season kicks off in the new year.
However, that can wait for the moment because this season isn’t over yet – there is still the small matter of the WSL 2 league title to think about!
Doncaster Rovers Belles, who also secured their promotion today, are currently top of the table. However they only have two fixtures remaining – compared to Reading’s three – as well as having an inferior goal-difference, meaning that the Royals effectively have their title fate in their own hands.
After today’s celebrations have subsided, Reading FC Women have trips to Millwall, Everton and Aston Villa over the next three weekends – the Royals took two wins and a draw from their home games against the trio of clubs, and will be aiming to better Doncaster’s finale to the season to secure the silverware.
Many congratulations to the Reading FC Women team on their incredible feat – this is a hugely proud day for the club.