Royals come from a goal down to earn point at home...Reading Women earned their sixth draw of the Women’s Super League 1 campaign on Sunday after coming from a goal down to take a point at home to Notts County.
Danielle Buet opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick just before half-time to give County a valuable lead, but Emma Follis earned the Royals a point mid-way through the second half with a wonderful individual effort to make the score 1-1.
The Royals were appealing for a penalty after just three minutes when Follis hit the floor from a strong Laura Bassett challenge, but the referee deemed it a fair tackle.
Moments later Jade Boho-Sayo found space and hit a speculative curling effort from 20 yards, which was only matter of inches from breaking the deadlock.
It wasn’t until the 39th minute that the visitors made the breakthrough in sensational style. Buet’s whipped free-kick from 20 yards dropped deliciously into the bottom left-hand corner, firing County into a first half lead.
From the beginning of the second half the Royals pushed forward looking for an equaliser and very nearly responded on the 56th minute when Buet brought down Mel Fletcher just outside the box. From Sophie Perry’s resulting free-kick Boyo-Sayo escaped her marker and latched onto the end of the cross, prodding her effort agonisingly wide.
Seven minutes later the Royals persistency paid off when Follis equalised for the hosts after she wrong-footing Buet. The forward cut inside from the left and unleashed a dipping effort into the top-right corner leaving Megan Walsh helpless between the County posts.
Notts County could have taken the spoils just two minutes from the end if it wasn’t for an outstanding double block by Reading’s Rebecca Jane. The defender first denied Jess Clarke and then Aileen Whelan with both their efforts from within five-yards of goal scuppered.
The Royals next fixture is on Wednesday evening when they host Manchester City Women at Adams Park for what promises to be one of the toughest tests of the season for Kelly Chambers and her Royals side.
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