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RFC Women edged out against Liverpool Ladies

12 July 2016

Reading FC Women miss out on victory in Liverpool Ladies clash

Kelly Chambers’ side are still looking for their first win of the season as they narrowly missed out on victory when they visited Liverpool Ladies for a FA WSL 1 fixture last Saturday.  

The hosts kept up their rich vein of form as they notched two past the visitors to record their third win of the season. Goals from Natasha Harding and Laura Coombs sealed the win for Scott Rogers’ side on a rainy evening in Widnes.

The Royals looked to press from the off as Emma Follis rattled an effort off the underside of the bar early on, but Liverpool looked to pounce on their home advantage as they dominated the opening proceedings, with Coombs curling a free-kick just wide of the upright with two minutes on the clock.  

In the 18th minute, the dominance from the hosts paid off as Harding cut in from the right wing to latch onto Coombs’ flick before slotting home the game’s opening goal.

With just over 25 minutes played, Caroline Weir’s perfect pass found Coombs again who made no mistake on the half-volley to turn scorer for the Reds and double their advantage before the half way mark.

Jade Boho-Sayo had a half chance for the Royals on 40 minutes, but her shot across goal was saved by the hands of stopper Siobhan Chamberlain.

Substitutes for Kelly Chambers’ side nearly helped the Royals get back into the game as Amber Stobbs almost pulled one back shortly after the break, but Chamberlain tipped her shot onto the post. 

Kayleigh Hines also dragged an effort wide, but in truth after an early setback the Royals struggled to break down a defiant Liverpool side.

Kelly Chambers admitted her side needed to make better use of their chances if they were going to progress up the standings.

After promotion to FA WSL 1 last season the Royals remain winless after seven matches this term, but having drawn four times Chambers is adamant a win is not far away. 

“In the second half the girls came out and performed the way we wanted then to but we just didn’t manage to put the ball in the net," Chambers stated.

“It proves at this level that you have to take your chances, you won’t get many so when they come you have to put them away.

“We obviously have quite a few injuries but hopefully when we play Birmingham We’ll have everyone back fighting and raring to go.

“At the end of the day we’re underdogs in this league, we’ve just been promoted so we have to make sure that every match we come into, we fight. We know we have the ability to get points as we’ve proved in the first half of the campaign.” 

The Women are next in action against Birmingham City Ladies this month, and with their next three games all at Adams Park, if you want to come down and support the girls then tickets can be found by clicking here.

Full Time: Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Reading FC Women

Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain; Murray, Bonner (c), Ingle, Greenwood; Longhurst, Coombs; White (Zelem 71), Van De Sanden (Hodson 86), Harding (Charles 82); Weir
Unused substitutes: Gibbons, Harris, Van Den Berg, Green.

Reading FC Women: Earps; Hines (Walkley 80), McGee (c), Follis, Bruton; Boho-Sayo, Davies, Perry, Ward (Bartrip 45), Rowe, Knapton (Stobbs 45)
Unused substitutes: Sansom, Roche, Provan, Jones

Yellow: Davies, Stobbs

Referee: S. Copeland

Attendance: 511

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