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23 March 2016

Reading FC Women travel to Arsenal Ladies for league opener

Reading FC Women travel to Borehamwood to face Arsenal this evening for their opening fixture of the Women’s Super League 1 season, in a 7:45pm kick off.

It will be a tough opening fixture for the Royals at Meadow Park against a strong Arsenal side that will feature England internationals, past and present. The likes of Kelly Smith, Fara Williams, Alex Scott and Casey Stoney could all feature for the Gunners, in what will be a real test for Kelly Chambers’ Reading side.

The last time the two teams met was in August last year in the Women’s Super League Cup, when Arsenal came away with a narrow victory over the Royals, winning 2-1 in a tightly contested game.

Reading only have to cast their minds back to May 2014 for their last victory over the North London club, when they overcame this evening’s opponents in the Continental Cup. Arsenal were holders of the competition at the time, but a confident display from Reading saw them run out 2-0 winners in a big upset in Farnborough.

The Women will be heading into 2016 off the back of a very memorable 2015, winning WSL2 to secure promotion in a thrilling final game of the season away to Aston Villa Ladies. After leading 3-0 until the 88th minute, Villa struck twice late on, but the Royals held out to clinch the title and ensure there was a perfect end to the historic season for the club.

The Royals got their domestic season underway last weekend and will be heading into tonight’s fixture in fine form after an impressive 2-0 win over Millwall Lionesses in the Women’s FA Cup. In a home fixture played at their new home for 2016, Adams Park, second half goals from Jade Boho-Sayo and Emma Follis saw the Royals rap up a comfortable victory to get their campaign off to a flying start.

Arsenal were also in FA Cup action last weekend but had a much tougher time of things, coming from a goal down in normal time to make it 1-1 and take their away fixture with Birmingham City Ladies to penalties. The Gunners were too strong for Birmingham in the shoot-out however, eventually winning 5-3 and progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Following Reading’s trip to Borehamwood they will face three further away fixtures. Twice the Royals will have to make the journey to Sunderland to face the Black Cats, in the league this coming Saturday, and then in the quarter final of the FA Cup the following weekend.

Reading’s final away journey before their first WSL1 home game of the season will be away to Notts County on the 24th of April. The blue and white hoops’ first home league game of 2016 will be another midweek evening clash with Arsenal, on the 27th of April at Adams Park.

For more information regarding Reading FC Women visit their website or follow you can follow them on Twitter @ReadingFCWomen. Find out more information on the Royals tickets by clicking here with Adult season ticket’s still available at just £35! 

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