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Reading Women earn point on the road

20 May 2016

Royals battle to point against Birmingham City

Reading FC Women earned another valuable point on the road, battling to a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City Ladies.

The WSL1 clash at Solihull Moors FC saw the Royals vying for their first win of the season, but neither side was able to break the deadlock despite there being a number of chances throughout the 90 minutes.

Winger Emma Follis created the Royals best chances, forcing two saves from Birmingham keeper Sophie Baggaley. Baggaley showed good reactions to kick away the wingers’ volley, and then scrambled to her left to grab another shot in first-half stoppage time as Reading pushed to take the lead.

Blues’ Freda Ayisi spurned the game’s best chances as Reading’s fought well to break up Birmingham’s attacking threat, although a couple of half chances went their way early on with Ayisi seeing a couple of efforts blocked.

In the second half two superbly timed last-ditch tackles from Kerys Harrop and Jess Carter snuffed out two good Reading opportunities, while Royals forward Melissa Fletcher drilled a shot at Baggaley.

Mel Lawley’s pace began to make inroads for Birmingham who failed to profit from a stream of dangerous left-wing crosses. Ayisi just failed to get a meaningful touch inside the six-yard box after Jade Moore reached the byline before nodding Harrop’s left-wing cross wastefully wide in the 74th minute.

Reading played out the rest of the game to earn a well-deserved point moving them up to 7th place in the league table.

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