Reading FC Women boss Kelly Chambers and goalscorer Rachel Furness reflect on the Royals' opening day win over Bristol City...Following Saturday evening’s win for Reading FC Women, manager Kelly Chambers was pleased with her team’s display as they took all three points away from home in the opening clash of the Spring series.
After a goalless first half against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, the Royals raced into a 3-0 second half lead, and despite a consolation for the hosts in the 72nd minute, Reading saw out the victory to make it a positive start to the campaign.
“I didn’t think we weren’t too good in the first half,” admitted Chambers. “We looked sluggish and didn’t get out of the blocks quickly enough, but we addressed that at half-time.
“The girls came out for the second-half absolutely flying and actually showed what we want to do and what we’re about this season. It’s nice to come away with 3 points, and to see the team find goal scoring form so early on”.
“I think the girls knew that it was just a case of they need to give us more,” Chambers continued. “We just needed more aggression and more speed, they came out and they delivered that."
Reading goal-scorer Rachel Furness netted her first for the club on Saturday afternoon and was delighted to help the Royals to an important opening day win in Bristol on her league debut.
Furness headed home from a corner to put the Royals in front on the 49th minute and feels the performance was a good reflection of what was a strong pre-season for the club leading up to the Spring Series.
“I think we made hard work of it but if you said at the start of the game we’d come away with three points we would have taken it,” said Furness.
“We’ve played some good football in pre-season and there are things we need to work on from this game, but the main aim of this game was to get three points, work hard, and build on it from there.
“We’ve been working on things in training and it’s nice to see them come off when we play,” continued the Northern Ireland international. “I’m very happy to get on the score sheet, but more importantly to get the win.”