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Royals return to WSL1 action this Sunday on Merseyside!

Kelly Chambers' side prepare to face Everton this weekend.

8 February 2018

After a difficult January period which has seen Reading FC Women go winless in their four fixtures, Kelly Chambers’ side will be looking to get back to winning ways this Sunday away at Everton Ladies.

The Royals’ last win actually came against the Toffees in December… and what a night that was!

Level pegging after 90 minutes and after extra time in the Continental Cup, a dramatic penalty shoot-out ensued and saw Reading reach their first ever semi-final.

Striker Kirsty Linnett deservedly got the plaudits that day after her long-range effort put her side ahead in extra time, before Chloe Kelly hit back for the Blues to forces spot-kicks, in which Linnett went on to score the winning penalty.

Everton Ladies currently sit ninth in the WSL1 table, after six losses, and wins against Sunderland Ladies and rock-bottom Yeovil Town Ladies. The Royals also have two wins, but their additional three draws see them sit in sixth place, with a game in hand on every team in the league bar Yeovil.

Reading will be without defender Harriet Scott, who broke her collarbone in last weekend’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Birmingham City.  Defender Becky Jane is also unavailable due to injury, along with England international Jade Moore, who has been side-lined since October with an ankle injury.

Reading’s top goal scorers both spent lengthy spells with the Toffees.  Brooke Chaplen has scored seven times in our colours so far this season, and she spent five years on Merseyside, while Fara Williams (five goals this campaign) enjoyed an eight-year tenure with Everton in which she made over 120 appearances, scoring a remarkable 70 goals.

You can follow this game via live updates by following @ReadingFCWomen on Twitter! 

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