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Women’s FA Cup campaign begins this Sunday…

A preview of our first involvement in this year’s competition

1 February 2018

Kelly Chambers’ side will begin their Women’s FA Cup campaign this Sunday against Birmingham City Ladies at Adams Park – it’s a chance to make some more inroads in cup competition!

As well as an impressive showing to date in the FA WSL1 league, our girls also made it to the final four of the Continental Cup.

Lend your support, if you can, to the team as they embark on their latest cup run…

Our Form (WWLLD)

After a brilliant end to 2017, featuring wins against Millwall and Everton in the Continental Cup, it was an extremely tough start to 2018 facing league-leaders Manchester City, before hosting Arsenal back to back.

Nick Cushing’s City got the better of Reading on January 7th, before Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal knocked the Royals out of the Conti Cup by inflicting a heart-breaking 3-2 defeat in the semi-final, where Reading had led 2-1 before two late goals from the Gunners. Exactly a fortnight later we hosted Arsenal in the league, and a resilient performance earnt us a point in a goalless draw.

Their form (LLLWW)

The Blues ended 2017 on a less positive note, losing each of their final three games, against Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland.

2018 however has seen Marc Skinner’s side earn league wins against struggling Bristol City (2-0), and winless Yeovil Town (3-0).

Previous meetings

The last four meetings between the two sides, remarkably, have all ended in draws… however this will change on Sunday one way or another!  One side must proceed to the fifth round of the FA Cup, and if all is square after 90 minutes, the tie will go into extra-time and potentially penalties.

Sunday’s meeting is an intriguing tie as there is very little between the two sides, both currently in the league and in recent history.  Marc Skinner’s side are currently a respectable fifth in the league, one place higher than Reading who have one less point, but who also have a game in hand.

What the gaffer says

Speaking after our recent draw against Arsenal, Kelly Chambers said: “I think we can cause Birmingham different problems than we have done in the past, but we also know it’s going to be a tough game.  They are a very resilient side and they don’t concede many goals. They’ve also got a good strike force who can also score goals so we know it’s going to be a tough game.”

Further information

Progress in last years’ competition was halted by eventual winners Manchester City, who edged a 1-0 win at their academy stadium on 18th March 2017.

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