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Preview | Royals Women return to Adams Park to host Arsenal

A look ahead to Sunday’s WSL clash against league leaders

6 December 2019

This Sunday marks the return of Reading FC Women to Adams Park for the first time since mid-October, as they host top of the table Arsenal in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.

Reading FC Women vs Arsenal Women
Sunday 8th December, 2.30pm
Adams Park
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Ahead of Arsenal Women’s visit to Adams Park this Sunday, Kelly Chambers’ Royals are coming off some impressive results, which include a 6-0 victory against Crystal Palace in which Norwegian striker Lisa-Marie Utland netted 5 times. The win over Palace was the last of 4 fixtures the side played at the Madejski Stadium across October and November. This was followed up by the come-from-behind performance of the season so far against West Ham, where a 10 player Reading side came back from a 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory with just 15 minutes of the game to go.

Reading’s most recent outing against Brighton & Hove Albion was another never-say-die performance, with Remi Allen scoring a 94th minute equaliser to ensure the Royals walked away from the People’s Pension Stadium with a hard-earned point.

Arsenal are coming off a colossal 11-1 victory against Bristol City last weekend, which saw Vivianne Miedema score 6 of the goals herself. This win ensured Arsenal go into the match at Adams Park in the top spot in the WSL on goal-difference, as they sit on the same points as Manchester City. Joe Montemurro’s side’s lone loss in the WSL came at the hands of Chelsea back on October 13th, the same day that Reading last played at Adams Park, beating Everton 3-2.

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Pre Match Chat

Manager Kelly Chambers was typically honest regarding her side’s recent run of gutsy, come-from-behind performances, “It’s frustrating because we don’t want to be in those situations to begin with. Credit to the girls, against Brighton they took on information at half-time and delivered and I think that if you look at the second 45 minutes, we should have scored a few more goals. We’re glad that we came away with a point that day, as much as we wanted to try and take all 3, but with the circumstances as they were, we’re happy.”

As has been the story of the season so far for Reading, against Brighton the side created chance-after-chance but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. They hit the bar twice and Fara Williams – who scored Reading’s opening goal in the 18th minute, directly from a corner – came agonisingly close with a free-kick.

“With the amount of chances that we did have in the second-half against Brighton, we should be putting more away,” Chambers said. “The girls have shown their fight over the last few games, you look at West Ham, going down to ten players and taking three points there, it was fantastic. For us it’s just a case of looking at our first-half performances and bring them up to par with our second-half performances of late. If we can do that and play the way we have in the second-half against West Ham and against Brighton, then I think we have a good chance of taking something.”

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Captain Natasha Harding, who is still dealing with an injury that has kept her watching the team from the side-lines of late, said: “Obviously Arsenal are such a dangerous side, you can see that from their current form, not to mention their result against Bristol at the weekend, but I know the girls have trained hard and we are coming off some great momentum and gutsy performances. We believe we can hang with any team that is put in front of us and we have shown that this season.”

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Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park.

Match tickets for this game are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here. Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).


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