Goalscorer on Sunday for Reading FC Women, Angharad James, looks back at a momentous Women’s Football Weekend, before switching her focus to Thursday’s Continental Cup Clash against Crystal Palace at Madejski.
With a colossal 77,000 football fans attending women’s matches across the country, the first ever FA Women’s Football Weekend was an undeniable success. Reading FC Women were amongst several women’s teams playing at men’s stadia last weekend, and despite not walking away with the deserved 3 points after a 3-3 draw with Bristol City Women, Angharad James knows the impact of such a significant initiative by the FA.
“It was nice to see so many people for Women’s Football Weekend at the Madejski, it was just a shame we couldn’t put on a result for them," she said.
"It’s been great that we have a weekend dedicated to women’s football now, it shows how far the women’s game has come and hopefully we can keep progressing and keep pushing forward.”
James scored a header from a Fara Williams corner in the 48th minute of the game to put Kelly Chambers’ Royals 3-1 up on Sunday at Madejski. Unfortunately, Reading let the lead slip despite dominating possession and constantly threatening the Bristol City goal, going on to concede twice as City hit them on the counter attack and levelled the score by the final whistle.
“The performance week-in-week-out is there, it’s just that the result wasn’t quite right,” James continued. “To go 3-1 up and then draw the game is disappointing but we’ve got 3 or 4 days to put things right ahead of the next game.”
On the side’s upcoming match against Crystal Palace this Thursday, again at Madejski, James was optimistic that another solid performance would follow.
“We’ll prepare like any other game. We’ll come out firing especially after the result on Sunday, we’re very disappointed with that, but we’ve got a few days to prepare right and get the game plan spot on and hopefully we’ll put on a show and get the result.”
Thursday’s game against Crystal Palace Women in the fourth group game of the Continental Cup is the final game in a recent run of fixtures that Reading FC Women have played at the Madejski Stadium, that have seen the Royals win, lose and draw in RG2 over the last few weeks. Each of the previous three fixtures have been exciting affairs and Reading want to finish their run of fixtures at Madejski in victorious fashion before the side return to their usual home ground of Adams Park, Wycombe against Arsenal Women on December 8th.
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 Madejski Stadium. Season Tickets for our Women’s team are also available for £35 Adults, £20 Concessions/Children and £70 Families.
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 Madejski for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).