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Preview | Royals Women take on Crystal Palace in final Madejski outing of 2019

A look ahead to Thursday’s Conti Cup clash against Palace in RG2

20 November 2019

In the last of 4 fixtures played at Madejski Stadium in as many weeks, we look ahead to Thursday evening, as Reading FC Women prepare to welcome Crystal Palace Women in the Continental Cup.

Reading FC Women vs Crystal Palace Women
Thursday 21st November, 7.30pm
Madejski Stadium
Continental Tyres Cup

Thursday evening’s meeting with 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. The trio of previous Madejski games have seen the Royals win, lose and draw in RG2 over the last few weeks, with each fixture being an exciting affair. Reading want to finish their run at Madejski in victorious fashion before the side return to their usual home ground of Adams Park, Wycombe against Arsenal Women on December 8th.

Kelly Chambers’ side currently sit second in Group D, just behind Chelsea. Both home games in the competition so far have been played at Madejski over the recent period of fixtures; a 3-2 win against Lewes in late October and a 1-0 loss to West Ham at the beginning of this month. The lone away cup fixture to date was a fantastic 4-0 hammering of Spurs at The Hive back in September.

Recent results at Madejski have been mixed, despite positive performances throughout. The aforementioned 3-2 victory against Lewes saw an inspiring performance from Fara Williams, who netted a hat-trick. The Loss to West Ham was a frustrating game for both manager Kelly Chambers and the team, as Reading had the majority of possession and constantly threatened the West Ham goal throughout.

The goals did, however, come in the Royals most recent game at Madejski against Bristol City on Sunday in the Barclays Women’s Super League. Reading were 2-0 up by the 18th minute with goals from Remi Allen and Brooke Chaplen, but against the run of play Bristol managed to pull one back just before the break. This was answered just 3 minutes into the second half with a third goal from the home side through Angharad James. Reading continued to control the match but were unable to put an exclamation mark on the game and score again despite a barrage of attempts and Bristol were able to pull 2 goals back to level the score just before the final whistle.

Reading will be looking to put themselves in a great position in Group D where another victory on Thursday evening against Palace will edge them ever closer to progression from the Conti Cup group stage.

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Pre Match Chat

One of Sunday’s goal scorers, Angharad James, is optimistic that another solid performance would follow on Thursday against Crystal Palace. “We’ll prepare like any other game.” James said, “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.”

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Captain Natasha Harding, who is currently side-lined with an injury, is looking at the positives of a run of dominant performances on the field. “Palace are a strong side, but we know we can bounce back from Sunday’s draw and get the win and 3 more points on the board in the Conti Cup. Our performances have been solid throughout, and all we need to do is work on translating that into goals and, ultimately, wins. We know we have the quality, we’ve shown that time and time again in wins over Liverpool, Spurs and Everton this season, we just need to fine-tune a few things and we’ll walk away with the victory.”

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Finally, Manager Kelly Chambers was also full of praise for the way her side has dominated play of late. “We’re glad that we have been able to put on great team performances recently, even if some of the results haven’t been the ones we’d wanted. We have deserved to walk away from each game with a win, which has been frustrating at times, but the girls are working hard on making sure we turn each performance into a result.”

However, on the subject of Thursday’s opponents, Chambers isn’t taking the Women’s Championship side lightly at all. “I’ve said it before, but there are no easy games at this level now, the sport is growing at such a rate that the margins are so small, and any team can win on their day. Crystal Palace are no different, and, as always, we’ve prepared for them as we would any other opponent. The girls want cup finals this year and we need to maintain our early form in the Conti Cup to get there. The same form that saw us beat Lewes and go to The Hive and put 4 past Tottenham."

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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 Madejski Stadium.

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).

Parking and Itinerary

  • Parking – Parking is free
  • Fanstore – 9am-7.30pm (approx.)
  • Ticket Office – 6pm-8pm
  • Gates Open – 6.30pm
  • Kick Off – 7.30pm
  • Full-time – 9.15pm (approx.)

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