After a postponed match against Birmingham City Women followed by a successful international break for many of the team, Reading FC Women are ready to get back to action when they host Everton on Sunday.
Reading FC Women vs Everton Women
Sunday 13th October
Kelly Chambers’ team were last in action on September 22nd when they defeated Tottenham 4-0 away from home in the opening round of the Continental Cup. Unfortunately, the side weren’t able to ride any momentum from such an outstanding team performance, as their next fixture the following weekend against Birmingham City Women was postponed on the morning of the game after a pitch inspection deemed Solihull Moors unplayable.
Following the postponed fixture was the international break, which saw several of Reading FC Women represented their countries in Euro 2021 qualifiers.
Among the International Royals' success stories was Rachel Rowe, who scored the winner against Belarus in her first game for Wales in almost a year due to injury, to guide them closer to advancing from Group C.
There were also goals from Norwegian Royals Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland and Amalie Eikeland as Norway put an impressive 13 goals past Faroe Islands. Additionally, it was an incredibly noteworthy international break for striker Rakel Hönnudóttir, who made her landmark 100th appearance for Iceland as they defeated Latvia 6-0.
Everton Women began their season in promising form, sitting pretty on top of the league after the first two games, with an away win against Birmingham City on the opening weekend, followed by a 2-0 win against Bristol City.
Birmingham settled the score and received some retribution at Damson Park in the Continental Cup however, beating the Toffees 1-0 in the Continental Cup, before Manchester City handed them their first league defeat a fortnight ago, winning 1-0 away from home.
The early part of the season has been largely positive for Reading FC Women, with an away win against Liverpool on the opening weekend and the dominant display against Tottenham at The Hive sandwiching the side’s sole loss of the 2019-20 campaign so far, against Manchester City Women.
“Last time we were at Adams Park, we went away very frustrated," Manager Kelly Chambers said of the opening home game of the season against Nick Cushing’s Manchester City side.
“Since then, we had a fantastic performance and result against Tottenham and it is extremely important that we continue where we left off. It’s always hard to play a fixture straight after international break when you’ve had so many players away.”
On the upcoming challenge of an Everton side that are currently sat in 4th place in the FA Women’s Super League, Chambers said: “Everton have shown a huge improvement already this season, have been playing well and picked up some good results.
"They will make the game difficult, but if we continue where we left off from Tottenham then the game will definitely be an exciting one, but our full focus is on getting 3 points.”
Royals skipper Natasha Harding – who captained Wales to the aforementioned victory over Belarus – knows all too well that Everton can be a tricky matchup. “Whenever we’ve encountered Everton in the past, it has been with mixed results and performances,” said Harding.
“The last time we played them, they beat us 3-2 away from home. For us, we want a result early on this season. We want to put a marker down and play to our strengths, especially at home.”
Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by showing their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park. 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. You can also buy on arrival at Adams Park.