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Williams | “If I’m enjoying it, I’ll go as long as I can”

Hat-trick hero and Lionesses most capped player not ready to call it a day any time soon

22 October 2019

Reading FC Women’s Fara Williams is showing no sign of slowing down after a hat-trick at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

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The holder of an unrivalled 172 caps for England is in incredible form with four goals and four assists in the first five games of the season so far.

Williams scored all three goals for the Royals as they defeated Lewes FC Women 3-2 at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

"It’s great to play at our Men’s ground; fantastic stadium; fantastic support,” Williams said. "We got the win so hopefully that will keep the fans coming back. They’ll see the effort in the second half and that, as a team, the badge means a lot to us."

Williams got all three assists the weekend before the Continental Cup clash against Lewes, when Kelly Chambers’ side were again 3-2 winners, this time against Everton Women at Adams Park.

Williams also netted the winner when Reading FC Women took three points from Liverpool at Prenton Park on the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League, with a thunderous 40-yard free kick.

"It’s always nice to score. I’m happy that we won the game and my goals contributed to that. I’m somebody that is definitely a team player and I always want the team to do well," she continued.

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Despite the Royals maintaining their perfect start to the Continental Cup campaign with the victory over Lewes, Williams showed her competitiveness and honesty in her critique of the side’s performance.

"Collectively, we weren’t good enough today, for the first 45 minutes we certainly didn’t come out the blocks. We had a game plan that we didn’t execute well enough in the first half and Lewes got themselves in front."

In a similar fashion to the aforementioned win against Everton Women the week before, Reading took control and imposed their will in the second half, dominating the action and constantly knocking on the door with attempt after attempt on the Lewes goal.

Eventually, the side’s perseverance paid off and Williams’ winner came in the 92nd minute. "We want to show the fans that came out that we’re a team that want to win and hopefully we did that by getting the late goal.

"I like to think I’m a winner. I want to win every game I play and show the players around me that I am a winner and if I don’t show that in my performances then I might as well retire.

"So, while I’ve got that motivation and drive, I’ll play, and I feel I’m still showing that and that’s why my boots haven’t been hung up yet."

On the subject of retirement, Williams rightly isn’t even entertaining the thought, and her inspiring performances this season are testament to that.

"If I’m enjoying it, I’ll go as long as I can,” she said. "I love the game and if my body allows me to, then I’ll stay in it and if they keep offering me contracts then I’ll take them. Once my legs are gone and I’m not contributing the way I currently am, then I know it’ll be time to give up."

Fara Williams will be returning to the Madejski as Reading FC Women play three matches in RG2 before the end of the calendar year. Tickets are available here.

West Ham United Women | November 3rd | 2pm | Continental Cup

Bristol City Women | November 17th | 2pm | Barclays WSL

Crystal Palace FC Women | November 21st | Continental Cup


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