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Angharad James: “We can’t wait to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the league”

Royals Women midfielder looks ahead to Man City test

11 September 2019

Royals Women midfielder and Wales international, Angharad James has given her thoughts on Reading’s victorious start to the season against Liverpool and looks forward to the team’s first home game of the campaign this coming Sunday against Manchester City Women at Adams Park.

The opening game of Reading FC Women’s 2019-20 Women’s Super League season saw the team travel to Prenton Park to take on a Liverpool side that had bolstered their squad in pre-season. The Royals walked away with a hard fought 1-0 win after a beautiful 30-yard free kick from Fara Williams shortly before half time.

“It was a tough game but we always knew it was going to be,” James said. “Liverpool are a strong, competitive side who made some great signings in the summer. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the most important thing was getting off to a good start and picking up 3 points.”

The game was a typical back-and-forth encounter that could have seen a very different final score as both sides came close on several occasions, most noticeably Rinsola Babajide skimming the bar for the home side and Reading almost netting straight from kick-off with less than 15 seconds on the clock.

“We created a lot of chances,” James continued. “We worked hard over pre-season on our combination play and patterns and that was evident at times on Sunday, but we just need to be a little more consistent with it. We showed a lot of character to hold on to the 1-0 lead and see the game out. It’s all really positive.”

This Sunday sees the Royals first home game as Manchester City visit Adams Park. City ended last season as runners-up to Champions Arsenal and will be looking to capitalise on their Manchester derby victory on the opening day of the season that saw them edge past newly promoted Manchester United with a 1-0 win.

“Man City will be a different test. It’s a game where we can see how far we have come as a group, we believe as a team we can get a positive result if we execute our game plan and continue to build on last week’s performance. We can’t wait to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the league.”

Last season saw Reading and City meet twice in the WSL with City edging the action at Adams Park to a thrilling 4-3 away win. 

Brooke Chaplen put the Royals ahead early, before Nikita Parris completed an unanswered hat-trick by half time. City scored again early into the second half before Reading battled back with goals from Fara Williams and Kirsty Pearce, but the home side were just out of time and unable to complete a miraculous comeback.

Both teams shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Academy Stadium when Jade Moore’s strike saw Reading return to RG2 with a hard-earned point against a City team that didn’t drop many over the course of the season, especially at home.

This weekend’s fixture will see two in-form teams coming off wins and both widely tipped for top 4 finishes this season, coming together under the increasing spotlight of the Barclays Women’s Super League.

Reading FC Women v Manchester City Women | 15th September | 12.30pm | Adams Park

Tickets still available HERE

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