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Harding: "These are the teams we want to challenge ourselves against"

Royals Women skipper hopes to show squad's potential against Man City this weekend

13 September 2019

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Reading FC Women captain, Natasha Harding hopes for plenty of Royal support at the weekend, as Kelly Chambers' side get ready to take on Manchester City at Adams Park on Sunday.

After a hard-earned 1-0 win over Liverpool last weekend, the Royals head home for the first time this season to take on last season's WSL runners-up.

Wales international Harding said she hopes to see larger attendances for Reading games this season, following on from two successful campaigns in the league for the Royals.

"You can tell it's a passionate fanbase here and, for me, we do have some crossover - some of the men come out and support us, and I'm hoping that we'll gain some momentum now," Harding said ahead of the game.

"More success brings more fans, hopefully that'll happen and we'll start to pick up the points to be successful, start winning more and hopefully we'll see that with the turnstiles getting a bit higher.

"With a big name like Man City, hopefully it'll bring bigger crowds, that's what we're hoping for. As an individual, you play this game and that's what fans want to see - a spectacle.  

"I'm hoping that the game will be a very exciting one and I'm hoping that we get the three points as well. 

"For us, we want to compete but we're realistic as well. We're not going to sit here and say we're going to be number one and top of the league, but we have to challenge ourselves to that next step, and these are the teams we want to challenge ourselves against.

"The game plan started as soon as the final whistle went against Liverpool, everyone's working hard and everyone's buying into eveything that's happening. 

"We know that if we get things right, we'll hopefully get a result on Sunday."

There's still time to get your tickets for the weekend's WSL clash, which kicks off at 12.30pm on Sunday 15th September at Adams Park. Click here for further information.

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