Reading FC Women will have their first match under the lights at Adams Park this season, when West Ham United visit High Wycombe in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Reading FC Women vs West Ham United Women
Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Barclays FA Women’s Super League
All WSL matches were postponed over the weekend due to dangerous weather conditions across the UK. Both Reading and Wednesday’s opponents West Ham were scheduled to play on Sunday against Bristol City and Manchester City, respectively.
Previous to the weather affected weekend of fixtures, Kelly Chambers’ Royals were last in action the week before, drawing 1-1 to Manchester United at Adams Park. Despite Reading and United ending all square at the start of the month, Chambers felts her side could have walked away with all 3 points, after a second-half full of chances. A saved penalty from Fara Williams failed to put the Royals level after Lauren James opened the scoring in the first half for the visitors, but Williams converted her second attempt from the spot, to level the score and ensure the Royals walked away with a point.
West Ham were last in action the same weekend, losing 8-0 in a one-sided affair against Chelsea with goals coming from Ingle, Cuthbert, Bachman, Murphy and a brace each from Mjelde and England.
West Ham currently sit in 8th position in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, whereas Reading are in 6th place, a single point off 4th position.
Last time we met
On Sunday 24th November, after going one player and two goals down, Kelly Chambers’ 10-Woman Reading made the comeback of the season so far, scoring 3 goals in fifteen minutes to seal a remarkable away victory.
West Ham took the lead in the 4th minute through a close range free-kick, awarded after an unfortunate back-pass between Angharad James and Grace Moloney. In the dying moments of the first-half the odds were stacked even further against Reading as Rachel Rowe was dismissed by referee Lloyd Wood. Then, against the run of play, West Ham doubled their lead in the 65th minute, leaving the outcome seeming all but determined for the travelling Royals.
However, on the 75th minute, the comeback began in earnest when defender Kristine Leine – who scored her first Royals goal 3 days previously in the 6-0 victory against Crystal Palace – netted her second goal that week when she converted from closer range after a Fara Williams corner.
Just one minute later, Williams floated a beautiful ball through the middle onto Brooke Chaplen who nodded it on for herself, beating her marker and slotting the ball home, past Anna Moorhouse to bring the score level.
Not content with a hard-earned point, and where many sides would have sat back and played for the draw, Reading kept pushing, hitting the bar twice through Williams and Sophie Howard, whose 25-yard effort would have been a goal of the season contender had it dipped a centimetre lower.
But in the 88th minute, the winner did come, as another Williams corner made it’s way to the outside post, where Amalie Eikeland played the ball back across goal for Jade Moore to tuck away to round off an incredible team performance.
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 Adams Park.
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 Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).