This Sunday, Manchester United head to Adams Park in a game that will have huge ramifications in the race for a Top 4 finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League
Reading FC Women vs Manchester United Women
Sunday 2nd February, 2pm
Barclays FA Women’s Super League
Kelly Chambers’ Royals are coming off a 5-0 win in the FA Cup Fourth Round against London City Lionesses at Princes Park last Sunday and return to Adams Park for the first time in 3 weeks, since they defeated Birmingham City there in mid-January.
Last weekend in the FA Cup, Fara Williams opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before Jo Potter doubled the Royals’ lead with a header on the half-hour mark. Maz Pacheco netted her first ever Reading goal on the stroke of half-time after a shot from Williams hit the bar and settled nicely for the defender to slot home. Lisa-Marie Utland added her name to the scoresheet midway through the second-half and Williams completed a brace with a coolly converted spot-kick to round off an impressive victory.
Casey Stoney’s Manchester United are coming off a cup clash of their own, as they lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Semi-Final of the Continental Cup. Prior to that, United have been on good form in the league, taking 4th place off Reading the weekend before the FA Cup break, when they defeated Tottenham 3-0 and Reading lost away to Everton. It was all change as Reading went from 4th down to 6th and United slotted into 4th place above the Royals and Everton.
Only a point separates Reading and United and a win for either side will see them finishing the weekend above the other, so there is a lot at stake at Adams Park on Sunday.
Last time we met
Reading FC Women took on Manchester United back in October of last year, leaving Leigh Sports Village on the losing side of a 2-0 scoreline. It was a frustrating afternoon in Manchester as the Royals were unable to make their possession and dominance count, particularly in the second-half and United took their chances and all three points after a goal in each half.
Reading had been on a great run of four wins out of five prior to the game at Leigh Sports Village, including an away victory against Liverpool and a 4-0 hammering of Tottenham. But a certain amount of momentum was halted after the loss, despite the fact that the Royals saw the better of the action on the day.
“We went there to make it ugly,” Manager Kelly Chambers said after the game on October 27th. “I think, performance wise, we were on top of them and the disappointing thing is that we didn’t come away with a result, whether that’s a point, or whether it’s three points. It’s frustrating because I thought we were outstanding and if you watch the game over 90 minutes and particularly in the second half, you’ll see we were camped in their half. For us, we need to be more clinical in front of goal and if we’d have done that we would have walked away with the points.”
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).