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📰 Preview | Royals host Birmingham City in first home game of 2020

Reading FC Women return to Adams Park on Sunday

10 January 2020

This Sunday marks the first Reading FC Women home match of the new decade as Birmingham City visit Adams Park in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.

Reading FC Women vs Birmingham City Women
Sunday 12th January, 2pm
Adams Park
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Kelly Chambers’ Royals will play at Adams Park for the first time since they ended 2019 on a high against Tottenham on December 15th. The side put on an incredible come-from-behind performance that saw them trailing 1-0 to Spurs with less than 15 minutes of the game remaining. In what has become a trademark of the side this season, they refused to give up and miraculously turned the game around, finishing the decade with a 3-1 win at Adams Park after an equaliser from Jo Potter in the 77th minute, a second from Remi Allen on the 88th and the icing on the cake provided by Amalie Eikeland with the latest goal in WSL history in the 9th minute of additional time.

Reading were most recently in action at Kingsmeadow last Sunday against an undefeated Chelsea side. The Royals took the lead on 15 minutes when Rachel Rowe fired the ball into the Chelsea box, which was chested down by Brooke Chaplen, into the path Fara Williams, who hit the back of Ann-Katrin Berger’s net to open up the scoring. Moments later, Reading were reduced to 10 players when Grace Moloney was shown a red card for a challenge on Sam Kerr outside the Reading penalty area. The Royals held onto the lead until just before halftime and despite their best efforts and a fantastic goalkeeping display from substitute Rachel Laws, the number’s advantage was too much and Chelsea netted twice more in the second-half to secure a 3-1 victory.

Reading were scheduled to take on Sunday’s opponents Birmingham, away, back in September in the early stages of the 2019-20 season, but the pitch at Solihull Moors was deemed unplayable due to heavy rainfall and the match was postponed. Therefor, Sunday’s encounter between the two sides will be the first of the campaign.

Birmingham currently sit in 10th position in the WSL table, with two wins and a draw from their 9 matches so far. The Royals have played one more game than Birmingham and sit in 6th place, just 1 point behind Manchester United and Everton in 4th and 5th respectively.

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Pre Match Chat

“It’s going to be fantastic to be back at Adams Park to kick off 2020”, Manager Kelly Chambers said. “We ended the year in a pretty great way with the 3-1 win over Tottenham at home and we really want to carry on where we left off with a victory on Sunday against Birmingham”.

On last Sunday’s loss against Chelsea, Chambers said, “It was very frustrating. We were on top for that first twenty minutes, with eleven players on the pitch. We went 1-0 up and we were thinking to ourselves ok, we’re on top and we’re getting more comfortable in the game. Unfortunately, being reduced to 10 players was the killer for us. We were on top, on the front foot and causing Chelsea problems, but to go a player down against a side like Chelsea, it’s always going to be difficult. I think we were unlucky that we didn’t go into half time at 1-0, if that had have happened it could have been a different game. But to have 10 players against Chelsea, it was going to be a difficult game for us. As in so many circumstances before, our performance was great, it just didn’t go our way that day”.

“Sunday against Birmingham is where we get to put things right from the Chelsea loss. Obviously, Birmingham are a great side, they finished 4th in the league last season and, very much like us, are jockeying for position this year with the addition of a lot of good new sides. It’s fantastic to have Captain Tash Harding back to fitness and available last week for the Chelsea game, plus Moly Bartrip. We were very unlucky with injuries over the first half of the season, but hopefully things are going to be a bit different in 2020”.

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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).



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