Reading managed to get back to winning ways by beating Birmingham 1-0. Amalie Eikeland scored the decisive goal in the first half to put the Royals 4th in the WSL.
Kelly Chambers' side started well and Fara Williams was unlucky to see her fierce shot fly just wide.
Hannah Hampton was called into action to make comfortable saves from Eikeland and Brooke Chaplen efforts.
It was Eikeland who broke the deadlock towards the end of a quiet first half as she managed to lob Hampton, having brilliantly taken down Remi Allen’s lofted pass forward.
Before half-time, Rachel Laws managed to tip a speculative bouncing shot over the bar, while at the other end Chaplen forced Hampton into a save at her near post.
Half-time: Reading FC Women 1-0 Birmingham City Women
Into the second half and Claudia Walker’s strike across goal almost nestled in the far corner for the visitors.
The chances came few and far between but Fara Williams had a couple of opportunities late on to extend Reading’s lead. The midfielder saw her curled effort saved by Hampton, before almost catching out the Birmingham shot-stopper directly from a corner.
In the end, Reading took the 3 points in a gritty encounter that sees them sitting pretty in the WSL.
Full-time: Reading FC Women 1-0 Birmingham City Women
Reading FC Women: Laws, Pacheco (Harding 76), Williams, James, Allen, Eikeland, Moore, Chaplen (Utland 71), Potter, Rowe, Howard (Bartrip 56).
Unused subs: Farrow, Bennink, Stewart.
Goal: Eikeland (39).
Yellow cards: Moore
Birmingham City Women: Hampton: Mayling (Simkin 65), Scott, Arthur, Williams, Grant (Visalli 74), Jordan, Whipp, Walker, Holloway, Staniforth.
Unused subs: Brooks, Kelly, Brougham.