Golden girl has sights set on Sweet­man-Kirk

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

READ­ING striker He­len Ward has backed team-mate Emma Fol­lis to win the WSL2 Golden Boot af­ter over­tak­ing for­mer Roy­als striker Fran Kirby in the club’s goalscor­ing charts.

Kirby left for Chelsea fol­low­ing the World Cup, but had al­ready struck 11 times in five ap­pear­ances for Read­ing in the first half of the cam­paign.

But a goal for Fol­lis the Roy­als’ 8-0 de­struc­tion of Lon­don Bees last week­end took the striker up to 12 goals for the cam­paign, trumping Kirby’s tally and set­ting her up to fin­ish as top scorer.

And Ward be­lieves there is still plenty more to come from the Eng­land Un­der-23s striker as she seeks to chase down the tally of Don­caster Rovers Belles’ star Court­ney Sweet­man-Kirk.

“Emma must be feel­ing good about be­com­ing our top scorer,” she said. “She’s re­ally come up with the goods at times in games where we have needed a goal, and it’s counted for a lot for us.

“But, in gen­eral, we’ve played re­ally well as a team and it’s not about any in­di­vid­ual do­ing par­tic­u­larly well.

“So it’s great for Emma that she’s do­ing so well, and I’d love for her to go on and be­come top scorer in this league.

“But for us it’s about pro­mo­tion as a team, and we’re do­ing it all to­gether wher­ever the goals come from.”

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