Four­some start for Women

Read­ing Women 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 0

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER tcrocker@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

GOALS from Gemma Dav­i­son, Fara Wil­liams, Lau­ren Bru­ton and Remi Allen guided Read­ing to a com­fort­able 4-0 win over Yeovil at Adams Park.

With two Conti Cup wins al­ready un­der their belts, Kelly Cham­bers’ side con­tin­ued their fine start to the cam­paign by pick­ing up three points on the open­ing day of the FA WSL with a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Dav­i­son and Wil­liams found the net with bril­liant strikes in­side the open­ing 11 min­utes and two quick­fire sec­ond-half goals from Bru­ton, scor­ing from the penalty spot, and Allen sealed the vic­tory.

“We needed to make sure we started bright and we made sure we came away with a win,” said Cham­bers.

“In the sec­ond half we de­liv­ered an ex­cel­lent 45 min­utes. It should’ve been more in the back of the net to­day. That’s prob­a­bly the dis­ap­point­ing part.

“Every­one’s happy with the win and def­i­nitely for the back four, the amount of work we’ve been do­ing, to have a clean sheet but also be­ing a big part of our pos­ses­sion (game).

“It’s a good start to the sea­son and we need to make sure we carry that on.”

Cham­bers made two changes from the side which won at Manch­ester United be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break with Maz Pacheco com­ing in for her de­but in place of Molly Bar­trip, while fit-again Allen re­placed Rachel Rowe.

And Read­ing got off to a fly­ing start, tak­ing the lead af­ter five min­utes when Brooke Chaplen broke through and picked out Dav­i­son to imp­ishly lob the ball over goal­keeper Megan Walsh.

That lead was soon dou­bled when Wil­liams net­ted an­other stun­ning goal, smash­ing into the top corner left-footed.

The Roy­als front three con­tin­ued to link up through­out the half but could not add to their tally be­fore the half was out.

Chaplen had the ball in the net soon af­ter the restart, but the flag was raised for off­side. How­ever, Read­ing soon found them­selves 3-0 up af­ter Bru­ton clin­i­cally dis­patched a penalty fol­low­ing a foul on the ma­raud­ing Dav­i­son.

And mo­ments later it was 4-0 when Allen ghosted into space and headed home.

Dav­i­son struck the cross­bar late on while sub­sti­tute Char­lie Est­court also went close, but four goals were more than enough for vic­tory.

“It’s a great state­ment for us for sure,” said scorer Dav­i­son.

“Our aim is to get points and score as many goals as we can.

“We’re re­ally happy with the re­sult.”

Read­ing go to Ever­ton on Sun­day (2pm) be­fore a trip to one of the league’s new­com­ers West Ham United on Wednesday even­ing (7.45pm). READ­ING: Moloney, Pacheco, Pearce (c), Pot­ter, Harding, S. Howard (Fur­ness 45), Allen (Est­court 69), Bru­ton, Wil­liams (Wood­ham 57), Chaplen, Dav­i­son. Subs not used: Laws, Jane, Skeels. Goals: Dav­i­son (5), Wil­liams (11), Bru­ton (pen) (59), Allen (61) YEOVIL: Walsh, Alexan­der, Syme, Cousins, Short, Fer­gus­son, Hor­wood, Heather­son (Bur­ridge 83), Gaynor (Dono­van 64), Ma­son (Evans 45), God­dard. Subs not used: B. Howard, Bux­ton, Pig­gott, Fis­cher. Yel­low card: Evans (77) Ref­eree: He­len Con­ley At­ten­dance: 464

Pic­tures: Neil Gra­ham

Gemma Dav­i­son set Read­ing on their way to a big win

Fara Wil­liams in pos­ses­sion

Brooke Chaplen gets past for­mer Royal Bon­nie Hor­wood

Read­ing cel­e­brate

Lily Wood­ham came on for her league de­but

Read­ing fans

Remi Allen cel­e­brates with Lily Wood­ham

Lau­ren Bru­ton scores from the penalty spot

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