Foursome start for Women
Reading Women 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 0
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
Gemma Davison set Reading on their way to a big win
Fara Williams in possession
Brooke Chaplen gets past former Royal Bonnie Horwood
Lily Woodham came on for her league debut
Remi Allen celebrates with Lily Woodham
Lauren Bruton scores from the penalty spot