Fantastic Fara puts City to the sword
Reading Women 3 Bristol City Women 0
FARA WILLIAMS bagged a brilliant brace as Reading completed a weekend double over Bristol City.
Following on from the men’s victory over the Robins on Saturday, Kelly Chambers’ women repeated the feat on Sunday with a comfortable 3-0 win as Brooke Chaplen also found the net.
Chambers made three changes from the side which earned an impressive point at Manchester City last time out with Maz Pacheco, Jade Moore and Molly Bartrip replacing Becky Jane, Rachel Furness and Charlie Estcourt, who all dropped to the bench.
The two sides were locked on eight points apiece going into the game but Reading started brightly, calling goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley into two early stops.
Williams was the next to hit the target and she would be the one to break the deadlock just past the half hour mark, curling a stunning 20yard strike into the top corner.
That lead was doubled soon after the restart through Williams again, volleying in Natasha Harding’s cross from the right.
And the game was wrapped up on 65 minutes when Chaplen turned and finished in the box for her third goal of the campaign.
Lauren Bruton twice came close to adding a fourth but the Royals had to settle for three.
“It’s nice to come back home and put on a performance for the fans,” said boss Chambers.
“We knew it was going to be frustrating at times and we knew we had to be patient.
“But it was a great way to build on our result against Man City.”
Reading, who sit fifth in the table, have a week off before going to Brighton and Hove Albion on November 18.
READING: Moloney, Harding, Pearce (c), Potter, Pacheco (Woodham 78), Moore (Furness 63), Bartrip (Davison 67), Williams, Allen, Bruton, Chaplen.
Subs not used: Laws, Jane, Estcourt.
Goals: Williams x2 (32,50), Chaplen (65)
BRISTOL CITY: Baggaley, Dykes, Kerkdijk, Brown, Evans, Biesmans, Humphrey, Rutherford, Graham, Pattinson
(Payne 75), Kemppi (Rood 66).
Subs not used: Watson, Johnson, Wilson, Robinson, Woolley. Yellow cards: Rutherford (63), Kerkdijk (90+1)
Referee: Abigail Marnot
Tash Harding and Fara Williams celebrate
Jade Moore made her first start following injury
Captain Kirsty Pearce was rewarded for reaching 100 games for Reading
There was a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day
Tash Harding holds off her marker