Fan­tas­tic Fara puts City to the sword

Read­ing Women 3 Bris­tol City Women 0

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

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

At­ten­dance: 482

Pic­tures: Neil Gra­ham

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

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