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🔎 Miss Kick Match Preview: Reading vs City Women (A)

Everything you need to know as our Continental Cup campaign gets underway against the Royals this evening (7:30pm).

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LOOKING BACK: Charlton Athletic 2-1 Bristol City Women (Sun, Oct 10th)

It was late heartbreak for City on Sunday afternoon at The Oakwood as Emma Follis’ late diving header saw the Addicks snatch all three points in fourth minute of added time.

Follis had given the hosts the lead early in the first half as she intercepted Ffion Morgan’s back pass to Fran Bentley and the attacking midfielder made no mistake in poking the ball home.

City had their fair share of chances in the first period but they were met by a resolute Charlton defence, who made brave blocks in the box on four occasions.

Abi Harrison would produce a fine solo effort on the cusp of half-time to level the scores as she shimmied her way to the by-line before firing home from an acute angle.

Melissa Johnson went close for City before Kiera Skeels had the ball in the back of the net for Charlton, however the flag was raised for offside.

The Addicks would not be denied of a winner though as Megan Wynne picked out Follis in the box to head home and seal all three points.


🆚 OUR OPPONENTS: Reading Women

  • Formed: 2006
  • Stadium: Select Car Leasing Stadium
  • Nickname: The Royals
  • Manager: Kelly Chambers
  • Finished last season 7th in the Barclays FAWSL (24 points)

Reading currently sit 10th in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after a slow start to the 2021/22 campaign, which has seen them win one of their first five fixtures.

An opening day defeat to Manchester United was followed by losses to two North London opponents in Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and a 3-0 loss to the Toffees left the Royals without a win from their first four games.

Last weekend saw Kelly Chambers’ side pick up their first three points of the season, and they did so in style. The blew away Aston Villa with three first half goals from Amalie Eikeland, Rachel Rowe and Natasha Dowie to claim a 3-0 victory over the Villians. A result which will bring the Royals confidence coming into the cup competiton.

With Reading as the only top-flight club in Group D they will be seen as favourites to progress to the latter stages of the FA Continental Cup, but City did get the better of tonight’s opponent the last time they met.

A late Ebony Salmon strike saw the Robins overcome The Royals 3-2 at Ashton Gate Stadium back in March. 


👀 ONE TO WATCH: Rachel Rowe

The Wales midfielder has a knack of scoring screamers, one of which City have been on the receiving end of.

Despite receiving a red card the last time City met the Royals, Rowe was one of the stand-out performers for Kelly Chambers’ side as she found the back of the net with a thunderous strike from outside the box.

She’s in form too having inflicted the a near identical strike last weekend when the Royals picked up their first win of the season against Villa..

If allowed time and space on the ball, Rowe could well cause the City defence trouble.


📲 How to follow:

There will be no stream available for this evening’s Continental Cup fixture, however supporters can follow the action via the City Women Twitter account.

FOLLOW HERE


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