Reading Women kick off for the first time at Adams Park in the FA WSL1 on Wednesday evening as they take on Arsenal Ladies. The Royals will be looking for their first win of the season, having picked up two points from their opening three fixtures.
Arsenal, while looking forward to their FA Cup Final on Saturday 14th May, will have their minds firmly set on winning in the league. After strengthening their squad with players including Fara Williams, Jodie Taylor and Asisat Oshoala prior to the season, Pedro Martinez Losa and his players will be disappointed to have won only one of their opening three league fixtures. While their defeats came at the hands of title challengers Manchester City Women and Chelsea Ladies FC, their win came against none other than Reading Women in their opening fixture of the season.
Reading, meanwhile, will be disappointed after letting a lead slip on two occasions against Notts County last time out in their 2-2 draw. Despite making only a handful of signings in comparison to fellow promoted side Doncaster Rovers Belles, the Royals are seemingly settling into life in the top division pretty well already. With Zoe Cunningham making her senior debut for the club against Notts County, it is also clear that there is still plenty of young talent to come through the Reading ranks.
As previously mentioned, when the two sides met earlier in the season in Boreham Wood, Arsenal opened their season with a 3-1 win. Goals came courtesy of Dominique Janssen, Asisat Oshoala and Danielle Carter for the home side, with Jade Boho Sayo scoring for the visiting team. Both sides will be keen to win this time around, with Arsenal losing ground to the league leaders and Reading in search of their first win of the season.
While Kelly Chambers will be pleased with her side’s performances so far, she too will be hoping that the Royals can get the better of Arsenal on this occasion. It will be another tough test for the WSL2 Champions, but with home advantage on their side Reading will be optimistic of getting a result and turning their new home into a fortress.
“It’s going to be a brilliant occasion to play our first home game of the season at Adams Park and we know we’ve got a lot of people coming to the game – we’re all really looking forward to it.” – Lois Roche (Reading FC Women)
“Reading are a good side, they like to play football and although we got the three points against them earlier in the season, we know they will be no pushover.” – Alex Scott (Arsenal Ladies)
KICK-OFF 7:45pm at Adams Park, High Wycombe
Adults: £5, Concessions: £2.50 when booked in advance