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Reading Ladies 1 Forest Green Rovers 5
After a three-week break in the league programme, Rovers picked up their first win of 2004 with a much needed away victory to Reading Ladies.
Despite playing against the wind and slightly up hill, Rovers managed to take the lead when Phillipa Helliwell converted from a cross in 25th minute. Reading probably had the better chances in a scrappy first half but Rovers went in one nil up at half time.
Rover’s performance was much improved in the second half and they tore the opposition apart to ensure victory was theirs. Kerry Bartlett scored the second goal after shooting from an acute angle on the by-line in the 55th minute. Bartlett’s effort went over the keeper’s head and into the far corner of the goal to give Rovers a two-goal advantage. Bartlett then netted her second after powering in a shot from just in side the box. Helliwell then grabbed her second of the match in the 75th minute when she drove her shot across the keeper from just inside the area.
Reading scored a conciliation goal in the 80th minute to make the score 4-1. However, moments later Helliwell completed her hat-trick to make the final score 5-1 to Rovers.
Team: S. Pearson, K. Dexter, E. Clutterbuck, T. Rutter, E. Bartlett, Z. Burford, K Bartlett, S. Doel, A. Silk, P. Helliwell, J. Howard.
South West Combination League Round-up
Sunday 17th October 2004
Only one match was played today amongst many cancellations for County Cup matches. Clevedon Town were the visitors to Reading Ladies and were comfortbale winners by six goals to nil. This means Reading are on an ELEVEN match losing streak in the South West Combination. Clevedon have now won three consequtive matches.
South West Combination League
Sunday 7th November 2004
Cardiff City Bluebirds hold the only 100% record remaining in the league with an emphatic 8-1 win over Oxford City. Chesham United still hold on to the lead with a battling win away to Swindon Town. Reading Royals are still chasing with another heavy win over their local rivals, Reading Ladies. Launton were beaten at home by Clevedon Town, which means they are bottom and have already conceded more than 50 goals. There was a goal-scoring spree at Keynsham, where the home side scored five and STILL lost the match as Plymouth Argyle netted seven.
South West Combination League
South West Combination League Round-up
Sunday, 17th April 2005Reading Royals returned to winning ways with a 6-2 win away to Clevedon Town leaving them only two wins away from winning the SW Combination title.
Chesham United did what they can to hold onto second place by thrashing Reading Ladies 10-0, with Cardiff City Bluebirds playing in the Welsh Cup final today. This was the second successive match in which Reading conceded double figures. The defeat also confirms their relegation along with Launton - who did not play today.
Newton Abbot were victors by the odd goal in five today, with goals from Jamie Schofield, Karen Smith and an Own Goal securing the win over Swindon Town. Swindon have completed their league fixtures and ended with a whimper claiming 1 points from the final 12!
The performance of the day was surely that of Forest Green Rovers. Having lost their last seven successive league matches Forest Green were facing the leagues form side in Plymouth Argyle, who were on a six match winning streak. Unsurprisingly, Argyle took the early lead and the writting seemed to be on the cards for another home win, especially when star striker Kerry Bartlett failed to convert a penalty. However, Forest Green completed a remarkable comeback in the second half thanks to a Bartlett brace to claim a valuable three points.
Berks and Bucks Women's County Cup Final
Reading Royals won their 3rd County cup in four seasons when they defeated
Reading Girls on Sunday at Thatcham Town 4-0.
Reading Girls played 4-5-1 and got ten behind the ball to try and make it difficult for the Royals who were wasteful in front f goal when well placed in the first
half. Credit to the girls they battled for every ball but failed to trouble the Royals goal once in the first half.
The second half continued as the first had finished with the Royals camped
in the girls half. The goal looked inevitable and when Sussanah abbot
crossed from the left Carla Rose scored with a diving header. Girls had to
change their formation and become a little more adventurous in an attempt
to get back in the game but all it did was allow Royals more space and time
on the ball. The second followed quickly when Rose was bought down clean
through, the referee showed great sensitivity by leaving the final Reading
girls defender on the pitch but Cheryl Williams blasted home the penalty.
Susannah Abbott who had a fantastic second half caused the girls all sorts
of trouble and thoroughly deserved to score when she tore down the left
beating two defenders before finishing into the far corner. Reading girls
were saved by the crossbar twice and cleared off the line before substitute
Sarah Lipscombe came onto to score the fourth by cooly lifting the ball
into the net over the onrushing Reading girls keeper having been played in
by Shelly Strudley. Despite having one or two promising moments the
battling Reading girls did not actually manage to register a shot on
It was a good contest played competitively but in a good spirit. Reading
Royals hope to back up the win by securing the 7 points they require to win
the South West Combination.
"Reading girls battled really hard and put ten men behind the ball in the
first half to make life difficult for us. We were a bit careless in front
of goal in the first half but knew if we were patient and scored the first
goal the game would open up. Once we scored they did very well to restrict
us to the four goals as the quality of our passing, movement and finishing
were excellent. Winning the County Cup means a lot to the club and I hope
will give the girls a boost for the title run in. The league is our
priority as we are desperate to test ourselves in the Women's National
Watford Ladies 1-3 Reading Women
Highlights from the The FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match between Watford Ladies and Reading Women.
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