Tuesday 8 January 2019

Match Preview | vs Chelsea

The FA Continental Tyres Cup – Quarter Final


Date: Wednesday 9th January, kick off 7.30pm

Competition: The FA Continental Tyres Cup – Quarter Final

Venue: Kingsmeadow, Kingston Road, KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, Surrey

Post Code: KT1 3PB

The Royals are back in action this Wednesday when they take on Chelsea FC Women at Kingsmeadow in a bid to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup for the second consecutive season. Both sides got knocked out at the semi-final stage last season – the Royals were narrowly beaten at home 2-3 by eventual winners Arsenal, whilst Chelsea were beaten 0-1 at home by Manchester City. Recent meetings between the sides have been closely fought affairs; last season both WSL1 meetings ended as 2-2 draws and earlier this season a solitary Ji So-Yun separated the sides at Kingsmeadow.Chelsea, the reigning WSL champions, started this season’s campaign with three goalless draws but have now won 7 of their 12 fixtures with just one defeat, 0-5 at home to the table topping Arsenal Women. Emma Hayes’ side are currently in 3rd place, five points adrift of their North London rivals.

In the group stage of this season’s Continental Tyres Cup Reading finished runners-up to Manchester United in Group 2 North. Meanwhile Chelsea comfortably won all of their Group 1 South fixtures with home wins over Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 and Yeovil Town Ladies 7-0, and away wins at London Bees 6-1, Crystal Palace Ladies 4-0 and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 5-0. Bethany England has scored in each fixture and altogether has netted eight of Chelsea’s 25 goals in this season’s Conti Cup.

Other Quarter Final Ties:

Arsenal v Birmingham

Man City v Brighton & Hove

Manchester United v West Ham

Recommended road directions

Leave the M25 at Junction 10 and take the A3 towards London. Follow the A3 for around 11 miles and at the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left turn into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the left filter lane and the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow Stadium is one mile on the left (not far past the Homebase Design Centre that you will pass on your right). Mileage from Reading = 43 (average journey time 55 minutes)

There is limited parking available at the ground which is free.

Travelling by train

The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton, which is about a 15-minute walk away. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. Leave the station via the back exit (westbound platform), and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right on to Gloucester Road, and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right.

Ticket Information

Individual ticket prices for Chelsea’s League Cup games at Kingsmeadow are:

£3 adults £1 juniors and seniors

Safe travelling! Your support is very much appreciated by all at Reading Football Club.

Adrian Wood