Match Report | Royals return to winning ways
Reading secure comfortable 3-0 win over Robins
After a commendable second half performance earned Reading a valuable point in Manchester against a strong Man City team, Kelly Chambers' side were back at home and welcomed Bristol City in the FA WSL. The visitors went into the game on parallel form with the Royals. Two wins, two draws and two defeats for both sides before kick-off.
Reading started with intensity and Bristol City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley was forced into two early stops. The first was a routine catch from Lauren Bruton's shot. Brooke Chaplen was played through moments later but also denied by the out-rushing Baggaley.
Chaplen teed up Fara Williams on the edge of the area 10 minutes in, but Baggaley was equal to the shot, diving to her left to smother it.
Despite the visitors growing into the game and having a bit more possession, Kelly Chambers' side still looked a threat going forward. Some neat interchange between Bruton and Chaplen allowed the latter to get a shot away, but it was comfortably held.
Goals have been fairly hard to come by at late for Reading, but the deadlock was broken just after the half hour mark through another trademark Williams strike. Having collected a throw-in at her feet, she turned smartly before curling an effort into the far top corner.
Five minutes into the second half and Reading's lead was doubled through Williams again. Natasha Harding collected a superb cross-field pass before picking out Williams in the centre with a measured cross. Williams then dispatched first-time with a controlled volley which flew past Baggaley.
Chaplen added a third 15 minutes later having turned well inside the penalty box and finished past Baggaley, who was unable to keep it out, having got a touch.
Bruton fired over 8 minutes from time and at the other end Moloney watched Ella Rutherford's strike from distance sail past her post.
Agonisingly, Bruton couldn't add a fourth in stoppage time. Baggaley denied her with a save at the near post. The resulting corner was eventually poked home by Bruton but from an offside position and the goal was ruled out.
After the game, manager Kelly Chambers spoke to the club's media team:
"It's nice to come back home and put on a performance for the fans today. Nice clean sheet, three goals. A great way to build on our result against Man City."
" We knew it was going to be frustrating at times and we knew we had to be patient. We need to make sure we maintain them levels now."
Two-goal hero Fara Williams also reflected on a big three points:
"It's always nice to get on the scoresheet. But the most important thing for us is that we bounced back from the Arsenal result two weeks ago. We're building and want a good run now."
"We got a clean sheet and a few goals. We can only build on that. The Man City result for us was fantastic."
Reading: Moloney; Pacheco (Woodham 78), Williams, Bartrip (Davison 66), Pearce (C), Allen, Bruton, Harding, Moore (Furness 61), Chaplen, Potter
Subs not used: Jane, Estcourt, Laws
Scorers: Williams (31,50) Chaplen (65)
Bristol City: Baggaley; Dykes, Evans, Brown, Kerkdijk, Pattinson (Payne 75), Humphrey, Kemppi (Rood 66), Rutherford, Graham, Biesmans
Subs not used: Watson, Johnson, Wilson, Robinson, Woolley
Yellow cards: Rutherford, Kerdijk Red cards:
Referee: Abigail Marriott