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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION HEAD TO THE MADEJSKI STADIUM

20 April 2019

Geoff Penn
Ellie Brazil.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to FA Women’s Super League action this afternoon when the team take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium, kick-off 1pm.

Hope Powell’s side will take to the field again after a one-month break, and will look for a positive start to their final three matches of the season after having their top-flight status confirmed for a second season following Yeovil Town’s relegation.

In their last match on the 13th March against Yeovil, a Victoria Williams header gave Albion the lead before Ellie Mason's equaliser pegged back the Seagulls.

Albion had chances late on, with the most notable coming from Ini Umotong, who fired against the post in the last minute, but despite coming close, the points were shared.

In contrast, Reading head into this match having played their most recent fixture on Wednesday, also against the relegated Glovers, and comfortably won the match 5-0.

Goals from England international Fara Williams, Lauren Bruton (2) and Millie Farrow (2) captured the three points for the Royals, who enhanced their claims for a top five finish.

In the previous meeting between the teams earlier this season, the Royals overcame the Seagulls at the People’s Pension Stadium in Crawley.

An unfortunate own goal from Marie Hourihan – after the ball hit the post and ricocheted in off her back – gave Reading the lead, which Brooke Chaplen doubled just before the hour mark.

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Albion forward Aileen Whelan pulled a goal back just minutes later, but Fara Williams and Gemma Davison were on target to secure a 4-1 victory for the Royals.

The current FA WSL standings have Reading placed in sixth, just one point behind fifth-placed Bristol City, with Albion in ninth place, three points behind Liverpool and four clear of Everton who lie in tenth.

Albion supporters can follow the match via a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report and reaction to follow.


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