Kelly Chambers: Reading boss happy with 'strong squad'

Reading FC Women
Reading FC Women are ahead of second-place Doncaster Rovers Belles on goal difference

Reading FC Women boss Kelly Chambers says her squad is still strong despite England striker Fran Kirby's departure to Chelsea Ladies last Wednesday.

Reading beat Durham 3-0 on Saturday to stay top of Women's Super League Two.

"The decision to let Fran go and grant her wishes was made because I know the strength of the squad that I've got," Chambers told BBC Sport.

"They're all good players and I trust this squad to do a job out there for me," she added.

Solid in defence
Reading have kept four consecutive clean sheets in WSL 2
They have not conceded a league goal from open play since 23 April

Kirby had been Reading's top goalscorer so far this season and was the top scorer in WSL 2 last year, with 24 league goals.

Reading signed striker Nicola Watts from Bristol Academy and Wales defender Nia Jones from Cardiff City over the summer break.

"They are additions that will strengthen this squad even more, and keep people on their toes," Chambers added.

"I know Nikki (Watts) is a goalscorer. She is a top-league goalscorer."

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