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Bristol City Women 1-3 Reading Women

Lauren Hemp of Bristol City Women is tackled by Rachel Furness of Reading
Bristol City have previously used Ashton Gate for Women's Champions League games

The Women's Super League One Spring Series season began with a solid win for Reading over newly-promoted Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

After an even first half Reading - in their second season as a top-flight club - hit three quickfire goals.

Rachel Furness' header, Rachel Rowe's low strike and Melissa Fletcher's tap-in did the damage.

Lauren Hemp tucked in a consolation for the hosts, who were runners-up in WSL 2 in 2016.

A crowd of 1,127 watched the match, which kicked off shortly after Bristol City's men's side beat Barnsley in the Championship in a rare double-header.

The Vixens had gone close to opening the scoring early on, but Scotland winger Claire Emslie's close-range shot was well saved by Reading's Mary Earps.

The Spring Series is a one-off, transitional competition in which each team will play each other just once and no side can be relegated, devised to bridge the gap between the 2016 summer and the 2017-18 campaign, as the WSL switches to a winter calendar.

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

  • 1Leach
  • 12Allen
  • 8Ladd
  • 4MatthewsSubstituted forPalmerat 69'minutes
  • 3AlexanderSubstituted forWoodhamat 84'minutes
  • 14Brett
  • 21Turner
  • 7Arthur
  • 10Fergusson
  • 27Hemp
  • 11Emslie

Substitutes

  • 2Dykes
  • 13Watson
  • 17Agg
  • 18Brown
  • 20Syme
  • 24Palmer
  • 28Woodham

Reading Women

  • 1Earps
  • 3Scott
  • 6McGee
  • 15Green
  • 2Jane
  • 17EstcourtSubstituted forAllenat 45'minutes
  • 7Furness
  • 23Rowe
  • 9Bruton
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forLahmariat 72'minutes
  • 20Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 10Lahmari
  • 21Moloney
  • 25De Bunsen
  • 34O'Rourke
  • 36Burgess
Referee:
Robert Massey-Ellis
Attendance:
1,127

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol City WomenAway TeamReading Women
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City WFC 1, Reading Ladies 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City WFC 1, Reading Ladies 3.

Delay in match (Bristol City WFC).

Hand ball by Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies).

Attempt missed. Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Lily Woodham (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rebecca Jane (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City WFC. Lily Woodham replaces Megan Alexander.

Jodie Brett (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies).

Attempt saved. Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Flo Allen (Bristol City WFC).

Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt blocked. Olivia Fergusson (Bristol City WFC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City WFC 1, Reading Ladies 3. Lauren Hemp (Bristol City WFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jodie Brett.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Anissa Lahmari replaces Brooke Chaplen.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City WFC. Aimee Palmer replaces Jasmine Matthews.

Olivia Fergusson (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies).

Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brooke Chaplen (Reading Ladies).

Hand ball by Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies).

Attempt saved. Melissa Fletcher (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City WFC 0, Reading Ladies 3. Melissa Fletcher (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Claire Esmlie (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harriet Scott (Reading Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City WFC 0, Reading Ladies 2. Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Olivia Fergusson (Bristol City WFC).

Anna Green (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Claire Esmlie (Bristol City WFC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bristol City WFC. Conceded by Anna Green.

Attempt missed. Jodie Brett (Bristol City WFC) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City WFC 0, Reading Ladies 1. Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Rachel Rowe with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Millie Turner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol City WFC 0, Reading Ladies 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Remi Allen replaces Charlie Estcourt.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol City WFC 0, Reading Ladies 0.

Attempt saved. Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Reading Women11003123
2Arsenal Ladies00000000
3B'ham City Ladies00000000
4Chelsea Ladies00000000
5Liverpool Ladies00000000
6Man City Women00000000
7Notts County Ladies00000000
8Sunderland Ladies00000000
9Yeovil Town Ladies00000000
10Bristol City Women100113-20
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