The FA Women's Super League
Reading WomenReading Women1West Ham WomenWest Ham United Women2

Reading Women 1-2 West Ham United Women

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Madejski Stadium
West Ham United women forward Alisha Lehmann
Alisha Lehmann's two goals for West Ham took her tally for the season to eight

West Ham ended a three-game Women's Super League losing streak as Alisha Lehmann's brace saw them beat Reading.

Lehmann bagged the opener midway through the first half when she slotted past goalkeeper Grace Moloney.

The Switzerland international doubled the lead when she collected a diagonal ball and fired home right-footed.

Fara Williams pulled one back with a penalty after Rakel Honnudottir was brought down by Hammers keeper Anna Moorhouse but the visitors held on.

Both of Lehmann's goals came from pinpoint assists from Korea midfielder Cho So-Hyun, first with a delicate through ball and then again with a raking cross-field pass.

Reading were playing at the Madejski Stadium for the first time this season, but it was West Ham who registered their first league win of 2019 in the new surroundings.

The hosts missed a glorious early chance through Lauren Bruton, who was unable to convert Williams' square ball across the penalty box as Moorhouse raced off her line.

Rachel Furness also had a header tipped over the crossbar when she was left unmarked at the back post from a corner.

After Williams' penalty narrowed the deficit, Bruton was again denied by some last-ditch West Ham defending as they blocked a goal-bound effort from inside the six-yard box.

Victory lifted West Ham above Reading to sixth and stretched the Royals' winless league record to five games.


Reading Women

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Moloney
  • 11Harding
  • 5Bartrip
  • 22Potter
  • 3Pacheco
  • 7Furness
  • 4Williams
  • 18MooreSubstituted forPearceat 69'minutes
  • 8AllenBooked at 82mins
  • 10Bruton
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forHönnudottirat 56'minutes


  • 2Jane
  • 6Pearce
  • 9Davison
  • 15Hönnudottir
  • 16Bailey
  • 17Estcourt
  • 27Laws

West Ham Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Moorhouse
  • 2Percival
  • 5Flaherty
  • 4Hendrix
  • 3Simon
  • 20Cho
  • 18ReichardtSubstituted forVisalliat 74'minutes
  • 12Longhurst
  • 7Lehmann
  • 9Ross
  • 8KiernanSubstituted forSampsonat 90+1'minutes


  • 1Spencer
  • 14Sampson
  • 15Visalli
  • 16Kmita
Rebecca Welch

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamWest Ham Women
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women).

  4. Post update

    Brianna Visalli (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fara Williams (Reading FC Women).

  6. Post update

    Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Brianna Visalli (West Ham United Women FC).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Vyan Sampson replaces Leanne Kiernan.

  10. Post update

    Molly Bartrip (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jane Ross (West Ham United Women FC).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fara Williams (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women).

  14. Post update

    Gilly Flaherty (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Jo Potter (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United Women FC).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brooke Hendrix (West Ham United Women FC) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ria Percival with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United Women FC. Conceded by Mayumi Pacheco.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alisha Lehmann (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  20. Booking

    Remi Allen (Reading FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

1Man City Women16115045113438
2Arsenal Women14120253114236
3Chelsea Women1695230111932
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women156451322-922
6West Ham Women156182128-719
7Reading Women145361920-118
8Liverpool Women145181122-1116
9Brighton Women1633101132-2112
10Everton Women13139826-186
11Yeovil United141013842-343
View full The FA Women's Super League table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC