It feels like years since the last Reading FC Women game. In the time since we last played we’ve managed to secure WSL1 survival as a result of Donny Belles losing a few more matches. The seasons have changed. The clocks have (almost) gone backwards. It’s been so long that I’ve almost had time to finish decorating our utility room!
But at last football is back for the last 2 matches of the season – first up against Chelsea in the slightly less expensive Staines (upon-Thames my arse) on Sunday 30th October and then at home to relegated Donny on 6th November! So what can we expect from our short trip to Staines? Based on my recent prediction success rate, probably none of the 3 things below. But here goes anyway…
Some Changes Up Front
Now that the news of Jade Boho-Sayo returning to Spain has been confirmed I assume she is unlikely to feature in our last two games. Another one highly unlikely to feature is Nia Jones, who has worked hard on turning into a striker this season and scored in our last match but has recently picked up a nasty leg injury in training.
Favourites to appear in the lone striker role are Melissa Fletcher or Helen Ward (pictured below) you would assume. But with Helen being ever so slightly out of favour in the second half of this season I’m predicting Royal Chaplain Angy King to start up front! You heard it hear first.
Angry Chelsea Players’ Parents
When we faced Chelsea at Adam’s Park not everyone enjoyed the lively atmosphere created by our drumming and ‘singing’. One of the players’ mums was quite vocal in her displeasure and even inserted tissues in her ears to block out the noise! Hopefully this time around the scoreline will be more in our favour, giving even more things to cheer about and creating even more displeasure for the opposition fans! I’m predicting a 2-1 win by the way…
Free Flowing Football
Now that WSL1 safety is secured it will be interesting to see if we now throw caution to the wind a bit more in our last two matches, especially after our high scoring win in our last match.
Alternatively we may look to go defensive again in order to get a steady run going ahead of next season. Whichever way we play let’s hope for a bit of excitement and plenty of goalmouth action in our last two games to see us off into the end of season break.
If you fancy seeing the Royals in WSL1 action before the season ends, pop along to Staines on Sunday 30th October at 6pm or Adam’s Park the following Sunday at 6pm. See you there!