Reading FC Women leave it late, Woodley United advance

Madison Perry in action for Reading FC Women at Lewes. Photo: Neil Graham.
Madison Perry in action for Reading FC Women at Lewes. Photo: Neil Graham.

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It was the late late show for Reading FC Women on the South Coast as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Lewes at the Dripping Pan.

Reading gave debuts to new signings Jessie Woolley (on loan from Bristol City) and Jessie Stapleton (on loan from West Ham United) but found themselves 2-0 down by 28 minutes in Sussex.

Lewes, who featured their own loanee Aimee Claypole from Chelsea – herself a former Reading youth player, remained ahead at half time but for the second game in succession dropped three points in injury time.

Aimee Claypole celebrates with her Lewes team mates. Photo: Neil Graham.
Aimee Claypole celebrates with her Lewes team mates. Photo: Neil Graham.

Reading had chances with 20 to play, and Bethan Roberts capitalised on 83 minutes to make it 2-1 before Charlie Wellings levelled in the fifth minute of injury time.

There was still time for drama as Reading midfielder Tia Primmer was sent off for a second bookable offence but Reading held on for a valuable point.

Gemma Sims makes a challenge in the Ascot United v Woodley United derby. Photo: Andy Wicks.
Gemma Sims makes a challenge in the Ascot United v Woodley United derby. Photo: Andy Wicks.

Meanwhile Woodley United moved in to the Quarter Finals of the Southern Region Women’s Football League Cup with a 2-0 win at home to Oxford City.

Gemma Sims and Tina Brett got the goals for the Kestrels who will play Ascot United in the last eight after the Yellas beat Warminster Town 5-4 on penalties after a 4-4 draw at the Racecourse Ground.

Sarah Leonard (2), Katie Vince and Georgia Luckhurst McCord were the goal scorers for the Yellas.

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