Sunday 24 April 2016

Helen Ward disappointment as Reading denied victory

Notts County secure a 2-2 draw thanks to double from Jess Clarke to deny Royals the win

FA WSL 1 match
17:00, Sunday 24 April 2016
Meadow Lane Stad.

Notts County Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Clarke 64'

Reading FC Women Goal Scorers: Ward 6'

Helen Ward admitted there was a tinge of disappointment after Reading missed out on a first WSL 1 victory following a 2-2 draw with Notts County.

Ward had got Reading on the board after just six minutes, only for Jess Clarke to pull one back from the spot for the Lady Pies.

Reading were able to respond immediately with a goal from Kirsty McGee, but despite leading at the break, they had to settle for a point as Clarke equalised again on the hour.

But after a second draw from three league games this campaign, Ward was understandably a little frustrated.

She said: “Having led the game twice, you always want to come away with a win but Notts County are an experienced side, so a point is a point at the end of the day but the fashion in which we conceded both goals was disappointing and it would have been a good opportunity to get our first win on the board.

“We played them last year in the cup and we thought we played them quite well but I think we felt we could have probably pressed them a bit more and so our game plan was to come out and press them quite high and it worked and put them under pressure.

“We got into them quite early and got an early goal and played well that first-half but disappointed to only come away with a point.

“I think (my goal) was a clearance that fell to me and I looked up and couldn’t see anything on in terms of passing, so I thought why not have a go and thankfully it went into the top corner.”

Ward put Reading ahead after just six minutes when she lashed home, but a handball in the box gave Clarke the chance to equalise.

McGee’s header put her side back in front, but Notts County were worth their equaliser but manager Rick Passmoor was disappointed with the display.

He said: “In terms of what we have worked on in training, it was non-existent what we wanted from the players, and in terms of what we have seen over the three games we’ve played, they’ve given us a lot of optimism but we didn’t deliver the plan we had.

“We didn’t play with the crispness and accuracy that we normally have and we looked lethargic and second best for long periods of the first-half and making poor decisions.

“Then second half they’ve had a rocket, they’ve come back and showed a lot better attitude and we’ve got in and amongst the Reading back four and played some good football and Jess Clarke has got in and behind them a few times but we’ve not gambled to get into the box.

“I think second half we could have gone on and won but we need to play a lot better than we have done.”

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Notts County 2

Clarke 32, 64

Reading Women 2

Ward 6, McGee 38

Notts County (4-4-2): Carly Telford, Maja Krantz, Laura Bassett, Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Amy Turner, Aivi Luik, Dani Buet, Leanne Crichton, Jess Clarke, Rachel Williams, Rachel Yankey.

Substitutes: Aileen Whelan for Williams 17, Fern Whelan for Bradley-Auckland 63, Angharad James on for Luik 63.

Substitutes not used: Megan Walsh, Chelsea Weston, Taome Oliver, Alice Hassell.


Red cards:

Reading (4-4-2): Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Kayleigh Hines, Molly Bartrip, Kirsty McGee, Emma Follis, Lauren Bruton, Shelly Provan, Helen Ward, Nia Jones, Rachel Rowe.

Substitutes: Amber Stobbs for Ward 70, Zoe Cunningham for Jones 74, Laura Walkley for Bruton 86.

Subs not used: Harriet Scott, Lois Rochge, Mary Earps, Melissa Fletcher.


Red cards:

Attendance: 827

Referee: Anthony Tankard