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Blues Ladies Draw With Reading

Blues Ladies might have reason to be a little bit disappointed with a scrappy draw against Reading Women at the Autotech Stadium on Thursday night. Despite chances for Freda Ayisi and Jade Moore they couldn’t capitalise on long periods of superiority and had to take a share of the spoils.

It was a scrappy game from the start; neither side was able to put a foot on the ball on what was a very slick surface and passes went wayward from early on. Jo Potter felt she was denied a penalty when brought down in the six yard area by Reading keeper Mary Earps but the ref waved play on – a decision that did look fair when watched on replay.

Blues were guilty of some kamikaze defending; Sophie Baggaley was twice caught in possession and it was only some last-ditch defending from Kerys Harrop and player-of-the-match Jess Carter that kept Reading scoreless.

Blues struggled in midfield in the first half, and David Parker brought on Jade Moore and Remi Allen at the break with the obvious intention of adding some bite to the midfield. It worked almost instantly, with Mel Lawley breaking down the right but the lack of confidence she has in her own shooting returned to haunt her as she hestitated too long and saw the chance taken away from her.

However, moved wide left Lawley became more of a presence on the game, and it was her and Harrop who provided some of the best chances. Twice Ayisi failed to capitalise on crosses into the box from the left, while Jade Moore tried to take matters into her own hands with a couple of lashed long-range efforts which skewed narrowly wide.

As BCLFC CEO Tim Andrews said after the game, it was a game where maybe three points were targeted but a lack of nous up top has cost Blues Ladies. He made mention of the fact that there may be squad changes to come in June and the hope has to be that a new striker is among them now that the past regime has been fully exorcised from the ladies team.

Team: (3-4-1-2)

Baggaley; Mannion, Westwood (c), Carter, Stringer (Brazil 79), Peplow (Allen HT), Potter, Harrop, Lawley, Wellings (Moore HT), Ayisi




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