Point by point, step by step, Birmingham City edge closer and closer to Barclays FAWSL survival. The team, who many thought were probably destined for the drop in August, have displayed character throughout the season and are almost there, but not quite.
This was supposed to be Jess Fishlock’s farewell to Reading. Having joined the club on loan for 8 months, she was finishing up and heading back stateside to re-join OL Reign ahead of the NWSL season. In her pre-match video, she touched on her team’s frustrating inconsistencies, stating it made the wins more difficult to enjoy. The match that was to follow was the perfect example of this and if Reading were hoping to give her something to celebrate in her final fixture, it wasn’t to be.
The resilience of this season’s Reading side has not gone unnoticed. Yes, they have struggled to score goals, but they have five draws to their name this season, including Manchester City and Everton, while they took Manchester United pretty close.
The FAWSL returned to a sunshine-filled Hive in North London as Tottenham hosted Reading. Both sides were coming into this game on the backs of defeats in the league cup mid-week and both knowing they had a big shot to get points on the board.
A dreary day awaited West Ham and Reading as they lined up to face eachother in Dagenham. A tough contest was expected between these two who have historically had some intriguing battles on the pitch.