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Yeovil Town Ladies 0-5 Reading: Glovers relegated from Women's Super League

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Yeovil Town are the only WSL side not affiliated to a men's Premier League or Championship club

Yeovil Town Ladies' relegation from the Women's Super League was confirmed as they lost 5-0 at home to Reading.

The Glovers, who won promotion with the second-tier title back in 2016, have lost 14 of 17 WSL games this term.

Victory saw Reading bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat on penalties against West Ham on Sunday.

Fara Williams' curler put the Royals 1-0 up at half-time, before a second-half brace each for Lauren Bruton and Millie Farrow sealed the visitors' victory.

Yeovil will bid for a second-tier licence for 2019-20 and revert to part-time status, having opted not to appeal against a 10-point deduction given to them in March.

The points penalty came as a result of the club informing the Football Association of their initial intention to appoint an administrator, but subsequent financial support from the FA saw insolvency avoided.

Administrators were never formally appointed and Yeovil say they are hopeful of competing in next season's Women's Championship, subject to receiving a licence.

Yeovil boss Lee Burch: "We weren't looking at the league table after we lost the 10 points. We just focussed on getting better each game.

"It's hard because we lost to Reading 4-0 in the first game of the season and we were miles better tonight, yet we've lost by more.

"I hate coming out here and saying we played well but got beat 5-0. I don't know how we've not scored. The players are devastated with some of their finishing. Reading were very clinical, and we weren't.

"We've been creating opportunities all season but at some point you've to got to take them. We've got to be more ruthless."

Reading manager Kelly Chambers: "After Sunday we needed to make sure we got three points, the girls showed great resilience.

"We could have easily come here and moped about the pitch but we turned up and were professional.

"We weren't happy at half-time, we were too slow. We wanted more energy and speed which happened in the second half.

"When Fara [Williams] gets into those areas we know she's got it in her locker. From my angle it could be a contender for goal of the season."

Line-ups

Yeovil Town Ladies

  • 1Walsh
  • 15BuxtonSubstituted forGoddardat 44'minutes
  • 6ShortSubstituted forCousinsat 16'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 12Mason
  • 3Alexander
  • 9Heatherson
  • 16Evans
  • 8Horwood
  • 4SymeSubstituted forBloomfieldat 77'minutes
  • 14Donovan
  • 7Fergusson

Substitutes

  • 2Goddard
  • 5Cousins
  • 17Fischer
  • 23Howard
  • 25McLauchlan
  • 26Bloomfield
  • 27Taylor

Reading Women

  • 1Moloney
  • 2Jane
  • 6Pearce
  • 26Howard
  • 28Woodham
  • 18MooreSubstituted forBrutonat 45'minutes
  • 16HönnudottirSubstituted forFarrowat 79'minutes
  • 9DavisonBooked at 44mins
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forBartripat 76'minutes
  • 17Estcourt
  • 15Bailey

Substitutes

  • 3Pacheco
  • 5Bartrip
  • 7Furness
  • 10Bruton
  • 11Harding
  • 14Farrow
  • 27Laws
Referee:
Scott Jackson
Attendance:
407

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovil Town LadiesAway TeamReading Women
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away12
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Reading FC Women 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Reading FC Women 5.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ellie Mason (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women).

Erin Bloomfield (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Reading FC Women. Grace Moloney tries a through ball, but Millie Farrow is caught offside.

Lily Woodham (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Reading FC Women 5. Millie Farrow (Reading FC Women) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Millie Farrow (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rakel Hönnudottir with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Ellie Mason (Yeovil Town Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bonnie Horwood.

Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Nicola Cousins.

Gemma Davison (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Attempt missed. Rakel Hönnudottir (Reading FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Molly Bartrip.

Attempt missed. Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Attempt missed. Erin Bloomfield (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Reading FC Women 4. Lauren Bruton (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Molly Bartrip.

Foul by Molly Bartrip (Reading FC Women).

Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Reading FC Women 3. Millie Farrow (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gemma Davison.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Millie Farrow replaces Jade Bailey because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jade Bailey (Reading FC Women).

Attempt missed. Megan Alexander (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erin Bloomfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Erin Bloomfield replaces Emily Syme.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Molly Bartrip replaces Fara Williams.

Foul by Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women).

Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rebecca Jane (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lauren Bruton.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Amy Goddard (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Jade Bailey (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bonnie Horwood (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Rakel Hönnudottir (Reading FC Women).

Georgia Evans (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women).

Amy Goddard (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women17150263125145
2Man City Women18135051153644
3Chelsea Women18106235122336
4B'ham City Women1710162316731
5Bristol City Women187471427-1325
6Reading Women177372824424
7West Ham Women176292230-820
8Liverpool Women1751111333-2016
9Brighton Women1734101233-2113
10Everton Ladies1723121031-219
11Yeovil Town Ladies1721141048-38-3
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