Following our previous two postponed away days, we were all eager to get back on the road as Sunday brought a trip to Adams Park with Reading the opponents.
The trip down south was spent singing and recording new chants for the girls to hear, as the anticipation to the main event grew. We were desperate as the girls would’ve been too, to get back to winning ways following two losses on the bounce to rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
We thought we were back on track as our starlet Lauren James broke away with sublime strength and pace and slotted the ball into the net. You could see how much the goal meant to the girls as they celebrated. We dominated the first half, with a second goal disallowed following a Katie Zelem free-kick as Amy Turner was judged to have been offside, still we pushed on for a second goal.
Unfortunately, our high hopes were dashed as a penalty was awarded to Reading, however, our goalkeeper Mary Earps matched it and produced a strong save to tip Fara Williams’s shot away. Yet again Reading received some good fortune as the ref made a decision which baffled us all, as she pointed yet again to the spot following a free-kick as our captain was penalised for an apparent hand ball. Unfortunately, on a day when it felt like the odds were against us, Williams made no mistake in finding the back of the net. We fought for a winning goal but it wasn’t meant to be as we shared the points.
Following the full-time whistle the players were visibly distraught by the result but still came over to thank us travelling fans as they endlessly posed for pictures and signed autographs. Amy Turner was recipient of a piece of fantastic painted and framed artwork of her and her partner Angharad James’s dog Betsy, painted by our very own Barmy Army member Sarah. We were joined on the trip by Sportsman journalist, Kris Voakes, who wanted to write a piece on our amazing support which can be accessed and read online for all who are interested. Despite our loss, happiness was found in the debut of youngster Rebecca May who know doubt will be one to watch in the future.
Sunday brings the return of Chelsea to the Leigh Sports Village but this time in the FA Women’s Super League. We were unfortunate not to get a result against them in our last two meetings, as we lost just 1-0 on both occasions. Fingers crossed that this game can see our luck change and hopefully we can get the three points we need. Please make sure that you get down to the game which promises to be an interesting clash, full of skills and thrills.
Our next away game with Barmy Army organised travel will be Arsenal at Boreham wood on 5 April. Please make sure to register your interest now @barmyarmyTravel or speak to us at any matches before then. Please note we do also have away games at Brighton & Hove Albion on 12 February and Everton on 23 February but there will be no organised travel for these fixtures
No matter what becomes of our next match, the MUWFC Barmy Army is a family, players and fans will continue to fight for one another with passion and pride.
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