MATCH PREVIEW | Charlton v Reading

Women's team huddle

The Addicks return to the Oakwood in Crayford on Sunday to face Reading in the Barclays Women’s Championship (KO 2PM GMT).

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Here’s everything to know ahead of match week sixteen…


With four points separating the top five teams, the race for this season’s Championship title is more intense than ever as Charlton lead the pack heading into week sixteen. After a 1-1 draw with Lewes left them two points clear of second-place Sunderland, the Addicks host Reading at The Oakwood on Sunday afternoon in the hopes of extending their impressive 12-match unbeaten run across the league this season.

In action last weekend, Karen Hills’ side were subject to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of WSL-outfit Spurs, meaning their journey in the Adobe Women’s FA Cup came to a close. Charlton restricted the Lilywhites to a goalless first half, before former Addick Kit Graham came on from the bench to strike a clean shot past Jessica Gray, finding the back of the net and clutching victory for Tottenham.

The game is still likely to come too soon for the injured Freya Godfrey.


Sat ninth in the Championship with two games in hand, Reading manager Liam Gilbert will be on the hunt for results as the season enters its final few months. The Royals faced a difficult January, navigating two defeats across the league and the FA Cup, as well as the departure of five players during the transfer window and significant illness to the squad.

But with the door closed on a turbulent month, Reading found success last time out in the league against Sunderland thanks to Madison Perry’s first league goal. The hosts started strongly to limit the Black Cats’ possession, with Sunderland’s Louise Griffiths handed a red card soon after to trouble the visitors further. From there, Perry’s second-half opener meant the Royals were left holding all three points with a deserved 1-0 victory.


Karen Hills’ side faced a goalless draw on their visit to the Select Car Leasing Stadium in September, despite a red card for the hosts and strong efforts from Kayleigh Barton and Melissa Johnson throughout a high-intensity ninety minutes.

The two teams have faced off only a handful of times, with earlier meetings including a 4-0 defeat for the Addicks in the 2020 Continental Cup thanks to braces from the Royals’ Danielle Carter, Brooke Chaplen, and Natasha Harding.

(Article by Lucy Blitz)

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