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Opposition Preview: Reading set to visit Princes Park in Barclays Women's Championship

Sunday's showdown at Princes Park promises to be an enticing clash filled with fresh faces and renewed determination.

Next Up: London City Lionesses .vs. Reading

Reading have undergone a significant reshuffle since last season, bidding farewell to former stars like Emma Mukandi, Grace Moloney, and Tinaya Alexander.

Despite facing relegation last season, the Royals have kicked off this season with gritty and determined performances, securing a hard-fought draw in their last home match.

With just a 14 percent win rate last season, they're raring to prove that they belong among the league's elite.

Leading the charge is none other than, manager Liam Gilbert.

Freshly appointed this season, Gilbert enjoyed plenty of success in his previous role, stewarding Oxford United to within a few points of the National League South title.

Already, he's weaving his vision and ethos into the fabric of the club, emphasising the crucial role the fans have in pushing the team forward.

Brace yourselves; Reading fans aren't known for keeping their voices down. We can expect their presence felt throughout the match.

Steering the ship on the pitch is the indomitable captain, Lily Woodham, a fan favourite with over 54 appearances under her belt.

Lily Woodham, Reading (Image: The FA/Getty Images)
Lily Woodham, Reading (Image: The FA/Getty Images)

The Welshwoman's unwavering commitment and her willingness to put her body on the line to thwart opponents make her an invaluable asset. She's a dedicated left-back you can always count on.

But the spotlight doesn't stop there. You would usually be advised to keep a close eye on Sanne Troelsgaard-Nielsen, one of the Royals' top goal-scorers from last season.

Troelsgaard possesses an uncanny ability to find pockets of space and isn't one to shy away from a one-on-one battle when it means a shot at glory.

However, the Denmark international is unavailable for selection this weekend, after her dismissal against Charlton Athletic last time out.

And introducing one of the fresh faces donning the iconic white and blue of Reading this season, former Lewes midfielder, Josie Longhurst.

The Welshwoman's ability to orchestrate attacks with her exceptional vision is set to add a dynamic edge to Reading's midfield.

The burning question in the air: Will this be the season of Reading's grand comeback? With renewed spirit, fresh talent, and a passionate fanbase behind them, the Royals are poised to stake their claim once more in the footballing arena.

Words By: Molly Rokins


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