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Birmingham City 0 Reading FC Women 0
Birmingham City are third in the FA WSL 1 table following a stalemate against Reading FC Women, who drew for the fourth time in six matches.
Freda Ayisi spurned the game's best chances although the promoted visitors were worth a share of the spoils. Reading competed well in midfield to prevent Birmingham finding any flow, although the half chances went their way early on with Ayisi seeing a couple of efforts blocked.
Striker Emma Follis emerged as Reading's main threat, forcing two saves from Sophie Baggaley who kicked away her volley, then scrambled to her left to grab another shot in first half stoppage time.
Superbly timed last ditch tackles from Kerys Harrop and Jess Carter snuffed out two good Reading opportunities, while Melissa Fletcher drilled a shot at Baggaley.
Mel Lawley's pace began to make inroads for Birmingham who failed to profit from a stream of dangerous left wing crosses. Ayisi just failed to get a meaningful touch inside the six yard box after Jade Moore reached the goal line, before nodding Harrop's left wing cross wastefully wide in the 74th minute.
Birmingham City: Sophie Baggaley, Chloe Peplow (sub Jade Moore 45mins). Emily Westwood, Aoife Mannion, Jess Carter, Melissa Lawley, Jo Potter, Abbey Leigh Stringer (sub Ellie Brazil 80mins), Kerys Harrop, Freda Ayisi, Charlie Wellings (sub Remi Allen 45mins). Subs not used: Connie Schofield, Cheryl Edwards, Ashlee Brown, Sian Johnson.
Reading FC Women: Mary Earps, Shelly Cox, Molly Bartrip, Kirsty McGee (sub Kylie Davies 75mins), Rebecca Jane, Rachel Rowe, Kayleigh Hines, Laura May Walkley (sub Lauren Bruton 59mins), Amber Stobbs, Melissa Fletcher (sub Harriet Scott 72mins), Emma Follis. Subs not used: Grace Moloney, Charlie Escourt, Helen Ward, Nia Jones.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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