Reading registered their second Women’s Super League win of the season as a goal by Lauren Bruton proved enough to beat West Ham at Dagenham.
Burton forced the ball home from Natasha Harding’s cross after Reading had lost Fara Williams to injury.
West Ham went close to an equaliser after the break when Adriana Leon’s effort was tipped onto the post.
Keeper Grace Moloney excelled again by saving Kenza Dali’s penalty after she was adjudged to have fouled Leon.
The home side brought in Kate Longhurst and Emily van Egmond after a 9-1 home defeat by Arsenal in their most recent game on 12 September.
And they made a bright start with Maz Pacheco, Leon and Longhurst all trying their luck in the early exchanges.
But Danielle Carter went close in reply and, after Williams went off to be replaced by Brooke Chaplen, they took the lead when Bruton scored