Women’s Super League: West Ham United 0-1 Reading: Lauren Bruton scores winner for visitors

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 at the near post.

Chaplen had a shot saved by Mackenzie Arnold before the break and Carter headed just wide, and Arnold was soon in action after the restart to keep out Bruton’s flick header.

West Ham were not finished, though, and after seeing Moloney push her shot away off the post, Leon produced another fierce effort which the keeper did well to tip over the bar.

Moloney needed treatment after banging her head as she fell to the ground and only three minutes later conceded the penalty as she tried to beat Leon to a ball into the box.

She had all her wits about her as Dali stepped up for the spot-kick and dived to her left to save, and despite seven minutes of added time, West Ham could not find an equaliser and have just one point from their first three games.


West Ham Women

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Redisch KvammeSubstituted forMustafaat 75′minutes
  • 22Fisk
  • 14Cho
  • 3Pacheco
  • 25van Egmond
  • 21Dali
  • 12LonghurstSubstituted forGrantat 70′minutes
  • 7LehmannSubstituted forKiernanat 58′minutes
  • 29Daly
  • 19Leon


  • 8Kiernan
  • 11Mustafa
  • 17Grant
  • 18Brosnan
  • 20Joel
  • 28Dunbar
  • 30Cruickshank

Reading Women

  • 1Moloney
  • 11Harding
  • 14Cooper
  • 5BartripBooked at 31mins
  • 3Mitchell
  • 6James
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forChaplenat 16′minutes
  • 8Fishlock
  • 10BrutonSubstituted forRoweat 68′minutes
  • 9EikelandSubstituted forHarriesat 80′minutes
  • 18CarterSubstituted forJeonat 80′minutes


  • 2Leine
  • 7Jeon
  • 16Nayler
  • 19Chaplen
  • 23Rowe
  • 28Woodham
  • 29Skeels
  • 31Roberts
  • 36Harries

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