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
- 2Redisch KvammeSubstituted forMustafaat 75′minutes
- 25van Egmond
- 12LonghurstSubstituted forGrantat 70′minutes
- 7LehmannSubstituted forKiernanat 58′minutes
- 5BartripBooked at 31mins
- 4WilliamsSubstituted forChaplenat 16′minutes
- 10BrutonSubstituted forRoweat 68′minutes
- 9EikelandSubstituted forHarriesat 80′minutes
- 18CarterSubstituted forJeonat 80′minutes
Match ends, West Ham United Women 0, Reading Women 1.
Second Half ends, West Ham United Women 0, Reading Women 1.
Offside, Reading Women. Emma Harries tries a through ball, but Brooke Chaplen is caught offside.
Emma Harries (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mayumi Pacheco (West Ham United Women).
Natasha Harding (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women).
Substitution, Reading Women. Jeon Ga-Eul replaces Danielle Carter.
Substitution, Reading Women. Emma Harries replaces Amalie Eikeland.
Danielle Carter (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women).
Hand ball by Brooke Chaplen (Reading Women).
Foul by Danielle Carter (Reading Women).
Emily van Egmond (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Deanna Cooper (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nor Mustafa (West Ham United Women).
Rachel Rowe (Reading Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Emily van Egmond (West Ham United Women).
Substitution, West Ham United Women. Nor Mustafa replaces Cecilie Redisch Kvamme.
Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Grace Fisk.