Reading Women go top of Conti Cup group

Reading's two-goal Natasha Dowie
Reading’s two-goal Natasha Dowie. (K Hodgson/SPP)

Reading narrowly lead their FA Women’s Continental League Cup group following Friday’s 4-0 win at Coventry United.

The Royals can win Group E, but are reliant on Southampton defeating Spurs on Sunday, with Tottenham otherwise finishing top.

Natasha Dowie nodded Reading ahead just four minutes in from an Amalie Eikeland cross, Sanne Troelsgaard doubled the lead assisted by Lily Woodham. Dowie got her second inside the half hour, with Charlie Wellings completing the scoring on 63 minutes aided by Emma Harries.

Thursday’s Group B game between Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland was postponed until 11 January and the big freeze also accounted for Friday’s scheduled Group D meeting of Lewes and Bristol City.

Update on weekend ties …

Saturday 17 December

GROUP A – Everton v Durham (Marine FC, 12:30pm)

GROUP B – Leicester City P-P Manchester City

GROUP C – Brighton & Hove Albion P-P West Ham United
Birmingham City v London City Lionesses (St Andrews, 2pm)

Sunday 18 December

GROUP A – Manchester United v Sheffield United (Leigh Sports Village, 12pm) – live on MUTV

GROUP D – Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace (VCD Athletic, 12pm)

GROUP E – Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (St Mary’s Stadium, 12pm)

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