It was a quality pre-season friendly played last Tuesday between WSL 2 side Reading and WSL 1 side Chelsea.
The game was played in 3×30 with the last 30 minutes with Chelsea reserves team on the pitch, and Reading progressively putting their younger players on the pitch as well. So Reading won the 60 minutes game 4-3 and the last 30 1-0.
A match with great intensity and pace, Chelsea playing 4 of their new signings with Flaherty and Chapman not playing but Wilhelmson, So-Yun, Bassett and Williams all starting and impressing. Reading matched Chelsea in term of physical impact and pace for most of the game but started to look slightly tired towards the end of the 60 minutes. Goals were scored by Aluko, Spence and Williams for Chelsea while Ward claimed a double for Reading, Kirby got one, Roche got one and the last goal was scored by someone I don’t remember.
Chelsea used a kind of asymetrical 4-4-2 system while Reading used the usual 4-3-3. With the quality on display, I would not be surprised are near the top of their respective divisions at the end of the season.