Reading Ladies lose to local rivalsBy Jonathan Low
November 21, 2012
Reading Ladies 10 Henley Ladies 25
Tries from Donna Cox and Rachel Chidgey failed to save Reading ladies from defeat at the hands of their local rivals.
Henley scored two tries in the opening half hour, but Reading held firm and their perserverance was rewarded when Cox went over in the corner to reduce the deficit to just five points.
However, another try by Henley just before the break increased their advantage and they went in 15-5 up.
The turning point came straight after half-time when the visitors broke away to score, and with the score at 20-5, it was a long way back for Reading.
Nevertheless, the side did not give up and as the conditions slowly turned to a biting cold wind, both sides overstepped the mark as they tried to press forward.
Each had a player sent to the sin bin, and Henley went down to 13 following a dangerously high tackle.
This gave Reading an easier opportunity to turn their pressure into points, and they duly did so, as Chidgey went over to the delight of the fans with five minutes remaining. But Henley saw out the final few moments to secure a 25-10 victory.
The result was harsh on Reading, who more than matched their opponents, but were ultimately unable to cope with Henley’s powerful forward play.
The result leaves Reading in fifth position on eight points in the RFUW Championship South West 2 table, while Henley go top.
Reading will want to get back to winning ways in two weeks’ time when they take on a Bristol Ladies seconds side, who have won three out of three so far this season.