READING FC Women are celebrating their first ever league win at Adams Park after a 4-0 triumph against Bristol City.

Last night’s Women’s Super League 1 victory was also their first of 2018 and ended a run of five games without a win.

Fara Williams played a starring role with a superb brace for Kelly Chambers’ hosts, while Kirsty Pearce and Brooke Chaplen were also on the scoresheet.

It took Royals 30 minutes to break down the visitors when Sophie Baggaley could only parry a deflected shot from Jo Parry into the path of skipper Pearce, who stabbed home.

City remained competitive until two more goals in three second-half minutes put Royals in total command.

Williams made it 2-0 with a sensational finish in the 51st minute. She collected a corner from Jo Potter on the edge of the box, before curling into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Chaplen added a third in the 54th minute following a neat one-two with Remi Allen.

And there was still time for Williams to cap a player-of-the-match performance with another 25-yard screamer in the 70th minute to make it 4-0.

It was Reading’s first league victory at Adam Park since they moved to the Wycombe ground more than two years ago.

Williams beamed: “It was a great team performance. Last time we played really well against Everton but didn’t get the win.

“This time our work rate was brilliant and we’ve got the three points as well.”

She added: “We have been working on corner routines in training, and Phil Cousins (assistant manager) told me to go to the edge of the box. I said it should have been a left footer but he said right, and he’s been proved correct.

“I haven’t scored in a while so it’s nice to get on the score sheet again. It’s also great to finally get a league win, especially after two seasons, and to lift that curse and to give the fans something to shout about.”

Next up for Royals is trip to Kingsmeadow to take on Chelsea on Sunday, March 25.

Williams continued: “We’ve got to take the positives into the Chelsea game. Our work rate was brilliant against Bristol City and we were really aggressive in attack, so if we can perform like that again, we will be able to beat any team in this league.

“Chelsea are a good side, they have some fantastic player,s but when they came here to Adams Park we drew with them and gave them a really good game.

“Yes, their quality shone through in the second half but we deserved the draw. We’ll get our game plan sorted and hopefully we’ll give them another good game.”

Meanwhile, Williams has been named in Phil Neville’s first England squad for the SheBelieves Cup in USA next month.

Reading: Earps, Rowe, Potter, Pearce, Green (Harding 70), Moore (Jane 62), Williams, Furness, Allen, Chaplen, Bruton (Linnett 77). Subs not used: Moloney, Bartrip, Fletcher.

Bristol City: Baggaley, Dykes, Brown, Kerkdijk, Van de Putte (Humphrey 70), Fergusson (Farrow 71), Arthur, Turner, Estcourt (Palmer 60), Daniels, Hemp. Subs not used: Watson, Matthews, Allen, Wilson. Booked: Arthur 45.

Referee: Will Finnie.

Attendance: 172.