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Reading U21s - Pre-Season Roundup, July 28

Whilst the senior team have gone unbeaten in their first four fixtures, the U21s have had a less fortunate time in their run-in's since their last reported game, being the 2-1 win at Staines Town. Below is a round up of their four games since.

Ben Hoskins

The first of the five games takes us to the U21's 1-0 loss at Basingstoke Town. Despite the scoreline however, a certain amount of praise was heaped upon a few stand out players, those in particular being seventeen year old Jake Sheppard, who was moved from his usual position in midfield to full back, who was said to "always be in the right position, with intelligent movement and good technique". Another notable player on the day was twenty year old Jonathan Henly who's distribution was said to be incredible, with some remarking "the guy can throw it well into the opposition's half and kick almost the length of the pitch".

The second of the five matches saw the U21 side take on Sutton United at the Borough Sports ground in what appeared to be a slightly one-sided affair with Sutton putting four past what seemed a fairly uninspired Reading side. Shouts could be reportedly heard from the coaching staff of "You have a choice. You can run during the game, or you can do running afterwards".

Moving on from the previous dismal Saturday afternoon, the U21s were hosted by seaside town Bognor Regis, which saw the ever developing forward, Dominic Samuel bag a brace, with assists from Nana Owusu and Sammi Fridjonsson, as well as the latter having a goal disallowed for offside in the later stages of the game

The fourth and final game of this round-up takes us to last Friday's game against partner club, Boreham Wood. It would appear that Sammi Fridjonsson picked up where he left off against Bognor, in finding the back of the net on the forty five minute mark only to have his goal disallowed again for offside. A reported eight players from this fixture went on to play alongside Senior side regulars against Wycombe the following day. Here's to hoping the recent spells in the first team can help seal wins again the likes of Cardiff, Fulham and Wimbledon in their upcoming fixtures.