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Reading FC Under-18s Finding Life Tough In Premier League Final Stage

Having narrowly missed out in the last two campaigns, the Royals finally made the title fight for this year's U18 league but are left hoping for miracles if they're to achieve glory.

Simon

When we last touched base with Reading's Under-18s side we spoke of the potential for a European campaign, a first Premier League title at youth level, and even headlined a picture of the Nou Camp to emphasise the potential for greatness we sat before.

As it turns out, we may have been a little over excited. Four games into the Final Stage of the 2015/16 U18 league and the Royals sit seventh out of eight, having won just once and played two more games than bottom club West Ham.

What went wrong? Well a quick glance at the table gives one immediate area for improvement, the defence. Nine goals conceded, most of which came in Saturday's 6-2 defeat to Chelsea, is the worst in the top group. That said, goals are generally more abundant in academy football, the past month alone seeing scores such as 4-3, 5-2, and even Wolves getting spanked 7-3 by Spurs. Who would do that, amirite?

Reading's sole victory at the business end of the season came in an impressive 4-1 win away to Liverpool, but defeats to Manchester City and Everton (both 0-1) see the Royals four points below the top spot.

Next up is a weekend off as the other teams catch up their games played column, ahead of a bottom-of-the-table clash with the Hammers. Blackburn and Fulham then come to Hogwood to round off what has, to be fair, been another top class season from the academy.