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Boreham Wood 0-5 Reading FC: Jaap Stam's Reign Starts With Emphatic Win

The Royals kicked off the 2016/2017 season with a comfortable win over National League opponents.

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Jaap Stam got off to a winning start as manager of Reading, as his team thumped Boreham Wood 5-0.

The final score may have suggested a one sided game, but it took the Royals until the 44th minute to take the lead. Deniss Rakels set up George Evans on the edge of the box, and the former Manchester City man curled a neat finish past Sam Beasant, the son of Reading's goalkeeper coach Dave Beasant.

The non-league side had come into game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Brentford. That win had taken place less than 24 hours before today's clash and it was perhaps not surprising that as the game went on The Wood tiered.

Rakels doubled Reading's lead, after good link up play with Yann Kermorgant, before Stam made eight substitutions.

The fresh legs made all the difference as Tariqe Fosu scored twice, with a lovely Liam Kelly free kick between the young winger's strikes.

Reading now depart for a training camp to the Netherlands where they will face Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawoun.

Reading: Al Habsi, Watson (Dickie 63), Obita (Griffin 63), Cooper (Gravenberch 63), McShane (Jules 63), Van den Berg (Kelly HT), Evans (Tanner 63), Williams (Barrett 63), McCleary (Fosu HT), Rakels (Stacey 63), Kermorgant (Samuel 63).