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07 July 2018 Venue Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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AFC Wimbledon
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Reading

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Ahead of the game | Lunchtime test against Dons

Reading return to pre-season action at Kingsmeadow

6 July 2018

The kick-off has been brought forward to avoid a World Cup clash, but it's still game on against AFC Wimbledon this weekend...

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AFC Wimbledon vs Reading
Saturday 7th July, 12pm
Pre-season friendly
Cherry Red Records Stadium

We know that fans are likely to be otherwise engaged with a certain other match happening on Saturday afternoon, but you can whet your footballing appetite as the Royals ramp up their pre-season with a trip to face AFC Wimbledon.

Kick-off is at midday for this friendly, and our hosts are providing the option of sticking around to watch England's FIFA World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday afternoon.

The Dons are putting on an 'England Happy Hour' for fans staying at the ground to watch the game, where you can buy two pints and get a third for free - with the match on in the stadium bar from 3pm. You can see more information on that here.

On the pitch, though, it will be the first chance for Reading fans to see John O'Shea in action in a Royals shirt, having joined up with the squad for pre-season training at the start of this week.

After another tough week of training at Hogwood, the Royals face up to League One opposition as they take another step forward ahead of the new season starting.

With high-quality European opponents confirmed for their upcoming pre-season tour of Austria, the Dons will provide another good test for Paul Clement's side.

Reading fans who make the short journey to south west London on Saturday will be housed in the John Green Stand, with gates opening at the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 11am.

Tickets

Tickets are available on the day at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.

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Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Kingsmeadow on Saturday, we've got you covered!

- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

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Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Pre-season | AFC Wimbledon 4-2 Royals

Popa and Smith find the net as Royals get real work out in oppressive London heat

7 July 2018

22 men got another 45 minutes under their belts in the searing heat this afternoon but the Royals were defeated by an impressive AFC Wimbledon side who are gearing up for League One in good shape.

  • Wimbledon score two late first half goals through clsoe range finishes from Appiah and Piggott
  • Reading restore parity with two goals before the hour mark - Adrian Popa and Sam Smith with headed finishes.
  • The hosts claim victory with two late goals, sweet strikes from Kaja and Critchlow.

Omar Richards and John O'Shea were getting their first pre-season minutes under their belts, but the hosts earned the first chance of the game but squandered it with a free header that floated just high and wide of the goalmouth.

But at the other end, Sone Aluko tried his luck, dragging a left-footed shot just wide of the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

John O'Shea, starting in Reading colours for the first time since signing earlier this summer, produced a good header back to Mannone under pressure from Appiah. And Mannone comfortably gathered in a header from Deje Oshilaja as he got on the end of an inswinging set piece with a quarter of an hour played.

Liam Kelly took aim with 20 minutes played, but he couldn't direct it on target from 25 yards out - and the game was goalless as the two teams enjoyed a well-earned drinks break at the mid-point in the first half.

Upon the restart, the Dons looked dangerous and it took a fine low save from Mannone to deny Neal Ardley's men the opener. Then a well-struck free kick from Joe Piggott whistled just wide of the top left corner.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, the home side took the lead. An inswinging corner from the right was headed down and former Royals loanee Kwesi Appiah reacted fastest to hook the loose ball home from close range.

Appiah raced onto a nice throughball soon after and bore down on Mannone but blazed the ball high and wide of the goal.



Before the half-time whistle could sound, Wimbledon had a second though. A good downward header was saved by Mannone low to his left, but the ball dopped kindly in the six yard box for Piggott who passed home into an empty net.

A superb point blank range dave from Mannone denied the hosts a third before the break, then Meite raced clear, jinked past the onrushing keeper but was dispossesed before he could stab the ball towards an empty net.

Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Reading

Eleven changes at the break and Reading began the second half with more energy and at a high tempo, and it soon paid off. 

A good cross from Tyler Blackett on the left picked out Adrian Popa in the middle and the Romanian forward thundered a bullet header past the Dons keeper to half the deficit.

It was nearly 2-2 moments later. Again Blackett found himself in an advanced position, he beat his man and scurried inside along the byline, cut a pass back to Mo Barrow who drilled a first time effort just wide of the right post.

The scores were level just before the hour mark; a testing cross from the right was spilled by the goalkeeper and Sam Smith was in the right place at the right time to head home from 10 yards out - an acrobatic attempt at a goalline clearance failed to prevent our Academy graduate levelling.



Reading pressed for the winner, but the searing heat took its toll on a Royals squad who have been training very hard at Hogwood over the course of the last fortnight. And Wimbledon retook the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining - a good cross from the right was met by Egil Kaja who sweetly arrowed a first time effort past Jaakkola from the edge of the area.

Smith came close to restoring parity on a couple of occasions - he had a shot on the turn charged down on the edge of the box, then he nearly got his head to a Barrow cross from the left.

But Wimbledon added a fourth with a fine strike from Kane Critchlow and although a downward header from Liam Moore was brilliantly saved by the Dons stopper - who more than atoned for his mistake earlier in the half - the Dons claimed pre-season victory.

Full-time: AFC Wimbledon 4-2 Reading

AFC Wimbledon: King, Sibbick, Meades, Nightingale, Oshilaja, Soares, Egan, Pinnock, Barcham, Piggott, Appiah.

Reading first half XI
: Mannone, Gunter, Richards, Ilori, O'Shea, Kelly, Bacuna, Aluko, Harriott, Swift, Meite.

Reading second half XI: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore, Meyler, Edwards, Evans, Clement, Popa, Barrow, Smith.

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Pay on the day in Wimbledon

Buy on arrival at Cherry Red Records Stadium

2 July 2018

Next Saturday could well be a feast of football – we can’t guarantee that England will make the World Cup quarter-final, but we can say for sure that we will be in action against AFC Wimbledon.

Fixture News

Wimbledon friendly brought forward to avoid potential World Cup clash

29 June 2018

A gentle reminder to all of our fans that our game has been brought forward to 12pm – that’s with the hope that the Three Lions will negotiate their way past the challenge posed by Colombia on Tuesday evening, which would have meant a clash of kick-off times.

But our lunch-time kick-off against the Dons means we’ll be done in good time for you to get behind Gareth Southgate’s side against either Switzerland or Sweden… touch wood!

All entry for Royals supporters is to be paid on arrival at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, and the table of prices is below.

Age band Match price
Adult £15
Over-65s, Students with NUS £10
Under-18s £4

 

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