Late drama in Birmingham saw Reading’s Under 23s take all three points in dramatic style on Sunday afternoon to move top of the Premier League 2 – Division 2 table.
And much like the first team fixture against Bristol City, it was non-stop drama throughout as nine goals were scored in total.
Unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures, the Royals took the lead on 21 minutes thanks to a calm and collected penalty conversion from Josh Barrett.
Villa hit back less than two minutes later, though, through James Bree and on 28 minutes, the hosts were ahead as Bree notched his brace.
Capping off an energetic spell for the hosts was Blackett-Taylor – who put Villa two ahead on 36 minutes. At this point, it would have been easy for the Royals to lay down, but they had other things on their mind.
Beginning the start of an inspired comeback was Danny Loader. Great pressing allowed Loader the space to execute an exquisite dribble and shot to bring the score back to 3-2.
Taking inspiration form Loader, Ben House equalised the game just before the interval – taking his side into the half-time team talk with everything still to play for.
Half-Time: Aston Villa U23s 3-3 Reading U23s
Less than five minutes after the restart and Reading were ahead, courtesy of a second from Loader.
Player clean-through on goal, Loader burst into the box, before turning his marker and slotted comfortably to the ‘keeper’s right – leaving him with no chance.
Substitute Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made an instant impact for Villa – netting in the 83rd minute and looking like he’d rescued a point for his side.
In injury time, though, House stepped up again for his side – finishing off a superb counter-attack with an instinctive strike. The comeback was complete.
Aston Villa U23s: Sarkic, Bree, Bedeau, Bazeley-Graham, Revan, Prosser, Doyle-Hayes (Clarke), Lansbury, Blackett-Taylor, Cox (Hepburn-Murphy), O'Hare
Substitutes not used: Lomax, Lowe, Knibbs
Reading U23s: Legg, McIntyre, Howe, Medford-Smith, Odimayo, Lawless (Olise, 76), Frost (Nolan, 80), East, Barrett, Loader, House
Substitutes not used: Driscoll, Rollinson, Burley
Image: Neville Williams/Aston Villa