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Young XI beat Basingstoke

15 July 2013

Murombedzi penalty secures deserved win

A young Reading XI were also triumphant this past weekend, as they deservedly won 1-0 at Basingstoke Town.

Our youngsters got some important minutes under their belts at the Camrose, with two sides playing in each half in sweltering conditions.

A converted penalty from Shepherd Murombedzi proved to be enough to secure victory, on the same afternoon in which Nigel Adkins' side saw off Wycombe Wanderers.

Reading were in control throughout, having the lions share of the possession and creating far more chances than the Conference South outfit.

Murombedzi epitomised the Royals' early dominance as he fired an acrobatic volley against the post, before earning a penalty as he was fouled in the box by Alex Charlick.

The winger, who featured many times for our successful under-18s last season, made no mistake from the spot with a cool finish on 35 minutes.

It was no more than the visitors deserved and they could have doubled their lead soon after but Tariqe Fosu couldn't finish off some good work from Aaron Tshibola.

A completely different Reading side came out for the second half - and while the line up was different, the pressure from the visitors remained.

Midfielder Jack Stacey went close as he saw his fierce effort saved, before defender George McLennan headed just wide.

The tricky De'Jaune Taylor-Crossdale then shot over the bar, while Royals goalkeeper Stuart Moore had just the one serious effort to contend with, as Nathan Smart was denied late on.

Our youngsters will be looking to follow this good performance and result up when they travel to Dartford on Tuesday night. Click here for our under-21s pre-season fixtures page.

Reading XI - First half: Henly, Long, Griffin, Kuhl, Sweeney, Cooper, Murumbedzi, Tshibola, Ugwu, Tanner, Fosu.

Reading XI - Second half: Moore, Owusu, McLennan, Kelly, Stacey, Ismajli, Taylor, plus trialists.

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