Youngsters facing Cottagers at Motspur Park on MondayReading’s Under-18 side are back in FA Youth Cup fourth round action on Monday, taking on hosts Fulham at Motspur Park (kick-off 7pm) with a place in the fifth round on offer for the winner.
The draw has already been made for the fifth and sixth rounds – so our potential path has already been decided. A win at Fulham would set up an away date with the winner of Wolves vs Met Police, and should we get beyond that stage, AFC Wimbledon, Manchester United and Chelsea would be the three potential sixth-round hosts.
But it’s first things first – those permutations won’t mean anything unless the Royals get past the Cottagers on Monday. They were finalists in the competition in 2014, and the current crop have won all of their last six games, which included a 4-2 win against Bury in the previous round of the cup.
The Royals also go into the game on a rich vein of form – David Dodds’ youngsters have registered six wins in the last eight games in league and cup, which included a dramatic triumph against Sheffield United in the third round.
It looked like Reading would be knocked out at the first stage to the visiting Blades at Madejski Stadium – but Gabriel Osho bundled in a late, late equaliser to take the tie to extra-time, allowing Josh Barrett to give the hosts a lead from the penalty spot before Danny Loader sealed a 3-1 win. It was a win where the Royals had to show quality and heart in equal measure.
Reading have already faced Fulham once this season – a topsy-turvy game which could have gone either way at Hogwood Park seemed as if it was going to end with the points shared – that was until Conor Davis arrived at the back post to turn in a cross deep into added time and give Reading a 2-1 victory.
Supporters can come and watch the game to get behind the Royals boys – admission is £3 Adults and £1 Concessions, all paid on entry. For directions to Motspur Park, take a look at the map below.