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Ahead of the game | A fray with the Glovers

8 November 2016

Our match preview of Wednesday's Checkatrade Trophy clash...

Wednesday evening sees the Royals host League 2 Yeovil Town at Madejski Stadium in our final group game of the Checkatrade trophy.

The 7:30pm kickoff could see the Royals progress to the next phase of the competition, with Martin Kuhl taking charge of a Reading side that must include six U21 players in the starting XI as one of the invited Catgory 1 Academy clubs. The group topping Royals will need atleast a draw to proceed to the knockout rounds of the tournament following a 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers in the opening match of the group.

A high tempo encounter away at Portsmouth saw the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, with Reading earning a bonus point in an exciting penalty shoot out win at Fratton Park. 

Yeovil head into the contest unbeaten in five games in league and cup, and six games if you take their 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers in their last Checkatrade trophy group game into account.

Saturday saw the Glovers held to a draw by National league side Solihull Moors in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup in a 2-2 scoreline at Huish Park. Darren Way's Yeovil side sit 11th in the League 2 table and second in Checkatrade Trophy Southern group A with four points, only a point behind the Royals.

Their previous 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers earned them a point despite losing a penalty shoot-out against the Pirates. Yeovil got off to a winning start in the group with a 4-3 seven goal thriller against Pompey at Huish Park.  

The group winners will be gauranteed a home tie in the knockout round of 32 stage, so there is a real incentive for Kuhl's Royals to take all three points on Wednesday evening, with Yeovil coming to Madejski Stadium looking for a win to send them through to the next stage.

Should the Royals progress, the draw for Round 2 of the competition will take place at 10:30am on Thursday the 10th of November with a live draw on Sky Sports news that morning.

Tickets will be on sale on the evening, with adult tickets for Wednesday's fixture just £5 and 17 & Under tickets only £1!.

Click here for full ticketing information for this fixture.

There will be free parking for the fixture at Madejski Stadium. There will be a normal bus schedule running on the evening with No special supporter Bus services on the evening.

Greenwave Bus services will be running from opposite Costco after the game at 9.05pm or 9.35pm back to town via Kennet Island.

📰 Academy manager Lee Herron says playing in front of a big crowd on Wednesday will help development of youngsters.

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 7, 2016

John Busby will be the man in the mddle on Wednesday evening, with the referee having an eventful last outing on Saturday when he took charge of the FA Cup first round tie between Exeter City and Luton. The official was forced to make eight bookings on Saturday in a real open encounter at St James' Park.

Running the lines in mid-week will be John Farries and Simon Knapp and fourth official will be Mark Derrien.

You can pick up a copy of The Royal at Madejski Stadium Megastore on Wednesday evening for just £1!

Inside we have profiles on eight of the academy products that could be facing the Glovers, a word with Lee Herron and an A2 sized poster of the official first team photo.

We wish to politely reminder 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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