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Preview: A look at our loanees in action this weekend!

23 March 2017

A look at the Royals in club action this weekend down the English football pyramid...

Despite the international break that sees the Championship come to a temporary halt this weekend, there will still be a number of Royals in EFL and non-league action in the next few days as some of our loanees gear-up for action.
We take a look at what is in store for those Royals out on loan in the next few days, as they prepare for another weekend of football across the country.

Jake Cooper: Swindon Town vs Millwall, Saturday 25th Match 13:30, County Ground

Reading’s Jake Cooper has enjoyed an exceptionally strong start to his lean spell with Millwall since joining the club on loan in January.

The Academy graduate has only tasted defeat one with the Lions since the 19th of January, away at Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup quarter finals. Millwall are unbeaten in the League since Cooper’s arrival and face Reading rivals Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday who currently sit third from bottom in the League One table.

The Lions are currently one place outside the League One play-offs, level on points with sixth placed Southend and with a game in hand. Cooper and the rest of the Millwall squad will be looking for a big three points come Saturday lunchtime. 

Jack Stacey: Exeter City vs Yeovil Town, Saturday 25th March 15:00, St James Park

Jack Stacey’s Grecians host Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon as they look to keep their promotion challenge alive in League Two. Exeter will be hoping to take all three points at home after being held to a draw thanks to a late goal from hosts and fellow promotion rivals Luton last weekend.

Mid-table side and fellow West Country rivals Yeovil make the journey to St James Park on Saturday, coming into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley at home. Reading’s Stacey has been an ever-present in the Exeter side this season, having made 31 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.

Craig Tanner: Doncaster Rovers vs Plymouth Argyle, Sunday 26th March 14:45, Keepmoat Stadium

Sunday will see a big clash for Craig Tanner’s Plymouth when they make the long journey up to Yorkshire to face Doncaster Rovers. The weekend’s meeting between the two sides will be a face-off of first against send in the League Two table, as Plymouth look to close the gap on Donny to three points with a win at the Keepmoat.

Both teams head into the game off the back of a wins, with Argyle beating Morecombe at home last weekend and Rovers hammering struggling Leyton Orient in east London. Tanner has made 22 appearances for Argyle in League Two so far this season scoring five goals in the process.   

Tariqe Fosu and Stuart Moore: Colchester United vs Luton Town, Saturday 25th March 15:00, Weston Holmes Community Stadium

This Saturday could see two Royals go head-to-head in Colchester when Tariqe Fosu’s U’s take on Stuart Moore’s Luton Town in League Two.

Mid-table Colchester will be up against a Luton side that currently sit fifth in the League Two table, five points behind Portsmouth who sit in the automatic promotion places. Following relegation from League One last campaign, Colchester are currently 11th in the league, but still within touching distance of the play-off places.

Fosu has made 26 appearances for Colchester this season scoring three goals in the process as they look to push back up the League Two table. Moore, who joined Luton on the final day of the January transfer window, has been playing more of a peripheral role during his time at Luton so far, with two appearances for the club so far.

 Sean Long: Lincoln City vs Forest Green Rovers, Saturday 25th March 12:45, Sincil Bank.

Sean Long and Lincoln City have a huge clash with Forest Green Rovers this coming Saturday at the summit of the National League. After a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, the Imps were knocked from the top of the table by Forest Green, with the later earning a 2-1 win over Solihull Moors.

Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off represents a big opportunity for Lincoln, as a win could see them re-establish themselves at the top of the table with three games in hand over promotion rivals Forest Green.

Long who joined Lincoln back in January, has made eight appearances for the side and will be hoping to help the main protagonists in this year’s FA Cup story bounce back with a big win in the league this weekend.  

Lewis Ward: Welling United vs Hungerford Town, Saturday 25th March 15:00, Park View Road

Royals keeper Lewis Ward has only just joined Hungerford Town, with George Legg being called back into the squad at Reading, travelling with the side that secured a 2-0 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday last Friday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Ward was straight in to action last weekend for the Crusaders, in a 2-1 home win over Weston Super Mare. Hungerford face a trip to Welling United in the National League south this weekend with Ward hoping to make it six from six in his opening two games at the club.

Joe Tupper: Carshalton Athletic FC vs Herne Bay, Saturday 25th March 15:00, Colston Avenue

Joe Tupper’s Carshalton host Herne Bay this Saturday in the Ryman One South Division. Last weekend say Athletic notch a 5-1 win at home against Three Bridges, with the side sitting sixth in the table with 71 points to their name in 2016/17.

Tupper joined Carshalton back in mid-December on a Youth Loan and has been a regular in goal for the side since, with the goalkeeper hoping to put another three points on the board this weekend against 17th placed Herne.  

Terence Van Cooten: St Ives vs Basingstoke Town, Saturday 25th March 15:00, Westwood Road

Royals defender Terence Van Cooten will be hoping to get to winning ways with loan club Basingstoke this weekend after a narrow defeat away to Kings Lynn in the Southern League last Saturday.

Basingstoke currently sit 13th in the table, having amassed 50 points so far this campaign, with Van Cooten only joining the club in mid-February on a month-long deal. Town face a trip to St Ives at the weekend as they look for three points on the road.

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