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Preview: U18s take on U’s for quarter-final place…

A look ahead to tonight’s meeting in Essex!

6 February 2018

The pool of teams left in this year’s FA Youth Cup is getting slimmer… and we’re still in it, playing for a quarter-final place against Colchester this Tuesday evening.

Colchester United U18 vs Reading U18
Weston Homes Community Stadium
FA Youth Cup, fifth round
Tuesday 6th February 2018, 7pm

While our boys go in with a head of steam, having overcome Charlton in dramatic circumstances in the previous round, the U’s have also had to overcome plenty of hardships along the way!

Cheshunt came close to providing an upset in round one – but the Essex club battled back from three goals behind to get through.  Crewe, Bishop’s Stortford and MK Dons have since been vanquished with less drama.

For the winner, it’s a chance to host Arsenal – seven-time winners of the competition – in the quarter-final!

Pre-match chat


Dodds anticipating tight cup tie against Colchester

4 February 2018

Under-18 manager David Dodds: “I imagine it will be similar to the last two games against Millwall and Charlton – it’ll be a tight affair and we’ll have to be at our best away from home if we want to progress to the next round.”

Read in full by clicking here.

Last time out…

Here’s a reminder of how we fared against Charlton in round four of the competition – a dramatic extra-time win!  To watch, you’ll need to log in to iFollow – make sure you register for a free account to watch exclusive Royals content.

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Below is a Google Maps guide for getting from Madejski Stadium to Colchester's Weston Homes Community Stadium.


Supporters can pay on arrival at Weston Homes Community Stadium.  Tickets are priced as below…

FA Youth Cup fifth round prices
Adults £7
Concessions £5
Under-14s £3
Under-8s £1

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