Our Under-18 squad won two of their three fixtures in August, as a new season begins in bright fashion by David Dodds’ boys.
The matchday squads have provided a good blend of talent – that has included second-year scholars, who are beginning the second half of their U18 apprenticeships, and first-year scholars who were inducted from the U16 squad this summer.
Leicester City U18 1-2 Reading U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 11 August 2018
It wasn’t until the seventh fixture that our U18s registered a first win last season – but this year, it came on the opening day!
The new season was just six minutes on when Thierry Nevers turned in the opener at Belvoir Drive to put the Royals into the lead… but Luke Thomas levelled for the hosts just four minutes later.
But Nevers’ second, 20 minutes from time, was the decisive goal as the Royals grabbed three points in the East Midlands.
Reading U18 1-0 Norwich City U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 18 August 2018
A good start for the youngsters continued as they put in a professional display and secured victory by the odd goal.
Returning to Reading, they hosted a Norwich team that had propped up the table last year and who had lost 4-1 on the opening weekend to West Ham.
The only goal of the game came five minutes before the interval, when defender Roberto Nditi turned in the game’s only goal at Hogwood Park.
Aston Villa U18 4-2 Reading U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 25 August 2018
It looked like it might have been a repeat of the previous weekend when the Royals took the lead shortly before the interval at Bodymoor Heath – it was another defender who gave Reading the advantage as Marcel Elva-Fountaine struck from the spot.
But Villa replied by scoring three times in 15 minutes after the break – twice through Jacob Ramsey and once through Michael Tait.
Thierry Nevers netted his third of the campaign to put Reading back in contention… but Villa killed the game off in the sixth minute of added time when Dimitri Sea notched their fourth to consign the Royals to a first defeat.
Meanwhile, our new first-year scholars were introduced to the Madejski Stadium crowd at our recent fixture against Bolton Wanderers - pictured above are the players who join David Dodds' side newly for the 2018-19 campaign.