Royals winger Callum Harriott headed down to a training session with the Reading FC Deaf Team – and days later, they wrapped up EDF Southern League title with a 4-0 win against St Albans City.
Our Reading representatives had gone into their penultimate fixture tied on points with Peterborough United, and were trailing the Posh at half-time. But Reece McLellan’s second-half brace – which, in true Reading style, included a stoppage-time winner – put the Royals top of the pile with a game to go.
Harriott, who made his international debut with Guyana in the recent international break, headed down to their training session during the week building up to their final league fixture, where he proffered some advice and support.
His words and advice were relayed via staff members from Total Communication, who sponsor the Reading FC Deaf Team (along with Supporters’ Trust at Reading) and who provide interpreters at all games and training sessions, to make sure the coaches’ messages come across loud and clear.
And with a bit of spring in their step, our Community Trust-run side steamrolled their way to victory at Ryeish Green Sports Complex on the final day, ensuring the southern silverware would come to Berkshire.
Now, they are set to meet Northern League winners Farsley Celtic – who went undefeated in their 12 regional games – in the national final. The fixture is scheduled to take place at Kinton's Field, home of Nottinghamshire-based side Calverton Miners’ Welfare, on Saturday 18th May.