Reading's Under-18s have been drawn to face Derby County, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the group stages of this season's U18 Premier League Cup.
The young Royals will play each team once in Group B. Derby will be venturing down to Berkshire for the group opener, before Reading face two away trips to take on the Villans and Boro.
Should our Scholars make it through the group stages, they will go straight into the Quarter-Finals of the competition. The fixtures are also being mirrored by the U16 Premier League Cup, so our younger Academy players will also gain the experience of playing competitive football on lengthy away days.
Our U18s have already played their first two matches in the U18 Premier League South, getting their first point on the board at the weekend after a battling 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Hogwood.
Ethan Bristow opened the scoring midway through the first half for the Royals, but the Foxes struck back almost immediately through Sidnei Tavares. The teams fought for supremacy in the second half, with a point coming Reading's way on the day.
The U18 Premier League Cup is a national competition, so the young Royals will be getting vital experience of playing teams they would not normally face in league competition, and offers our players the chance to play further afield than their regional league allows.
Dates for these matches will be confirmed in due course, with the first round of fixtures set to take place around the end of September.
Full U18 Premier League Cup draw
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion