Our Under-23 squad has been handed a home tie in the Round of 16 of this year’s Premier League Cup – we’ll face Newcastle for a place in the Quarter-Final.
Qualification for the next stage was confirmed with a game to spare: group victories at home and away against Colchester, as well as two home triumphs against Fulham and Birmingham City, saw a perfect return from the first four games. A draw at Birmingham sealed passage mathematically, and a defeat for a young contingent in Fulham in the last Group G game was merely academic.
The Magpies qualified as runners-up from Group H. Three wins and two draws from their pool fixtures against Southampton, Leeds and Notts County were enough to go through in second place.
We’ve met Newcastle once before in the knock-out stages of the PL Cup – back in 2017, a 1-0 win on Tyneside earned the Royals a place in the final four, en route to the Final of the competition.
That was our second time in the Final – the Royals were inaugural victors of the competition when it was launched in 2014.
Scott Marshall’s U23 squad are still battling on four fronts this season; a 2-1 win at Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders Southampton last Friday keeps the side in contention for promotion, while we have two semi-finals to look forward to, against Maidenhead United in the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup, as well as a TBC opponent in the Premier League International Cup.
The match will take place on Friday 15th March, with a 1pm kick-off at Woking FC's Kingfield Stadium, with ticketing arrangements to be announced in due course.