A Royals squad which boasted our Academy graduates in its majority put up a firm fight, but eventually lost to Luton Town in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
There was a senior debut for Olly Pendlebury from the get-go, while Conor Lawless and Mamadi Camara both also earned their maiden minutes in a first-team shirt from the bench.
Sone Aluko hit the bar from close range, and Nahum Melvin-Lambert repeated that feat in the final throes of the game as the Hatters held on to win by the odd goal - George Moncur's strike just before the half-hour proved decisive.
Nevertheless, reasons to be positive for Royals supporters as the future continues to look bright. Take a look through our gallery, above...