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Pre-Season Starts With Win At Boreham
11 July 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading started their pre-season campaign with a 5-0 victory over Boreham Wood yesterday. Midfielder George Evans gave Reading a half time lead before the Royals cruised to victory with two goals from Tariqe Fosu, one from Deniss Rakels and one from Liam Kelly who wrapped up the victory. Reading started with a strong team, and dominated the game, against a side that struggled at the wrong end of the National League last season.
The fixture allowed Jaap Stam to try out most of his team that will have a chance of seeing some first team action this season. Van den Berg and Gravenberch both saw some action, while Mendes was at the game but not in the playing squad. Second half scorers Fosu and Kelly were both introduced at the break before Stam made eight further changes just inside the second half to bring on a group of youngsters, replacing more experienced players in the squad. Stam would have been pleased with the outcome as his young side, introduced at 2-0, went on to add three further goals.
Reading Squad: Al-Habsi, Ward, Watson, Obita, Cooper, McShane, Griffin, Kelly, Van den Berg, McCleary, Evans, Stacey, Barrett, Tanner, Kermorgant, Williams, Rakels, Fosu, Samuel, Gravenberch, Dickie, Jules.
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