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Loader Gets Three In Friendly Win

10 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's pre-season preparations out in Spain continued as they crossed the border to play Gibraltar Premier Division side Gibraltar United. The Royals ran out clear winners, hitting ten goals with no reply. Danny Loader scored a second half hat-trick as The Royals fielded two different sides, swapping all eleven players at half time with the score at 3-0. The game was used to give most of the squad players a run out and as result gave a chance to a lot of young academy graduates.

Holsgrove scored two goals with Novakovich getting the other before the half time break. Reading fielded a stronger side in the second half with senior players Walker, Moore, Blackett, Swift and Barrow joining McIntyre, Rinomhota, Barrett, Meite and Loader in a line-up which Gibraltar struggled to contain. Loader won a penalty for Meite to score from the spot before getting on the scoresheet himself. After a second Loader goal defender McIntrye scored from close range. Meite, Barrett and a third Loader goal completed a very comfortable win.

Jordan Obita, who continues to make a return from his long term injury, failed to make an appearance but is still expected to be available to Gomes when the season kicks off next month.

Reading travel to Sevilla on Saturday night in what will be much tougher pre-season fixture for the Royals. Sevilla finished sixth in La Liga last season with former Reading player Daniel Carrico making 38 appearances during the season after becoming a vital player for the side after his short and uneventful spell in Berkshire.

 

Discussion On This Story:

 Sutekh

» 15 May 2019 09:52

All off to Estepona in Spain for 2 weeks on 7th July



Games will all be behind closed doors though

Final pre-season game will be at the Mad Stad on 28th July.

 CountryRoyal

» 15 May 2019 10:12

Ffs why the relatively sudden boner for playing pre seasons behind closed doors. Yawn.

 10539.4 Miles Away

» 15 May 2019 10:15



Trialists playing? New formations / tactics being experimented with? Gives players the freedom in a semi competitive match to try to test themselves without the pressure of judgement being made by fans / on t'internet? The fact that the results really don't matter as long as they're not all loses (like our past 2 seasons)

I agree that I'd love them to be open but understand theres many reasons they wouldn't be.

 Hound

» 15 May 2019 10:38

was some mention of trying to stream them via social media, which would be nice

 Hendo

» 15 May 2019 10:41



Can seem them doing this on Facebook/Instagram, if not the games, I think there will be a lot of content from the camp, which would still be nice to see.

 Victor Meldrew

» 15 May 2019 11:03

2 weeks sounds like a hell of a long time to be away together-it will either lead to great bonding or massive fall-outs. :wink:

 10539.4 Miles Away

» 15 May 2019 11:05



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

 muirinho

» 15 May 2019 11:12



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

 Victor Meldrew

» 15 May 2019 11:16



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

There won't be a lot of time will there?

 muirinho

» 15 May 2019 11:27



Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

There won't be a lot of time will there?

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. Like I'm not bothered about whether preseason games abroad are open to the public or not - but I'm wondering are they using extra long trip to ensure there aren't many preseason games with us plebs allowed in at all.

I don't think you'd get the issues about the cost of opening up a stadium for 50 people if we were playing say Charlton, or AFC wimbledon

Also - seriously, are preseason games against European teams as good preparation as preseasons against lower league opposition here?

 paultheroyal

» 15 May 2019 13:43



Club will think they have softened the blow somewhat with at long last a decent home friendly lined up. Should be the biggest crowd we will have all season lol.

 Sutekh

» 15 May 2019 14:24



Club will think they have softened the blow somewhat with at long last a decent home friendly lined up. Should be the biggest crowd we will have all season lol.

Guess behind closed doors enables the club to keep costs down and easily arrange games against local opposition as well as other teams "on tour".

Presumably there'll be a couple of "big name" clubs that they'll play out in Spain and I'd expect at least one if not a couple of games will be subjected to a Tim Dellor commentary.

Hope there'll be a couple of games before they go away though.


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