Smith’s brace helps U23s see off Cot­tagers

The Wokingham Paper - - ROYALS -

SAM SMITH bagged a brace as Read­ing Un­der-23s saw off Ful­ham 2-1 at Adams Park.

Smith, who made his first team de­but ear­lier this sea­son and scored in the sec­ond round of the Carabao Cup, net­ted ei­ther side of an Eli­jah Ade­bayo strike to earn a sec­ond straight Premier League 2 vic­tory.

In what was the first game in charge for new U23s boss Scott Mar­shall, Read­ing handed min­utes to a num­ber of players who have played for Jaap Stam this sea­son.

As well as Smith, Andy Ri­nomhota, Axel An­dres­son, Josh Bar­rett and Danny Loader all started.

Roy­als got the break­through on 25 min­utes when Smith cap­i­talised on a fum­ble from goal­keeper Mag­nus Nor­man to prod home.

At the other end, Ge­orge Legg was called into ac­tion to deny Stephen Humphrys and pre­serve the lead go­ing into half-time.

But the vis­i­tors did level when Humphrys played in Ade­bayo to lash past Legg.

How­ever, Mar­shall’s men quickly re­took the lead through Smith again, tap­ping in af­ter Bar­rett’s ef­fort was blocked.

“I re­ally en­joyed it,” said Mar­shall.

“The boys worked re­ally hard in get­ting around the ball and com­peted re­ally well.

“Through­out the match they showed great de­sire and in­ten­sity, so that was good.”

READ­ING: Legg, Holmes, Osho (c), An­dres­son, Med­ford-Smith, Ri­nomhota, Shep­pard, East (Hols­grove 76), Smith (House 90+1), Loader, Bar­rett. Subs not used: Driscoll, Frost, Rollinson.

n READ­ING’S U18s could not re­peat the trick, go­ing down 5-2 to Ful­ham at Hog­wood.

The Roy­als goals came from Jazz Wal­lace and Ethan Cole­man.

Sam Smith’s goals made the dif­fer­ence dur­ing their 2-1 win over Ful­ham U23s

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