Didcot Town 2 Reading FC 3By Jonny Fordham
July 11, 2012
Goals from Jordan Obita, Karl Sheppard and Ryan Edwards earned Reading's development side the win over Didcot Town at Loop Meadow last night.
The young Royals stars all netted in the first-half, during which they raced to a 3-0 lead.
Winger Obita opened the scoring just after 20 minutes when he capitalised on a poor Didcot clearance and volleyed home from eight-yards.
Striker Sheppard, who showed neat close control and skill during the first 45 minutes, then added an easy second 10 minutes later.
Town's keeper fumbled a cross in the rain and the 20-year-old Irish forward had an easy tap-in from three-yards into an open net.
Then came Royals' pick of the bunch just before half-time.
Australia youth international Edwards was played in over the top down the right, drove towards goal and scored with a delightful disguised chip as he spotted the keeper off his line.
Didcot came back fighting in the second-half, however, and scored through debutants James Clark and Pablo Heysham.
Royals XI: First-half side: Jon Henly, Niall Keown, Shane Griffin, Lawson D'Ath, Michael Hector, Pierce Sweeney, Ryan Edwards, Trialist, Dominic Samuel, Karl Sheppard, Jordan Obita.
Second-half side: Stuart Moore, Nick Arnold, Matt Partridge (Karl Oliyide, 65), Trialist, Angus MacDonald, Charlie Losasso, Aaron Tshibola, Trialist, Gozie Ugwu, Craig Tanner, Josh Webb.
Diddy: Marco Belloli, Jon Beames, Richard Pierson, Gareth Thomas, Lee Henderson, Sam Elkins, Scott Bridges, Ryan Blake, Elliot Osborne-Ricketts, Danilson Vincente, Anaclet Odhiambo, Morgan Williams, Jamie Heapy, Chris Owens, Lance Williams, Ryan Tappin, Tom Mudge, Pablo Heysham, James Clarke, Steve Davis