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Reading Win County Trophy - 29th April

Colin Millard’s men were 2-0 winners of The Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Final, held at Abingdon United's ground last night, their first major Cup silverware since lifting the Senior Trophy way back in 1996.

The new County Champions went into the game against Eagle Bitter United Counties League title-chasers Newport as underdogs. Newport Pagnell who defeated Hungerford in the quarter-finals, have enjoyed a very successful season and they were certainly the favourites. Seeing off Hellenic League champions Hungerford 2-1 in the quarter-finals before beating Aylesbury Vale of the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division 4-2 in the semis.

Town's Cup journey started with a 4-2 win over Shrivenham in the first round, then won 1-0 at Sandhurst in the last eight before beating Hellenic Premier rivals Flackwell Heath 4-2 (aet) in the semi-finals.

Spence Scores On Burnham Debut - 10th March

Re-joining British Gas Business Southern League football is Reading Town's Ray Spence who has signed for Division One South & West club Burnham.

The well-travelled striker, was signed on Southern League forms for BGB Premier Division leaders Farnborough, though he also is signed on Hellenic forms for Reading Town, having played 14 Hellenic games this between September and January this season scoring 8 goals.

Spence (pictured) started in Burham's 1-1 draw against AFC Hayes last Saturday, scoring the opener.

Sponsors Target Reading - 5th March

On Tuesday night Reading Town completed a sponsorship deal with Target Vehicle Hire of Deacon Way, Tilehurst.

Target have supplied Town with a minibus to take their first team, ladies team and Allied Counties team to away games.

Town vice-chairman Stan Bembenek said: “It’s the best minibus we’ve ever had. We have had some ramshackle vehicles in the past, but this one is almost brand new.”

Target sales manager Greg Messenger (pictured with Town skipper Dave Mills) said: “To sponsor Reading Town again is exciting. As avid football fans it is always great to support your local team.”

Mills Returns to Scours Lane - 12th February

Reading Town have snapped up Henley Town skipper Dave Mills (left) for the rest of the FTL Futbol Hellenic League Premier Division campaign.

Mills enjoyed a successful spell at Scours Lane before following Roddy Slater to Henley at the start of last season. But Reading manager Colin Millard has persuaded the midfielder to return, strengthening an already impressive squad.

Millard said: “I felt that the squad needed freshening up again with one or two new faces. I want and I need to keep everyone on their toes, so, despite our excellent form, I felt it necessary to add extra competition in our midfield ranks. Dave also brings with him a raft of experience at this level, while his attitude and determination I believe will push us on to the next level as we go forward.”

Millard added: “There are maybe one or two other things happening, but we are waiting on responses.”

Town could be on the lookout for a new striker as Ray Spence looks set to sign a professional contract with a team in Cyprus. But Town goalkeeper Scott Hodgetts (right) is heading in the other direction. Hodgetts signed for Reading Town in August 2007 and he made over 40 appearence last season. This season he has slipped behind Chris Grace in the pecking order and has been restricted to a handful of games, so Henley boss Slater snapped him up for his Division 1 East side.

Millard, whose side has now gone 11 games unbeaten, said: “The weather forecast is pretty much dry between now and Saturday so if that is the case then Saturday’s game at home to Shrivenham will be on.”

Strongest Squad At Reading Town - 31st December

Reading Town manager Colin Millard tells the Reading Evening Post he believes his current side is the strongest of his seven-year reign at Scours Lane.

And the bad news for Town’s Hellenic League rivals is that Millard expects them to get even better! Town have recovered from a shaky start in their first Hellenic campaign after switching from the Combined Counties League and are currently fourth in the Premier Division. They are the form team in the division, with 10 wins and a draw from their last 12 games – and they have not conceded a goal for six games.

But Millard warned that the success of his young side could see rival clubs with bigger resources moving for his players. He said: “Our squad is very young with an average age of 20 so whatever we achieve this season should be seen as the foundation for next year, the season after or even five seasons on because we are young enough. At the moment we are vulnerable to predators, and the club should be looking to protect its future on the pitch. I am currently in the process of formulating plans to submit to the board in regards to this. If we get more people into the ground my plans are viable and I would expect the club to pass them.”

Millard has brought in quality players like James Suarez and Aaron Parfitt in recent weeks. He believes the spirit at the club is one of the reasons for their current success.

Millard said: “The team spirit is excellent and you can see the boys enjoy being together. The lads are not just team-mates, but friends which is great from my point of view because normally friends are prepared to go the extra mile for each other.”

But Millard is not taking Town’s current form for granted. He said: “Confidence is such a fragile commodity. We are in a good run of form, but it takes just one player to stop doing the job he’s been doing over the past few months and to start thinking we have done this or that and our confidence is shattered. The most pleasing thing about this run has been the fact we have not conceded which makes winning games a lot easier. But to rest on our laurels would be the biggest mistake we can make at this stage of the season.”

The manager added: “Realistically it is unlikely that we will catch Hungerford, but it’s not impossible and while there is a chance we will try to put as much pressure on them as possible. Shortwood remain, with their games in hand, the biggest threat to Hungerford winning the league. With the exception of Witney we have to face all the other sides in the top eight at least once. To a degree our league position is somewhat false because Almondsbury and Chalfont Wasps do have a couple of games in hand on us which I would expect them to win. Our aim is to take each game as it comes and hopefully come May we will be among the front-runners.”

Town are enjoying their best season for many years, proving that the switch from the Combined Counties to the Hellenic was the right one. Millard said: “The squad is strong and arguably the strongest I’ve had at the club but we have always been a difficult team to play against. Clubs in the Combined Counties, and now the Hellenic, never enjoyed playing against Reading Town because they know that on our day we have always been capable of beating anyone. The majority of my time in charge of the club has been spent in the top 10 of whichever league we’ve been in."

“I don’t think we are given enough credit. I’m not one for standing on roof-tops singing our praises. People love to knock us which we take on the chin, yet we continue to produce competitive sides who play the game the right way. I remind people that in seven years in charge of this club I have never been given the resources to win a league, so I am extremely proud of my record. We have only lost 12 league games in the whole of 2008 which is a tremendous effort by everyone at the club and I just hope we can continue this in 2009.”

Town take a break from league action on Saturday as they entertain Headington Amateurs in the SoccerKits Plus Supplementary Cup.

Write up by Ralph Webb Reading Evening Post

Ever Improving Town - 19th December

Assistant manager Glenn Goudie says Reading's clash against second placed Witney United will show how far his ever improving side have come in the last two months.

Town go into the clash on the back of a four game winning streak which has seen them notch 16 goals without reply. If you go back further they have lost just once in their last 10 league games and that upturn in form has seen them rocket up the Hellenic Premier Division table. It is a remarkable turnaround for the Scours Lane outfit who had lost five of their opening nine games, including a 4-0 drubbing at Witney.

But Goudie feels that defeat was the catalyst for the improvement and now he admits he can’t wait to use this Saturday’s clash as a measuring stick to see how far his side has come. He said: “We do owe them a bit of a performance. When we played them earlier in the season we were very short staffed and they gave us a bit of a lesson on how to win games at this level. That defeat taught us how to approach games and how to play our football. To be honest, it was a bit of a blessing in disguise. We’ve changed things around since, brought in some new personnel and our form has been very good. So we really want to put in a good performance against them on Saturday, we want to give them a good game.”

He added: “I think it will be the true test to show us where we are. It comes at an ideal time for us. Our form is very good but we’re not resting on our laurels. Training is good, everyone wants to be involved. You can see that the defence is determined to keep more clean sheets and the forwards want to score more goals.”

Like almost all of the games in the division, Town’s trip to Fairford Town last Saturday was postponed due to the heavy rain. Only leaders Hungerford Town played and they extended their lead at the top to 11 points but Witney closed that gap to eight on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Wantage.

Town boss Colin Millard decided to give the players the day off last Saturday and Goudie thinks they will reap the benefits of the rest this weekend. He said: “We gave the lads a nice little break to recharge their batteries. A couple of them have been struggling with niggles and illness so it was a chance for them to shake them off. We then had 20 at training on Tuesday night which showed me that it was the right decision as they are all now fit and ready to go this weekend.”

Midfielder Scott Rees (dead leg) is a doubt for the Witney game, as is Michael Hancock (illness).

Kids For Free Day - 2nd December

Reading Town are holding a ‘Kids in for Free’ day when they host Pegasus Juniors in the FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier Division at Scours Lane, Tilehurst, on Saturday (3pm).

The club have a number of tickets available and they can be reserved by ringing Rob Wytchard on 07831 833689. Each ticket offers free admission for two children under the age of 15, with a full paying adult (£5).
Town, who are on a tremendous run in the league, climbing up to seventh place after four straight wins, will entertain Hereford based side, Pegasus Junior's.

Reading Town are looking to play a more active role in the community by offering free entry to children in an effort to encourage them to support the Town’s senior non-league club. Town have blasted 12 goals in their last two games and they are looking to increase the attendence numbers and give families an enjoyable and entertaining day out.

Head West - 29th August

Reading Town make their second trip west in a week to face Pegasus Juniors in the FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier League.

Both sides have identical records and sit on four points in the league, having won one, drawn one and lost two this season.

Colin Millard’s side go into the game buoyed by their first win of the season at Harrow Hill last Saturday. Millard will be looking for more firepower, however, after last Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Marlow United. Captain Mark Camp-Overy is sidelined with a knee injury.

Mistakes Have Been Punished - 21st August

Colin Millard (pictured) has been left frustrated by Reading Town’s start to life in the FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier Division.

The manager, who confirmed striker Ray Spence is still at Scours Lane, expected more from his team’s opening three fixtures which have resulted in two defeats and a draw.

He said in his, Reading Evening Post, Goal Post column: “I could make the normal excuses about players being away on holiday, injured or suspended but the fact of the matter has been in the first three games we have been making too many basic mistakes which our opposition have punished. Having retained the whole of the squad that finished last season, this includes Ray Spence who is currently injured, and added three or four players to help improve the overall quality we were hoping to hit the ground running.”

More Experience at Reading - 1st August

Colin Millard, manager of FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier club Reading Town, is delighted to have captured the signatures of two experienced strikers to add to his young squad.

First to put pen to paper was ex- Lincoln City and Northwich Victoria professional Graham Lewis, who has rejoined Town, for a second spell, from BGB Southern League side Burnham. Quickly following with his signature was John Finnieston who was with Camberley Town last season. John has been a prolific marksman wherever he has played and his previous clubs include Cove, Sandhurst Town, Basingstoke Town and Chertsey Town.

Club Chairman Roland Ford said at an HL Clubs forum on Thursday evening: "The club is looking forward to their new adventure in the Hellenic League whilst the other clubs just have Reading as a new entity to the league Reading has 21 new teams to play. It promises to be an exciting season and one that is being very much looked forward to".

Reading Town Settling In! - 28th July

FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier side Reading Town FC continued their pre season programme with a visit to Spartan South Midlands side Brimsdown Rovers on Saturday. Town followed up their 7-0 defeat over Reading League side, Reading YMCA with a 2-1 win over Hellenic East new boys, Newbury. A own goal and an Ian Brooks finish saw the Scours Lane side come from a goal behind. Town face a tougher task this weekend with Rovers finishing 8th last season.

Town have resigned 18 of last seasons players with Manager Colin Millard retaining the services of Assistant manager, Glenn Goudie and coach, Rob Wynchard.

Millard has added striker Graham Lewis from Burnham and with an additional 4 to 5 new players poised to sign, Town are looking in good shape to face the new challenges in the FTL Football Hellenic League.

 
 
 
 
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