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Finally, the under-23s are scheduled to play a league game tonight, for the first time in over seven weeks, with an away fixture at Reading.

It’s not as though we’ve been without game time. Since losing 2-1 at Norwich to a stoppage time goal on 21st January, we’ve played six competitive games. Three of those were in the Premier League Cup, two in the Central League Cup and last week’s 3-0 win at Bolton in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

We are still in two of those cup competitions and we’ve still eight league games to play, four at home and four away, starting tonight at Reading at a ground that now bares the name of a car leasing company.

Dara Costelloe scored twice last week in the win at Bolton and he netted the first two in our 3-0 win at Middlesbrough, our sixth and most recent win this season in Premier League 2. One of the other victories came against tonight’s opponents Reading who we beat 3-1 at Leyland back in September with the goals scored by Joe McGlynn, Michael Mellon and Sam Unwin.

We go into tonight’s game in tenth place in the fourteen team league but a win wouldn’t see us move up the table although we could draw level on points with Nottingham Forest should they be beaten by Sunderland.

Only one team has won less than the six we’ve won and that’s Reading who are currently bottom of the league although they are only two points behind Middlesbrough. They beat Wolves in their first home game of the season in August and won again six days later at Stoke. Their only win since was a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough in November.

Last season’s game at Reading came close to the end of the season. A 2-0 win gave us hope of a play-off place which was dashed when we were beaten 5-2 in the final game at Leeds. Max Thompson (pictured) scored both goals in the win at Reading, the second of them from the penalty spot.

Kick off for tonight’s game is 7 p.m.

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