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'Energetic' Reading FC XI to face Slough Town at Arbour Park

Joint manager Neil Baker reckons Reading will send an ‘energetic’ under-23 team to Arbour Park tomorrow (Saturday) for what will be the Rebels’ second pre-season match.

Baker, who saw his Slough side beat Met Police 4-2 on Tuesday in their pre-season opener, is looking forward to seeing the Royals and is preparing for a tough match.

“I’m expecting Reading will send a side like they did to Bath and Wealdstone recently, mostly under-23 players plus a few 1st team squad players who may currently be out of favour,” he said.

“But they’ll be good as Reading Academy has a good reputation and I’m sure they’ll be energetic.”

The match has been switched to a 12.30pm kick-off so as not to clash with England’s third/fourth place play-off with Belgium which starts at 3pm.

Baker, left, says all these warm-up matches are useful.

He said: “Games are not just about fitness, but also getting players back into good routines, like centre halves regaining their timing on headers, for example.

“Unlike a lot of clubs at this stage, we are also working on set pieces and we will be incorporating them into pre-season matches.”

Baker was pleased with the runout against Met Police on Tuesday, a match which could have been a complete mismatch.

“They were better than we thought they might be, actually,” he said.

“They have a new manager and players, but they put out a strong side and worked really hard.

“The scoreline slightly flattered them as their keeper Luke Williams, who used to play for Slough, pulled off four or five excellent saves.”

Following this weekend’s match with Reading, Slough will entertain Kingstonian on Tuesday.

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