Bristol Rovers v Reading U23’s – Checkatrade Trophy Match Preview

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By Simon Gray

The first match in Group A of the EFL Trophy gets underway this week as League One Bristol Rovers take on Academy side Reading U23’s at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers go into the match having had a very wet encounter in Swindon at the weekend in which the game was forced to be around at the hour mark.

This is the first season that the Academy sides will take part in the competition and it has not been well received by supporters up and down the country, even Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has labelled it as ‘farcical’.

The rules of the competition also state that teams must field at least five ‘first team players in the starting XI, which means that five of the side that played against Swindon on Saturday must start against the Royals.

Reading U23’s go into the fixture having beaten both Manchester City U23’s and Arsenal U23’s in their past three matches.

Team news for Rovers is that they once again have a fully fit side after no injuries were suffered at the County Ground.


Neither Bristol Rovers nor Reading have won the trophy in its 33 years of existence. Rovers did make the final in 2006-07, losing to Doncaster Rovers 3-2.

Reading knocked Rovers out of the competition at the quarter-final stage in the 1999-2000 season, before being knocked out by Bristol City in the Southern section semi-final, Reading’s best finish in the competition.

Rovers have not beaten Reading in their last five matches, losing four of them.

One Response to “Bristol Rovers v Reading U23’s – Checkatrade Trophy Match Preview

  • Martin bull
    3 years ago

    We also lost the 1990 final and have lost 2 southern area finals as well.

    I actually want to win this, just to say we don’t fail at everything

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