All bark and no bite for Longlevens as Reading City ease to 2-0 win

Longlevens suffered their third home defeat in a row as Reading City’s clinical first half display was enough to see the Berkshire side run out 2-0 winners at Saw Mills. 

Levens, who were without main striker Brad Martin once again and had a still injured Shaun O’Connor on the bench in case of emergency, had a lot of possession but lacked a killer instinct in the final third.

In the same fixture at the end of last season Reading took an early lead after Mo Davies, who fired an effort wide minutes before, got on the end of a Mckoy Palmer ball in to put his side 1-0 up on 11 minutes.

The goal seemed to settle Longlevens down a little after a frantic start and the hosts nearly levelled when former Abbeymead Rovers man Ben Tegg saw his 25 yard effort well saved by Charlie York.

Palmer went down the other end for City and saw his effort from the left corner of the box palmed over by Ash Wintle, who returned in goal for Longlevens.

Just after the half an hour mark Isaac Johns held off his man before firing over from 20 yards and from the resulting goal kick Reading doubled their lead.

After the ball was played down Longlevens’ left hand side, Dan Davies drilled the ball in for Mckoy Palmer to turn home at the near post.

Longlevens lost Will Emery to a dead leg just before the break and in reality Reading didn’t have an awful lot to worry about in their defensive third in the first 45 minutes.

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The second half started slowly but exploded into life with about twenty minutes left on the clock, as after a moment of shoving on the far side, Longlevens First Team coach Darrell Long spoke out of turn to referee Alan Robinson and was sent off for dissent.

From there Robinson also warned Reading manager Simon Johnson for almost siding with the Longlevens bench in what was quite a bizarre moment for all in attendance.

With the FA Vase tie against Cowes Sports for Longlevens next week and after a lot of football in recent weeks, the hosts took off Harry Emmett and Ben Tegg and they momentarily lost a bit of rhythm.

The final ten minutes saw the best and worst from Longlevens going forward. The worst saw a free kick on the edge of the box played short by an out of confidence Josh Watts and the resulting effort was poor.

The best came from a free kick that was delivered perfectly to the back post. James Barnett headed the ball back across goal for Tommy Callinan to only head straight at York from inside the six yard box.

Also after neat build up play on the right hand side, wing back Ryan Dunn found himself one on one but York smothered the effort.

Ed Smyllie headed a corner over from three yards in the 95th minute to sum up a blunt performance in front of goal from the hosts.

Reading move up to 4th in the Hellenic Premier, whilst Longlevens drop one place tom 8th ahead of a week break before the FA Vase tie on Non-League Day. Reading City are in Supplementary Cup action on Monday night when they host Aylesbury Dynamos.

Longlevens: Wintle, Dunn, Barnett, Williams, Long, Smyllie, T Callinan, Tegg (Blackburn 71′), Johns, Emmett (Cornell 71′), Emery (Watts 40′)

Subs Not Used: O’Connor, G Callinan

Reading City: York, Best, De Rama, Cashin-Murray, Cowd, Blackwood, M Davies (Bell 75′), D Davies, Stubbs-Alleyne (Romeo 79′), Le Pais (Browne 67′), Palmer

Subs Not Used: Lee

Severn Sport Man of the Match – Ollie Long (Longlevens)


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