• Ryan Sheehan

A Strong Finish

For the second year running, The Cityzens will not complete their senior campaign as the Football Association has confirmed that the 2020-21 Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division season is to be curtailed, despite the season being cut short we're proud of our strong finish.

The announcement came following the government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions across England. Grassroots football can return from March 29th for both adults and children, but the FA has decided to curtail non-league football from steps three to six.

In a statement, the FA said: “Our alliance and leagues committees have now considered the large amount of data and information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week. “

“The results of the survey showed that over 76 per cent of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April 2021.”

Reading City had not played a Premier Division match since Saturday 12th December when losing 0-2 at home to fellow Berkshire Side Windsor. The Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division campaign had also been suspended throughout the whole of November as part of the ‘circuit breaker’ national lockdown put in place.

The Cityzens sat in 3rd place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division at the time of curtailment, having won five, drawn two and lost two of their 9 matches played. This is the club's strongest finish since re-launching as Reading City in 2018.

As well as finishing 3rd in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, the Cityzens also made it to the First Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase and narrowly missed out on making it to the Second Round Proper for the first time in the club's entire history after a 0-1 defeat to Lancing on Saturday 31st October 2020.

Despite our season being curtailed for the second season in a row, there's plenty of positives to take away and the results have proved that our squad is getting stronger each season.

The board of directors would like to thank Simon Johnson and his backroom team of Sam Woodruff, Michael Butcher, Rhys York, Jaz Saundh and Luke Prowse-Baldwin and all players for their performances this season.

In three years we've gone from battling relegation to finishing in the top 3 of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division and everyone who has been a part of that should be very proud, had we had a full season who knows what we could have achieved together.

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