• Ryan Sheehan

City Cruz to victory over Windsor

Reading City continue their unbeaten run on the run following a superb performance against Berkshire rivals Windsor, Tyler D’Cruz was the hero scoring in both halves to ensure all three points will be coming back up the M4.

The Cityzens caused problems for Windsor as soon as the game kicked off, Tyler D’Cruz came close to scoring in the third minute of the match but Bunting was able to stop it going in. City continued to pile the pressure on Windsor in the early minutes of the game with Joe Pilling being flagged for offside in the eight minute and Kai Alleyne being flagged for offside in the thirteenth minute.

Despite the Cityzens fantastic start to the game it was Windsor who found the opening goal as Horscroft put the ball Charlie York in the sixteenth minute thanks to a good ball from Billy Montague.

Tyler Cruz went looking for the equaliser only minutes later but was flagged offside. Windsor then knocked on the door again, but McNamara’s effort was off target.

As we approached the half hour mark the game became a tough encounter with both teams battling to get on the ball, Joe Pilling was shown the first yellow card of the evening in the twenty fifth minute after committing a foul on Gould.

Windsor tried to go further in front as we passed the half hour mark, but McNamara was flagged for offside, shortly after Billy Montague tried to go for goal, but Charlie York was able to save it keeping the score at 1-0.

With thirty seven minutes on the clock and still 1-0 down, Simon Johnson was probably beginning to plan his half-time talk, however a superb strike from Nathan Jones would mean he’d need to change his team talk as we found a way back in to the game. Minutes later Nathan Jones continued to cause Windsor problems and after being fouled by Surmon, we were awarded a penalty.

Tyler D’Cruz stepped up to take the penalty and put the ball past Bunting as the clock hit forty minutes, giving us the lead as we approached half time. The Cityzens continued to pile on the pressure and Kai Stubbs almost found our third goal in the forty third minute but Bunting was able to deal with his shot.

City went into the break with a one goal advantage having launched a superb comeback in the first forty-five minutes.

The Cityzens flew out of the traps in the second half and Tyler D’Cruz went looking for his brace straightaway but was flagged for offside in the forty ninth minute. Only a few seconds later Joe Pilling would go on the attack but was also flagged offside.

With fifty-one minutes on the clock, Tyler D’Cruz continued to cause Windsor problems, but was again flagged for offside.

In the fifty sixth minute both City’s Nathan Jones and Windsor’s Gould would find themselves in the referee’s book.

Simon Johnson made his first substitution of the evening on the hour mark, as he looked to change his attacking options with Brad Farren replacing Kai Alleyne.

In the sixty third minute, Tyler D’Cruz continued to cause Windsor problems as he looked to get himself a brace, but his shot was off target.

Our hosts made their first change in the sixty seventh minute as Parchment replaced August.

In the sixty ninth minute Simon Johnson would name his name his second substitution as Lewis Bebb replaced Joe Pilling.

In the seventieth minute Windsor would make their second substitution of the evening as Jaggers replaced Parsons.

In the seventy fifth minute McNamara equalised for Windsor with a great goal and would make the last fifteenth minutes even more exciting.

The Cityzens responded immediately and Tyler D’Cruz finally got the second goal he had been looking for, earning himself a brace in the seventy seventh minute and put us back in front.

Immediately after that goal Windsor would make their third substitution of the evening as Ben Mulley replaced Sam Coles. Simon Johnson named his third substitution of the evening as Joe Wigmore replaced Will Okine-Peters.

In the eighty fifth minute Brad Farren tried to put us further in front, but Bunting was able to stop his shot.

Windsor tried to equalise again in the eighty seventy minute, however Charlie York was able to deal with Horscroft’s shot comfortably.

In the eighty ninth minute Lewis Bebb went on the attack, but his shot was off target.

As we went in to added time the score was Windsor 2 v Reading City 3. In the ninety second minute Dan Davies found his name in the referee’s book.

With ninety six minutes on the clock Charlie York made a number of sensational saves to deny McNamara.

The referee finally brought the game to a close and the Cityzens could celebrate that their unbeaten run on the road continues as they bring three points home to Berkshire.

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