Boreham Wood’s much heralded partnership with Premiership Reading Football Club is enjoying another productive month. Firstly Readings young defender Ben Jefford who is with the Wood on work experience, Scored his first goal for the Club in our recent 1-0 win at Dover, helping to keep the Meadow Park outfit in third place and securing another clean sheet.

Secondly the Performances of Boreham Wood’s 17-year-old England College international Sammy Doolan and 17-year-old striker Rob Hastings have been noted. Both have figured regularly in Wood’s 1st team squad this season and are being given the chance to improve further, by spending a week with the Reading Academy that will includes a game or two.

As part of the ongoing Partnership, Wood’s U/19’s will also help prepare Readings U/18’s for their forthcoming FA Youth Cup game against Brentford in early December. While taking a younger team to Reading to look at the progress that some of our /16’s are making shortly.

Academy Director Luke Garrard said “The relationship with Reading is good for everyone. It shows itself in Ben Jefford getting competitive game time with our 1st team. It shows in Sammy Doolan and Robert Hastings learning by spending time in digs and on the training pitch with Premiership Scholars, and it shows that our 16’s are now coming onto the Radar. Plus the faith that Reading show us in helping them prepare for their FA Youth games is also gratifying for me and the Coaching staff.” Garrard concluded.


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