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5 December 2012

Stevenage's first team got some important minutes in their legs and a morale boosting victory over Premier League side Reading in a practice game at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading named a strong side which included the likes of Kaspars Gorkss, Danny Guthrie, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Garath McCleary and Pavek Pogrebnyak, but they were pushed to the limit by Boro's first team who won the game courtesy of Greg Tansey and Robin Shroot goals.

There was little between the sides throughout the game, from the Royals' point of view both goals would have been preventable but the chance of 90 minutes on a great surface would have been the more important result.

Tansey's goal came from an effort from outside the box which took a wicked deflection and left 'keeper Stuart Taylor with no chance - whether it struck the leg of the defender or the on-rushing Marcus Haber is hard to tell.

After the break Stevenage showed some good passing football with the full backs attacking well on the wings, indeed the second goal came as a result of a cross and Shroot was the man to poke it over the line from close range.

Stevenage: Arnold (Day 45); Gray (Comminges 45), Roberts (Furlonge 60), N'Gala, Hills, Grant (Risser 30), Dunne (Ball 60), Freeman, Tansey, Akins (A.Trialist 60), Haber (Agyemang 45)

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