READING FC Under 23s moved up to second place in the Premier League 2 table with a 2-0 away win at West Bromwich Albion.

Scott Marshall’s in-form side are now unbeaten in seven league matches including six victories.

Royals fielded a young team once again on Monday night with four players promoted from the Under 18s.

The Baggies appeared much stronger on paper with the likes of Scotland international Oliver Burke and fellow first-teamer, Sam Field, in their starting 11 at Aggborough.

It was Burke who created the first opening when his low cross was superbly cut out by 17-year-old Royals defender Tom Holmes before it could reach Tahvon Campbell.

Holmes then played a part in Reading’s opening goal by releasing Tyler Frost who in turn fed Josh Barrett who crashed a left-footed drive into the far corner for his fourth goal in three games.

And just four minutes later Reading doubled their lead. Joel Rollinson’s short corner reached Jordan Holsgrove who cut in from the right before unleashing a superb effort past Baggies stopper Brad House.

The home side saw Finn Azaz fire narrowly wide of George Legg’s post before the break, with Legg making a comfortable save from Campbell early in the second half.

But Reading almost added a third goal soon after when Frost collected a Jake Sheppard pass before firing to the corner, only to see House pull off a tremendous finger-tip save.

However, Marshall’s men held on to continue their excellent run in the league.

West Bromwich Albion U23: House, Melbourne, Martinez, Jameson, Soleman, Field (Brown 74), Bradley, Clayton-Phillips (McCourt 68), Azaz, Burke (Tulloch HT), Campbell. Subs not used: Przybeck, Pierce.

Reading U23: Legg, Holmes, Medford-Smith, Osho, Burley, Sheppard, East, Frost, Rollinson (Howe 75), Holsgrove, Barrett. Subs not used: Rosario, Shokunbi, Moore, Buchanan.