Reading are looking to pick up their second Berks and Bucks Senior Cup under the management of Noel Hunt this evening, with Marlow standing in the Young Royals' way at the SB Stadium this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

In Hunt's debut campaign in charge, Ascot United were eased aside 4-0 at Slough Town's Arbour Park, the first time the club had lifted the local honour since 1995.

Some of that side have gone on to become first-team staples, some still playing elsewhere while some have dropped off the radar completely.

Take a look below at where they are now, just two years on.

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Jokull Andresson- Reading

22-year-old Andresson is another goalkeeper, similar to Coniah Boyce-Clarke, who has been tipped for great things yet still awaits regular opportunities to do so.

The Icelander, brother of fellow former Royal Axel Andresson, remains under contract until 2025 but is yet to make his first-team debut.

Struggling with injuries, Andresson appeared just six times on loan at Carlisle United this season but has previously impressed with Exeter City and Morecambe.

Lynford Sackey- Berkhampstead

21-year-old Sackey rose through the ranks and managed two first-team appearances for the Royals before his release in 2022.

Joining Bolton Wanderers' B-Team, the full-back was only on the books in Lancashire for a season before being released.

As of January, the youngster has been with Southern League side Berkhampstead.

Louie Holzman- Reading

From strong stock in the local area, with grandfathers and uncles playing for the club in the past, Holzman has been rising through the system since a young age.

Captaining all youth ages, the central defender has made two appearances for his boyhood club and another three on loan with Bohemian in Ireland.

Still only 20, Holzman could pick up the Senior Cup for a second time if Reading were to win this evening.

Imari Samuels- Brighton and Hove Albion

Former England youth star Samuels was one of the hottest talents on the books at Reading not so long ago, featuring well over 70 times for the Under-21s and Under-18s but failing to make a first-team debut.

Moving to Sussex in 2022, the 21-year-old has made one first-team matchday squad for the Seagulls but awaits his debut.

Getting his first senior involvement this season, Samuels had a four-game spell on loan with Fleetwood Town in League One.

Tyrell Ashcroft- Tottenham Hotspur

19-year-old Ashcroft was thrown into the first-team under Veljko Paunovic and made four appearances for the club- including 11 unused substitute stints.

Catching the eye of some big clubs, the defender joined Spurs in 2022 and has thrived in their Under-21s team.

The teenager could meet Reading in the final of the PL2 play-offs, should Spurs and Reading win their semi-final ties.

Ethan Bristow- Minnesota United

22-year-old Bristow was a regular immediately after the Covid-19 break, featuring 11 times for the first-team but not quite at Championship standard.

Released in May 2022, he was an ever-present for Tranmere Rovers for a season and tempted MLS side Minnesota to fork out for the full-back on a long-term contract.

A St Kitts and Nevis international, the defender spent the second half of this season on loan with Stockport County, winning League Two.

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Michael Craig- Reading

Moving the opposite way to Ashcroft, departing North London to move to Berkshire, Craig caught the eye under Paul Ince and made a smattering of first-team appearances last season.

However, this campaign the holding midfielder has gone from strength to strength and made himself a regular under Ruben Selles- making 40 appearances under the Spaniard.

Kian Leavy- St Patrick's Athletic

22-year-old Leavy managed two appearances for Reading, both in the League Cup, but has really made a name for himself in his homeland of Ireland.

Earning Under-21 international caps, the combative midfielder has become a regular for St Pat's, signing a long-term deal as recently as February.

Certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.

Ajani Giscombe- Reading

Incredibly highly rated as a teenager, Giscombe signed his first contract at 16 and was a regular for the Under-18s before suffering injuries.

Returning at the start of 2024, the midfielder is looking to get his very young career back up to speed.

Mamadi Camara- Reading

Another who seems to have been around forever, Camara is 20 and made his breakthrough under Paunovic.

Struggling with injuries for most of this season, the wide man made 12 appearances under Selles- including an impressive cameo in the final-day win over Blackpool in League One.

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Nahum Melvin-Lambert- Weymouth

St Lucia international Melvin-Lambert was a regular for the youth sides over a number of years but managed just three matches for the first-team.

Spending plenty of time on loan in non-league, with the likes of St Patrick's Athletic and Hemel Hempstead Town, former Bracknell Town boss Bobby Wilkinson took the striker to the coast in National League South.



The bench included first team stars including Nelson Abbey and Kelvin Ehibhatiomham, while Jeremiah Okine-Peters could feature again in this year's final.