The Development Squad made the perfect start in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League by beating Reading 3-1 at Rush Green.

Paul McCallum opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, tapping home the rebound from Rob Hall's initial effort. The forward then got his second ten minutes into the second half. Hall twisted and turned before bursting into the box and crossing to McCallum, who dispatched the ball expertly into the corner.

Reading rarely threatened, but pulled one back in the 72nd minute, but a trialist made sure of the win for the hosts four minutes from time, clinically finishing over the stranded Jonathan Henly.

Speaking post-match, Development Squad manager Ian Hendon revealed his delight after a near flawless performance from his young side.

"I'm delighted with the result because it gives us an excellent platform going into the season," explained Hendon. "We had a mixed pre-season and played a lot of experienced, physical teams but it has prepared us well for tonight's game.

"Reading are a big team who tried to knock the ball long up to the front three and I felt we dealt with that, and we of course did extremely well going forward scoring three good goals."

Hendon often admitted his side had lacked a little focus defensively during pre-season so he was very pleased at the way his side organised themselves.

"It's something that I have highlighted recently so it's good to see the lads respond and take it on board.

"It was a little disappointing conceding from a corner, but that may have more to do with a little lapse in concentration due to being 2-0 up.

"It's early days and that is something we can focus on ironing out on the training ground, but as I say I'm delighted with the result and to have got off to a winning start."

McCallum was the star turn, scoring two and grabbing an assist, leading Hendon to praise him and his support trio of Hall, Blair Turgott and Dominic Vose.

"They are very talented, forward-thinking players as you can see, Dom has done really well for the first goal and Rob has shown his talent with the second and that is another thing that is pleasing.

"We worked hard this week on getting the ball to the back post for Paul because he is very good at attacking that, so it's very pleasing as a coach to see something you have worked on come to fruition."

Development Squad: Spiegel, Driver, Chambers, Wearen, Fanimo, Lletget, Moncur, Turgott (Badirou 63), Vose, Hall, McCallum (Hunt 87)