On Monday 7 August, the U15 Arrows, U14 Vikings and U17 Rovers played 11-a-side matches against Europa FC, West Mont and Steel United respectively, all from the USA.
The teams were on a football tour around the UK with their club, sightseeing during the day, and playing matches in the evening. All three games were played on the fantastic 4G pitch next to the the Madjeski Dome.
First up was a combined Arrows and Dragons U15 side who played a very entertaining game against FC Europa who were a couple of players short, but two AFC players (Ethan and Afonso) agreed to don a bib and make up the numbers for the visiting team. CAFC U15s eventually won 6-3 with goals from George, Archie (2), Lucas, and Jack, with Ethan and Afonso both scoring for Europa FC.
Next up the newly-formed U14 Vikings Sunday team played out a tight game against a very strong West Mont team, registering a narrow 2-1 win with a cooly taken penalty from Bernard after Alex was tripped in the box, and an own goal from their (otherwise excellent) keeper.
Last it was the turn of the U17 Rovers who took on Steel United from New Jersey in a competitive and fast-paced game.
Debutant Lucas T opened the scoring for the Rovers with a ferocious shot before Steel levelled with a well-taken lob in the first half. Two quick goals, a header from Berat B at the far post following a corner and a low drive from Harry K, turned the match Rovers' way in the second half although Steel did continue to press and forced two good saves from Alex C in the final moments.
Two of Caversham’s Rangers side and Alex R made guest appearances for Steel.
Three of the club's young qualified referees officiated the matches.
Under 14s Alleycats coach Laurence Brazil, who helped organise the matches, said: "We were proud of how well the boys represented the club, not only with some great football but also with their attitude and respect.
"It was a brilliant experience for all involved and hopefully a pre-season tradition that we can organise again next summer."