Chelsea Under-18s have returned to winning ways in the Under-18 Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Reading at Cobham this morning.

Dion Rankine and George Nunn got the goals for The Blues are they recorded a hard working victory which got their title hopes back on track.

Ed Brand’s men almost opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes of the match when a one-two between Sam Iling-Junior and Marcel Lewis resulted in the former rounding visiting keeper Harvey Collins but the Reading defence managed to clear the ball to safety.

The Royals were a threat themselves and Blues keeper Jake Askew was called into action to pull off an impressive save to deny Lynford Sackey.

Lewis, Rankine and Nunn all struck efforts wide for the hosts before The Blues took the lead when Rankine drilled an effort across goal and into the corner of the net.

Reading then stuck the post with a headed effort before Collins was called into action to pull of a big save to deny Rankine a brace.

The second half saw Joe Haigh presented with a good goalscoring opportunity but he could only shoot at Collins.

Chelsea took a two-goal lead when a Charlie Wiggett volley flew off target but Nunn reacted quickly to head the ball beyond Collins into the net.

Valentino Livramento went close to scoring a third for Chelsea when his shot whistled over the bar before Pedro Neves reduced the arrears with a sweet volley.

Brand’s men successfully hung on to collect the three points and they can now look forward to an Under-18 Premier League Cup fixture at Blackburn Rovers next weekend.