READ United are in the hat for the next round of the President’s Cup after making light work of Feniscowles and Pleasington on Saturday.
On a spacious pitch, Feniscowles took the lead as Ben Pickup’s deflected effort looped into Nick Galea’s net.
United recovered to put in their best display of the season, debuting a 4-5-1 formation that the hosts failed to get to grips with.
Read talisman Andy Bennett conjured up an equaliser with a 25-yard tracer-bullet that blazed past the keeper.
The hosts threatened, but a bombardment of long balls were repelled by imperious centre halves Craig Taylor and Jonny Baxter.
The triumvirate of Matt Whitwell, Thomas Harper and Alex Haythornthwaite strode like titans in United’s midfield, extolling both creative and defensive forces.
Read winger Callum Clarke’s mazy run was almost rewarded as he flashed his shot agonisingly past the post.
Jordan Neary gave the visitors the lead seconds after the break, exquisitely finding the top corner from fully 30 yards.
Harper then fizzed a shot just wide as Read started to crank up the pressure.
Bennett showed his marker a clean set of heels as he raced away to make it three, Harper the architect.
Feniscowles pressed in a breathless game, striking the bar from an acute angle, whilst United’s Jack Fielding rasping drive stung the home stopper’s gloves.
Bennett sealed his hat-trick with a daisy-cutter after a neat one-two with Neary, to add lustre to the result.
Co-manager Bennett said: “It was a well-deserved victory, the new system suited us well and hopefully we can go on a bit of a run now.”
FINAL SCORE: Feniscowles and Pleasington 1, Read United 4
• READSTONE United Under 8s Blues beat Briercliffe 2-0 at home, with man of the match Nathan Dansen scoring both goals.
Readstone Under 9s Yellows won 5-2 at Pendle Forest with two goals each for Charlie Nowell and man of the match Owen Parker, and one from Alex Morrissey.
The Under 10s Blue beat Colne Juniors 4-2, with star man Brandon Wylie scoring a hat trick, and Saul Wilds also on target.
The Under 10s Yellow beat Barrowford Celtic 5-1. The goalscorers were James Bridge (2), Harry Burrows, Ben Dinning and Cade Leonard. George Taylor was named man of the match.
The Under 13s had an excellent 3-0 victory over top of the table Pendle Forest, with goals from Lewis Simpson, Oliver Boult and James Davies. Patrick Fleming was named man of the match.