Read avoid relegation after coming from behind twice

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READ United ensured their survival after coming from behind twice in a relegation dogfight at Stacksteads.

Jordan Neary hit a 95th minute equaliser to condemn both the home side and Colne United to the drop.

In a tentative atmosphere, Stacksteads started the stronger forcing United stopper Nick Galea into a series of smart saves.

Read twice came close from dead ball situations as Andrew Tinker and Thomas Harper stung the keepers’ gloves.

The home side took the lead by springing the offside trap resulting in a cool finish from the striker.

In a game the host’s needed to win for any hope of survival they dominated proceedings going into the break.

Matt Benfield almost levelled matters as he met a poor clearance on the volley from the half way line, which was clawed away by a back-pedalling goalkeeper.

Read were awarded a penalty when Harper was hacked down in the box, with Andy Bennett coolly converting the kick.

The home side responded, reverting to 3-4-3 and bombarding man of the match Galea’s goal.

Stacksteads reclaimed the lead after clever footwork and finish by the striker, sending the hosts into delirium.

United pressed forward, needing only a point for survival they sent flurries of long range shots at goal but to no avail.

Then as the host’s called for the final whistle, Neary found himself in enemy territory, his volley was saved by the keeper, before he tucked away the rebound to send the visitors into raptures.

To add insult to injury, Stacksteads were reduced to 10 men for vociferous complaints at the amount of stoppage time allocated by the referee.

Co-manager Nick Galea said “It feels like a victory. We were poor today but we have come and done what we needed to stay in this division. Onwards and upwards next season.”