Read suffer last-minute disappointment

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Read United lost out 2-1 at home in a closely-fought East Lancashire League game against Feniscowles and Pleasington.

A last-minute winner from Feniscowles captain Todd, was rough justice on United, as he pounced on an error from the otherwise faultless Matthew Whitwell to take the three points.

United, missing top scorer Andy Bennett, failed to find any rhythm as the two sides cancelled each other in a goalless first half.

Feniscowles, debutants in the league this season, took the lead shortly after the break with a somewhat fortuitous goal after pinball in the United area.

Read rallied through man of the match Thomas Harper who, cutting in from the left, released a stinging drive that was too hot to handle for the opposing keeper.

The impetus seemed to be with the home side, who could have won it with a string of late chances, until the last-gasp winner broke United hearts.

Read United co-manager Nick Galea said: “We deserved a point at least with a battlling performance full of fight and commitment.

“The fact we lost the game through two lapses of concentration was a bitter pill to swallow.”

Read are in action in the Lancashire Cup on Saturday, travelling to WFC Clitheroe.

Final Score: Read United 1, Feniscowles and Pleasington 2

• DOG Inn began their Harry Dewhurst Memorial League title defence with an impressive 5-1 victory over Helmshore Harriers at Haslingden Sports Centre.

Their goals included two from man of the match Oli McLean and one from Pete Hogan.

Manager Simon Kerins was very satisfied with the opening day result and performance: “It is always important to get off to a winning start and I’m delighted that we’ve done so.

“The quality of the performance was excellent at times; we played some irresistible football either side of half-time and that bodes very well for the season.

“We have a very strong squad, with even more strength in depth than was the case last year.

“Everyone has a role to play this season and everyone will get their chance.”

Dog take on Station at Wilson’s on Sunday.