Read United’s recent travails continued as they went down 1-0 at home to Pendle Forest, who maintained their 100% record.
Ricci Geoghgan’s fortuitous cross-shot found the bottom corner midway through the first half to decide the match.
United welcomed back man of the match Matt Benfield to the defence, who were busy putting out any Forest fires drawing toward the home side’s goal.
Pendle shimmered with a sleek menace, playing neat, decisive football that endorsed their impressive start to the season.
Read matched the visitors and could have drawn level on half-time, Matt Riley’s industry resulting in his shot crashing off the upright and into the keeper’s grateful hands.
Thomas Harper and Kyle O’ Connor dovetailed well in midfield, yet United lacked guile in an attack missing leading scorer Andy Bennett.
O’ Connor and Matthew Whitwell tested the visitors goal in a second half devoid of many clear cut chances.
Lustre was almost put on Forest’s win as they hit the bar with a looping volley in the dying embers of the match.
Read will be looking to push on in a season where so far performances have yielded a higher league position.
FINAL SCORE: Read United 0, Pendle Forest 1