Read United win Ribble Valley derby

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READ United came from behind to win a fiery Ribble Valley derby.

Adam Hodgson bagged the winner for the visitors in the dying embers of the game as United leapfrogged the hosts in the table.

Both teams had contrasting styles on the day, with Langho looking to go long whilst United looked to play through the midfield.

The away side should have had an early lead after a fine passing move saw Hodgson find Andy Bennett in space yet the prolific marksman fired wide.

Andrew Arkwright and Danny Sharples prompted and probed in the United midfield, one flowing move saw Duane Knappett send the ball wide from six yards out.

Langho made an immediate riposte outnumbering Read with a lightning counter attack, Ian Simpson found himself clean through on goal but sent his shot into the side netting.

The hosts then called on their aerial prowess bombarding Read’s defence with a series of dangerous crosses from open play and dead ball situations.

The breakthrough came on the half hour mark when when good wing play resulted in Matt Bagot coolly rolling the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post.

United upped the ante, Bennett’s ingenuity created space for a shot but the striker uncharacteristically screwed his shot wide.

After the break United looked to add more width to their game, this was immediately rewarded when fleet-footed winger Richard Wilson was floored in the penalty area to give the visitors a lifeline.

The responsibility fell to Knappett who sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to level proceedings.

Langho relied on dead ball situations as their main point of attack as the game wore on, with Simpson winning a series of headers for his team to feed off.

With the clock running down, Kyle O’Connor fed the ball into marauding full back Jordan Neary, who flashed a first time cross across the six-yard box into the path of Hodgson who made no mistake with the finish.

United should have made it three when the ball fell to O’Connor in the area, but the frontman hurried his effort past the post.

Langho exerted late pressure onto the visitors with Bagot and Simpson testing the United reargard with speculative efforts, however Read held on to leave with a precious three points.

Read manager Dale Tattersall said “It’s always tough to come and win here. We altered the formation and it worked out for us.”

Read United host Langho, who will be looking for swift revenge, on Saturday at Whalley Road, kick-off at 2-15 p.m.