Read United denied at death

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Read United were denied a last-gasp equaliser as Hurst Green took all three points in a pulsating Ribble Valley derby.

With United 2-1 down, Jordan Neary had his shot parried by Calum Mahon, and Jack Fielding pounced, bundling the ball over the line to send Read into raptures.

After originally giving a goal, the referee succumbed to Green’s protest, giving a free kick for handball.

On a scorching day, Green had started the stronger, without creating too many clear cut chances.

Jamie Enefer headed home a corner to give the visitors the lead, Green then made it two, Paul Fletcher the architect, resulting in Paul Chippingdale tapping in at the far post.

Man of the match Kyle O’Connor started the fight back, turning adroitly in the area, before finding the top corner.

Read sent wave upon wave of attack at the Green goal, Neil Snape having a shot hacked off the line and Dominic Counsell hitting the post.

With a goal eluding the home side, United’s anguish was compounded by the late drama that unfolded.

Read co-manager Andy Bennett said: “We showed great spirit to come back into the game; it’s just unfortunate we didn’t get the decision at the end when we needed it.”

• WHALLEY Juniors Under 8s beat Darwen Rangers Blue 5-2/

Whalley started the game well, with a superb passing move. Straight from the kick-off Whalley passed the ball round the Darwen team, and the ball was smashed in the back of the net by goal hungry McKenzie Strong.

Whalley found themselves two goals up minutes later with a goal from Sam Jones.

Going in a half-time 2-1 up, Whalley scored again through Frazer Kenny and Jones added two more goals to secure his hat-trick.

A man of the match performance from George Wilkins capped off another great win.

• READSTONE Under Under 8s Blues beat Trawden Celtic 12-0 on Sunday.

Jack Leaver scored six to add to goals from Nathan Danson (2), Toby Pilkington (2), Jack Thorpe and Jack Whittaker.

Man of the match was Toby Pilkington.