ARTHUR Read's magnificent winning goal for Colchester United at Morecambe last month has been shortlisted for the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month award for January.

Read struck home an outstanding free-kick to secure the U's a 1-0 win at the Mazuma Stadium and clinch a first victory for the club under head coach Danny Cowley.

It was Read's fifth goal of the season, a strike that boss Cowley likened to one former England star Paul Gascoigne might have scored in his pomp.

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Read said afterwards: “I was buzzing with that.

“To be fair, I haven’t practised free-kicks in training for a while – maybe I just won’t practice any more and just leave it to the games!"

Read is up against Wrexham's Paul Mullin for his goal against Barrow, Abraham Odoh of Harrogate Town for his strike against Doncaster Rovers and Walsall's Donovan Daniels, who netted against Sutton United.

Gazette: Arthur Read

Fans are invited to vote for their favourite goal on before 5pm on Monday, February 12.

The supporters' votes will be combined with the choices from a panel to determine the winners.

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ EFL experts Don Goodman and former U's midfielder David Prutton.

To vote for Arthur Read's strike, click here