Padiham 3, Burnley Development 4
An injury time strike by Burnley’s Jamie Frost ended Padihams unbeaten run of pre-season warm up games in a thoroughly entertaining game at the Arbories on Tuesday night.
It left Padiham manager Steve Wilkes a little disappointed at the result, but not his team’s performance.
The Storks could and probably should have gone ahead in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but instead it was the Clarets that took the lead when Jason Gilchrist headed in a Luke Daley cross to make it 1-0.
Padiham went close shortly afterwards when Louis Mayers’ inswinging corner hit the Burnley bar, and then on 26 minutes drew level after they beat off-side claims and scored through Spencer Jordan.
Seven minutes later Padiham scored a second when Mayers’ free kick was saved by Daniel Nizic, only for Kurt Willoughby to pounce on the loose ball and give the Storks a 2-1 half-time lead.
The lead only lasted five minutes after the break as Luke Daly curled in a direct free kick.
Within 10 minutes, Padiham had restored their lead after good work by Dominic Craig brought in Jordan, and his 25-yard shot sailed into the back of the net.
By now Padiham were playing into an absolute deluge of rain and a Burnley side determined to get something from the friendly.
An equaliser arrived with some 20 minutes to play when a shot from Ntumba Massanka was saved by Storks keeper Sean Davis, only for Gilchrist to be in the right place at the right time to head in and make it 3-3.
Burnley’s late pressure paid dividends with almost the last kick of the match when Frost blasted in the winning goal in added-on time.