It proved to be another frustrating afternoon for Padiham on Saturday when they lost 2-1 away to Ossett Albion in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
This was a fixture the Storks could and should have picked up maximum points from to ease their league position.
Instead, it brought home the realisation that a relegation battle is now looming for the East Lancashire side.
James Jenkins missed a great chance to put the Storks a goal up after only six minutes when he some how sent his shot into the side netting with the Albion goal wide open.
While at the other end of the pitch, Ossett Albion striker Rob Bordman had no problems dispatching his first chance of the game with a shot that deflected out of the reach of the Padiham keeper Marcus Burgess to put the home side ahead.
Both sides then hit each other’s crossbar with efforts before Padiham equalised on 32 minutes through Brett Ormerod, after he was played in and chipped a delicate shot over home keeper Neil Bennet to make it 1-1 at the interval.
The second half started with Albion’s Wes Milnes heading a corner just over, and home keeper Bennett making a top class save to keep out a Ben Allen shot.
However, it was Bordman who sealed the victory for Ossett when he fired in hat proved to be the match-winning goal on 62 minutes
Padiham huffed and puffed late in the game to try and get back on level terms, but didn`t have the firepower to get any thing from the game.
Padiham Reserves had their home fixture with Stalybridge Reserves postponed, and lost their Galaxy Lancashire League West Division Cup semi-final 1-0 away to Colne Reserves on Thursday night.