Padiham 0, Ossett Albion 0
Padiham started a busy run of holiday fixtures with a goal-less draw against bottom club Ossett Albion.
The game itself mirrored the weather; dull blustery and messy with little fluidity and not a lot of excitement.
Ossett arrived at the Arbories with only two wins to their name and bottom of the Division One North league table but created the first opening of the game when a free-kick found its way to Wes Milnes on five minutes and only a save low down by Storks keeper Sean Davis kept his shot out.
At the other end Kieron Pickup curled a shot just wide of the Yorkshire side’s upright, Tom Bradley fired an edge of the box shot straight at Ossett keeper Ryan Pugh and Dominic Craig just failed to turn in a through ball from Mark Sharples.
However Padiham were at their most dangerous from Pickup’s in-swinging corners and went closest to opening the scoring when Martin Parkes got on the end of one only to see his effort blocked on the goalline.
Padiham did eventually find the back of the Ossett net five minutes before half time when Dean Overson played in Ben Allen who shot past Pugh only for the goal to be ruled marginally offside.
After half-time Ossett started the second half much more positive than before the break shooting over from close range in the early exchanges and going even closer on the hour mark when Niall O’Brien headed over a corner when he really should have done better.
Padiham improved towards the end of the game and following efforts from Chris Turner and Ben Allen the Storks came within inches of scoring when Craig pulled a cross back into the path of Spencer Jordan and his shot just missed going right side of the post.
In the end however Ossett could have snatched a late victory and all three points when substitute Darol Lucas broke free but wasted a glorious opening by smashing his shot over the Padiham crossbar.
Padiham are away to Prescot Cables on today before home games to Ramsbottom United on New Year’s Day and Salford City on Saturday, January 4th. Kick-off 3pm at the Arbories.