Haley at double as Storks see off Cammell Laird

Curtis Haley for Padiham in their FA Cup game against Lancaster City
Curtis Haley for Padiham in their FA Cup game against Lancaster City

Padiham won an eventful Non-League Day encounter with Cammell Laird 2-1 at the Arbories on Saturday.

Both sides were involved right from the kick-off, in a game which saw three goals, a missed penalty, five bookings, and a sending off.

Padiham keeper Sean Davis kept the Storks in the game with saves from Craig Cairns, Joe Gibiluru and Jamie Henders, all in the opening quarter of an hour.

On 18 minutes the Storks were awarded a penalty when keeper Mike Langley brought down Alex Murphy, but Murphy’s spot kick crashed against the bar.

A well-struck free kick from Chris Turner was acrobatically turned over by Langley, while Seydou Bamba had a header cleared off the line, and the bar came to the visitors’ rescue again, denying Parkes’ header from a Murphy corner.

The Storks were getting closer, and on the half hour mark the home side broke the deadlock when Curtis Haley headed in a Kieron Pickup cross at the back post.

Both sides had chances to score before half-time, with Pickup shooting just over and Haley having an header tipped over, while Davis made two important saves.

Padiham doubled their lead 17 minutes into the second half following a Turner corner which found its way to Parkes, and then to Haley to bundle the ball in from close range.

Within two minutes of the restart Cammell Laird reduced the deficit after Davis saved an header, and Padiham’s defence failed to clear the loose ball, allowing Jamie Henders to follow up and score.

This led to a lively finish with Laird’s Craig Cairns heading over and Haley missing out on his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining when he fired a good chance wide after being played in by Pickup.

Padiham substitute Sean Cookson looked odds on to make the points safe for the home side, but Langley saved well with his legs.

In the last minute, Cammell Laird were reduced to 10 men when Joe Holt was red carded for a reckless challenge on the Dominic Slaven.

Padiham travel to Barnoldswick Town tonight.