Storks give league leaders a scare in goal-less draw

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

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

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Padiham held NWC Premier Division leaders Colne to a goal-less draw at the XLCR Stadium on Saturday, and went close to beating their local rivals after creating a number of good second half openings.

The home side looked nervous in the opening exchanges in a game that never lived up to their normal high tempo clashes.

Padiham had the first shot in anger on five minutes when Alex Murphy shot over, but the home supporters had to wait until the 23rd minute before any real action at the other end when a Ben Allen free kick went just the wrong side of the visitors post.

Dominic Slaven shot over on 40 minutes and Kenny Taylor sent a corner across the face of goal on 43 minutes to conclude a very even first half.

After the break, Padiham were the first to mount some pressure when a quick break ended with a Kieron Pickup pass finding Slaven, whose shot was well saved by home keeper Chris Thompson.

Jason Hart, who was by far the most dangerous of the home forwards, had a shot blocked by Padiham defender Josh Walne on 55 minutes and then hit the post, while sandwiched in between Padiham midfielder Chris Turner was only inches away with a free kick that rolled agonizingly wide of the upright.

Slaven worked a good opening on the hour, but his shot bounced cruely wide to give the league leaders a mighty let off.

Murphy missed another good chance on 68 minutes when he headed a Pickup cross over, and in Colne’s next attack Hart forced Davis into making a superb save to keep the game goal-less.

A series of substitutions disjointed the end to the game and while Lee Botham made an important clearance to clear the danger for Padiham, and Thompson did like wise for the home side when he saved a shot from Alex Ralph.

Three minutes from time Padiham had the best chance of the game when a ball in from Seydou Bamba found Curtis Haley unmarked five yards from goals, only for the Padiham substitute to sky his shot.

Padiham are in action again on Wednesday when Silsden are the visitors to the Arbories, kick-off 7-45 p.m.