Padiham bounced back from their opening day defeat against Spennymoor Town to pick up their first Evo-Stik First Division North points of the season on Tuesday night with a 2-1 away win at Kendal Town.
The newly named Lancaster and Morcambe College Stadium was an exciting place to be for Padiham supporters who had made their way up the M6, as the Storks players got the result a hard-working performance deserved.
Loanee James Jenkins led the line well for the Storks in the first half and went close with an eighth minute shot that just went wide, while at the other end Mark Jackson headed over a good opportunity six minutes later.
Padiham keeper Sean Davis came to the visitors rescue on 25 minutes when he tipped over a Ricky Mercer header following a left-sided free kick, and just before half-time Kendal keeper Danny Macdonald did the same when he kept out a curling free kick from Spencer Jordan, this time pushing the effort round the post.
Things didn`t exactly go to plan at the start of the second half, as within two minutes of the kick-off the home side took the lead through interval substitute Rob Wilson.
This sparked an immediate response from the Storks who levelled five minutes later when Louis Mayers dispatched a Mark Sharples corner with a powerful header from close range.
Jenkins then found himself clear after being released by Mayers, but the Accrington Stanley player rolled his shot across the face of goal.
On the hour mark, however, Padiham took the lead when Mayers scored direct from a free kick to give Padiham a 2-1 advantage.
This nearly became 3-1 on 70 minutes but this time Mayers’ free kick hit the bar.
Kendal began to throw men forward to try and get back into the game, and as a result created a number of goal scoring opportunities, starting on 71 minutes when Rob Wilson fired across the face of goal, and on 76 minutes Davis had to be at his best to keep out a long range attempt by Danny Wisdom.
Kieran Walmsley tested the visitors’ nerve with a couple of well-delivered free kicks and before the final whistle arrived Davis needed to pull off a stunning save to keep out a Rob Wilson screamer.
Overall Padiham deseved the three points, even though Craig Haynes’ well marshalled defence had to withstand a barrage of Kendal attacks in the final minutes of the game.
Padiham FC face another tough test tomorrow when they travel to Farsley, and then on Bank Holiday Monday the Storks are at home to Mossley, kick-off 3.00 p.m. at the Arbories.