A CONTROVERSIAL strike decided the local derby between Bacup Borough and Padiham at the West View ground.
Borough’s Tommy Turner appeared off-side when he stroked home a right wing cross to win the game for the hosts in the 74th minute.
Padiham were on top in the first half and had appeals for a penalty waved away in the fifth minute when Stuart Telfer was brought down inside the area when through on goal.
At the other end Storks stopper Sean Davis ensured that the game remained goalless at the interval when he did well to get to grips with a loose ball in the 18-yard box following a centre drilled in from the left.
Bacup opened the second half at a more upbeat pace and in the 58th minute Daniel Cocks had a goalbound effort deflected over the Storks crossbar.
Telfer then created a good opening when his low driven corner flew across the face of Bacup’s goal with no Padiham player on hand to convert the chance.
The home side then saw another chance go begging from a corner before taking the lead a minute later.
A ball played out right was floated in towards Turner who converted from close range. Huge appeals for off-side were ignored by the match referee and the goal stood.
Padiham made two late substitutions in a bid to force an equaliser but it was Bacup who were celebrating at the final whistle.
The Storks are at home to Stone Dominoes tomorrow (kick-off at 3 p.m.). Padiham Reserves’ fixture at Darwen is off.