League leaders extend unbeaten record with 4-1 win over Padiham

Jack Overson, left, scored Padiham's consolation goal against Curzon Ashton
Jack Overson, left, scored Padiham's consolation goal against Curzon Ashton

Padiham failed to dent Curzon Ashton’s untainted record as the league leaders extended their 100 per cent record to six games in the Evo-Stik First Division North at the Arbories.

Early first half pressure led to the visitors scoring the first of four in the 23rd minute when Matthew Warburton’s shot deflected past Sean Davis.

But Padiham hit back just after the half-hour mark when Jack Overson crashed in the loose ball to level proceedings once Hakan Burton had saved Tom Bradley’s initial effort.

The equaliser sparked the home side in to life and it took a number of desperate blocks from the visiting defence to keep the Storks at bay.

However, despite enjoying their best period of the fixture, Steve Wilkes’s side conceded right on the stroke of half-time as Davis failed to hold on to a cross and the ball dropped to Chris Rowney who beat Owen Deakin Pickard on the line to give Curzon a 2-1 lead at the interval.

After the restart, Padiham struggled to compete against one of the best sides seen at the Arbories for some time. The Storks held firm for 20 minutes after the break but in the 65th minute Chris McDonagh extended the away side’s cushion when left with the simple task of turning the ball home at the back post when found with a drilled centre from the right.

The Storks looked odds on to reduce the deficit with a quarter-of-an-hour of the game remaining after Ted Cockett was threaded through on goal but a poor finish let the visitors off the hook.

And he was made to pay for his profligacy when Curzon scored within 30 seconds of that miss. The away side broke with pace and conviction, making it 4-1 as substitute Nicholas Haughton unleashed a stinging drive to beat Davis all ends up and complete the evening’s scoring.

Padiham turn their attention to the FA Cup tomorrow when they travel to take on Northern League side Penrith AFC in the first qualifying round of the competition with kick-off at 3 p.m.

Goals from Kieran Pickup, Ben Allen and Tom Bradley had helped the Storks to a 3-1 victory over rivals Clitheroe at the Arbories in the preliminary round.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Padiham Reserves returned to the top spot in the North West counties Football League Reserve Division with a 2-0 home win over Silsden Reserves.

Goals from Brad Cookson and Martin Trickell in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time secured the win, which would have been much greater except for the effort of the visiting keeper Wayne Mahomet.

Padiham Reserves entertain Irlam FC Reserves at the Arbories tomorrow with kick-off at 3 p.m.

Padiham FC Ladies’ home game against Manchester City Ladies at Thomas Whitam college had to be postponed because the ground wasn’t fit to play on.

Padiham FC Under 18’s were given a walk over into the next round of the Lancashire FA Under 18s County Cup competition, while Padiham FC Under 14’s lost their first East Lancashire Alliance Youth League fixture of the season 2-1 at home to Badgers FC.