AFTER a prosperous run of results, Padiham fell to consecutive heavy defeats with a 3-0 loss to Maine Road at their Brantingham Road ground on Monday.
The Storks had taken 10 points from five NWC Premier Division fixtures prior to the weekend’s 5-1 derby defeat to Colne, and they couldn’t put things right against Ian Walker’s outfit, who sit below Padiham in the table.
A bright start from Craig Chadwick’s side saw Martin Broderick go close as he forced Greg Hall to tip his free kick over the bar.
But they fell behind moments later when Padiham’s rearguard stood static as Connor Hughes got on the end of a right wing cross to head the hosts in front.
Sean Davis then prevented Paul Arrowsmith from making it 2-0 shortly after with a save at full stretch, and the Storks rode their luck once more when Andrew Kilheeney drilled an effort across goal.
Eventually Maine Road doubled their advantage when Ed Moran was allowed to carry the ball from the halfway line before unleashing a thunderbolt that flashed past Davis and into the net in the 22nd minute.
Broderick went close with another set piece as the Storks searched for a route back into the game but his strike sailed over the bar. And as play switched to the other end, Davis’s poor clearance from a corner was nodded home by Joseph Armstrong to make it 3-0.
Padiham’s best chance in the first half arrived courtesy of Louis Edwards, who tested Hall from close range after the ball broke for him following a goalmouth scramble.
In the second half the Storks continued to chase down a lively Maine Road, but still needed Davis to save well from Tom Bentham 10 minutes after the restart. The Storks stopper had to be alert again to deny Arrowsmith with five minutes of normal time remaining.
But, despite Padiham’s improvement after the interval, it took until the 87th minute for them to test Hall again. A set-piece from Ed O’Neill was met by the head of Martin Trickett, but Hall was on hand to preserve the home side’s clean sheet.
The Storks travel to face Congleton Town today, with kick-off at 3 p.m.
Supporters wanting to travel on the team coach can book a place by contacting club secretary Alan Smith on 07775 717698. The coach departs from the Nazareth Church, Padiham, at 11-45 a.m.
Padiham Reserves take on Irlam Reserves in the NWC Football League Reserve Division Cup at the Arbories today, kick-off 3 p.m.