PADIHAM’S revival was short-lived as a 1-0 defeat against Glossop North End at the Arbories condemned the Storks to their fourth Premier Division loss in five games.
Craig Chadwick’s men had seemingly turned the corner with a convincing 3-0 victory away at Stone Dominoes last weekend, but they came unstuck again at the hands of their Derbyshire opponents.
Glossop arrived in East Lancashire in fifth place in the table, armed with Sam Hind, one of the league’s top marksmen with 18 goals for the season. So Padiham could not believe their luck when the visiting striker was dismissed for elbowing Storks defender John Blackley after only two minutes.
However, the hosts failed to make that extra man count despite creating a number of openings as the first half progressed. A Nathan Egan run resulted in the ball finding Stuart Telfer and as keeper Ben Proctor saved his effort, in-form Sam Heap lifted the rebound over the bar.
Egan then wasted two good chances within a minute, shooting wide in the 23rd minute following a penetrative break from the home side before missing the target again after being threaded through by Telfer.
And Glossop made the Storks pay for their profligacy in the 32nd minute when Blackley conceded a penalty. Adam Oakes stepped up from the spot and scored to give the visitors a 1-0 lead which they took in to the interval.
Padiham stopper Josh Boothman saved well from Richard Chetcuti early in the second half but had little more to do as the away side set up to defend their advantage. Glossop had just one more effort of note when Chetcuti lashed wide just before the hour.
Padiham huffed and puffed in an attempt to break down Glossop’s defensive wall; full-back Louis Edwards was denied by the legs of Proctor and from the resulting corner Damien Morrison headed inches wide.
The home side went close again with 10 minutes remaining when Martin Broderick’s curling set-piece whistled past the post and in the 85th minute Telfer squandered a glorious opportunity as he blazed over with the goal gaping.
Padiham will look to bounce back tomorrow when they entertain Atherton LR at the Arbories with kick-off at 7-45 p.m.
Elsewhere, Padiham’s A team earned a 2-2 draw away at Church Town in the East Lancs Football League.
The Storks opened the scoring through Curtis Gallagher and doubled their advantage when Cole Hayman lobbed the keeper. The home side then reduced the deficit just before the interval and went on to level proceedings midway through the second half.
Padiham FC’s youth team moved within three points of East Lancs Alliance Under 18s league leaders AFC Darwen with a 5-2 win at home to Blue Star Lads. A brace from Matthew Ashworth and goals for Ben Lee, Zack Dale and Harry Price kept the pressure on Darwen who have played two games extra.
And Padiham under 12s found revenge against Fulledge Colts. Losing 5-1 to their rivals last week the young Storks bounced back to beat the same opposition 4-1 at Fenny Fold. Mason Hughes hit a hat-trick and Levi Ostle got on the scoresheet to earn the victory.
Meanwhile, the top fixture in the North West Womens Regional League ended all square when Padiham Ladies and Morecambe fought out a 3-3 draw at the Thomas Whitham College ground.
Morecambe arrived as leaders of the Division One North League and on the back of 10 straight wins while Padiham were the only unbeaten side in the division.
The visitors grabbed the opener after just 43 seconds and although Justine Wallace equalised for the Storks on the half-hour mark, Morecambe led 3-1 at half-time.
But Padiham staged a fightback as Wallace completed her hat-trick to keep Padiham in the title race.