PADIHAM more than matched Evo-Stik Premier Division club Kendal Town in the first half of their LFA Co-operative Challenge Trophy cup tie on Wednesday.
The Storks still found themselves a goal down at the interval though after a defensive mix up on 40 minutes let in Gary McKevatt that bounced over Sean Davis as he dived to try and keep the effort out.
It could have been so different however if Padiham captain Martin Parkes had it the target with a header from an Andy Sensale cross on 20 minutes, instead the effort went just wide and with the opportunity to take the lead.
Kevin Leadbetter shot over the Padiham crossbar on 22 minutes and the Storks had a lucky escape on the 24 minute mark when a corner flew across the face of their goals before eventually being cleared down field.
The Storks nearly levelled McKevatt’s opener right on half-time when a header from Stuart Telfer found Andy Haworth who shot wide.
A quick break by Padiham striker Lee Morris just after the restart of the second half caught the visitors napping and they were happy to see Morris’ shot go wide.
On 50 minutes however Kendal made it 2-0 with the most fortunate of goals when Davis raced out to clear a through ball and thumped it against Leadbetter only to see it loop over the Storks keeper’s head into the empty net.
Things got for Padiham just a few minutes later when Padiham keeper Davis collided with an opponent and was left in agony after dislocating his shoulder. He was forced to leave the pitch and was replaced by midfielder Stuart Telfer.
This handed the initiative to Kendal who kept Telfer busy with a number of goals attempts which the keeper did well to keep out.
However on 72 minutes Kendal added a third with another fortunate goal when a Telfer save was pushed into the advancing Roy Winters who bundled the ball in.
The visitors enjoyed a lot of possession in the run up to the final whistle but it was the Storks who came closest to scoring when a Andy Sensale shot was deflected onto Kendal’s upright.
Tomorrow Padiham play their most important fixture of the season to date against Askern Villa at The Arbories in the second round of the FA Vase, kick off 3 p.m.
It is also the last chance to reserve tickets for Padiham FC’s sportman’s dinner, which takes place at Turf Moor on Thursday. Barry Fry is the guest speaker and tickets are £25 each. Contact Alan Smith on 07775 717698.