PADIHAM came up against a well-organised Winsford at the Arbories on Saturday - but only had themselves to blame for not taking anything from the game.
The Storks missed a host of second half chances to leave their supporters frustrated, and themselves without a win from their opening three North West Counties League Premier Division fixtures.
In reality, Padiham gifted Winsford a 12th-minute lead after a rash challenge by Storks full back Jonathan Lea resulted in the visitors being awarded a penalty.
Winsford captain Lee Jones stepped up to take the spot kick, but could only score at the second attempt after keeper Sean Davis saved his first effort.
Jordan Hulme came closest to equalising, stretching Winsford keeper Matt Conkie to the full with a shot, and after the break, the Storks dominated the game, but just couldn’t score.
On 55 minutes, Ed O’Neill played in Paul Fildes, who shot straight at the keeper, and moments later O’Neill had an effort deflected for a corner.
On the hour Fildes found himself one-on-one with Conkie, but the keeper came out on top.
Hulme then headed wide from an O’Neill cross, before the pair combined again, with Conkie making another save.
Winsford gave Padiham a scare when Ryan Stewart broke down the right, and crossed for Matt Ward to scrape the top of the bar, and at the other end, Andy Sensale fired inches over, before having another strike tipped away moments later.
Hulme curled a shot just over, and after a Tom Bradley free kick was partially cleared, Fildes volleyed wide.
Then came the big talking point, as Fildes was taken out clear on goal by Jack McKay, with McKay incredibly only receiving a yellow card.
Fildes forced a save from the free kick, but on the break, Winsford substitute Aiden Haughton headed in a cross off the underside of the bar.
To add insult to injury, Winsford made it 3-0 on 87 minutes when Storks captain Martin Parkes turned a left wing cross into his own net.
Padiham are back in action on Wednesday night at Silsden, kick-off 7-45 p.m., before hosting Ashton Athletic in the FA Cup on Saturday at 3 p.m.