Padiham 1, Alsager Town 1

Action from this weekends game
Action from this weekends game

PADIHAM took a point at home to Alsager Town on Saturday.

Heavy rain before and during the game saw the Arbories pitch take a battering, resulting in a battle-scarred surface after the match.

PADIHAM FC: Jordan Hulme.'Photo Ben Parsons

PADIHAM FC: Jordan Hulme.'Photo Ben Parsons

The visitors created the first opening when Ryan Mitchell headed over a George Barlow free kick on 18 minutes.

On the half hour mark, Padiham keeper Sean Davis saved well from a James Marrow effort, but at the other end, Barry Shuttleworth came closest to opening the scoring when his curling free kick smashed against the bar.

Within a minute, Alsager had also hit the bar, as Matt Pearson’s cross-shot gave Padiham a scare.

The home side went close before the break, after a goalmouth scramble resulted in Ed O’Neill shooting wide to send the sides in goal-less.

Padiham opened the second half on top, and went close on the hour when Damien Morrison’s shot took a deflection and flew just over.

The Storks then had two big shouts for penalties turned down, before Alsager had their first chance of the half, when Barlow intercepted a John Blackley clearance and raced away before shooting narrowly wide.

Then, out of the blue, Alsager took the lead when a long-range free kick from Scott Burge somewhow deceived Davis, who was under pressure from Marrow, and the ball flew straight into the net - although Marrow claimed the goal, saying he had got a touch.

Padiham made a double substitution at this stage, as Shaun Carey and Andy Sensale went into the frontline, putting Alsager on the backfoot for the remainder of the game.

Jordan Hulme (above) had a shot on the turn saved by Tom Harrison, but with nine minites remaining, Hulme had everyone at the Arbories applauding a top-notch equaliser.

Picking the ball up on the left, he cut inside and curled in a shot over Harrison.

Padiham produced a grandstand finish that left Alsager hanging on for a point, as both Sensale and Lee Morris sent efforts inches wide in a pulsating finale.

The Storks are without a midweek game, but travel to Winsford United on Saturday.

Padiham Reserves and A team saw their games postponed on Saturday.

The reserves are at home to New Mills on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.

• Padiham’s sportsmans’ dinner takes place on Thursday, November 24th at Turf Moor, when Barry Fry is the guest speaker, and Jamie Sutherland the comedian.

Tickets are £25 each, and places can be reserved by contacting club secretary Alan Smith (07775717698).