ON the hottest October day since records began, Padiham’s jaded second half performance resulted in their heaviest defeat of the season.
The Storks were a goal behind after only four minutes when James Robinson was adjudged to have timed his run to perfection by assistant referee Mark O’Neill, and the Bootle forward ran on to score past debutant goalkeeper Martin Campbell.
The visitors went close again in the 25th minute when Neil Prince’s chipped effort hit the crossbar, but in Padiham’s next attack, Jordan Hulme volleyed inches over from just outside the box as the Storks struck back.
Hulme wriggled free again in the 32nd minute, and after a good passing move involving Shaun Carey and Andy Sensale, Padiham carved out a deserved equaliser as the latter fired past David Moran to make it 1-1.
Bootle’s Neil McQueen had a right wing cross drop onto the top of the crossbar, and at the other end a ball across the face of the visitors’ goal should have been converted by Sensale, but the touch wasn’t there and at half-time the two teams went in level.
Padiham started the second half well, and from a quick free-kick Andy Haworth shot just over. Hulme worked an opening for Lee Morris in the Storks next attack, and only a point blank save by Moran prevented Padiham from taking the lead.
Controversy surrounded Bootle’s next goal when referee James Price forced the away side to take a free-kick three times before Prince eventually crossed for Jamie Hay to head home in the 51st minute.
Padiham suffered a major setback when defender John Blackley was sent off for colliding with Prince, and the Bootle man picked himself up to sweep the ball past Campbell from the spot to make it 3-1. Bootle added insult to injury when Sean Coulton added a fourth goal with 10 minutes remaining.
Meanwhile, Storks boss Craig Chadwick has added to his squad by adding Colne’s Martin Broderick to the ranks.
Elsewhere, on a poor playing surface at Daisy Hill on Saturday Padiham Reserves were more than happy to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Nathan Egan gave Padiham a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute following a break from just inside the home side’s half and 20 minutes in to the second half the Storks doubled their advantage when Owen Deakin-Pickard headed in a Billy Lane cross.
And Padiham FC’s starlets were also triumphant as they overcame a physical test away at Bacup CC.
Goals by Joel Melia, Joe Rodriguez, Stephen Cassidy and Jordan Darwin earned Padiham the points in an East Lancashire Football League fixture which saw the hosts reduced to nine men.
However, Padiham FC Youth didn’t enjoy the same success as they were knocked out of the East Lancashire Alliance under 18s cup competition at the first hurdle.
After trailing 3-0 on the hour strikes from Zack Dale and Garreth Hill pulled the Storks right back in to the game against AFC Darwen.
The sending off of Joel Melia in the 72nd minute gave the visitors the advantage and they went on to score twice in the final quarter-of-an-hour to win the tie 5-2.
Padiham FC under 12s went down to a heavy East Lancashire Alliance Youth League defeat losing 7-1 at Fennyfold to Huncoat Allstars.
And Padiham Ladies made club history on Sunday by not only taking part in the FA Women’s Cup competition for the first time but also progressing to the next round.
Goals from Justine Wallace and Charlotte Holden did the damage away at Yorkshire-based side Brighouse Ladies to set up another away tie against Blackpool Wren Rovers Ladies in the next stage.
• 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).