Padiham 1, Formby 1

Stuart Telfer

Stuart Telfer

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THE big talking point from Padiham’s stalemate with Formby was referee Ben Toner’s decision to award the visitors a 39th minute penalty and then send Storks full-back Tom Bradley off.

Not many supporters at the Arbories agreed with that match-changing decision but it gave the visitors a one-man advantage and an immediate chance to take the lead; and James Robinson made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-0.

But the hosts got back on level terms before half-time when good work from Damien Morrison saw his pass flicked on by Martin Parkes in to the path of Stuart Telfer (pictured) who found the back of the net from 15 yards out.

Chances were few and far between after the interval with the best opportunity falling to Formby’s Robinson who volleyed over from a right wing cross. Padiham’s best chance of snatching maximum points fell to Paul Fildes following a good break and cross from Nathan Egan found Padiham’s leading scorer whose snap shot was saved by keeper Dennis Barlow.

Padiham entertain Silsden tomorrow at the Arbories with kick-off at 3 p.m.

Church Town 2, Padiham A 2

PADIHAM FC’s A team earned a good point away at Church Town in midweek in the East Lancashire Football League.

All the goals came in the second half with the hosts scoring twice before the hour mark to take a 2-0 lead. Joseph Taylor and Billy Bleasdale scored the goals that put the Storks level and they were unlucky not to win the game when Taylor had a goal wiped out by the referee late in the game.