Padiham 2, AFC Blackpool 2

Andy Haworth opened the scoring
Andy Haworth opened the scoring

PADIHAM are still looking for their first win of the season after drawing their first two games.

On the back of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Runcorn Town, Craig Chadwick’s men were held by the same score in their first home game of the season on Wednesday night.

It took just six minutes for the Storks to take flight against newly-promoted AFC Blackpool in the North West Counties Premier Division, after midfielder Andy Haworth opened the scoring.

Marc Beattie gave Padiham a scare in the 10th minute with a strike which rattled the woodwork, but then in the 20th minute the visitors suffered a setback when Martin Baird was sent off for a stamp on Storks’ full-back Tom Bradley.

The home side soon took full advantage of their extra man and scored a second in the 28th minute when Jordan Hulme converted a penalty to double the deficit.

However, AFC Blackpool pulled a goal back just before half-time when a well-worked free-kick saw Mark Ashall curl in a shot that left Padiham keeper Sean Davis stranded.

Padiham had plenty of possession after the break but couldn’t beat Blackpool stopper Keiran O’Boyle who had one of those nights as he got in the way of everything the hosts threw at him.

And then the Storks were made to rue their squandered opportunities when AFC Blackpool were awarded a penalty. Nial Cummins made no mistake from the spot to level the scores at 2-2 in the 77th minute.

Further saves by O’Boyle thwarted efforts from Paul Fildes and Bradley as the Storks picked up their second point of the season in frustrating fashion.

Padiham entertain league leaders Winsford United at the Arbories today with kick-off at 3 p.m.

Sacred Heart 2, Padiham A 6

PADIHAM A recorded their first victory in the NHS Bird Cup competition following a comprehensive victory over Sacred Heart FC at Trawden Recreation Ground.

Joe Rodriguez grabbed a brace to set the Storks on their way, Tom Walsh also scored a double while Duane Knappett and Joey Taylor rounded off the scoring in the 6-2 Group B rout.

• Following their promotion to the North West Regional Womens League, Padiham Ladies are looking for players in all positions including goalkeeper.

There may also be an opening for a coach/player coach.

In addition to these, anyone who may be interested in sponsorship for the forthcoming season is asked to contact the manager Gary Mills on 07753 762880.