PADIHAM had goalkeeper Sean Davis to thank for keeping Padiham in the game in the early stages of the first half, making saves from a direct free-kick by the visitors on 5 minutes and saving with his legs eight minutes later when Liam Nethercote got a free run on goal.
Nethercote broke away again on 15 minutes but gave the home side a real let off when he fired over.
Padiham recovered from a shakey start and went in front on 20 minutes when Stuart Telfer controlled a through ball inside the visitors’ penalty area and made no mistake with a shot past the Merseyside keeper Joshua Molloy to put Padiham 1-0 ahead.
Padiham should have doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Damien Morrison found himself through on goal but Molloy saved with his feet to prevent what looked a certain goal.
Then on 42 minutes only the woodwork saved AFC Liverpool after Andy Sensale’s header hit the upright.
Shaun Carey and Andy Sensale sent low hard efforts across the face of the visitors’ goals but with nobody able to turn the loose ball into the net the half-time scoreline remained at 1-0 to the Storks.
Lee Morris created two early opportunities but it was the visitors who went closest to scoring when a ball in by Darren Torpey left the home defence flat-flooted and allowed Steven Corris to run in behind them and with the goals beckoning totally missed his header on the 55 minute mark to give the Storks another big let off.
Steven Williams and Frances Barry both threatened the Padiham goals with efforts just off-target and at the other end Shaun Carey went close with a header from a Louis Edwards’ cross that shaved the visitors’ crossbar.
Lee Morris let fly with a 71st minute screamer that Molloy did well to tip round the post. Then a 75th minute challenge by Padiham captain Martin Parkes resulted in the visitors being awarded a spot-kick.
Steven Corris stepped up to take the penalty but couldn’t beat Davis (pictured) who saved well.
AFC Liverpool substitute James Buckley looked lively when he entered the game and went close with a shot on the run on 81 minutes.
The visitors were then reduced to 10 men when Steven Williams was red carded on 83 minutes and two minutes later they found themselves 2-0 behind when Lee Morris fired in from long range.
AFC Liverpool pulled one back on 90 minutes through Buckley, but in eight minutes of added time could not equalise.
Padiham are in action again on Wednesday when they take on Evo-Stik Premier Division side Kendal Town at the Arbories in the Lancashire FA Co-Operative Challenge Trophy Competition, kick-off 7-45 p.m.
Admission charges are the same as Padiham FC’s league game, £5 adults, £2 concessions.
Padiham Reserves paid the penalty for a subdued first half performance away at Irlam and trailed at the interval to a 35th minute Liam Duffy goal.
An improved second half performance saw the Storks draw level on 71 minutes when Nathan Egan finished off a well worked move to make it 1-1.
The Storks missed out on a share of the points when a mistake in midfield allowed Irlam to break and substitute Dean Traynor to score a last minute winner for the home side.
Another excellent all round performance by the young Padiham A team saw them slam seven past Daneshouse in the East Lancashire Football League on Saturday.
Four up at half-time with Wez Hensby (2), Steven Cassidy and Chris Moreland finding the back of the home side’s net, the two sides scored three apiece in the second half.
Sam Anderson, Cole Hayman and Wez Hensby to complete his hat-trick scored for Padiham after the break.
Padiham FC youth team took an early two goal lead against visitors Clitheroe Wolves at the Arbories on Sunday in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League after Matty Ashworth and Patrick Mortimer found the back of the Ribble Valley side’s net.
The Storks created enough openings to have doubled their lead by half-time but had to go into the break with their lead halved as Clitheroe pulled one back to set up an interesting second half.
Padiham took control of the game as the half progressed with Andy hill and Zack Dale both scoring to secure the Storks’ three-point winning haul.
A hat-trick for man-of-the-match Mason Hughes helped Padiham Under 12s beat visitors Blue Star 6-1 in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League.
Levi Ostle added two goals and Lawrence Chippendale one goal to make sure of Padiham’s victory.
Padiham Ladies extended their unbeaten run of league games in the North West Women’s Regional League with a 2-1 home win over Warrington Town Ladies.
Two goals from Elise Howarth on 22 minutes and 46 minutes put Padiham two up before the visitors pulled one back on 65 minutes. Unfortunately the game was delayed for some time because of a bad injury to Mina Mjekiqui on 39 minutes and resulted in the Storks’ player being taken to hospital in an ambulance.