PADIHAM made it seven points from a possible nine with a tight home win over Squires Gate on Tuesday night.
The visitors started the North West Counties fixture in lively fashion going close twice in opening few minutes to give the Storks an early warning.
However it was the home side who struck first, taking a 15th minute lead when Andy Sensale chipped Neil Beesley from some distance to make it 1-0.
Squires Gate came close to a dramatic equaliser straight from the restart as Louis Mayers broke free and only a workmanlike save from Sean Davis stopped the lively visitors’ striker from scoring.
The same player gave Padiham another scare four minutes later with a header against the outside of the Storks’ upright. At the other end it was Sensale causing problems for the visitors’ defence with a shot on target after 28 minutes that Beesley did well to tip around the post and on 33 minutes the Padiham forward went close again when a turn and shot inside the Squires Gate 18-yard box flew just inches wide of the upright.
After the break Squires Gate pressed hard for an equaliser but it was Paul Walker who had the first real chance of the second half following a good right wing move and a shot that Beesley saved.
On 56 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off when Mayers levelled the scores with a goal direct from a free-kick.
Padiham rallied and went close when Damien Morrison volleyed just over on 65 minutes and Chris Ridehalgh miscued from close range on 66 minutes with only the keeper to beat.
The game was decided on 72 minutes when a foul on Sensale resulted in a penalty and Jordan Hulme converted it.
Padiham travel to Flixton tomorrow in a rearranged fixture while Padiham Reserves are at home to Wigan Robin Park Reserves. Both kick off at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile Padiham youngsters went goal crazy again on Wednesday night with a 5-0 away win over Peel Park in the East Lancashire Football League.
Goals by Jordan Darwin, Matt Ashworth, Shaun Kennedy, Luke Pickles and Jack Houlker left the Storks A team on nine points from three league games and in pole position in the Second Division table.
• Following the success of last year’s campaign, the Non-League Day team are delighted to announce that this year’s event will be held tomorrow.
NLD is a celebration of the semi-professional and amateur game, and a chance for fans of bigger clubs to experience football at a level they may be otherwise unfamiliar with.
It is a chance to shine a light on the hundreds of clubs in this country who are almost exclusively volunteer run, and do so much good for the local community, be it through coaching, fund-raising or providing opportunities for local people.
Macmillan Cancer Support have come on board as the official charity, and former Clarets boss Chris Waddle is the official ambassador.
A lot of work is going into promoting this year’s events behind the scenes, but onus falls on clubs to help raise the profile of the event as they see fit; it is no coincidence that those who saw the biggest increases in attendance last season were the most proactive in marketing their games.
Further information can be found on the website www.nonleagueday.co.uk.
• Following their promotion to the North West Regional Womens League- Padiham Ladies are looking for players in all positions including goalkeeper.. 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.