PADIHAM upset the form book for the second week running as they recorded a 3-0 win over fifth place Runcorn Linnets at the Arbories.
Nathan Egan opened the scoring for the Storks in the 16th minute, outpacing the Linnets rearguard and beating Richie Mottram following a sweeping move between Joel Melia and Kieran Fletcher.
Craig Chadwick’s side doubled their advantage in the 41st minute; the ball broke for Fletcher from a corner and he curled a precise shot out of the reach of Mottram and in to the far corner from the edge of the box.
After the break the visitors took advantage of the strong breeze to pile sustained pressure on Padiham’s defence, but despite a number of clear openings they couldn’t find a way past stand-in skipper Sean Davis.
And Padiham made Linnets pay for their missed opportunities when Jamie Treanor headed home from close range in the 68th minute after a left wing cross from Shaun Carey.
The away side went close to pulling a goal back with 15 minutes remaining when they hit the crossbar from a free-kick but Padiham were deserving of the three points.
Meanwhile, Padiham Reserves picked up maximum points from their fixture at Silsden.
The Storks struggled initially against their lively opponents and found themselves 1-0 down within 20 minutes as a consequence. But two strikes by Tom Bradley and Daniel Stubberfield late in the first half gave Padiham the lead at the interval.
With the Storks dominating the second half it came as no surprise when they extended the margin to 4-1 with two goals from youth team player Zack Dale, who came on as a substitute.
Elsewhere, Padiham’s A team caused a massive upset in the East Lancashire Football League Presidents Cup competition when they beat First Division opposition Worsthorne.
Trailing 1-0 at half-time in their quarter-final tie, Padiham made a great second half comeback with goals from Matthew Ashworth and Zack Dale to clinch a place in the final four.
Padiham Ladies hopes of completing successive promotions ended on Sunday when the Storks threw away a 3-0 half-time lead to lose 4-3 away at Blackpool Wren Rovers Ladies.
• BORROWDALE United had two great wins last week to keep up their promotion push and reach the semi-final of the Bob Little Cup.
First they beat previously unbeaten Rock Rovers 2-0.
Peter Hogan and man of the match Chris Walker scored the goals.
This was a tough game, as Rock bossed the first half and United were on top in the second.
The two goals came just after the break as United had most of the play.
The result kept United in second place with two games to play.
Then they beat Peel Park in the Bob Little Cup 4-1, with goals coming from Chris Fowler, Walker and man of the match Gary Smith.
This takes United into a semi-final tie with Barrowford Celtic.