It was another disappointing afternoon for Padiham and manager Stephen Wilkes as the Storks exited this season’s FA Cup competition at the first hurdle on Saturday, at the hands of Ebac Northern League team Shildon at the Arbories 1-0.
Paul Fildes had the best chances for the Storks in the first half, forcing Shildon keeper Lewis Graham to make a save on nine minutes and having another shot blocked on 23 minutes, but it was Shildons Sam Garvie who went closest, hitting an 11th-minute effort just wide of the post.
On the half hour mark, however, the visitors broke the dead lock when Dominic Craig gave away a penalty and Shildon captain Mark Hudson stepped up to convert from 12 yards to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.
After the break Padiham had some good possession, with Kurt Willouhby wasting two good openings and Fildes and Spencer Jordan having half chances saved.
Shildon’s Samuel Garvie had an inswinging cross tipped over the bar by Sean Davis and Daniel Moore struck the foot of the Padiham upright on 72 minutes.
Shildon substitute Ben Wood should have made the tie safe for the visitors on 81 minutes but blazed his shot wide to keep Padiham’s interest alive.
The same player had another effort saved by Davis in the last attack of the game.
Padiham have no midweek fixture but the Storks Reserves are at home to AFC Fylde Reserves tomorrow night in a Lancashire Football League cup tie, kick off 7-45 p.m. at the Arbories.