Padiham are left to rue profligate finishing

GOAL: Damian Morrison
GOAL: Damian Morrison

PADIHAM were left to reflect on their profligacy after stumbling to a 4-2 defeat against promotion chasing Runcorn Town at the Arbories.

The visitors started well, and in the opening five minutes Jason Carey had a goal disallowed for off-side before Warren Bellew struck wide when he should have hit the target.

Runcorn’s momentum paid off however in the 25th minute when a loose ball in the Storks’ 18 yard box was bundled in by Carey to make it 1-0.

Craig Chadwick’s side drew level nine minutes later when Stuart Telfer played in Sam Heap who beat Runcorn keeper Karl Wills all ends up to make it 1-1.

The Storks had the better of the run up to half-time and the beginning of the second half, but were behind again in the 55th minute when Josh Boothman pushed out a stinging cross in to the path of James McShane, who fired home.

Boothman had to be on his toes to save another effort from McShane just before the hour, and Heap miscued at the other end having been threaded through by Louis Edwards.

Ed O’Neill thought he’d equalised for Padiham in the 62nd minute, but his edge of the box screamer was somehow tipped on to the post by Wills, and from the resulting break Edwards saw his effort scrambled off the line.

That let-off spurred Runcorn to up the tempo, and in the 68th minute a speculative effort from Bellew flew beyond Boothman to make it 3-1.

McShane scored his second and Runcorn’s fourth with 10 minutes remaining before Damien Morrison pulled one back a minute later to round off the scoring.

The Storks now travel to face Stone Dominoes on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Padiham FC’s A team exited the East Lancashire League Bob Little Cup competition at the first round stage, falling to a shock 2-1 defeat to Peel Park.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time Padiham pulled one back after the break through Joel Melia but couldn’t force a leveller.

However Padiham FC Under 18s edged closer to the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League championship after beating title rivals AFC Darwen 3-1 at the Arbories.

Both sides went in to the fixture unbeaten in the league, but it was the Storks who looked the more likely to retain that statistic from the offset. Andy Hill put the Storks ahead from the penalty spot only for the visitors to equalise just before the interval.

Hill scored again from another spot kick early in the second half and a great finish from Stephen Cassidy ensured the hosts took maximum points.

Padiham Under 12s also found success as they thrashed Rossendale United 5-1. Mason Hughes and Levi Ostle grabbed a brace apiece while Billy Grant also got himself on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, Padiham FC Ladies made it 25 games unbeaten in the league - dating back to April 2010 - as they repeated last week’s result against Bolton L&G with another 4-1 triumph against the same opposition in the North West Women’s Regional League.

Justine Wallace put Padiham ahead as early as the seventh minute, but the visitors drew level in the 17th.

But after the break Padiham Ladies hit three goals in the opening 12 minutes to secure the points.

Becky Hayton scored two quickfire goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes, and Emma Frith finished the scoring in the 57th minute.