Padiham come back twice to earn draw

Key assist: Brett Ormerod (left) had a hand in substitute James Jenkins' late equaliser for Steve Wilkes' (right) side
Key assist: Brett Ormerod (left) had a hand in substitute James Jenkins' late equaliser for Steve Wilkes' (right) side

Padiham picked up their first home Evo-Stik First Division North home point of the season on Wednesday night when they drew with Ossett Town - but they had to come from behind twice to break their duck.

The Storks had to withstand some early pressure from the visitors, but only after missing out on an early chance themselves when Jake Gregory was played in one on one swith Ossett keeper Brad Dixon, who made a brave save to keep the Padiham full back out.

At the other end, Bradley Ricketts sent a shot against the bar and, then Rob Boardman blazed another chance over on nine minutes.

Ossett then had a massive let off themselves two minutes later when the visitors’ central defender Grant Allott got his angles all wrong and sent an header only inches wide of his own post while trying to clear a cross.

Padiham’s John Ross then saw his long throw find Craig Haynes, only for the Storks defender’s effort to be saved by Dixon.

On 18 minutes, however, the visitors took the lead when a cross in from the left found Callum Hepworth unmarked, with time to control the ball and shoot past keeper Marcus Burgess.

Padiham hit back with efforts from Jason Hart and Brett Ormerod which were both saved by Dixon, but the visitors’ keeper could do nothing to stop the home side leveling right on the stroke of half-time when Robbie Bromley’s free kick found its way to Haynes, who fired in from 15 yards out.

After the break, Padiham looked the more dangerous of the two sides in the early stages, with Ashley Young heading a Bromley corner just over, and Grant Allott very lucky that his headed back pass was saved on his own goal line by Ossett keeper Dixon.

Callum Hepworth forced Storks keeper Burgess to save well himself on 54 minutes, and then in Padiham’s next attack, Hart pulled a ball back a pass into Ormerod’s path, but the former Southampton striker shot just wide.

Three minutes later Ormerod was in the thick of things again, this time sending an effort wide of the target from a ball in from Lloyd Balazs.

On the hour mark, Hart tested the visitors’ keeper again with a 25-yarder, but after a quick break by the visitors, Daniel Chambers restored Ossett’s lead with a looping header over Burgess.

Hart and Ormerod forced Dixon into further saves as the game progressed, and with six minutes remaining, Hart shot straight at Dixon following a cross in from the right.

Padiham’s reward came in the 90th minute when a ball in from wide was ficked on by Storks captain Martin Parkes to Ormerod, who in turn found substitute James Jenkins, who calmly placed his effort past Dixon to level the scores at 2-2.

Padiham then had Burgess to thank for an injury time save at the feet of Nathan Curtis, which ensured the final score stayed at 2-2, after the Ossett substitute broke free and onto a one on one with the Storks keeper.

Padiham are at home again tomorrow when Northwich Victoria are the visitors, kick-off 3 p.m., before a trip to neighbouring Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night, kick-off 7-45 p.m.

On Monday night, in the Lancashire Football League Division West, Padiham Reserves went down 1-0 at Curzon Ashton Reserves.

The reserves’ next outing comes a week tomorrow with a derby clash at home to Nelson Reserves, kick-off 3 p.m.