PADIHAM FC’s first team remain in second place in the North West Counties Premier Division despite their fixture at home to AFC Liverpool being postponed at the weekend.
The Storks reserves on the other hand took over top spot in the NWC Reserve Division on goal difference after a 4-4 draw away to Nelson Reserves on Saturday.
However, the Arbories second string threw away the opportunity to climb two points clear at the summit after surrendering a 4-1 lead at the interval.
Padiham opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Nathan Egan ran on to a through ball, rounded Blues goalkeeper Michael Pilkington and slotted home, before leaving the field due to injury.
Lee Barrett doubled the advantage two minutes later and made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute. Brendon Barski pulled one back for the home side in the 43rd minute only for Padiham’s Harrison Price to add a fourth before the break.
A rash challenge by Callum Little at the start of the second half gave Nelson the platform to mount a fight back and Barski duly obliged, scoring from the penalty spot. Padiham had chances to see the game off but paid the price for their second half profligacy with Dominic Mahoney and Imran Khan earning the hosts a point in the final 10 minutes.
Padiham’s first team travel to Stockport Sports on Saturday while the reserves host Barnoldswick Town Reserves at the Arbories, kick-off 3 p.m.
Meanwhile a date has now been set for Padiham’s Lancashire Co-Operative Challenge Trophy semi-final against Bacup Borough. The tie will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd at the County Ground, Leyland, with kick-off at 7-45 p.m.
Elsewhere, Padiham FC Ladies took a major scalp in the League Cup competition when they beat Premier Division club Crewe Alexandra FC Ladies 3-2 away.
The Storks went a goal behind before Emily Wilkinson levelled proceedings on the half-hour mark. Two goals from Elise Howarth midway through the second half eased Padiham’s passage in to the next round despite the hosts pulling a goal back with five minutes to go.
Their giant-killing reward is another tough test as they face Chester City FC Ladies in the next round. Chester are currently unbeaten and top of the NW Women’s Regional League Division One South.