Padiham hit four to maintain impressive run of form

Goalscorer James Dean
Goalscorer James Dean

Padiham’s impressive run of results in the Hallmark Security North West counties Football League Premier Division continued with a home win over a youthful Maine Road side at the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground on Saturday.

Debutant goalkeeper Maxwell Povey made an instant impact on the game, saving a 12th-minute Rhys Clooney penalty to give the Storks a platform to build on, five minutes after Padiham’s leading goalscorer James Dean had hit the bar with a 30-yard dipping shot at the other end.

Maxwell Povey, who saved a penalty on debut for Padiham against Maine Road

Maxwell Povey, who saved a penalty on debut for Padiham against Maine Road

Kieron Pickup and Aaron Taylor both went close with efforts, before Padiham opened the scoring on 25 minutes, after a ball in from Chris Turner and a mix up in the visitors’ defence saw the ball some how find its way to Garry Hunter, who headed in from close range to give the Storks a 1-0 half-time lead.

Padiham doubled their advantage on the hour mark when Pickup’s pull back found its way into the visitors’ net, via a Maine Road defender, to make it 2-0, and on 66 minutes the Storks found themselves further ahead after Aaron Taylor did well to get his head onto a deep cross from Ashley Brierley and direct the ball out of the reach of Maine Road keeper Ryan Livesey to make it 3-0.

The visitors’ contribution to the game was rewarded with 15 minutes to go, pulling a goal back from the penalty spot through substitute Ryan Steele, but within two minutes of the restart, Padiham restored their three-goal advantage and secured the points when they were also awarded a penalty which Dean converted to give Steve Wilkes’ side their 4-1 victory.

Padiham are at home again this Saturday when Congleton Town are the visitors to the Arbories for a NWCL Premier Division clash, kick-off 3 p.m.