Padiham hold Dolly Blues at the Arbories

Padiham striker Ben Allen challenges Lancaster keeper Danny MacDonald on Saturday
Padiham striker Ben Allen challenges Lancaster keeper Danny MacDonald on Saturday

Padiham ended Lancaster City’s 100% start to the season at the Arbories on Saturday.

With few chances at either end in the opening 20 minutes, the Storks’ Kieron Pickup was the first to try and break the deadlock when some quick footwork allowed him to get a first-time shot off, that Dolly Blues keeper Danny MacDonald did well to turn over.

Darren Peacock’s side responded when left back Ryan Elderton sent in a shot just over the bar, and in their next attack, Mark Jackson made Padiham keeper Sean Davis push his effort over.

David was in action again just after the half hour when he did well to keep out Aaron Taylor’s shot low down by the post, and just before the break, a scramble in Padiham’s six-yard box needed two goalline clearances to keep the game goal-less.

Six minutes into the second half, Davis was in action again, this time producing a one-handed stop to deny Tom Kilifin.

Padiham’s top scorer last season, Ben Allen, has yet to get on the scoresheet so far this season, but went close midway through the half with a shot that MacDonald did well to keep out.

The last 20 minites saw Lancaster have plenty of possession, without finding a way to break down the Storks, going closest the scoring a winner when Kilifin sent in a shot that flew right across the face of the Padiham goal.

Padiham travelled to Ramsbottom United yesterday and are at home to local rivals Clitheroe in the FA Cup, kick-off 3 p.m.

Padiham Reserves, meanwhile, won 5-0 at AFC Darwen on Saturdat to go top of the NWC Reserve Division after three wins out of three.

Brad Cookson netted twice, as did Owen Deakin-Pickard, with Kieran Britton also on target.