Padiham turned in a much better performance away to Warrington Town on Saturday than in recent fixtures, but still ended up on the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline.
After more than matching their opponents in the first half, and after surviving a scare on eight minutes when Conor Roberts curled a shot against the post, Padiham went close themselves when Nathan Hudson’s shot needed Warrington Keeper Karl Wills to be alert to turn the ball around the upright.
Louis Mayers then whistled a free kick inches wide on 35 minutes. and just when it looked like it would remain goal less at the interval, Louis Corrigan took full advantage of a rather fortunate deflection to score from close range and give Warrington a 1-0 half-time lead.
Padiham had a great start to the second half but failed to turn chances into goals, with Paul Fildes missing an excellent opportunity to equalise when he headed a Spencer Jordan cross over from close range on 55 minutes, and Hudson finished off a determined run through midfield with a shot just over the bar four minutes later.
At the other end, disaster struck when a quick break following a Padiham corner left the Storks defence all over the place, and ended with Tom Murphy giving away a penalty that allowed Scott Metcalfe to extend the home side’s lead on 64 minutes.
The Storks threw everything forward in an attempt to get back into the game, and very nearly did when Martin Parkes headed a Tom Bradley free kick inches over.
Jordan Spencer shot across the face of the Warrington Town goal, and Mayers had a shot turned against the post.
Warrington, however, ended any hopes of a Padiham fight back three minutes from time when Corrigan had time to pick his spot from the edge of the box to make it 3-0.
Padiham have another tough Evo-Stik First Division North League fixture tomorrow night when Droylsden are the visitors to the Arbories for a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.
Padiham FC Youth...............8
Poulton FC Youth..................1
Padiham overcame their first hurdle in this season’s Lancashire FA Under 18 Youth Cup competition with an 8-1 home win over Poulton FC Youth team at the Arbories on Sunday.
But they had to come back from being a goal behind to a 20th-minute opener from the visitors.
Ben Beardsell eased the Storks back into the game with two strikes just before the interval to give Padiham a 2-1 lead at half-time, and after the break the floodgates opened as Josh Emmott, on 46 minutes, Corey Cook aminute later, and Liam Devlin on 50 minutes extended the Padiham lead to 5-1.
Beardsell completed his hat-trick on 51 minutes, Josh Emmott made it 7-1 on 55 minutes and Adam Stubbs completed the scoring on 65 minutes.
Padiham FC’s Under 15 side lost 2-0 at home to Brinscall Village in the Lancashire FA Under 15s County Cup competition at Fennyfold on Sunda,y after conceding both goals in the opening 10 minutes of the cup tie.