It was goals galore at the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground on Saturday as Padiham lost to Yorkshire rivals Ossett Town 5-2.
A goal up after 30 seconds when new signing Ashley Carter netted, Padiham were soon pegged back when Ferdinand Moke equalised two-and-a-half minutes later.
Padiham had their noses in front on 15 minutes after Ben Allen was pushed in the back going for a header and referee Thomas Kirk awarded a penalty which Allen converted to make it 2-1 to the Storks.
Ossett went close when James Eyles shot wide on 20 minutes before forcing Marcus Burgess into two excellent saves shortly afterwards.
Six minutes before the break though Ossett were awarded a penalty themselves after Padiham defender Kieran Fletcher brought down Chris Wood and Steven Jeff fired home the spot-kick leave the scores level at 2-2 at half-time.
The second half started brightly for the Storks when an edge of the box volley from leading scorer Kieron Pickup forced visiting Thomas Taylor into mkaing a world class save to prevent Padiham taking the lead.
Ossett though took the lead on 56 minutes with a Moke tap-in before completing his hat-trick two minutes later to make it 4-2.
Teh game was over as a contest on 71 minutes after a through ball released Moke again as he popped in his fourth of the afternoon.
Padiham travel to Farsley AFC tonight, kick off 7-45pm and are at home to Bamber Bridge on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Padiham Reserves had stand-in keeper Owen Deakin Pickard sent off on 25 minues when the game was goalless as they went on to lose 4-2 away at West Didsbury and Chorlton Reserves.
The home side scored direct from a free-kick two minutes after the sending off but Wayne Morrison equalised to make it 1-1 at the break.
Two more goals from the home side put them 3-1 up before Gareth Hill reduced the deficit. West Didsbury made sure of the game though after Sam Menelaou capitalised on a bad pass back.
A Kieran Gamble hat-trick helped Padiham Under 18s to a 4-2 win while Padiham Ladies were thrashed 10-1 in the FA Cup.