Padiham remain bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North table after losing out to an injury time goal at New Mills on Saturday.
The game didn’t start well for the Storks after an early injury to Louis Mayers saw the home side take advantage of their reduction in numbers while he received treatment to take a 1-0 lead on four minutes, when Dominic Marie finished off a cross from the right.
The Storks then had a big shout for a penalty turned down on 12 minutes when Curtis Haley looked to have been felled in the area, and three minutes later an angled shot from the edge of the box from Haley was turned over the bar by New Mills keeper Peter Collinge.
Padiham continued to press and Collinge was once again in the right position at the right time to stop a shot from Mayers, and Collinge frustrated Padiham once more on 28 minutes to deny another Haley effort from close range.
At the other end Daniel Douglas Pringle went close after holding off Craig Haynes and firing just wide on the half hour mark, and New Mills went even closer six minutes later after a corner flew untouched across goal before being cleared to safety.
This led to a frenzy of action before the break as a superb cross field pass by Mayers picked out Haley, who finished in style to make it 1-1 on 37 minutes.
Two minutes later New Mills restored their lead with a goal from Daniel Forde, and on 42 minutes the Storks were level again after Haley played in James Jenkins, who finished clinically to make it 2-2 at half-time.
The second half never really matched the excitement of the opening 45 minutes, with the best chance for either side coming on 62 minutes when New Mills’ Michael Smith headed against the upright.
That is until three minutes into added on time, when Padihams inability to keep possession late in the game led to a break by the home team that eventually saw Dominic Marie punish the visitors in the worst possible way with a late, late goal that condemned the Storks to their worst start to a season in recent times.
Padiham Reserves, on the other hand, continued their unbeaten start to their Galaxy Lancashire League season with a 2-1 home win over Curzon Ashton which moved them up into second in the league table.
The Storks trailed 1-0 at the interval, but Paul Walsh’s chipped ball into the box eventually found its way into the net, before Martin Trickett kept up his excellent goal scoring start to the season with another effort to give the Storks their 2-1 victory.