Padiham remain rooted to bottom of the league after letting lead slip

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Padiham are finding life in the First Division North some what tough at the moment and the loss of two players to injuries in the opening five minutes of their home fixture against Bamber Bridge on Saturday didn`t help matters.

Martin Parkes and Louis Mayers were the early casualties of this encounter, which meant manager Steve Wilkes had to make some unexpected changes to his side’s line up for the rest of the game.

Curtis Hayley shields the ball.

Curtis Hayley shields the ball.

The Storks got a boost however by taking the lead on the half-hour mark through Curtis Haley after a shot by Tom Bradley was only partially saved by Bridge keeper Lee Dovey and Haley was on hand to tuck away the loose ball. Padiham very nearly doubled their lead straight from the restart and only an important save by Dovey from a Lloyd Balazs effort kept the Storks lead down to one.

Once again though, the Storks failed to keep hold of their advantage and on 36 minutes the visitors were level through Joseph Mullen who was allowed to advance unchallenged before curling his shot into the home sides net.

Worse followed and at half time Padiham trailed 1-2 after Matt Mahoney headed home a corner on 45 minutes.

Padiham went close after the interval when Curtis Haley headed over a Nathan Hudson free kick but needed their keeper Sean Davis to alert to save an angled shot on target by Mullen on 56 minutes.

The game then turned scrappy and although Lloyd Balazs looked to have rescued a point for the Storks with an absolute screamer of a shot, the Bamber Bridge keeper Lee Dovey somehow kept it out with a save to match anything seen at the Arbories this season.

In the final few minutes of the game Padiham found themselves down to nine men as firstly Accrington Stanley FC loanee James Jenkins was sent off for picking up a second yellow card and then Curtis Haley was carried off with a hamstring injury.

Padiham travel to Lancaster City on Tuesday night in their search for NPL league points and are at home again this coming Saturday for a rescheduled fixture against Burscough.