PADIHAM’S FA Cup campaign ended on Wednesday night in the cruellest way possible as they lost their replay to Evo-Stik First Division North side Burscough in the dying moments of extra time.
Darren Brookfield scored for the home side with two minutes remaining, with the Storks having played the final 47 minutes of the tie with 10 men after the dismissal of forward Ben Allen (pictured) midway through the second half of normal time.
Everything looked rosy for Padiham midway through the first half when a Sam Morris free kick was headed into the path of Neil Stansfield, who controlled the ball and curled a shot just inside the post.
Straight from the restart Burscough were lucky not to have Louis Mayers sent off for a challenge on Storks keeper Sean Davis that left him flat out - instead the referee produced a yellow card, a let off which favoured the home side as, two minutes into added on time at the end of the first half Mayers equalised.
Burscough always had the edge as the second half progressed and when Allen was sent off, it looked like the hosts’ extra man would give them the edge to go on and win it.
However, Padiham regrouped and apart from an effort from Liam Caddick that flew across the face of the Storks’ goal, the visitors restricted Burscough to long range efforts that never really troubled Davis.
The first half of extra time passed without incident, and as a penalty shootout loomed, Burscough scored the matchwinner through Brookfield, who had only been on the pitch 10 minutes as a late substitute.
Padiham return to league action on Saturday with a rearranged fixture against St Helens Town at the Arbories, kick-off 3 p.m.
Final Score: Burscough 2, Padiham 1 (after extra time)
• Padiham’s reserve team manager Chris Price has been named the first-ever North West Counties Reserve Division manager of the month for August, after his team were unbeaten throughout the month.
The award has been introduced for the first time this season.
• Padiham Ladies started the new season in the North West Women’s Regional League with a 7-4 win at Kendal Town.
Justine Wallace hit a hat-trick, Elise Howarth bagged two, with Emily Wilkinson and Charlotte Holden adding a goal apiece.
The side then went down 3-1 at Blackburn Community, despite leading 1-0 at half-time through Howarth.
• Padiham’s youth team reached the semi-finals of the NHS Bird Cup with a 4-1 win over Barrowford Celtic.
A hat-trick from Ryan Black and a further goal from Thomas Bradley sealed their passage.
The Under 13s won 8-3 at Clitheroe Wolves on Sunday in their opening East Lancashire Youth Alliance game.
Kerrigan (4), Edwards, Grant, Hughes and Simm were on target.