Padiham’s promotion hopes are hit

CHANCE: Joe Garvin
CHANCE: Joe Garvin

PADIHAM’S promotion hopes took a huge hit as they lost 1-0 at home to AFC Liverpool in the Premier Division.

With Maine Road, Runcorn Town, Bootle, Runcorn Linnets and Winsford United hot on their tales, the Storks failed to take advantage with their midweek fixture at the Arbories.

The deciding goal came seven minutes before half-time when a ball over the top of Padiham’s backline caught the hosts off guard and Ryan Wignall profited, smashing the ball in to the net at the second attempt after his initial effort, when one-on-one with Sean Davis, had struck the post.

However, before the deadlock was broken it had been one way traffic with the Storks controlling the tempo of the game though the profligacy of Steve Wilkes’s side ultimately cost them. Joe Garvin (pictured) very nearly gave the Storks the lead as early as the second minute, forcing goalkeeper Sean Lake to make a great save from his thunderous free-kick.

The league’s leading scorer Ben Allen tested Lake again in the 16th minute with an effort that the Liverpool stopper turned around the post for a corner. Kenny Taylor hammered a shot against the post in the 20th minute as the home side continued to press before the same player blazed an effort over the bar just before the half-hour mark as Kieran Pickup pounced on a calamitous goalkeeping error to find the winger.

But the away side struck completely against the run of play to significantly dent Padiham’s title hopes. After the break Padiham never looked likely of mounting a sustained fight back, although the result could’ve been different had a massive penalty shout been given by the referee with 15 minutes remaining following a handball incident.

The Storks are without a fixture at the weekend but host Silsden at the Arbories on Easter Monday, kick-off 3 p.m.