Padiham’s six-goal feast

GOAL: Ben Allen

GOAL: Ben Allen

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LEADING scorer Ben Allen and midfielder Joe Garvin grabbed a hat-trick apiece as Padiham hammered Silsden 6-0 at the Arbories on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.

Garvin started the ball rolling as the Storks recorded their biggest victory of the season to remain firmly in the hunt for promotion. The opener arrived direct from a corner in the fifth minute, and the same player doubled the advantage 10 minutes later after his smart turn and shot flashed past helpless goalkeeper Ed Hall.

Further first half pressure saw chances fall fast and furiously for the hosts, who looked determined to put three successive home defeats behind them. Steve Wilkes’s side continued to press as Hall saved bravely at the foot of his post once Allen had got on the end of a well-worked free kick routine, before skipper Martin Parkes headed against the crossbar.

But that sustained period of pressure saw the Storks score twice in as many minutes just before the interval. Allen struck from the edge of the box to make it 3-0, and 60 seconds later he added another when converting Neil Stansfield’s centre at the back post.

The second half followed the same pattern as the opening 45 minutes with the Storks commanding the fixture. Allen and Kieran Pickup both missed good early openings, but Garvin soon made it 5-0 and secured his hat-trick when he raced onto Elliot Dunn’s through ball to thump home and make it 5-0 in the 50th minute.

The Storks went on to miss a series of chances as the half progressed, but Allen completed his hat-trick and claimed his 34th goal of the campaign in the last minute when he ghosted in once more at the far post to turn the ball in and make it 6-0.

Padiham now travel to Runcorn Linnets tomorrow as they look to take back top spot in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Meanwhile Padiham Reserves are at home to New Mills in the semi-final of the divisional cup competition, kick-off 3 p.m. at the Arbories.

Joel Melia’s strike earned the Reserve team a point against Irlam over the Easter period in a 1-1 draw.