PADIHAM’S four-month unbeaten streak in the Premier Division came to an end on Wednesday night as they lost 3-2 to Bacup Borough at the Arbories.
The Storks created a couple of early half chances, with an Ed O’Neill cross flashing past the upright while Paul Fildes was thwarted by keeper Paul Horridge.
However, Bacup took the lead on seven minutes when a throughball released Hayden Paul who rounded Sean Davis and slammed the ball into an empty net.
The visitors went close again when a Lance Ogunyode shot hit the post, and from the rebound Lloyd Balazs cleared off his own goal line.
Just after the half hour mark Fildes’ overhead kick crashed against the bar and Padiham were made to pay four minutes later.
Referee Brian McGill adjudged Davis to have received a back pass, sparking strong protests, and Lee Pugh stepped up to score from the resulting set-piece to tilt the game towards boiling point.
Padiham suffered another setback just before the interval when a break down the left and cross saw Davis stranded and Matthew Hampson in position to fire Bacup into a 3-0 half-time lead.
Padiham dominated proceedings in the second half but it wasn’t until late in the game that they scored the goal which their performance had deserved when Stuart Telfer headed in a Ben Hoskin cross in the 86th minute.
With a sniff of recovery very much in the air Balazs shot over and Fildes volleyed wide as the visitors were put under immense pressure.
Telfer (pictured) grabbed his second of the game soon after as he converted a Fildes cross with two minutes remaining, and with seconds to go Padiham almost rescued a point when Hoskin’s low, hard shot across the face of goal just needed a touch.
The Storks travel to Bootle tomorrow while Padiham Reserves entertain Bootle Reserves at the Arbories, kick-off 3 p.m.
l Padiham FC Ladies urgently require an experienced goalkeeper aged 16 or above. Anyone interested can contact Gary Mills on 07753762880.