Padiham are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the Evostik Northern Premier League First Division North table if results don’t start to improve after going down at home to Northwich Victoria on Saturday.
The Storks hadn’t been playing for more than a minute when the visitors took the lead, after a corner found its way to Gary Burnett, who lashed his shot into the Padiham net from inside the 18-yard box to give his side an early advantage.
Padiham full back John Ross prevented the visitors from doubling their lead with a vital goal line block, and at the other end, Lloyd Balazs looked to be in with a good shout for a penalty, but referee Natalie Walker wasn’t impressed and waved play on.
Northwich eventually went further ahead on 32 minutes through Aboubacar Sanogo, and very nearly added a third in the run up to the interval when Stuart Cook headed over another good chance.
Padiham made two changes at half-time, and although they came more into the game after the break, the Storks still needed their keeper Marcus Burgess to be alert to make two excellent second half saves, while Tim Deasy in the Northwich goals never looked in any danger.
Padiham travel to Radcliffe Borough tonight in the league, and are on the road again on Saturday when they make the trip to Brigg Town in the FA Trophy.